I have asked myself the question of should I keep doing Weight Watchers if I am not losing weight SO MANY TIMES. I know if you are reading this Weight Watchers post then you are asking yourself the very same thing. It would be awesome if there was an easy black and white answer. Guess what…there isn't, LOL. I will give you my thoughts though!
Should I Keep Doing Weight Watchers If I Am Not Losing Weight
One thing that keeps a lot of people from signing up for Weight Watchers in the first place is the cost. No one wants to pay for something that isn't working.
Technology has changed and now it is really hard to do Weight Watchers without paying for the program because most of it is done online or on your phone.
So…should you keep PAYING for Weight Watchers if you aren't losing weight??
Start Asking Yourself Some Hard Questions
You know those questions that are hard to ask? Well those are the ones we need to ask ourselves when we are in this position.
Why am I not losing weight? Why am I failing at Weight Watchers? When I delve deep I usually can pinpoint some MAJOR things I am doing or not doing that is causing my weight to go up or plateau.
Am I Really Following the Program?
Am I really following the program? I really believe that this program will work for most people if it is followed.
I have followed the program LOOSELY many times with a little bit of success…but it doesn't usually last because I start SLIPPING UP too much.
When I actually DO IT RIGHT…I lose weight! So are you really following the program? Are you tracking? Drinking water? Moving?
What Other Positives Does Weight Watchers Bring Me?
I am at a tough time in my life due to some health issues. Losing weight is something I need to do, but my attention is being pulled in several directions right now.
I have considered quitting Weight Watchers until other areas of my life are more stable and I can FOCUS my attention on WW. BUT…I haven't cancelled my membership because I realize I am still getting positive things from being part of this program.
Being a member of Weight Watchers gives me a great support system for weight loss and life in general. It helps keep me focused on finding and trying healthier recipes. I have access to great information on the site.
Reach Out for Help
I have talked to people who really are doing everything RIGHT and are not losing weight anymore with Weight Watchers.
Our bodies are very complex things and who knows what can cause a plateau to hit. I would say that if you are doing everything right and following the program and you stop losing weight that you need to reach out for help.
Try using the personal coaches available through Weight Watchers. If you attend meetings then talk to your leader.
Talk to other members who have hit a road block and get tips for what worked for them. I am always amazed at how creative and innovative people are! You can use the CONNECT app for Weight Watchers to get inspired.
Change it Up Before Quitting
I really believe that when our bodies get used to doing the same things over and over they stall out.
So if we are eating the same foods and doing the same exercises all the time our weight loss may stall.
Try some new exercise programs to change things up. Change up your menu and eat some new foods.
Some people have good luck with intermittent fasting to change things up. Get creative before you quit the program.
It is About More Than Weight Loss
I love that the freestyle program is focused on the whole person. Losing weight is important, but building healthy habits is going to benefit us for life.
Remember that sometimes we don't see the scale moving, but maybe we are having non-scale victories. Try doing some body measurements and keep track of those results.
When you choose fruits and veggies over chips and cookies…that is a WIN for your overall health. When you are putting a well-balanced dinner on the table for your family because what you are learning from Weight Watchers that is a WIN for your whole family.
It Is a Personal Decision
The question of Should I quit Weight Watchers if I am not losing weight is a very personal one. Ultimately it is up to you to ask those hard questions and try to find out WHY you aren't losing weight any longer.
Is it really the program or do you just need to make some minor adjustments to how you are doing the program?
There are so many people who have done Weight Watchers multiple times and FINALLY it sticks and it works. Consistency is key and the going may be slow, but progress is progress in my book.
Let me know how you will answer this big question! If you need more support be sure to join our awesome Facebook community!
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Kari Nairn says
I am very guilty of the track for a few days and then I stop thinking that I don’t need to track…I got this mentality. I blow it!! I lost 14.8 pounds in my first 8 weeks and now nothing. Oh how I would love to see the 150’s tomorrow!!!!!
Hi Kari, thanks for sharing! I struggle with the same thing…or I track until I eat something I shouldn’t then I throw it all out the window! Let’s keep plugging away!
Carol Langille says
If you can afford it, by all means keep doing WW. The healthier food is so important even if you don’t lose weight….you are gaining in other things. I love knowing I can lay down at night and know that I ate best for me. I joined March 1st and have lost 14.6 lbs
So true Carol!
I’ve often thought about quitting. Then I think about me. What’s my goal and why do I need to get there and stay there. Today even though I went to the meeting I still felt this way. So I’m giving myself this week to track and refocus. Why? It’s all about me.
Alisha Hughes says
Hi Jamie, I am with you on sticking with it even when I don’t lose. I am also a blogger who shares WW friendly recipes and meal plans. What I found was that even if I don’t stick to the WW program completely 100% of the time, it doesn’t mean I should stop trying altogether. Blogging WW recipes means I have a way of deciding if a recipe is a healthy one or not and it gives me some accountability in that way… which I am all about. 🙂 Blessings!
Terri Deppe says
The question to ask is, “What happens when I am not doing WW?” Most people will answer gaining weight. If you remain a member, you are at least mindful of the fact that you have to weigh in at least once a month for accountability, yet you can still go to every workshop for support. If you are going through a particularly difficult time, then put “losing” weight on hold and try to just maintain but remain with your WW community. This is more than just about losing weight, it is about how to navigate the ups and downs of life without out our weight getting out of control. We can learn to make conscious decisions about how to do that and allow WW to be a big part of helping us! I know for me WW helps me take better care of myself overall, I am more social (workshops) which makes me happier, encouraged and a better person in general. This is so much more than weight!
SO very true…there is more to us than our weight! I agree–even when I am not losing weight I am still taking better overall care of myself with WW!