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4.4

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Tastes good / tastes fine (3)

Cons

  • Didn't work (5)
  • Not effective (5)
  • Uneven performance (4)

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  • Weight loss (4)
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    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Health conscious (8), Exercise regularly (7), Overweight (5), Exercise frequently (3)
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    • I received a sample (22)
    • Gender:
    • Female (12)
    • Where did you hear about this product?:
    • Friend or family member (4), Other (4)
    • Which of the following is the most important to you?:
    • Quality (8), Convenience (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Weight Watchers: Not the healthiest food but it works.

**What you need to know:** At this point in the history of Weight Watchers there are a few different ways you can work this program.** I use the point system....Read complete review

**What you need to know:** At this point in the history of Weight Watchers there are a few different ways you can work this program.** I use the point system. **At one time I could eat between 18-23 points a day. This is based on my weight. The program now gives me a fixed number - 20 - with 35 points a week to use whenever I want. The math is the same; they have just put the numbers out a bit differently. I don't believe it matters.

All Weight Watchers products tell us how many points they have so there is no guessing. If you buy food (and you will since, unlike Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers food is not mandatory at all) that isn't the Weight Watchers brand, you will figure out how many points it has with the point finder you will get at meetings, online, with a Weight Waters Calculator or just by typing in Weight Watchers calculator in your browser.

You also must understand that the more fiber a product has, the lower the points will be. Weight Watchers food is counted first by looking at how many calories per grams of fiber a food has and then looking at the fat in a product. That will give me the number of points food is.

There are many foods that are not Weight Watchers brands but are promoted by the program because of their low points. Skinny Cow ice cream is one brand. Most vegetables have no points. One cup of light yogurt, one small glass of wine and a slice of high fiber bread with a thin apple slice and one slice of fat free cheddar cheese are all only 2 points.

**The Brand:**

What I said above might give you a clue that some foods you may be avoiding now, such as sugar and salt, are not considered at all in the Weight Watchers program. During a meeting a long time ago the leader said the scientists were working to lower the sodium content in Weight Watchers food. Years later the sodium content is still very high. Weight Watchers Four Cheese Frozen Pizza has 8 points, 7 grams of fat and 400 calories. It is a great option if you want pizza.

Since sugar isn't an issue with Weight Watchers, I have ice cream and desserts a lot. This is actually a problem and I will be glad to go back to my healthy eating.

You can find these items in any grocery store. Much harder to find are some specialty items that Weight Watchers makes such as small one serving bags of peanuts. At a meeting you can now find shakes, candy and various types of bars all of which are decent.

Other than on eBay you cannot buy Weight Watcher items on line. Could I do the Weight Watchers program without the frozen food? Probably not. For me that is too bad. There is no reason I can't have a healthy meal and count points. When my husband was doing the program with me we rarely had frozen food. I had a scale and we weighed our food and counted our points. When doing this alone buying frozen food is what I have to do.

**Some tips:**

Weight Watchers is about points and these points take into consideration serving size. Eating 4 ounces of a Weight Watchers product will be different than eating 6 ounces of other food. Other food may add 1 or 2 points to your daily count. In order to figure out what a serving is you can use your hand if you don't have a scale.

1. Your fist equals 1 cup or 1 medium whole fruit.

2. You'll find 1 ounce of meat or cheese by looking at your thumb - the tip to the base is 1 ounce.

3. One tablespoon can be measured by looking at the tip to the 1st joint of your thumb.

4. One teaspoon is also the top to the 1st joint but not of your thumb but your fingertip.

5. Your cupped hand equals 1-2 ounces of nuts or pretzels and your palm (without your fingers) equals 3 ounces of meat, fish or poultry.



I think the Weight Watchers program is excellent and although I would like to be eating less sugar and salt, for now it is working for me. I think the frozen meals, for the most part are actually delicious, as are many of the desserts.

The company has a quality pledge and welcomes questions or comments about their products. Their parent company is Heinz Frozen Foods.

*You can buy an online subscription to the Weight Watchers site for yourself or as a gift. You can also register someone for live meetings as a gift. ***Jo's Viewpoint**

**I like it!**

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Weight Watcher is like AA for food-aholics!

**Like AA for food-aholics!** The program works ~ if *you* work it!

My  six month participation in Weight Watchers taught me several things:
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**Like AA for food-aholics!** The program works ~ if *you* work it!

My  six month participation in Weight Watchers taught me several things:


1. While I liked the accountability & the "we're right there with you" stories from the leaders & other members, I get a little stubborn & independent when I feel like someone is directing me *too* much, so I did not end up working the program to its full extent! 

2. If you aren't working the program and getting results ~ it's really *expensive!* 

3. The online tracking & meal plans at weightwatchers.com are helpful, but the site is not as user-friendly as it needs to be.

4. Weight Watchers will give you lots of helpful tips for the emotional sabotaging that people tend to do to themselves.

5. During the time I was a member, I started the process of converting to an organic and low-grain lifestyle, so Weight Watchers' menu suggestions didn't apply to what I want to do.

6. Like I said, the program does work, *if* you work it ~ do what the leaders and the booklets tell you to do and you can be a success story!


 

 

 

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

The plan is great but...

By 

from Wauwatosa, WI

Comments about Weight Watchers:

Love the WW eating plan-I feel and look so much better BUT dealing with the billing and trying to use their website is a nightmare!! Hate it. I became a Lifetime member July 17 and I'm still be billed thru Sept. On the phone is 'offshore' helpers-very nice but very difficult to get anything done thru them.

  • Gender:
  • Female
  • Age:
  • 45-59

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

terribly disappointed in the entire process

By 

from Georgia

About Me Exercise Regularly, Health Conscious, Overweight

Pros

    Cons

    • customer service is terrible
    • online app not user friendly

    Best Uses

      Comments about Weight Watchers:

      First, I signed up on recommendation of a friend who seems to like WW. Understanding the process was not very difficult. I had a personal coaching session and many questions were answered. I was encouraged to download the mobile app, saying it would be very helpful. I did. What a waste of money! It is not user friendly and provides no benefits over using the online app. Then, a few days later, the program went on sale for almost $20 less for the three month program I had purchased. I contacted customer service via e-mail who basically said, sorry, we cannot provide a refund. I then contacted customer service over the phone who said they would provide a refund and then do a new charge, the sum of which would be no net effect. Incredible! I should have looked at the many negative online reviews before I decided to start drinking the Kool-aid from this group.

      • Gender:
      • Female
      • Age:
      • 45-59
      • Where did you hear about this product?:
      • Friend or Family Member
      • How many supplements do you use on a daily basis?:
      • 1-2 Supplements Daily
      • Which of the following is the most important to you?:
      • Convenience, customer service orientation, Price, Quality

      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Smart points are dumb!

      By 

      from So cal

      About Me Exercise Regularly, Health Conscious

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Tastes Fine

      Cons

      • Uneven Performance

      Best Uses

      • Weight Loss

      Comments about Weight Watchers:

      I agree with all the recent reviews posted. I too am a lifetime member. I am never excessively over weight but do tend to gain a bit of extra weight every now and then, especially when I don't go to meetings. So this time I quit smoking last March and put on about 20 lbs. I tried using the Ww phone app but was confused by the new smart points system. So I went back to a meeting; where at which I was educated about the new program. While it gives some extra points, it is geared to keep you away from sugar and carbs. This totally defeats the purpose of weight watchers which previously allowed you to eat what ever you want. While ww claims that it still does that, two cups of Ice cream will kill your points for the day. A pint probably for the week. Having any kind of bread will also do you in. A burrito sized tortilla is now 11 points. I heard that it is because Oprah - a notorious diet fail took over the program. If so, what a joke. She is the last person who should be dictating a "healthy eating" program. Ww needs to rethink and go back to the old point system. While it may help to lose weight, it is now a diet and not a life style.

      • Gender:
      • Female
      • Age:
      • 45-59
      • Where did you hear about this product?:
      • Friend or Family Member
      • How many supplements do you use on a daily basis?:
      • 3-5 Supplements Daily
      • Which of the following is the most important to you?:
      • Quality

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      SmartPoints too Restrictive! WW needs to give members choice

      By 

      from Marysville, WA

      About Me Exercise Regularly, Health Conscious, Health Professional

      Pros

        Cons

        • Not Effective
        • Not realistic
        • Uneven Performance

        Best Uses

          Comments about Weight Watchers:

          I have been a Weight Watcher member since 2002. I was doing just fine with the Points Plus system, then in January 2016, Weight Watchers converted everyone over to the "SmartPoints" system. This new system penalizes you, if you have a sugary treat, by tacking on extra points. I no longer see this as a realistic option for lifetime. I preferred having the option between the Core Plan and the Points Plus System. Now, there we are not given a choice and this feels like a "diet" not a new lifestyle. The beauty of Weight Watchers before, is that they would meet the individual where they were at. It is not realistic to expect someone, who is obese and eating tons of carbs, to all of a sudden, go to eating vegetables and fruits, and ditching all complex carbs. Interesting enough, I noticed this change came with Oprah buying out Weight Watchers. Her idea is not going over with a lot of people....too drastic for many of us, who used to love Weight Watchers.

          • Gender:
          • Female
          • Age:
          • 45-59
          • Where did you hear about this product?:
          • Other
          • How many supplements do you use on a daily basis?:
          • 1-2 Supplements Daily
          • Which of the following is the most important to you?:
          • Quality

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          I HATE "Smart Points"

          By 

          from Elk Grove Ca

          About Me Exercise Frequently, Exercise Regularly, Health Conscious

          Pros

          • Curbs Appetite

          Cons

          • Didn't Work
          • Not Effective
          • Uneven Performance

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use

          Comments about Weight Watchers:

          I have been a member for over20 years, and I really REALLY hate the Smart Points plan. It is too complicated and some of the things I liked and counted on is gone! We used to be able to enter our own recipes and get the points on that, that is gone and I may be gone soon. I cannot see ANYTHING good about the new plan.
          My grandson said if I don't like this plan, go back and use the previous one. We did it before and it would work again.

          • Gender:
          • Female
          • Age:
          • 60+
          • Where did you hear about this product?:
          • Other
          • Which of the following is the most important to you?:
          • Quality

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Terrible support system

          By 

          from Florida

          About Me Exercise Frequently, Health Conscious, Overweight

          Comments about Weight Watchers:

          WW introduced a new program late in 2016, long before the bugs were worked out by their IT department. I was told today that I would have to buy a new phone, at my expense, to use the tools on this new program. My current phone worked with the prior program.
          I did a live chat with someone in IT who wanted me to reinstall and reboot the device we were chatting on while she waited. Is it any wonder, with employees like that, that the IT department is unable to update and fix the bugs in their software?
          Also, I have now called WW more than twenty times. Each time I am asked to leave my telephone number so I can get a return call (do not try this on the consumer number. That department has no way to return calls and uses a system that frequently disconnects callers). Anyway, I received one return phone call although my problem was not resolved.

          • Gender:
          • Female

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          New Smart Points are no good

          By 

          from Florida

          About Me Overweight

          Pros

            Cons

            • Didn't Work

            Best Uses

              Comments about Weight Watchers:

              Always hungry, I predict that they will be losing a lot of costumers.

              • Gender:
              • Female
              • Age:
              • 60+

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Waste of money, won't get it back

              By 

              from Portland

              About Me Health Conscious, Overweight

              Pros

                Cons

                • Didn't Work
                • Not Effective

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Weight Watchers:

                  I thought I would try this to lose some weight. It's a waste of time. You can do this from a app easier. I tried to cancel my plan and it's very difficult to get a hold of someone. And they will keep charging you until you cancel . Crookery.

                  • Gender:
                  • Female
                  • Where did you hear about this product?:
                  • Newsletter or Blog
                  • Which of the following is the most important to you?:
                  • Quality

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  New Smart Points Not Too Smart

                  By 

                  from Sonoma County, CA

                  Pros

                  • Tastes Fine

                  Cons

                  • Didn't Work
                  • Not Effective

                  Best Uses

                  • Weight Loss

                  Comments about Weight Watchers:

                  I am a WW lifetime member from 15 years ago and did well on their original Points Plus Program and kept the weight off for 15 years. I could look at a nutrition labels a given food and estimate quite accurately the correct points. Now, their formula is so complicated, and my go-to snacks which used to be 3 points are now 5 or 6 points or more. Last night I spend 40 minutes on their CHAT, finally, the chat rep told me she was talking to 3 customers at once and didn't have time to answer my questions in a timely way. If you are a lifetime member, you can't even pay for coaching, unless you give up your lifetime status and start with a new (kerching, kerching) membership. My Fitbit device, which synchs up with their site, mysteriously gives me 21 points on my WW account for no reason. The Chat reps have cut-and-pasted responses that mimic the info on the website and offer no real support. I miss the old WW system that worked. I can't even use it, because the old points values are gone. My old WW scale, cook books, calculators are useless. Their brand-name snacks are full of additives and artificial colorings and flavorings. The meetings are all the same, corporately managed and planned, and do not address concerns of members. Anytime I have a question, I get the WW-approved response, even if it has nothing to do withy question. This used to be a great, member-centered organization, it's so sad how it's gone downhill.

                  • Gender:
                  • Female
                  • Age:
                  • 60+
                  • Where did you hear about this product?:
                  • Other
                  • Which of the following is the most important to you?:
                  • Convenience

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  great program, terrible tech support

                  By 

                  from Madison, WI

                  About Me Exercise Regularly, Health Conscious, Overweight

                  Pros

                  • Curbs Appetite
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Helped Lose Weight
                  • No Side Effects
                  • Tastes Fine
                  • Works Quickly

                  Cons

                  • Horrible, terrible, ridiculous tech support

                  Best Uses

                  • Maintaining Weight
                  • Weight Loss

                  Comments about Weight Watchers:

                  I love the new weight watchers program, but it is riddled with technical problems since their new program was released. If you need help, you wait forever and almost never get the help you need. Sometimes it tells you the wait time. You wait that time and then get a message that they're too busy to help you. Other times, you wait, talk to someone, get transferred and the new person has no idea what you've already described. Be prepared to get a degree in IT because they're solutions are very techie.

                  • Gender:
                  • Female
                  • Where did you hear about this product?:
                  • Friend or Family Member
                  • How many supplements do you use on a daily basis?:
                  • 0
                  • Which of the following is the most important to you?:
                  • Convenience, Price, Quality

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