What do you do when you aren't losing weight on Weight Watchers? It's working for everyone else, but for some reason you just can't lose! What gives?
Weight loss depends on SO many factors, it's tough for me to say THIS is why you aren't losing weight, and pinpoint one thing. However, there are some fundamentals that are easy to skip over in the rush to get started, so I'm going to talk about those today. Even if you have thyroid issues, mobility issues, or other health issues that make weight loss difficult, I have faith that with enough hard work (and a little positive thinking), you can change your life.
What to do When Weight Watchers Isn't Working
I co-own a free support group for Weight Watchers members. At least a dozen times a day, I see posts saying “this isn't working”. I always tag those members in my famous “psychic” post, and most of the time those same people say “THANK YOU!” because the tips I give in that post help them get back on track. With that being said, it's always easier said than done… so don't beat yourself up if you fall off track. EVERYONE falls off. What you do when you get up is what matters.
Most of the folks that come to me and say the program isn't working are forgetting something: they have to put the work in. Weight Watchers isn't a magic fix. It's not a diet, either. Weight Watchers teaches us principles that we can use for the rest of our lives, even if we stop tracking points. If you're not losing weight with Weight Watchers, take an honest look at what you're eating and drinking, and how much you're exercising. While it's true that most people don't need to exercise in order to lose weight on Weight Watchers, it's important to nourish AND move your body. Sitting around all day doesn't do anyone any good. If this woman can lose weight, so can you.
Give it time.
You didn't put the weight on overnight, and you won't lose it overnight either. Even if you aren't noticing the scale move, you're probably losing inches as long as you're following the program. Make sure you weigh AND measure yourself. Give it a few weeks before you start freaking out. If you've lost weight but have hit a plateau, read my post about how to break through a weight loss plateau.
Smiling is directly related to weight loss. Okay, well, maybe not like related in a scientifically proven kind of way, but I truly feel if you are happy with yourself the weight will come off faster! When I gain a pound and get upset, I eat crap food for the rest of the day and that just sets me off in a downward spiral. Being happy with myself, happy with my body, doesn't mean I'm content. It doesn't mean I will stop trying to lose weight. It means I'm happy now, because that's all I can be.
Stop thinking about Weight Watchers in a negative way. Stop thinking you CAN'T do it and say you CAN AND WILL do it. Reset by drinking more water, and cooking some delicious meals. Here are a few of my favorite Weight Watchers recipes:
And you don't even have to give up your fancy coffee drinks.
If you're still not losing weight, mix up your weeklies. That means if you're regularly using your weekly points, stop using them. If you never use them, start.
Follow the steps.
These aren't Weight Watchers principles, they are mine. :)
Step 1: Drink 1/2 your bodyweight in ounces of water*. Stop drinking soda. Don't tell me you “can't”.
Step 2: Consume more protein and less sodium. Protein keeps you full for longer periods of time. Sodium bloats you.
Step 3: Move more. Even if you just walk 5-10 minutes at a time, a few times a day, the weight will come off if you're moving more. I just got a new Fitbit to motivate me to MOVE.
*Talk to your doctor about how much water you should drink if you aren't sure.
Find a buddy.
Whether online or offline, a weight loss and motivational buddy can help SO MUCH. You can join my group and find some friends, or use a site like Meetup.
Choose another plan.
If you're on the Freestyle plan and you feel it's not working, go back to PointsPlus or even try Simply Filling. I am a firm believer that all Weight Watchers plans work for 99.9% of people.
Trust the plan.
Weight Watchers works. Many diets have come and gone through the years, but Weight Watchers has always been around because IT WORKS. My Mom even used Weight Watchers when I was a kid! Trust that the plan works, and trust your body to lose weight when you drink water, eat within your points, and get up and move.
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