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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.

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What to do When Weight Watchers Isn't Working

I moderate a free support group for Weight Watchers members and I own a Weight Watchers Air Fryer Recipe Group. I recommend you join them both now, as they are filled with support, suggestions and delicious recipes for you to enjoy! They are both PRIVATE so they will not show up in your FB feed.

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.

Get honest.

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 – so get moving!

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.

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Smile more.

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.

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If you have quit Weight Watchers, thinking you can do it all yourself, perhaps it is time to rejoin. I speak from experience on this one. I did the program years ago and thought I had it down to a science. I lost weight, felt great and wanted to save on the membership fees. It didn't work for me long term. Slowly but surely, the weight crept back on.  I have rejoined now and find the meetings help me stay accountable. I seem to need that. I find it much easier to say no to things I shouldn't eat when I know I have my next meeting in 4 days… 3 days… 2 days, etc. Maybe you need that extra structure too?


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 best recipes.

1 Point Pancakes
Chicken Empanadas – 3 Points for a huge empanada!
Funnel Cake Bites – 3 Points for 8!

And you don't even have to give up your fancy Starbucks 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. See what gets your metabolism moving.

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Follow the steps.

These aren't Weight Watchers principles, they are mine. :)

Step 1: Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water*. Stop drinking soda. Don't tell me you “can't”- just do it for yourself.

Step 2: Consume more protein and less sodium. Protein keeps you feel 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.

*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 free style group  here and join my free Air Fryer Recipe 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. 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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Make sure you check out and grab our printable shopping lists below to make it easy when you are in store to grab the best WW FreeStyle friendly foods and snacks!

Weight Watchers Walmart Shopping List

Weight Watchers Target Shopping List

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Weight Watchers Trader Joe's Shopping List


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Laurie Bennett

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  1. Thank you for all this AMAZING advice 🤗 lo

  2. Thanks for such a well thought out and insightful comment. I truly appreciate it!

  3. Are your recipes freestyle points? Like the pancakes that are 1 point each. Thank you

  4. There are several knock off apps that allow you to pick your plan. They aren’t as good as the WW app but, they do allow you to choose the plan that works best for you.

  5. My issue is the battle with the points. I run 4 miles a day and do weights 3x/wk. I’m STARVING. I keep trying to hit the three week point to have Fit points but can’t seem to make it that long. I just give up. I have 15 lbs to go. I’ve just plateaued

  6. I tried weight watchers back in 2008, lost about 30 pounds. It worked great! I always kept my points book and tool that they had to calculate points on the go. I kept the weight off for a while. It took about 6 months to lose. I tried it again under the new program and it is much different. I tracked my points but lost NOTHING. I will mention that I have PCOS and am on Metformin. I just canceled today. I’ll probably try MyFitness Pal.

  7. I’ve been doing the free style faithfully and I’ve gained 22 lbs in 1 month my Dr said absolutely no fruits or carbs at all

  8. I lost 123lbs on beyind the scale !! They switched to Freestyle and I am up 63 pounds!!! 😢

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