Weight Loss Support - is it just me?
02-27-2007, 10:28 PM
I live in Canada and I would love to join ww as i have heard alot of ppl to be successful on the diet, the problem is it is so darn expensive to join and keep up with. That is just for the memberships then you need books and everything. Maybe i should make a goal to save and join lol. Maybe i shouldn't complain but does seem like alot of money.
BTW how do i get one of those weightloss measure things?
02-27-2007, 10:33 PM
it can get very expensive. maybe you could get together with a few girlfriends and have one person join, (everyone pitch in the money.) that way everyone has access to the literature and the person who goes to the meetings can bring wht they've learned from the meetings beck to your group. you could all have a weekly weigh in just like the actual meetings. plus, its a good reason to get together with your friends and visit.
02-27-2007, 10:35 PM
Not sure about that....but one suggestion might be...if you can't afford ww right now...you can count calories. There's a good website called fitday.com and you can log your calorie intake. Also if you can't find the caloric intake of some food on fitday...another good site is calorieking.com. Also if you want to know how much you should be eating to loose weight there are several good websites that can help you calculate that including
and this will help you figure out exercise
It's a start. WW is great...but in reality, i find that this is working great...i'm counting calories. WW was a start for me...but needed more "daily" support that i'm finding here. SEveral key things are keep a daily food journal, weigh and measure everything at first (you'd be suprised how much you really are eating), plan your meals, eat healthy options but allow some splurges so you don't "Go off the deep end" good luck
02-27-2007, 10:36 PM
just found this WW calculator site...
its amazing what you can find when you just google something LOL
02-27-2007, 10:37 PM
okay...here's another one...ebay has all sorts of WW info for sale. That may be good for you to start...and then find the moral support here...see attached website
02-27-2007, 10:42 PM
awsome advice...thanks a million
02-27-2007, 10:51 PM
Not to diss WW but I've had much more success with counting calories with fitday.com and getting motivation and encouragement at 3FC than going to WW... Follow the Canada food guide and count calories is your best bet and much much cheaper...
The last time I went to WW I lost 2 pounds in a year :faint:... I'm in Canada too, at the time it was 12$/week :fr: it was a very expensive 2 pounds to say the least...
Good luck in whatever you do and keep us posted on your decision ...
02-27-2007, 10:57 PM
agrees with Ilene...i learned a lot for WW...but truthfully have the "daily" and even hourly support i find here is great. And truthfully i'm doing great counting calories now. But i think as long as you find a HEALTHY way to loose wt and and works for you...more power to you!
02-27-2007, 11:22 PM
My mom had joined through their website and did it computer-based -- not sure but this may be cheaper??!!
02-28-2007, 12:31 AM
I'm with the calorie counters!
02-28-2007, 05:40 AM
On behalf of folks who are financially strapped ... fitday.com is free and so is 3 Fat Chicks ... besides a bit of equipment I've picked up over the years ... I know you can lose weight very cheaply.
Don't worry about the support. You come here to us and we'll help you. 24/7 reading support ;)
02-28-2007, 08:29 AM
I use to want to join- but I was deterred by the money. If you are still determined ebay is a great source, so is the sub forum for WW here at 3fatchicks, and there are search engines to fill in the gaps.
02-28-2007, 09:10 AM
hi, I joined WW about 4 years ago and lost 45 pounds. I did it through an at-work program. I was expensive but worth it for me because I needed the push and motivation. My husband did it with me (at home). I did two at work sessions (about $250 :sp: ) but I learned a lot and it helped me with portion control. After I had my second child, we didn't have enough money to join again so I joined the local center. I bought a month's worth but went every two weeks to space it out. I do fitday now and You:on a diet but WW was a great starting point for me and my husband.
02-28-2007, 09:21 AM
I think I must be in the minority on this thread, but I love WW. It has helped me tremendously! I do understand the cost prohibitiveness, but I still believe the plan is top notch. Right now they are having free registration, so you could go to one meeting for the $12 fee, after which the leader goes through the program with you to let you know how to do it....what to eat, etc. If you wanted the books you could purchase them right then at your first meeting for less than they're selling for on ebay ($9 each, I believe). Anyway, I guess my point is that for about $30 you could go get the info and the books then do it on your own, using 3fc for support and additional info. Just a thought! Good luck with whatever you decide!
02-28-2007, 11:29 AM
We always have money for junk and fast food but complain about paying for WW and healthy food. If you want to do it, you will find the money. The problem with buying the stuff and never attending a meeting is you are just doing your version of WW without the support and explanations, etc. that go with it.
02-28-2007, 11:53 AM
You might also try TOPS, which is a non-profit organization, so the cost is much more affordable (I believe there are chapters in Canada, if not I'm sorry).
You can usually borrow the food plan book from your local chapter, or you can buy your own copy. It is an exchange based system. You don't have to follow their food plan though, you can follow any food plan that you wish to, or even develop your own, but the aim is healthy eating, not just weight loss (at least in most chapters, you do occasionally hear of groups that get carried away in recommending and expecting crazy weight loss methods). There's an anual fee, I think around $20 (at least the last time I checked) and each local club determines their own weekly dues (the ones I went to were between $2 and $4 a week).
02-28-2007, 07:16 PM
I love WW and I agree that it is a great starting point but I just don't have the money or time for the meetings. I still follow WW but I count calories at Spark People (it's free) and I come here almost daily for support. Plus, I have the advantage of working at a hospital were alot of nurses are doing WW so I have support at work too.
03-01-2007, 08:03 PM
Kelly, I love WW too. It has helped me so much just going to the meetings every week for support and motivation. I tried the first time around to do it on my on after going to the meetings for five weeks and learning the plan. I lost 34 lbs. I found that I maintained but did not lose any more weight. Susan, you are so right. We practically throw away money for things that are not nearly as helpful. I purchased the monthly pass for $39.99 which averages out to less than $10.00 a week. I cut out some other things and did this for myself because I am worth it.
03-01-2007, 09:17 PM
I loved going to WW meetings when I joined five years ago, and I lost 50 pounds, but I gained it back (totally my fault, not WW's). This time I decided to do the plan without going to meetings, mostly because of the money. I've been very successful doing it without meetings, because I come here for accountability and support. A lot of people don't seem to be aware that counting WW points is essentially the same as counting calories, so people will sometimes be a bit down on WW if they're not familiar with the program. I personally just find the point system more manageable because I'm used to it, but I consider myself primarily a calorie-counter since it's the same. Anyway, you can find the info online, certainly, if you want to do it on your own. Or you can send me a private message with questions if you'd like!