It's taken me six years to lose 85 lbs. There've been month-long and even a couple year-long stretches without any weight loss, but I haven't regained in that time (my weight fluctuates, but I've never gone more than two or three weeks without getting my weight back to it's lowest point).
I've been member of WW and other weight loss groups at least a couple dozen times in the past. Whenever I quit to "do it on my own," I never did. I'd regain all the weight and usually extra to spare. This last time has been different (sort of), but I still can't call it a roaring success.
My husband and I were members of WW, but we couldn't afford the meetings for both of us, so we joined TOPS. Hubby hated it, and persuaded me to quit with him to "do it on our own."
That was about 18 months ago. Hubby and I each have lost a little more weight, but not much. I recently decided that I just do so much better with the weekly support and the accountability of a weigh-in. I suspect that I might need that support/accountability forever. Hubby isn't going with me (I'm hoping he changes his mind eventually, because he did a lot better when he was in a group too).
We still can't afford for both of us to go to WW, so I suggested that hubby go to WW (which he preferred) and I go to TOPS (which I prefer), but he wants to do it on his own, so I go to TOPS without him (I don't drive, so the doofus sits in the car and reads).
I'm not saying any of this applies to you. There are a lot of people here who did do it on their own after leaving an in-person group, or without ever being in such a group. 3FC provides a lot of the support that an in-person group would provide, but for me I also need the weekly weigh-in. It helps me avoid "just one day off won't hurt" thinking.
The only way you'll know if you do as well on your own is to try.
Last edited by kaplods; 11-12-2010 at 05:35 PM.