Weight watchers vs slimming world(11 Posts)
Hi, never posted on this topic before so be gentle! I need to lose about a stone. I'm rubbish at dieting - always feel hungry. Do minimal exercise (20mins approx 4 x a week). I did slimming world 4years ago and did lose but only stuck to it for about a month and to be honest it made me miserable. I know there's all the "free food" but I didn't want to eat that and so still felt hungry. I've tried using "my fitness pal" for the last couple of weeks and am struggling to stay within my daily calorie allowance. Last night I came across ww again and had a look at the website - it seemed a bit confusing saying there's several different ways to do it... Counting / pro points etc. can someone explain these to me please? There's an offer online at the mo for Â£12 for a month or Â£30 for 3 months and I don't know whether to join. I'm unable to get to actual meetings so would be doing it all online. Any advice please?
Hi Wenchelda, I've done both WW and SW in the past and while I was following each plan I lost weight. Unfortunately I am currently at my heaviest weight ever, so while I know both plans work (and work well) you do have to stick with them! Like you I also tried MFP, but didn't really get on with that either. I have about 2 stone to lose.
I've not tried the new Extra Easy plan on Slimming World, so I can't comment on that, but I think that if you like plenty of variety and don't mind weighing and measuring every last morsel, then WW is better, but if you like to have a bigger plateful of food but don't mind having less variety, then SW is a better choice.
So in my opinion it's quantity (SW) vs variety (WW)
That said, I signed up with WW online 12 days ago and have lost 1.5lb so far, and am staying within my points allowance without too much effort at the moment. I haven't tried a Healthy and Filling day yet (sounds similiar to SW to me!) but might do once I've lost a bit of weight.
The weight watchers filling and healthy plan is similar to sw - no weighing or measuring, just unlimited healthy food plus weekly points for other things.
The new pro points is the same principle as before, you get daily points depending on your age/height/weight then weekly points on top. Lots of foods will have different values to when you last did it, so you'd need to study it a bit (which gets you really focused anyway).
I se to do better on ww points than sw, I feel like I can have more treats.
I have done both and they both worked for me, to a point.
I lost 6 1/2 stone at SW, and then stopped losing still a couple of stone from my goal weight. I did Extra Easy but I suppose I never really got to grips with portion control. I had a list of foods that I could eat unlimited amounts of and I did.
After 18 months of struggling (and gaining a stone back on) I signed up to the Mumsnet WW product test. I have now lost 2 stone with them (over 8 stone in total), WW Filling and Healthy approach is very similar to SW Extra Easy, but I do better with counting points and feel it fits in better with me for my family life and if I want to go to Pizza Express or McD with the children I can as long as I point and count what I am eating.
I am about 1/2 from my goal weight and for the first time I really think it is achievable.
I think the effectiveness of each plan really depends on what fits in best with your life style. As with any plan it has to be sustainable or the weight just piles back on, when you revert to old habits. I joined SW in January and have lost 1 stone in 2 months, my husband who eats the same food as me has lost a stone and a half. The advantages of SW are that it's family friendly, a life style change (reducates you about food choices), pretty simple to follow as there is very little weighing/measuring and you can still eat bread, potatoes and pasta! No food is banned you have up to 15 syns and you decide how to use them. It is also great for those who cook from scratch because the whole family can eat the same food. Although they have just started selling ready meals in Iceland. Today I'm making pizza chicken (using a chicken fillet as a base with pizza sauce, toppings & cheese)and SW chips served with salad.
I have never tried weight watchers but can see myself using SW long term and hopefully loosing weight.
I have previously done, stuck to and achieved on SW but after putting on a few pounds have been back to SW when they started the Orange days and found I was not loosing the weight as well as when I was on the Red / Green days. I'm just wondering whether a change in approach on WW will help be achieve better / quicker.
Jamrollpolly "The advantages of SW are that it's family friendly, a life style change (reducates you about food choices), pretty simple to follow as there is very little weighing/measuring and you can still eat bread, potatoes and pasta! No food is banned"
This statement could apply exactly to WW too. I've never done SW (lost 4 stone with Weight Watchers) but the whole talk about Syns irritates me.
Let's be honest a cucumber is a cucumber, it's healthy on both plans. They are both successful weight loss techniques but the problem for me is sticking to it! I currently do weight watchers and it works when you stay on plan
I've done both plans (currently doing WW). My problem on SW was no quantity restrictions. So I found myself eating piles of SW chips, loads of fruit and yoghurt as they were 'free'. Weight loss tailed off very quickly. I like having a set amount of points to 'budget', so I know I am not eating too much.
I also really disliked the SW classes, which could go on for ages, with some people talking forever!!
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