Even though I am currently “doing” Weight Watchers, it took me a while to get keen on the idea of paying money to do a program that had already been determined for me before nothing was known of my own personal condition. But since I can’t resist a good deal and I knew I needed some sort of extra pressure to help me… I signed up. As you guys saw with my last update, I have actually been having some success over the past few months. Whether or not I could have done that on my own, who knows. I do know that I counted points for like 2 weeks and the rest of the time I have just been eating my typical “earth food” that comes from the ground rather than a box.
I’ve got this issue with boxes with more than just avoiding food from them. I also have a big issue with companies that try to fit their potential customers or current customers into a box. Specially, weight loss plans. Ever since I started gaining weight as a teenager, I’ve had suggestions of weight loss programs that I should do. Slimfast. Nutrisystem. Jenny Craig. Weight Watchers. Atkins. Now, as an adult blogger, the suggestions come on even stronger.
The past few months on Weight Watchers has really confirmed my disliking of programs that are designed to place certain people in certain boxes. For example, my daily point allowance for WW was based on my age, height, weight, and my suggested activity level. The spectrum for everything is pretty broad though. According to this handy blog by LaaLoosh, age groups are clumped within ten years and people who fall between 5’1 and 5’10 are clumped together as well. So that means a 27 year old female who is 5’9″ and 200 pounds who is sedentary will have similar point values to a 37 year old female who is 5’2″ and 160 pounds and walks often. I would like to believe it is balanced accordingly per person, but I just doubt the specific attention each member receives when determining what they should eat every day.
Weight Watchers gripes aside, my point is this: I believe there is no program that works for everyone. The weight loss industry in the United States is driven by one thing: money. Our country feeds into this multi-billion dollar industry by quickly latching on to whatever they feel is going to be the easiest solution to their weight loss. I know when I signed up for Weight Watchers, it was and is because I still feel like I need the weekly meetings in order to feel accountable for myself. I had a feeling that I probably wouldn’t actually track points and even without it, I have still been able to have success. Whether or not it is because I’m enrolled in the program and going to the meetings, who knows. I do feel more determined that ever to get this weight off so whatever it is that I’m doing, it is working.
However, I can not just go and say that Weight Watchers works for everyone. I think the only sort of program I can really advocate for is one that a trained dietitian and nutritionist creates specifically for YOU. Anyone that I have talked to about their successful weight loss has been on a journey that has consisted of what they have crafted together by what works best for their bodies. There is no simple, by the box, weight loss program that works for everyone. The trick is just finding what works for YOU.
Lots of love,