My Storied Weight-Loss Journey and the New Weight Watchers Freestyle Program
One year ending and the next one starting typically looks like this for me:
- December—abandon all pretense of moderation, proceed to Eat All The Cookies and Drink All The Eggnog. (Sigh.)
- January—feel dumpy and regretful, re-join Weight Watchers for the umpteenth time. (Double sigh.)
Predictably, December 2017 and January 2018 were no different, for me or many others. Last year, according to statisticbrain.com, Lose Weight/Healthier Eating ranked #1 in the Top Ten New Year’s resolutions, at 21.4%. I’d wager this year is similar, since the next closest resolution, Life/Self Improvements, was a distant second with just 12.3%.
Anyway, suffice it to say that me and annual weight loss vows go way back. Like w-a-a-y back, to the 80s. Pounds gained and pounds lost have been part of my life story since my early teens. In 2013, I spent a week at a Biggest Loser Resort and wrote about it for the magazine. A couple of years later, I went back for some fine-tuning. Through it all, off and on, I’ve been a Weight Watchers member.
In 2016, when yo-yo dieter extraordinaire Oprah Winfrey was all over the airwaves singing the praises of the latest WW plan, I wrote about experiencing it. That plan was a reboot of the Points-based system that's been in place since the late '90s. Not familiar with it? I break it all down here. Now Weight Watchers is in the news again, thanks to a simpler, more flexible plan called Weight Watchers Freestyle, which promises over 200 Zero Points foods and doesn’t require nearly as much tracking. Also making headlines: an impressive rise in its stock price and the interesting announcement that mega recording artist DJ Khaled will be following Freestyle and sharing his personal weight-loss journey with legions of fans on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat (djkhaled305) and Instagram. Check him out with his adorable son in this announcement on Instagram:
I’m planning to keep an eye on Khaled’s social feeds and gearing up for Freestyle myself, planning to hit up weekly meetings at least for the time being. Looking back, the times I have been most successful on WW were when I committed to in-person weigh-ins, that accountability kept me a lot more focused. According to the American Psychological Association, a group approach can help encourage weight loss, at least in the short-term. For more info on that research, click here.