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How to Be Successful on Weight Watchers

By Contributing Writer

Weight Watchers has been around since the early 1960s, but it has never been easier to stick with this weight loss program. By utilizing the Internet and other technology, you can better assure that you'll stick with the program and lose weight. Read on to learn how to be successful on Weight Watchers.

Attend meetings. You'll have more success if you're held accountable to someone else besides yourself. If your schedule is just too busy to carve out a time slot, consider attending just the weigh-in meetings. Having to share your weight with someone else is a great motivator for keeping your eating in check.

If you don't have time for meetings, join the Weight Watchers online program. You can keep track of points, create menus and recipes, and search through a database of foods and their point values.

Buy a points calculator and keep it in your purse. Take the calculator everywhere--more and more restaurants are including the nutritional information on their menus, so you can figure out exactly how many points you will be eating. The less guessing you have to do, the easier it will be to stick to your daily point allotment. Also take the points calculator to the grocery store. If you really want to know how many points those ice cream sandwiches have, you can just plug the nutritional information into the calculator before you buy them.

Buy a food scale. It can be difficult to estimate portion sizes when you're first starting out, so use a scale and eliminate any confusion. The more accurate you are when it comes to measuring your portions, the more success you will have with the program.

Eliminate temptation in your home. Keep the house filled with healthy snacks and toss the junk food. This sounds like a no-brainer, but if you don't feel like you can trust yourself to have just one cookie, get rid of the problem by getting rid of the cookies.

Eat protein--especially for breakfast. Protein is what makes you feel full, and eating some for breakfast will have a better chance of keeping you satisfied until lunch.

Splurge once in a while. Weight Watchers works because it is not based on food deprivation. You'll be much more likely to stick with the program if you don't feel like you're missing out on everything fun. Moderation is key, though; don't overdo it.

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