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#1 ~Nic~

Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:17 AM

Between January 2012 and March 2012; I lost about 12kg... I need to lose around 25 - 30kg and for me, losing 12 was huge. I have never managed to lose more than 5 or 6 kg ata time and was so proud of myself. Then DH and I went on a holiday, and when we got back one of the kids was sick, then I was sick and I basically fell off the wagon in a pretty big way and never got back on. I think I have put about 8kg back on since then cry1.gif. I need to get started again and this time I have two distinct advantages... I know what worked last time and I know how easy it was to lose focus and undo all the work I did. I've set my goal which I know is achievable as I've done it before (re-lose the 8kg that I put back on plus an extra 2kg by Easter... I did it once, I can do it again!) and I was thinking about joining weight watchers online, mainly for the tracking tools. However, I've been reading the reviews for the WW Android app, and it looks like it's rubbish... I don't want  any excuses for not sticking to it this time and I am concerned that not being able to keep track is a problem. The my fitness pa.      app however has great reviews and is free.

So is it worthwhile signing up to WW if I was only really using it for tracking, or is my fitness pal sufficient?

(excuse grammar and spelling... On my phone...)

Edited by ~Nic~, 07 January 2013 - 10:18 AM.


#2 I*Love*Christmas

Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:29 AM

I have the Iphone app for Weight Watchers and I find it works brilliantly. There were some hiccups but they have been sorted now. Pretty sure the andriod phone has an update coming. I track online mostly anyway from my computer. If you do WW online you really want it for the program and the tracking aspect rather than just the tracking. If you are going to do your own thing and not worry about counting points etc then I would just do fitness pal.

#3 Ange

Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:31 AM

I find MFP the same as WW online, except MFP is free!!

#4 ~~HappyMummy~~

Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:42 PM

Yes MFP is free and they're nearly the same but there is no accountability (except to yourself) with just the MFP app.  I used it on and off for months and never really lost much weight.

I've just joined WW and have the app and am going to meetings and I feel really good about it.  I know that I have to weigh in each Friday and that makes a massive difference keeping me on track.

I would join WW for a few months, loose some weight, get back on track and then when you're ready move back to MFP to keep your calories under control.

#5 RealityBites

Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:49 PM

I much prefer, and have been most successful using, MFP. It gives you back the control, no false guilt over weigh-ins and points, and lots of positive, healthy people as well as people looking to lose weight.

Learning how to count calories is a much better skill than counting 'points' IMO.

Edited by RealityBites, 13 January 2013 - 07:50 PM.


#6 tibs

Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:50 PM

I think WW is great if you are going to meetings etc but for online only you might as well just do MFP.  I have done both and for android the MFP app is waaaaaaaaaaaay better than the WW app which doesn't even work half the time  rolleyes.gif

#7 matt1972

Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:48 PM

How did you lose the 12kg last time?

#8 mpjp

Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:39 PM

I've done both and WW works much much better for me.

It was just a psychological thing - with WW fruits and most veg are 'free' so for my mind it helps - I don't want to feel 'bad' about eating veg - and if I am hungry I have a safe and healthy place to go. With MFP I ended up feeling bad about everything I ate!!

Also WW does (to some extent) reconise that all calories are not alike - you can have two identically calorific foods and WW will assign less points to a food that has more nutritional value and more to the one that doesn't. To me this is a healthy way of being. It helps me realise that a cob of corn really is 'better' than a freddo frog!!!



ETA also - for me - paying for something motivates me more than something that is just free!

Edited by meplainjanebrain, 14 January 2013 - 12:40 PM.


#9 ~cackleberry~

Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:25 PM

Have you thought about Calorie King?  That is what i'm doing at the moment and i'm loving it.  I've tried WW before and found it to be great as well, but couldn't afford it any longer.  CK is free.  I don't know much about My Fitness Pal, so can't comment on that one.

#10 Jax12

Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:30 PM

Another who has done both and I agree, WW is great for meetings and accountability.  If you have a good leader it can also be quite inspiring at times and when other members make goal it can give you a real life example of how it can work.

Having said that, if you don't plan on attending any meetings then save your money and use My Fitness Pal.  It's free and the database is more extensive than WW online.

It sounds as though you would do well with the support of a team leader though so if you can afford it I would strongly recommend actually joining WW and attending weekly meetings for better results.

Good luck - it's hard!

#11 Lausii

Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:34 PM

My Fitness Pal. The Iphone app is great. I can go weeks without losing weight and then will lose a few kilos overnight. If I was doing WW and weighing in every week that would be enough to undo my hard work. Not seeing the scales move, however the tape measure is. Plus MFP is free. And you learn about calories, not points.  wink.gif I've lost over 20 kilos with MFP.

#12 katiebear26

Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:41 PM

QUOTE (~Nic~ @ 07/01/2013, 11:17 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
However, I've been reading the reviews for the WW Android app, and it looks like it's rubbish...


it currently is rubbish. after waiting so long to get it, it crashes all the time when i open and i continually have to delete and reinstall. once they sort it out, it will be good...

#13 Mumma3

Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:42 PM

Another fan of My Fitness Pal. I've done WW as well, both online and meetings, but find MFP better, particularly when you look at the nutritional breakdown each day - it helped me to identify nutrients that were lacking in my diet as well as areas I was overdoing it in.
I also like the 5 week projection - "if every day was like today, you'd weigh x kg in 5 weeks". I like the short term incentive of a 5 week goal.


#14 antsy

Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:49 AM

I am doing WW and love it. I tried calorie king, which is very similar to MFP, and found I couldnt stick to it, I would end up falling off the wagon when the going got tough. Going to weekly meetings and getting weighed in with WW is a huge motivator and makes me stick to it.

I lost about 25kg going to meetings, then switched to WW online because I felt confident that I could continue on my own now that I was used to it. I have lost a further 6kg using the online, and have about 5kg to go.

The WW app on my android phone works ok but occasionally crashes, I just have to re open it and then it works. I usually enter my food using my PC, the online tracker works perfectly.

#15 LittleListen

Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:59 AM

If you are only going to use the app, get MFP.

WW doesn't teach you anything about how to monitor food. That's why you have to keep going back to WW years later. Look at any meeting and you'll find over half of the participants have done WW in the past.

MFP shows you the actual values of foods in calories, fat and protein. You sill start to realise that your "cheats" really are cheats and are throwing you off.
WW points have no real value in everyday life and as soon as you stop tracking them, you will have trouble working out what you have eaten unless you have memorised the points for food you eat.

With calories, once you know what calories your regular serving of, say, carrot sticks is, you can read the dip packet at the party to work out the calories and how much dip you should have.

In my mind its an easier long term approach with calorie counting and the MFP has the added advantage of so many user-added options that I almost never have had to add a dish of my own.

All the best OP!




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