Weight Watchers Freestyle New Program is Here!

Weight Watchers Freestyle rolled out today in the United States.

 

 

The UK version, called Flex, rolled out two weeks ago.  I posted before about it.  For the last two weeks, I’ve been trying to follow the new program based upon the UK information.  So far, I have been very happy with it.

Of course, until it rolled out officially in the United States, we couldn’t be sure if it was going to be the same.  But, now, we can be sure.  I had previously set my weigh in day to Sunday so I would get it on the app and on the browser today.  I think if you are not set to Sunday that it will change for you on your weigh in day, but I am not totally sure. [Read more…]

December Weigh In and Week 2 New Program Report

Two topics for this post, but they are related.

December Weigh In

First, I weighed in for December.  I was down 2 pounds from November, to 144 pounds.  That is 2 pounds under my goal weight of 146 pounds.  I am wanting to get to a lower point for my weight as part of my quest to improve my body composition.  I plan to reset my goal weight down a couple of pounds probably in January if these weight holds so I am not tempted to think it is OK to gain above 144 pounds. Hmm.  Actually, I may not wait until January.

I was very happy with the weigh in.  Being at or near goal, it is often hard to have a large loss.  And, yes, 2 pounds in a month counts as a large loss for me.  Also, the last time my weight was this low was in February.  I had a great weigh in during February (141.6 pounds) where I was basically back to my post-tummy tuck weight baseline.  It was wonderful.  But, then I started gaining.  I think mentally I didn’t think I had to worry about it since I was below my goal weight.  Hence, the reason I want to slowly reset my goal weight to something closer to where I want to be.

Anyway, I last saw my current weight while I was in the middle of gaining weight in February.  My next mini-goal is to weigh in at Weight Watchers at 141.6 pounds or below.

Week 2 – New Program (Flex in UK, Freestyle in U.S.)

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November Fit3D Scan

I just had my November Fit3D scan a couple of days ago.  I posted about my in initial Fit3D scan in September.  Then, I updated the scan in October. I can get a scan monthly as part of my plan at Dexafit.  I wasn’t sure if I would have much difference.  Up until about a week before the scan I wasn’t really down very much from last month.  But, the last week or so, my weight has really dropped (I think due to my trying to follow the new Weight Watchers plan that was unveiled in the UK). At Dexafit, I weighed 2 pounds less when I was scanned there in October.

I was a little concerned I wouldn’t have much change in measurements because I hadn’t exercised much the last couple of weeks mostly due to having a houseguest due to Thanksgiving.  I have done some walking, but had missed about a week and a half of strength training. So, even though I was done 2 pounds I wasn’t sure if I would have much difference in measurements.  As it turns out, I was happy with my November results.

To do the Fit3D scan, you basically get down to your underwear, then stand on this pedestal that spins you around for 40 seconds taking tons of measurements.  From that, a 3D avatar is created.  This is the one from this past Wednesday:

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Week 1 Report – New WW Program

Last Sunday based upon the information from the UK version of the new Weight Watchers 2018 program (called Weight Watchers Flex there), I started following the program as best as I could.  I  read the UK FAQs and followed some UK groups and felt I had enough information to do this.  I believe based upon trademark applications that the program will be called Weight Watchers Freestyle in the U.S.

Results

This was an interesting week to start, of course, since it was Thanksgiving in the U.S.  Because of the holiday and my mom visiting I had most of my higher point days loaded toward the end of the week which isn’t typical for me.

I didn’t weigh in at Weight Watchers during this period since I’ve already weighed in for November.  However, I did weigh at home on a daily basis.  For the week, I am down .8 pounds this morning from where I was last Sunday.  Given the holiday and the fact I feel like I am retaining water (lots of high sodium foods the past few days), I was very happy with this. [Read more…]

Exercise and Maintenance of Weight Loss

The hardest part about weight loss is not the actual losing of the weight.  It is keeping off the weight that is lost.  Sometimes, people think this is not something they have to think about until goal weight.  But, that isn’t true.  Weight regain can happen during the weight loss phase and can be devastating in terms of slowing down overall weight loss progress.  I ended up losing about a quarter of a pound a week from the time I went back to Weight Watchers in August 2010 until I got back to goal.  But, if you pull out all the time when I regained about 3/4 of what I had lost and had to lose it again, I would have been at an average loss of a half pound a week.  During that period of gain, if I had simply maintained my existing weight loss even if I didn’t lose anything more, I would have been so much better off.

So, yes, maintaining lost weight is hard.  I’m not saying weight loss itself isn’t hard.  But, I find it easier to lose than to maintain the weight loss.  During weight loss you get lots of positive feedback for that.  Going to meetings and getting a star for losing 5 pounds.  Seeing the number go down on the scale.  Buying a smaller size pair of jeans.  All of that is very reinforcing and fun.

Maintaining isn’t so exciting.  You aren’t changing much during maintenance.  You are just staying the same.  It can get to be a drag.  And, it can be hard to balance.  That is, it can be hard to get to a point where you neither gain nor lose.  And, people get used to you being your new weight so you don’t get that constant positive feedback.  You have to mostly rely on yourself to keep it all going.

A recent study addressed weight maintenance and what helps.  The answer is fairly simple:  increased physical activity.

 

The link above goes to the actual study itself.  A little more accessible and easier to read is this article in the New York Times that discusses the study.   [Read more…]