Time to examine my thoughts on my experiment with Weight Watchers 360, the online version of Weight Watchers. First of all, I want to stress that this is my opinion. While the site and the mobile apps had interesting and useful features, I just did not use them very much and I never felt like I enjoyed the online community.
For example, I had a lot of trouble finding all my foods in the online food tracker and I rarely could get the barcode scanner to scan my stuff. I also joined a group in the community, yet never got more than one message from the group. I think I was supposed to visit the group site more and chat up people. I am just too introverted and busy to mess with that.
As I am already on the computer as a blogger and involved in forums, I suspect I personally need to get away from the computer and spending time online in order to really change my lifestyle. As I mentioned in Day 7 of my Weight Watchers Diary, I feel like using the fitbit to keep you honest about your true exercise habits and being more active on a daily basis will help me more than just watching my food intake and changing some habits. All of those together of course, are great, but I already know much of what WW 360 is telling me, I am just not DOING the things. I did just notice that Weight Watchers looks like they are promoting a new item that will track your movements, called the activelink. Interesting. I may have tried the Weight Watchers 360 too early.
Anyway, if you are interested in using Weight Watchers and Weight Watchers online, I really recommend doing a trial of the online version but also visiting a local weight watchers group. You can see if you really need to be in a physical group for support or if the online fits your lifestyle. You can also do both an online and local support group at the same time, and the cost varies depending on what you choose.
I do like the Weight Watchers magazine, so I ordered that. I like the recipes and the how to prepare food videos that are available on the ipad app, that is part of the WW 360.
So, I guess my final thoughts on this are that they do have some really useful information, especially on how to prepare food in a healthy manner and how to make changes in your habits. Yet, I did not feel supported by the online forums and I didn’t love the food tracking app available for smartphones.
In the end, I think Weight Watchers 360 has lots of good information and decent apps, but I need more live accountability, myself.
Right now, there is a two week risk free trial showing up on the Weight Watchers site. So, now would be a decent time to try and see what you think!!
*I received a complimentary 3 month subscription to Weight Watchers Online.“People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.”