Weight Watchers is a perfectly healthy way to lose weight and learn to eat regular food in proper proportions. My problem is that the more I focus on food, the less successful I am. Each time I have joined Weight Watchers, no less than three, although I cannot remember if there are more times, I have started out great. Usually dropping 10 or 20 pounds in the first month or two. About that time is when I actually start going to meetings, then that is when things start going downhill for me.
The meetings that I have gone to in three different cities and two states have not lived up to my expectations. Rather than teach me how to eat the most nutritious foods within the current system of the day, be it “points” or “exchanges” or something else, there was always a long discussion on how to eat the most crap for the least calories. Never mind that the recipes consisted of fake foods, chemical additives, and worst of all fake sugars, they were encouraged as practically “free” in terms of not hindering weight loss. Never mind that these concoctions tasted horrendous, and never mind the obvious fact that they were not good for me. The point was, you can eat them and still lose weight.
Before long I would find myself in my kitchen inventing as many creations of fake food that I could “enjoy” within my daily allotment and not gain weight. I would go to the meetings and excitedly share my new concoctions with a willing audience and our only celebrations were when the scale showed a minus even though we bragged about eating and entire fake key lime pie. No one discussed much about nutrition, or health, the only thing that mattered was the number on the scale.
Slowly but surely the numbers on the scale would stop going down until the fateful day, usually the last day I went to a particular meeting, the scale would inch up. I knew why it was going up. I was eating. Eating everything and anything that was classified as real food. Real food full of fat, butter, and well, actual food. I would over eat in ways that I had not done before trying to diet with Weight Watchers. Recipes of fake key lime pie would lead me to eating my mom’s real recipe of key lime pie because the flavor of the fake key lime pie was so unsatisfying that I had to then eat the real thing just to make sure the real one wasn’t that awful. The end result, each time I attempted Weight Watchers was an additional 10 or 20 pounds over where I started.
I still believe that it is I who failed Weight Watchers and not Weight Watchers who failed me. I can’t help it. I like real food. I hate fake sugar, it gives me a headache. I hate fake fat, it has no relationship to the real fat in food, and only makes me want more of the real thing. I like real food and while I am sure that Weight Watchers headquarters wants to teach healthy eating habits, but the truth is, if you put a room full of fat people together they are going to talk about one thing, food, and how to eat more of it.