Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I was just thinking....

I talked to my sister yesterday and she had joined Weight Watchers last week. She had her first weigh in last night and she lost 5.2 lbs. I was very happy for her. This isn't her first go with Weight Watchers, in fact it is probably her 15th + try. In my family (my sister, my mom, and myself) would all go back to WW when we would "have enough" of our weight. It happened once a year at least, sometimes 3-4 times.

I tried other things too, Medical Weight Loss (a REALLY expensive doctor directed program), South Beach, NutriSystem, Atkins, the list is endless. But, WW was always the go to. Obviously nothing ever worked. I was at my absolute heaviest weight and was not willing to try something I have failed at before.

We have all heard the statistics of losing weight and keeping it off with traditional diets. I actually just read a study here. It seems that the 95% fact (that 95% of people who diet gain all their weight back) is indeed true. It has also been found that most people also gain additional weight on top of the weight they lost. This has been the case for me and also the case for my sister.

I hope she can be successful with WW but I worry she won't. I worry she will only get more discouraged. Thinking about this makes me so thankful I have chosen the band. I know I could NEVER lose all the weight I want to lose, and mostly, maintain the weight I lost with it.


Sandy Lee said...

I think that is my biggest fear-gaining the weight back (again!). A friend at work just went back to WW for the umpteenth time and she said she was down 6 pounds this week. I wonder what the actual stats are for keeping weight off with the band. My doc said it was something like 50-75%. Not sure if that is really right or not, but I am always hopeful.

THE DASH! said...

I agree with Sandy. We've all done the WW route - but gaining that weight back also seems to come with the program. I hope your sister really kicks it this time. Good for her for trying.