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.