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#1 of 4 Old 01-21-2012, 06:41 PM - Thread Starter
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I am in the last few weeks of my third pregnancy-which I started at an all time high weight sadly-and I really want to try to put as many positive things in place as possible to encourage myself to get back on track after the baby is born.  I hear a lot of great things about ww online and from impersonal resources like their own ads and what have you, but does it really work?  Is it really a managable program to follow with a new baby?  How necessary is it to have an iphone or the like to use the aps for?  Why is it better than just trying to eat better?  Any thoughts?

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Some people really like it. It's simple, easy to use & creates a little bit of accountability. You shouldn't need an app but it's been awhile since i've done it.


Downside: it doesn't really teach you the appropriate things to eat or balance. You could eat once a day & all poor choices but stay within the points & be ok. I found the leaders not very knowledgeable outside of the "program".

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This is what I have wondered about.  When I was in high school I lost 30lbs in a few months by eating lots of dried fruit, special k bars, chex mix, some salads but few, instant oatmeal, etc.  It was effective but didn't last because it wasn't really healthy or sustainable.  Now that I have a family to feed and I have learned more I really want more than that.   I have heard that the points plus program is supposed to do a better job of promoting wise choices but I don't really know because you don't get full access to the program until you sign up and pay.

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Actually they changed it recently. Now most fruits are also free so it's not a matter of "oh who wants to waste a point on an apple when I could eat a hershey's kiss"


I haven't been on it in a while. I found the meetings and tracking online very helpful when I did it. I'm not near a meeting now, and I know myself the weekly weigh in really kept me in line. 


I would try it. They have a program for breastfeeding mothers and if you find a leader you like and click with, it's IMO very motivating.


I did it before iphones were around, so yes, it's possible to do WW without an iphone. When I was there they always gave out paper journals each week, I would assume they still do (they have huge range of people from young to seniors, I'm sure an iphone is not a requirement. :)

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