Running With Weight Watchers For Weight Loss Week 2 – I Quit. It’s Too Expensive And Too Difficult.
Apologies for this late weigh in, but I finally managed to lose some weight this week. 1lb to be exact. I’m down from 211.2lbs to 210lb.
I may have lost weight, but I’m quitting Weight Watchers Online. Here are 8 reasons why.
- The food database powering the tracker is inept – I don’t have the time to type in how much carbohydrate, protein and fat content my food item has. When I use MyFitnessPal I can scan in the bar code using their free Android app and it automatically adds it to my food diary. If following a diet program isn’t simple, then I’m less likely to keep up to date with my progress.
- You start to think of everything in terms of ProPoints and there never seems to be enough of them – This makes me fucking irritable and more likely to break into gorge mode with thoughts of ‘Alright then, how many ProPoints are in my left fucking hand? How many are in the cat next door?’. Before I know it, I’ll start eating into tomorrow’s ProPoints today making the diet even more difficult to stick to.
Those delicious looking whiskers must be at least 5 ProPoints a pop.
- Weight Watchers Online is fucking expensive – Out of sheer desperation I handed over £30 for a 3 months subscription to Weight Watchers online. I bought into the notion that my £30 would well be worth 10lbs weight loss. Did I mention that I’m a fucking sucker? The service is simply not worth the money, especially when there are better alternatives out there that cost nothing. MyFitnessPal is completely free and has an amazing database without of this proprietary ProPoints bullshit. Counting calories will always be free until Heinz Weight Watchers buy the almighty kCal and transform it into the ProPoint.
- The low fat Weight Watchers ready meals are very expensive and leave you hungry for more – Whenever I worked in the University I would abuse my microwave privileges and cook 4 or 5 ready meals in a day. Not only was I constantly hungry but I was also constantly shitting and my colleagues were on the verge of homicide with the constant pinging of the oven. It was a miserable experience. I would have been satiated if I’d just spent £2 on a plate of chips.
- The ProPoints system is only rewarding if you like fruit and vegetables. I don’t – I only like the higher calorie fruits like grapes and bananas. Even then you never seem to know exactly how much you can get away with without starting to gain weight. OK, we get it, fruit and vegetables are good for you. But if you eat 20 bananas a day (which contain 0 ProPoints each), then you’ll very quickly grow to be what Kevin Bridges describes as ‘documentary fat’.
- Alcohol is overpriced on the system – I’ve only managed to succeed this month as I am still adhering to Dryathlon. But if you drink anything more than a few pints a week then you will find it incredibly difficult to stick to, especially if you happen to have an average Belfast lunch a few times a month (I’m allowed 47 ProPoints a day.)
- The amount of Activity Points you receive for exercise is miserly and this will demotivate most from exercise – You receive 7 activity ProPoints for an hour of slow jogging (equivalent to half of a Big Mac Burger). As well as this, ihe listing of exercises are meagre at best. For my £10 a month I expect much fucking better.
- Patsy Kensit as Queen of Weight Watchers UK – Everyone knows she started gaining weight when she gave up the Cocaine. Who’s to say that she ain’t back on the crack? You don’t have to bother counting the ProPoints when you’re full of the white stuff.
Back to using MyFitnessPal.com
And unfortunately for my work colleagues I’ll be back to scanning in the barcodes of all the junk I eat at lunch with the MyFitnessPal Android app.
It’s great. It even makes a beeping noise when you scan in the code. It’s like I’m living out my childhood dream of working in a shop.
I was a very depressed child.