As a diet plan, Weight Watchers works for me because I don't believe in cutting out food groups. It allows me to eat all the things I love (especially cheese) whilst losing weight, because it focuses on lots of fresh ingredients and a dash of portion control. You don't have to be on a diet to enjoy these recipes - I test them on my annoyingly slender boyfriend all the time, he can vouch for them - as I refuse to sacrifice flavour for a smaller dress size. I promise these recipes are tasty, filling and good for you. You can view them all here. There is no pressure here to lose weight if you don't want to, and I work hard to make this a positive place for all. I'm all about healthiness over starvation. And also cake. Sometimes only cake will do.
All Weight Watchers posts include ProPoints (the UK version - the US version is different) plus exact measurements so if you are calorie counting or following a different plan, you should be able to easily convert them. I don't follow Simple Start or do Filling and Healthy days, they just don't work for me.
My Weight Watchers storyI've been doing Weight Watchers on and off since January 2013. In 2013, I lost nearly 2.5 stone and documented a lot of my progress on Where Are My Knees, a collaborative diet and fitness blog that I co-founded (although I no longer contribute). Then I went on holiday to America, Christmas happened and I got into a new relationship and managed to pile it all back on. Plus another half a stone on top. Good one, self.
I'm starting from scratch now and using my recipe posts on this blog to remind me what I loved about Weight Watchers the year before last. It taught me to love cooking, to learn about flavours and that I could still lose weight - a lot of weight - while eating chocolate, cheese, carbs and crisps every day. I've lost about a stone so far since January, and I'm determined to get to where I want to be and stay there, this time.
I'm finding sticking to it a lot harder this time around - so many distractions - but I'm very motivated at the moment and I'm happy to report that I'm back to seeing a steady 1-1.5lb loss every week, which is exactly where I want to be.