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6 Tips for Better Results with Weight Watchers

Updated on February 17, 2017
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I remember being a skinny kid and wishing I could be bigger. Be careful what you wish for!

Everybody knows somebody who's lost weight with the Weight Watcher's program. Oprah Winfrey was so excited by the program she became a celebrity spokesperson and bought a chunk of the company!

Oprah has been very transparent about her struggle with her weight loss journey. A diet plan is a very good road map but every dieter is in the driver's seat and feels alone at times. It's a bumpy road to sustained weight loss.

So commit to the Weight Watcher's program, if it feels right for you. No matter which program you follow these tips will help you get weight loss success and maintain it.

Oprah Winfrey, the Latest Weight Watchers Celebrity
Oprah Winfrey, the Latest Weight Watchers Celebrity | Source

1. Drink Water

Why? Because staying hydrated helps!

The Annals of Family Medicine cites a study of nearly 10,000 adults ages 18 to 64. The study found that staying hydrated helps with weight management. Drinking water and eating more water-loaded fruits and vegetables is effective.

Just a minute here. Drinking water is easy; drinking lots of water is not so easy!

Tips for Drinking More Water Without Feeling Waterlogged

  • If a big water jug is intimidating, go small! Use an 8 oz glass or bottle when you are wetting your whistle. Be sure to empty the glass each time.
  • Craving a snack? Drink a glass of water 1st and wait 5 minutes. You'll forget the snack or eat less.
  • Drink a glass of water before each meal. Adds to your daily hydration and fills part of your tummy.
  • Use Cameron Diaz’s trick. Drink a bottle of water first thing when you wake up. Your body dries out while you sleep. “Once I drink the water, I feel it immediately,” she writes. “I go from being a wilted plant to one that has been rejuvenated by the rain.”
  • Eat high water content fruits - watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit, cantaloupe, peaches, pineapple, cranberries, orange and raspberries contain 87% or more water.
  • Eat high water content vegetables - cucumber, lettuce, zucchini, radish, celery, tomato, green cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, red cabbage, peppers and spinach contain 92% or more water.

High Water Content Fruit and Veggies

Fruit
Water Content
Veggies
Water Content
Watermelon
92%
Cucumber
96%
Strawberry
92%
Lettuce
96%
Grapefruit
91%
Zucchini
95%
Cantaloupe
90%
Radish
95%
Peach
88%
Celery
95%
Pineapple
87%
Tomato
94%
Cranberry
87%
Green Cabbage
93%
Orange
87%
Cauliflower
92%
Raspberry
87%
Eggplant
92%
Apricot
86%
Red Cabbage
92%
Blueberry
85%
Pepper
92%
Plum
85%
Spinach
92%
Apple
84%
Broccoli
91%
Pear
84%
Carrots
87%
Cherry
81%
Green Pea
79%
Grape
81%
Potato
79%
Banana
74%
 
 
Cameron Diaz's Easy Stay-Hydrated Secret: - Drink a Glass of Water , 1st Thing After Waking Up!
Cameron Diaz's Easy Stay-Hydrated Secret: - Drink a Glass of Water , 1st Thing After Waking Up! | Source

2. Use an Online Weight Loss Site

According to a Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, "The more people used an interactive weight management website, the more weight loss they maintained..."

This is really important because, as we all know, losing a little weight can be easy, but keeping the weight off is always hard. If you log into an online weight loss site regularly. you increase your ability to succeed.

Read about the study at, "The More Frequently You Log On, the More Weight You Can Keep Off"

How to Use an Online Diet Site Successfully

There is no trick. Studies show dieters that use online sites do better.

  • Going online makes it easy to check in. Check in regularly and you'll stay on track.
  • Tracking your food consumption keeps you aware of what you eat (see Food Diary Tip). This helps you keep your focus on making good choices.
  • Online sites make it easy to track your weight, food consumption and even exercise habits.

Learn more about the studies in this article, "Do Online Weight Loss Sites Work and Which One Is the Best?"

Go online to improve your results.
Go online to improve your results. | Source

3. Make Your Scale Your Partner

Too many dieters dread stepping on the scale. They see the scale as a messenger with bad news. To avoid bad news, they avoid weighing in. These dieters are making a mistake!

First, take a new look at your scale. Your scale isn't the problem, the pounds are the problem.

Next take a fresh look at why you weigh-in. The scale reading Is just today's number, part of your daily routine. Login to your weight loss site, enter today's number, and you're done with it!

It's the routine that helps you make progress towards your goal. Progress towards your goal is what brings the scale's number down!

Tips to Using a Scale for Weight-Loss

  1. Keep your scale accessible. Not under the bed. Not in a dark closet corner. Keep the scale visible and easy to step on. Remember it's your partner.
  2. Use the scale on a regular basis, as part of a daily routine. When you start your day. Before you get in bed. After the shower. The key is to routinely step on your friend the scale.
  3. Keep a date with your scale. Monthly is too long. Weekly is better. I prefer daily, since I log onto my site daily.
  4. Be consistent - Same time. Same place. Same outfit. For example, weigh yourself each morning, in the nude, before you dress for the day. Then make your first daily entry on your site.

4. Keep a Diet Diary

A study of nearly 1,700 participants, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that keeping a food diary can double a person’s weight loss.

The study also found that, "... the best predictors of weight loss were how frequently food diaries were kept and how many support sessions the participants attended. Those who kept daily food records lost twice as much weight as those who kept no records."

Tips to Keeping a Weight-Loss Diary

The good news is that several of the best online weight loss sites make keeping a diet diary easy.

  • Once you've signed up to a weight loss site, you are one click away each day.
  • Quickly log your weight and other data.
  • Easily select and record your meals.
  • Click,click,click and you've painlessly made a diet diary entry!

Read about the study here, "Study finds keeping a food diary doubles diet weight loss..."

Keep a diet diary the easy way—-go online.
Keep a diet diary the easy way—-go online. | Source

5. Don't Go It Alone, Find a Diet Buddy

Dieting is tough:

  • Progress can be slow at times.
  • It's hard to be positive all the time.
  • Sometimes you feel all alone.
  • Temptation is all around you.
  • Occasionally it seems like you have no appetizing choices.

To share the highs and lows you need to find a diet buddy.

How a Find a Diet Buddy

Your diet buddy can be a family member, a friend, a neighbor, a co-worker. You will have an easier time if you have somebody to ask you, "How are you doing?" ... somebody to vent to ... somebody to exchange ideas with . . . somebody who cares.

If you can't find a good diet buddy in your daily life, you can find one online! All of the good online weight loss sites offer social connections and support. Use them! Weight Loss Buddy is an online site that will help you make a personal connection.

Read more about the research, "Social support: A necessity for weight loss"

There's no need to go it alone!
There's no need to go it alone! | Source

6. Portion Control

Most people who successfully lose weight, end up eating less food each day. Why not start with that idea in mind?

Tips for Controlling Portion Size

  • Use smaller plates and bowls. Fill a dinner plate and you'll probably eat it all. Fill a smaller plate and be satisfied, not stuffed.
  • In a restaurant, fill your take home container first, then eat what's left.
  • Restaurant portions are usually huge. Start sharing with others before you start tasting yourself.
  • At a buffet, avoid the food traps. It's all tasty, so change the order. Take your plate and start with a generous salad. Next sample the best looking veggies. Pick your protein last; think of it as your reward, or desert. Give your stomach a chance to get mostly satisfied with the healthy stuff.

Which plate has more food?
Which plate has more food? | Source

Six Powerful Tips for Using Weight Watchers

We've shown you how to apply these tips to increase your results with Weight Watchers (and most other diet programs):

  1. Drink lots of water
  2. Use an online weight loss site regularly, and join those dieters who are getting better results.
  3. Turn your scale into your diet partner.
  4. Join successful dieters and keep a diet diary, the easy online way.
  5. Get a weight loss buddy to help share the journey.
  6. Really work on portion control.

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