How This WW (Formerly Weight Watchers) Coach Lost 48 Pounds
Losing weight — and keeping it off — is a lot easier when you have expert guidance from the leader in weight loss and its supportive community. WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers) just rolled out its most customized program ever, and it’s poised to continue to help millions of members around the world accomplish their weight-loss and wellness goals in 2020. With myWW™, each new member takes a personal assessment which matches them with a customized program that can make losing weight easier.
While many members follow and succeed on the WW program using the WW app, those who would like a little extra expert guidance and consistent support swear by the weekly WW Workshops to keep them accountable and help them stay on track. WW Coaches host weekly 30-minute Workshops at over 800 studios nationwide.
Alicia Sissac is a WW Coach at WW Studio Long Beach and WW Studio Lakewood. (WW Coaches are all previous members who met their goal weight with WW and now share their knowledge and support with WW members at weekly Workshops.) Learn more about her weight-loss journey and get inspired!
Answers have been edited for clarity and length.
How did you get started with WW?
Alicia: In 2002, I was a police detective and had just given birth to our youngest daughter six months before. Over the course of five years and two pregnancies, I gained 50 pounds. As a police officer, I felt that I could no longer protect myself if needed — not to mention my partner.
My weight had truly become a matter of life or death. I knew that I had to do something. A friend recommended WW, and since I had tried everything else, I figured that I should at least give it a try. I joined and thought that there was no way that I was going to be successful because I wasn’t hungry, but I actually lost 5 pounds that first week. I lost a total of 48 pounds that year and have been a lifetime member at my goal weight ever since. WW changed my life and changed my perspective on my overall health and well-being.
What do you enjoy most about the WW community?
Alicia: What I enjoy most about the WW community is the supportive atmosphere. In no other area of my life have I ever been immersed in a community of people who simply want to see you succeed.
What is your favorite thing about the new customized myWW program?
Alicia: My favorite thing about the new myWW is that it’s customized to fit each member’s individual needs and preferences. Members just take the myWW personal assessment, and then WW’s smart algorithm will match members with their very own customized and proven weight-loss plan. It is scientifically proven that customized approaches lead to greater engagement and more behavior change than generic approaches, so it excites me to think of the success our members will see with this program.
How would you describe your local WW Studio to someone who’s never visited?
Alicia: I would describe our local WW Studio as being welcoming, nonjudgmental and inviting.
What are some of the topics discussed in a WW Workshop?
Alicia: Our weekly techniques are designed around our three pillars, which are food, fitness and mindset. Some of the techniques discussed recently in our Workshops have been: Find the Right Portions, Bounce Back and Get to Know ZeroPoint Foods. (WW’s proprietary SmartPoints™ system simplifies complex nutritional information into a simple number to easily guide your eating decisions to support weight loss. ZeroPoint foods form the foundation of a healthy eating pattern, and are foods you don’t have to track! Depending on your customized plan, they can include foods like chicken breast, fat-free Greek yogurt, all vegetables and more.)
Do you have any tips for people trying to eat healthfully around the holidays?
Alicia: My greatest tip is to treat the holidays the same as you would treat any other time of the year. If you are attending holiday parties, have a plan and decide what’s most important. Focus on ZeroPoint foods and try to stay within your daily Point target.
Why is it important to focus on your health and wellness year-round?
Alicia: It is important to focus on health and wellness year-round because weight loss and weight maintenance is the result of what you do consistently. If you make small changes over time, they will ultimately become new habits. Changing habits may not be easy, but many things will become easier.
How do you stay motivated? How do you incorporate activity in your WW lifestyle?
Alicia: I continue to stay motivated following social media accounts of people who are on their health and wellness journey. I also love the way I feel now and I know that I do not want to go back to the way I felt years ago when I was carrying around 48 extra pounds.
I have found an activity that I love, which is SoulCycle. When it comes to activity, it is important to find something that excites you. I go to the gym after work, which really works for me.
What is your advice for someone who wants to become healthier but doesn’t know where to start?
Alicia: My advice for someone who wants to get healthy but does not know where to start is to simply start, and start small. Most WW Studios are open seven days a week. Walk into a WW Studio or go online and check out the program. It has been the easiest thing that I have ever done to lose the weight and the most sustainable.
What motivates you as a WW Coach?
Alicia: What motivates me as WW Coach is having the opportunity to witness members reach goals that they once thought were impossible. I am motivated each day by their success and cannot imagine my life without having each and every member in it.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about WW?
Alicia: For anyone who is struggling to become healthier or wants to lose weight, stop by a WW Studio today. You will find the most supportive group of coaches, guides and members who will support you all the way to your goal.
How WW Can Help You Find Success
WW is a weight-loss program that takes a people-focused, science-backed approach to promoting weight loss and healthy living. Its new program, myWW, is fully customized to make losing weight easier for you.
When you join myWW, you’ll start with a personal assessment that asks a range of questions about your unique food preferences, activity level, lifestyle and approach to weight loss. Based on your responses, WW will scientifically match you with a customized, proven weight-loss plan that can make losing weight easier.
Why Visit a WW Studio?
Every person in the WW Studio is on your side! The friendly guides and expert Coaches will quickly become your greatest motivators and sources of support to make 2020 the year you reach your weight loss goals!
Workshops held at WW Studio locations cover topics that are relevant to weight loss, health and wellness. You can participate as much or as little as you want. There are WW Workshops during the morning, afternoon and evening, seven days a week. This gives you flexibility to attend the Workshop time/day/location that works for during any particular week and ensure your accountability network is always accessible.
Based on years of research, the WW Workshop curriculum is always evolving to bring the best science-backed techniques to help you lose weight and build healthy habits for life.