How WW (Formerly Weight Watchers) Helped This Mom Lose 88 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.
Andrea Sias is a WW member at the WW Studio Springfield. Learn more about her weight-loss journey and get inspired!
Answers have been edited for clarity and length.
How did you get your start with WW?
Andrea: I joined WW in January of 2019, 11 months after giving birth to my son. While I was pregnant, I gained over 50 pounds. Then I was juggling being a new parent, breastfeeding and going back to work, and I put myself on the back burner. I decided I needed to lose weight to get healthier and to set a positive example for my son. I needed to regain ownership of my body because I was feeling like it wasn’t my own anymore. Since joining WW, I’ve lost 88 pounds and gained a newfound sense of confidence!
What excites you the most about the new customized myWW program?
Andrea: I love the freedom and flexibility of the program! I think the key to weight loss and wellness is commitment. It’s too easy to make excuses, so it’s important to find a plan that you can actually stick to that fits within your lifestyle. My husband joined WW shortly after me (he’s down more than 70 pounds) and he said that, after about a week, he felt better — no more heartburn! He said there was no looking back, just based on how he felt. Once you commit and find a plan that works for you, the rewards (WW gives you free swag at milestones throughout your journey) along the way help you stick to it. For me, as I made small changes and saw the weight coming off, it was motivation to keep at it.
If you had to describe your local WW Studio in five words, what would they be?
Andrea: Supportive, funny, inspirational, kind, creative.
Do you have any favorite Workshops or Coaches?
Andrea: Lisa Rogers is so helpful and supportive! She is never judgmental, always encouraging, and makes every member feel welcome and valued.
What do you look forward to at your weekly Workshop?
Andrea: I love seeing other members share their successes and challenges — it’s great to feel like you are not alone in your journey.
What are the best nutrition and/or fitness tips you’ve picked up from WW?
Andrea: Product and recipe recommendations from other members have been so helpful! After our Sunday Workshop, members frequently meet up at the local grocery store and share tips and tricks in the aisles! It’s nice to now be able to share some of the things that I have learned with newer members. In terms of fitness, the biggest tip that worked for me is to find something you enjoy, and it won’t feel like work.
What is something about WW that your friends or loved ones are most surprised by when they hear you are on it?
Andrea: I think there is a misconception that WW is for old ladies. My husband and I go in for meetings and feel like we belong, even though we are not that demographic. Weight loss and wellness is for every age, ethnicity and gender. It’s not “easy” for anyone — despite what critics might say. It takes commitment, planning and hard work to lose the weight and keep it off.
What is your favorite ZeroPoint food and favorite treat?
Andrea: I can’t pick one favorite ZeroPoint food, but I love chicken breast, eggs and fruit! (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.)
As far as treats, lately I’ve been into strawberries and apples in chocolate hummus! YUM! I add in some pretzels to dip if I have the SmartPoints to spare!
What is your favorite local hot spot for a healthy meal? Or to indulge?
Andrea: Center Square Grill in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, is our favorite date night destination! The 6-ounce filet mignon with mushrooms and garlicky greens is my go-to order, and it never disappoints! And there is always a great wine selection to indulge in!
How would you describe yourself before and after WW?
Andrea: Before WW, I was tired, unhealthy and impulsive (with food decisions). After WW, I’m confident, energized and healthy.
What is your New Year’s resolution?
Andrea: I think this is the first New Year’s where weight loss wasn’t on my mind for a New Year’s resolution! My resolution is to maintain my healthy lifestyle and build many beautiful memories with my family!
What is your advice to others who want to lose weight but don’t know how to get started?
Andrea: For those considering WW, I say DO IT! The plan is easy to follow, the app is user-friendly and, quite simply, it works. I’ve never felt deprived or hungry as I have on other diets in the past. Having the support of family and my WW tribe has been invaluable, and know that there is a tribe out there for you, too! Weight loss can be hard and stressful at times, but it’s worth it. YOU are worth it!
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.