**WhyNot, ** you do Weight Watchers? Cool! What I learned about WW (and Razorette and I have vowed to begin monitoring each other again) was that there are two crucial things you have to do. (1) You absolutely must “journal” – that is, write down all of your points every single day, track the “flex points” and NEVER go above your point allocation. It’s a pain in the ass for the first few weeks, but you get used to it. (2) you absolutely must mind the scale. We weigh every Sunday morning (nekkid is more fun, but you don’t have to) and chart your weight fluctuation. When you start ignoring the scale, you start creeping back up. Some people have to monitor their blood sugar constantly, some their blood pressure. I have to monitor my weight. Constantly.
Those two elements seem to be the key. Because I’m consciously monitoring everything I eat, I actually eat less. There are times, like summer, when I’m working out in the yard a lot (I’m talking wheelbarrows, big landscaping blocks, building decks and pouring patios) that I can ignore the journaling and the scale-watching, and maintain (only maintain) my weight. The problem is, I “maintained” last summer and never went back to monitoring like I’m supposed to; I gained back all of the weight I’d lost.
Here’s another key that a lot of people have said: It’s a change in the way you live. If you decide that Weight Watchers is for you, you have to live the rest of your life that way. In a way, that’s a weakness of the program, but some see it as a strength – it’s not a quick loss thing. If you choose it as your way of life, it keeps you slim and healthier, but you have to use it forever.
For people who are more enlightened about food and exercise, they don’t need the formal programming that Weight Watchers offers. I’m not that enlightened. I need the “adult supervision” it offers.
I do NOT accept that I’m a fat person. I’m an overweight person who needs to lose weight. And that Slate.com article I linked to in the OP? It hurt my feelings, it sure did. And maybe that’s not a bad thing right now. My weight and body shape are my responsibility, and I choose to not continue to weigh this much and look like this. My choice. On the other hand, I have no judgement whatsoever regarding people who make a different choice. Kicking cigarettes was easier than losing weight, and that was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.