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Tracking with SP vs WW

Friday, July 03, 2015

Well, here I am years after finding Spark People. More overweight than ever in my life. It is NOT the fault of this website. I have found friends, support, good advice and many tools to keep me on track.

I have faultered. Lost and gained. I let life get in the way of losing the extra weight.
However, I feel as long as I am trying I will be successful some day.

My sister-in-law joined WW this week and I went with her. It was the first diet program I went on. I was 16 when I started. I would be thrilled to be the weight I was when I joined WW nearly 50 years ago. I was curious to see what changes they have made.

I was worried about the calories they assigned me. However, it is the high end of what SP allows me. They do give you five fruits a day for 0 points. I seldom eat fruit because I don’t want to use all the calories. I tend to stay at the low end of my range when I’m being “good”. I decided this week to eat all the fruit they suggested. The only problem is that it is very expensive to eat so much fruit daily.

I also have been double tracking this week. I put calories in SP tracker and counted points in WW. I found WW to be tedious trying to find some of my food choices. However in SP it is very simple. That could be because I’ve been playing with it for years now. My conclusion is that if I divide the calories by fifty I get the number of points. It is quite accurate.

I will continue to go to WW with SIL but will track on SP. I’ll use the calorie range they give at WW just to give it a try for a while. I think for now I need to be weighed in person. It is too easy to ignore the scale.

These are my personal thoughts on WW. They are a good program. I just find SP much easier to use.
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    After several months, how are things going with your dual system?

    It would be interesting to see a comparison after a bit of time.

    2012 days ago
    I know that you will find success with both programs. When I was 18 I joined WW and had great success. Over the years I have bought the at home version twice. I think what matters most is your mindset and getting that light bulb to turn on and stay on.
    I am here for you at any time.
    Here's to planning, portion control and having a positive attitude.
    You will do this,
    2116 days ago
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    I have a different approach. I stopped counting calories a couple weight loss journey's ago. I have been on Jenny Craig, Nutri system, my own program and using SP. Each time I lose the desired weight. What I learned during these journeys was how many calories are in most foods. What I didn't learn was to control the calorie intake after I lost all of the weight. The last time I lost on SP, I did not track calories and I was just as successful as all of the times I kept logs and journals and what other mechanism to keep track. This type of tracking drives me bananas and leads me to want to stop trying. I do measure loose foods to make sure I am using portion control. I do look up calories for foods where I don't have an idea. I do mentally add up a meal in my head and then make sure by the end of the day I know if I am in range. If I have done a little excessive eating, I make sure I move more the next day. I do realize that I would likely drop my weight a little faster if I were more regimented, but for me the added chore makes weight loss too complicated.
    2118 days ago
    I do WW and SP both and track in both systems. For health reasons there are some diet elements that I need to track that WW ignores, hence using both methods.
    Yes, it is tedious to track both ways. Yes, it's hard to find point values for some foods. What I have done is to choose a little used diet element in SP and put the WW point value there. Then I include that element in my SP reporting - instant points tracking. As you get more familiar with the WW points, it will become less tedious.

    Wishing you the best.
    2118 days ago
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    I have a friend that is involved with WW and he has lost over 150+ pounds. He is vegan and eats what Dr. Joel Fuhrman (Eat to Live) calls the 'Beans and Greens' diet. He loves WW though and he's the one that does the scale in the meetings. Personally I love SP and get all the feedback I need. I do sometime think about joining a local group though just for in-person time. I do know if you watch the calories and get some fitness the weight will come off.
    2118 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    Easy makes it more likely you'll stick with it. I had that issue with WW, too. I used to do it along with my trainer's tracking book and it got rather tedious. I did reach my goal weight while on WW along with the trainer and I am back up 50 lbs so I really do understand. I need to push this issue right along with you.
    2118 days ago
    I go for the easy!
    2118 days ago
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