Yesterday, my Dear Hubby and I tested the waters and attended a Weight Watchers meeting for the first time ever. I’ve been heavy my entire life, with the exception of that one glorious year when I was 15/16 and was a perfect Size 8. I’ve tried every diet under the sun, and some of them twice. I’ve always been successful… dropping 30, 40, even 50 pounds before losing my steam and gaining back up to higher weight than I was before.
I’ve researched plan after plan… South Beach, Sonoma, The Zone, Atkins, Med-fast, and dozens of others. But in any rating articles I’ve found, Weight Watchers falls within the top 5 for both effectiveness AND healthiness. According to the article at Health.com:
It’s a classic for a reason. It works.
And over the years, this gold-standard weight-loss program that harnesses the power of group support to help motivate dieters has kept up with science, not to mention changing lifestyles. For this aspect, Weight Watchers earned the highest motivational marks (including several perfect scores) from our panel of experts, who also lauded the plan’s overall healthy weight-loss pace and exercise component.
Most noteworthy: Weight Watchers, while maintaining its meetings-based system, has added an online version for those dieters who, in the words of panelist Largeman-Roth, “aren’t into group hugs.”
Of course, a monthly membership with Weight Watchers isn’t cheap. $39.95 per person is not a lot of money by itself… but when you do the math and realize that it’s $958 a year, that “just $39.95 per person” means a little more in your budget.
Looking at the COSTS of being overweight though, makes the $958 pale in comparison:
- We’ve had to replace our mattress every 2 years (instead of every 10!) = $500 a year
- Clothing costs $2 – $5 more per article, on average, and wears out faster = $300 a year
- Health Costs – $50 a month for blood pressure and cholesterol meds = $600
- Health Costs – Co-pays for more frequent medical appointments = $60 to $100
- Shoes wear out sooner = $50
- The list is extensive…
Airline travel sucks when you’re fat… so does going to a Braves game, hiking, movies, and picnics. Have you ever had to get back off an amusement park ride because the lap restraint doesn’t fit? That’s enough to make you want to lose weight (or slit your wrists) right there. Mental health issues surrounding weight are a whole other costly proposition.
In the end, I think that Weight Watchers (if I stick with it and it works) will prove to be a very frugal investment in my future. What do you think?