Weight Watchers for Men!

Find the right meeting and begin your healthy journey!

Because Weight Watchers meetings aren’t just for women Editorial Credit: Darren Taffinder, for Weight WatchersAs a guy, you might envision a Weight Watchers meeting as being a women’s club—with ladies from the neighborhood gathering at the local center to gossip and debate the (SmartPoints) values of baked goods. And maybe you think that walking into that situation as a guy will be uncomfortable, or that you’ll be an outsider drawing glares and stares from a room full of women. Man, you couldn’t be more mistaken.“It’s a little odd,” said one member, who attended his local meeting every week. “I’ve been to meetings where I was the only guy.” But that doesn’t mean that men are unwelcome. “It’s ultimately about the one thing that brought us together,” he said. “We were all trying to reach our healthy lifestyle goals.” He said the best thing about attending meetings was the routine of coming every week. It gave him the motivation to persevere through the ups and downs of his weight-loss experience. Plus, he says the cooking tips really helped. “Being a single guy, I didn’t like cooking,” he said. “You talk to the moms and older ladies there, and you have ten thousand ways of cooking food I would’ve never imagined.”How Weight Watchers works for men Weight Watchers is effective for men because it’s flexible, there’s a support group, and you don’t eliminate food groups. It’s all based on choosing nutritionally dense foods that fill you up the longest, so your eating plan is lower in calories, saturated fat and sugar, and higher in protein. The Weight Watchers program is an advanced, scientifically designed approach to helping you reach your personal goals. Based on the idea that losing weight and getting healthy are the result of reaching a series of realistic goals, the Weight Watchers program is a comprehensive way to learn how to achieve and then maintain a healthy body weight for the long term. The Beyond the Scale program addresses the whole you. You learn to eat in a more healthy way, move more, and even find more time for yourself to do the things you enjoy.What happens in a meeting? So, what should you do if you want to attend a meeting? The first thing is to find the right one for you. The meeting finder (above) is a good place to start. Pick one that fits best with your schedule and give it a go. Meetings generally last around forty minutes. Once you’ve registered, the first thing you’ll do at a meeting is sign-in and be weighed. The results of your weigh-in are confidential. Once you’ve been signed-in and weighed, take a seat. It’s not uncomfortable; you don’t have to introduce yourself. Actually, you don’t have to say a thing! Every week there’s a different theme, and meetings vary weekly. The leader will go around the room, and ask if anyone has reached any milestones or achieved any goals they’d like to share. “Weight Watchers is big on handing out prizes. So when you lose your first five pounds you get a bookmark, a star for every five pounds thereafter, a key ring on your fourth week, a 5 percent key fob and a 10 percent key fob for losing those percentages of your initial weight, all the way up until finally your gold key charm for your keychain for making goal and becoming a Lifetime Member. Listen, you might not be into the little trinkets, but they are indeed little tokens representing your success, and that can help keep you motivated. I have to admit when I first started, I thought it was so cheesy,” he told me. “These little stars and these little key chains. Come on, I’m a guy! However, I realized when I started looking at my book, when I started putting all the stars in it, I was like ‘oh, these are my accomplishments’. I loved it, actually!”Man up with Weight Watchers meetings Don’t be a wuss. Meetings aren’t women-only clubs, and they are one of the best ways to help you lose weight. Find the right one in your area and get started! “I used to wake up every morning, and I hated myself. I would look in the mirror and I hated what I saw. Once I started losing weight I started getting this confidence back. Every week I lost more weight, I felt more confident about myself.” Well, not only did he lose weight, but, became a Leader himself. Come on man, you can do this!