For whatever reason, people are constantly trying to figure out how to do Weight Watchers on their own. We have some ideas for you, but it first makes sense to outline the strengths of Weight Watchers before you decide to set out on your own.
The primary service that Weight Watchers provides, is that they help people learn portion control. If you are going to succeed on your own, you will need to first master that, and understand how a portion relates to calories.
If you are going to lose weight on your own, in addition to getting a handle on portion control, you will need some sort of mechanism to make better food choices. You will need a simple system that guides you towards certain foods and away from others. The new PEERtrainer Cheat System provides a good starting point. It contains a list of unlimited foods, foods to start to move away from, and a very basic system to help you keep track of your portions.
It can be download here for free, and you can read it in about 10 minutes and process the main ideas.
Drilling down a bit further, beyond the main concepts of portion control and better choices, you'll need to decide whether or not you want to follow their system, or do portion control on your own.
If you decide you really like the Points System, know that there are many people who are Weight Watchers lifers. It works for them, for the way they live. This is something you'll need to figure out on your own.
There are four very fundamental areas you need to focus on to successfully do Weight Watchers on your own.
(1) The company sells a line of electronic trackers that you take with you to calculate points and keep you on track. This is really an excellent accountability tool. You can get them right on Amazon, and there are a couple different versions:
Weight Watchers 2009 Deluxe Starter Kit & Calculator
(2) You will need a scale, and if you don't have one get one:
(3) Part of the power of Weight Watchers are their tips and recipes that you get in meetings and online. This very practical advice helps you make changes in your real life. The company has some books and publications that can help you follow the program on your own:
Best of Weight Watchers Magazine : Over 145 Tasty Favorites--All 9 POINTS or Less
Simple Goodness: More Than 100 Quick & Easy Recipes
Weight Watchers Magazine
(4) You also need to focus on the mental aspect of weight loss which for many people is the most difficult. And you will want to get some help: