We surveyed the PEERtrainer community to ask them about their experience with Weight Watchers, and their meetings in particular. We have published many of the more detailed responses on this page. Plus we are creating a Q and A so that the most popular questions will be answered at the top of the page.
A lot of detailed feedback, lots of positive responses in particular. Where there was negative feedback, it usually had to do with people not connecting to the leader or the other members of the group. From PEERtrainer's perspective, the type of support that Weight Watchers can provide in person is critically valuable. People need as much support as they can, and need it in as many forms as they can.
Weight Watchers has committed itself to becoming a company that is dedicated to helping people make permanent and healthy changes in their life. This was not always the case with that company, and we applaud the changes that the management has chosen to make over the last few years.
Here are some of sample comments:
"I've been attending this past year and would HIGHLY recommend it. I would not recommend any of their "food" products because they are processed junk, but their concept of filling foods, 35 extra points for the week and earning points from exercise has completely changed my way of eating. "
"Love the support and the people. Also love the fact you can bring you questions there and get information. There is a lot of variability among leaders and the communities that form around various meetings. When it's possible to find a leader that speaks to your needs (I found two) and meeting members you find fun to relate to, that is invaluable."
"I went to Weight Watchers for 2 years, lost weight but did not make my goal weight, quit, and gained it all back and then some. Weight Watchers is a very good program and I hear that they have improved it. I just got really tired of paying weekly dues and not really losing weight very quickly. I spent over $1000 over two years time. I have done much better with PEERtrainer but am stuck at a plateau just like I did with Weight Watchers.
PEERtrainer gave me better tools and accountablity and dealt with the emotional aspect better. It was more personal. I belonged to a big WW group and it was really hard to get personal help. I can always count on a group or team to advise or encourage me right away. The PEERtrainer Point Of No Return program was a huge help to me and with it I lost 29 lbs. I have gained 2 lbs. so I have a total of 13 lbs. to go to reach my goal."