Since the launch of the New Weight Watchers 360° Program a month ago, I’ve been asked a lot of questions.
People want to know what I think about the program, they want know how it is different from PointsPlus, they want to know what the changes have looked like from my point of view. So because of all the questions, and all the hits on this blog searching for “WeightWatchers 360″, I thought it was time I answered some of the questions!
So, what do I think of the program?
I have to admit that when I first learned of the changes, and first started watching training videos, I was confused. I didn’t see what the big deal was, or what exactly all the changes were. The only thing I saw was that I would have to learn a new way to present my meetings.
It wasn’t until I watched a video of WeightWatchers CEO David Kirchhoff that it clicked. He said that PointsPlus taught us what to eat, and 360 will teach us how to live. He went on to say that WeightWatchers has taken the habits of its most successful members, and incorporated it in to what we talk about in the meeting room. Suddenly it all made sense. It didn’t seem new, because I was already doing and I LOVE that. I love that we will now be teaching members how to make real changes to their lifestyles, in order to make this a lifestyle change, not just a method of weight loss!
So how is it different from PointsPlus?
Have you ever going to your weigh in, and seen that number on the scale higher than it was the week before? And what is the first thing you get asked? “Have you been tracking?”. Right… because tracking is the answer to every thing. Not really. But it is a part of the equation. The rest of the equation involves getting the junk out of the house, and making healthy choices become second nature. In other words, you need to think about your tracking, your spaces and your routines, the three parts of the 360° program.
Now, what have the changes looked like from my point of view?
Well, it is definitely taking me some time to find my groove. I fumble from time to time, but I am absolutely loving the concept of the Monthly Routine. I love the focus on how to integrate healthy living in to your daily live, instead of just talking about what to eat.
I think my favourite part of the 360° is the idea of three hundred and sixty degrees of support. The idea that you can reach out and get support from Weight Watchers 24 hours a day. The community message boards on the websites, the 1-800 numbers, twitter, facebook, meetings and open hours. There are so many places to get support, and hopefully my online presence is one of them.
My overall opinion of the new program is that I love it. It is the best change I have seen in all the years on the program, and I am excited to see all the new members coming through the door over the next few weeks to learn all about it. I’m excited to see the new successes that long time members are starting to have. I love this time of year at Weight Watchers. I love the buzz and excitement in the meeting room. I love the new commercials on TV. I love all the new voices and opinions and questions in the meeting room!
I can’t wait to share the new program with all the new members, both in the meeting room and online.