witnessing my sister's discouraging diet
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
So my sister came to visit this weekend and it looked like on the surface she was doing well with her diet. I say diet though because now it seems like it's more of a diet than a lifestyle change. She's been following Weight Watchers for about 7 or 8 months and I haven't seen that much change. She had lost about 24 pounds before Christmas and gained 5 the week she spent visiting. She has now lost a total of 40 pounds and that's great. Her jeans are pretty lose and that's great. She's working out at the gym and that's great. The part that discourages me is how she eats. She's doing some kind of point system, but the types of foods and the quantities she eats is where I see her being doomed to fail and in the end I see her gaining all the weight back. Every time she comes to visit, instead of choosing a healthier meal like baked chicken, she chooses fried chicken strips. Instead of one scoop of ice cream, she piles 5 servings in her bowl at once...with chocolate syrup! She did both of these things during her Christmas visit and this past weekend. She said she hadn't had ice cream in several months, but 5 scoops! She mentioned her weight going up and down and even her plateaus.
If anyone reads this blog who knows anything about Weight Watchers, please reply with any positives or negatives about the diet. I knew a girl who lost 60 pounds on Jenny Craig and as soon as she got off the diet and stopped with all their pre-packaged foods and pills, she gained every pound back. I see this same thing happening to my sister. I'm worried that if she gains it back, she will be too discouraged to try again...with SP. I want to tell her about this great site, but I don't see her accepting anything I say about it right now. She's taking meds for depression, etc. and in a bad living situation that will last another 3 years at the very least. I'm sure once she's out of her home situation, she will have more success with a good lifestyle change, but I'm worried the bottom will fall out before then.
Thanks for reading this and I welcome any information on Weight Watchers. I looked up their site, but didn't see much detail and it doesn't seem nearly as welcoming and extensive as SP.