I have been wanting to share my Weight Watchers Maintenance Mode experience with you guys for a while, but I knew I needed to actually try to maintain my weight as best I could before I shared anything. And here’s the exciting news. I have been able to maintain my weight for about 6 weeks. As great as it is to maintain your weight, there are so many challenges that I just didn’t understand when I first started.
I love Weight Watchers and fully stand behind their Beyond the Scale program. I think SmartPoints are the best (better than Points Plus) because they limit your sugar intake and allow you to lose weight even faster. But this post isn’t about how much I love Weight Watchers. This post is about what Maintenance Mode is really like. Here’s the honest to God’s truth:
Maintenance mode is hard!
Let me explain. I was losing about 1-2lbs a week when I was in Lose Weight mode. And it was easy to understand. I had 30 SmartPoints a day to use on foods that will keep me full and still eat what I love. It just made sense to me. And I could see the results right in front of my face when I weighed in.
Understanding Maintenance Mode
Switching the button on the app was so gratifying. This was a step I wasn’t able to take when I tried Weight Watchers before (on PointsPlus). It’s a huge milestone and should be celebrated.
You might be surprised to learn that there isn’t much documentation about Maintenance mode on the Weight Watchers website. I found 2 articles about it before I switched. Just 2! Maybe there is more about it in the meetings, but for us online only subscribers, this is a problem to me.
It’s great that you can adjust your daily SmartPoints target while Maintaining to keep you in the 2lb threshold. But what if I need 40 SmartPoints a day to actually maintain my weight. I haven’t changed from the 36 they give you to start off with, but I definitely could.
To refresh or learn more about Weight Watchers Maintenance Mode.
Why Weight Watchers Maintenance Mode is so hard?
It’s hard because everyone’s body is different. The way my body registers weight will be different from yours.
I feel like I am eating almost everything I was eating before I lost the weight. Now, this is an exaggeration, but hear me out. We recently went on a trip to Indiana to visit my husbands family and friends. It was a great time, but I ate and drank pretty much whatever I wanted, within reason. I didn’t track anything except a quick mental checklist of the thin crust pizza and beer I was drinking. We ate out a lot and I just really wanted to enjoy myself and deal with the consequences later. Well, I lost weight during the trip. I couldn’t believe it.
Besides not eating tons of carbs from fast food restuarants, I didn’t really change what I used to eat before I lost the weight. Yes, I am much more mindful of what I am putting in my body and try to steer away from those cakes and brownies and cookies and carbs. But I’m human and realize that one won’t kill me.
Hitting your Daily SmartPoints target is harder
My body was so used to eating 30 SmartPoints a day. I had a schedule. I liked my schedule and I really didn’t want to deviate from it. But when I moved to Maintenance mode and had to start eating more SmartPoints, my body wasn’t so happy. I lost weight the first week I was trying to maintain simply because I couldn’t keep feeding my body the SmartPoints I was used to. Hitting that daily goal was much more difficult than I realized it might be.
As awesome as it is to have 6 extra SmartPoints a day, I didn’t want to spend them eating junk or crap just because I thought I needed to use them up. Yes, I did that first week, but then I felt guilty and bad the following week. So I changed my tune. I basically stopped tracking unless I needed to look something up. I haven’t diligently tracked almost the entire time I have been maintaining, and I am still maintaining my weight. It just didn’t feel necessary to me to track if I knew I wasn’t going to hit that daily target. I don’t recommend this unless you are able to maintain your weight without tracking. (I also weigh myself every day – gasp – so I know if I am above or below my goal weight).
Overall, I am so pleased with Weight Watchers and the SmartPoints. I couldn’t have lost the weight without this program, and if you know me in real life, you know I love to talk about Weight Watchers. And while maintaining my weight has been a challenge, this is a place I would love to be in forever…it’s insanely gratifying.