Hi, Brazeneye, welcome to T-Mag!!!
Weight Watchers has helped a lot of people take control of their lives and their eating patterns, and that’s a very good thing! But from the looks of things, their point system is based on a person’s total body weight (TBW). I would imagine WW works exceedingly well for those with larger amounts of weight to lose. An area where WW and T-Mag differ is in the area of physical activity. People with larger amounts of weight to lose are not always able (or inclined) to do cardiovascular exercise and lift weights, key components in altering body composition (i.e., the amount of fat mass (FM) to lean body mass (LBM)) and achieving LASTING results.
Weight Watchers and T-Maggers approach things in very different ways. I would recommend that you start reading the forum on a regular basis, do searches of the forum (the search engine on the left-hand side of the screen) for items of interest and read articles on diet, nutrition, weight loss, food combining, etc., in the Previous Issues section. You can also use the search engine to search the article archives by changing the default in the drop-down box. In particular, if you’d like to get a feel for how we approach weight loss and manipulation of body composition, I would recommend you read everything ever written by John Berardi.
Some of our (T-Mag’s) core nutritional values are:
- Protein every meal
- Protein requirements based on LBM
- Quality fats (fish oil, flaxseed oil, olive oil, raw nuts)
- 6 or more meals every day
- Ultra low calories = starvation = loss of LBM = destroying/lowering your metabolism (bad, bad, bad, bad, bad!)
- Reasonable amounts of cardio to speed up fat loss (excessive cardio can be very catabolic)
- Weight lifting to preserve muscle mass while dieting
- Weight loss that results in the loss of FAT, not just the loss of SCALE WEIGHT
Start by taking a look at the T-Dawg 2.0 diet. It’s a diet that’s gotten any number of people great results without their feeling hungry or deprived; it’s my favorite diet here on T-Mag. If you need help running the numbers, I’d be glad to help. But be prepared, the numbers will be higher than what you’re currently eating. When I first found T-Mag, I was trying to eat about the same number of calories per day. I had totally stalled on weight loss. I ended up doubling my calories and weight loss started again. It just absolutely blew my mind.
Anyway, once again, welcome to the forum. After you do some reading and get a better feel for how we approach things, we’d be glad to help.