Well, I never imagined a day would come when WW decided to drop the No Count plan for new members. Ever since the news trickled out on social media a few weeks ago, I’ve thought of little else. At first, I just couldn’t believe it but eventually I started thinking about a way forward with ideas continuously racing around my head. However, when I finally thought I’d made a decision about what to do, I’d change my mind a few days later. I was thinking: Do I want to continue with No Count? Could I change to Flex? Could I leave WW? Could I join a different weight loss company?
I’ve lived and breathed No Count for the past two years and, as many of you know, I’ve finally cracked yo-yo dieting after decades of it! Do I really want a change at this stage?
I did consider trying WW Flex, while still choosing the same NC foods I’ve been enjoying, and have tentatively tried pointing a few days over the past couple of weeks. It’s a great plan, but it’s just not for me. Since following No Count, there are so many foods that I don’t eat now and I know I would be tempted to fit them in with a daily points allowance. It’s hard to go into great depth at explaining the success of No Count but cutting out many processed foods has certainly helped.
So this is the dilemma I’m faced with (and I’m sure many of you are too): I have a lot of loyalty and support for WW. My life has changed so much for the better since I joined them – I’ve never felt so good, enjoyed such great food on a weekly basis or been as active and enjoyed new challenges as I have in the last two years. I’ve made many lovely friends and have thoroughly enjoyed helping many of you out with No Count through the website, Connect, Instagram and Facebook.
But…I still want to follow No Count – the plan that’s not just helped me to lose weight but has enabled me to maintain that weight loss too – and it’s not going to be easy without the support of the app.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting Zoe and Greg at WW HQ with Lisa Coleman and her friend Vicky. It was good to hear first-hand about what’s going to happen with No Count and to be reassured that some support will still be there. Here are the key points from that meeting:
- Weight Watchers, as a global company working in 11 different countries, has decided to just have one plan to follow in all their countries, and here that will be Flex.
- WW are aware that many people follow NC and have had great success doing so. They would like to continue to support those current members who decide to continue following NC.
- WW coaches have undergone training recently and should be giving NC support to those who would like it. Similarly, the online chat facility should still be offering NC help to those who ask for it.
- Unfortunately, the app will be set for Flex only with the NC option stopping on 6th September 2018 for those who are currently following NC. If you are not currently following NC, I don’t think you have that option on the app any more.
- No second plan is going to be introduced to replace No Count.
I think I’ve known all along that I’ll carry on following No Count and, for the time-being, I’ll still be a WW member. Even though I’m gutted about WW decision, we need to be able to deal with change and put a positive spin on it. If you want to continue following No Count, you can still use the app to track your weeklies and this website will be here (you can now find the No Count list on the No Count Explained page). I also suggest following Lisa’s ‘No Count Friends’ group on Facebook: this is a closed group and a fantastic NC support network.
I know there are many of you out there who’ve probably been through exactly the same thought processes and really wish NC were here to stay. I hope you can continue to enjoy NC and help to keep the NC ‘flame’ alive.
Wishing you all the best and a massive thank you for all the support and messages I’ve received this week,
I’ll still continue to love No Count and I hope you can too:-)
(PS: Thank you for all the comments on this post yesterday. Due to the way this website works, I've had to move yesterday's post with the comments and it can now be found under the No Count Explained section.)
Welcome to the website:
Hi, I'm Helen and I'd like to welcome you to my website. I'm a Weight Watchers Gold Member and am currently maintaining with an online-only membership.
I've been following the Weight Watchers No Count plan since August 2016: originally swapping to it to lose my final half stone but deciding to stay with it as it worked when all else failed. You can read my full story under 'No Count Explained' - 'Why No Count?'.
Over the past year and a half, I’ve created and adapted recipes for No Count which I’d like to share with you on this website. About a year ago, I began to include the points values for the recipes so that those of you following WW Flex could also try them. There's a vegan/vegetarian section with recipes very kindly supplied by Marie, and I also share recipes received from Mands (including some fab dessert ones) - both of whom are friends I've made via WW Connect and are fellow WW Gold Members.
There are lots of No Count tips in the 'No Count Explained' section, as well as information about where to buy some of the ingredients I use and a section which might help if you are maintaining. Each weekend, I upload my 'Weekly No Count Menu Plans' in the 'Weekly Plans' section which I hope will help with any planning if you decide to give No Count a go.
If you'd like to try No Count, you can swap exclusively to it, or you can alternate No Count days with WW Flex ones. Just make sure that you log in on the Weight Watchers main website, go to 'Settings' and change from NC to Flex, and vice versa, there - it's best done first thing in the morning so that the app will still keep track of your weeklies:-)
I'm happy to answer any questions you may have - just leave a comment on one of the pages - and you can also follow me on Instagram @helen_wwgoldmember and Connect @hhay50
I hope you enjoy what the website has to offer and I wish you every success on your WW journey. Good luck!