Hi everyone,

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:-)

Helen xxxxxxxx

(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!

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  1. Good morning, I have just found your website … I am a WW Gold member but need to shift just a couple of pounds and I’m stuck, I’ve lost interest and motivation and am teeting on the brink of having to pay again. Having just found your wonderful website I’m keen to give NC a “proper” go. Unfortunately I can’t seem to access your weekly recipes … is it something I’m doing wrong? ~Thank you

    1. Hi Gillian 💕 A change to NC may be all your body needs to lose those few pounds and be at a comfortable weight again.👍🏻 I’m not sure why you can’t access the recipes but can only suggest trying a computer if you’re currently on your phone and vice versa. Really sorry I don’t know what’s happening. 💕 Helen xxxxx

  2. Hi Helen,

    I have been following WW since May 2017 and have lost 1.5 stone since then… However recently I have hit a wall… I am staying the same weight and can’t seem to shake it and for months now I am going between putting on 3-4 pounds then losing them again, and I really should be further along by now… I’m also finding it really difficult to get back on track after falling off the wagon a few times. I keep eating bad treats and big portions and not really tracking at all.

    I am determined to carry on and get to goal because it’s quite far away (about 2 stone to be precise!) and I really think that No Count could be for me, as I find that weighing and measuring is my downfall and I find it easier to grab something else that’s easier and less time consuming. I love your blog and can’t wait to try the recipes – my coach is giving me a no count book tomorrow at weigh in so I am hoping to start a new WW journey from tomorrow onwards!! I am also a bridesmaid in September so I really want to lose a few pounds by then!

    Joey xx

    1. Hi Joey, reading your comment reminded me of my own WW journey over the years. Hopefully, a change to No Count will give you renewed focus and motivation, setting you back on track to lose those two stones and be where you want to be for September. My biggest tip would be to plan your meals for the week and make sure you have all the food in that you need. Plan a few desserts too that you can turn to if you get a craving for something sweet. It is possible to enjoy some really great food and still lose weight in the process. Good luck! Helen xxxxx

  3. Hi Helen
    I have been a member of WW for years. Been a helper and lost all motivation for myself. I need to get back on track and stick to the plan. I struggle with flex as I eat rubbish to use up my points so want to give no count a try.

    I must ask where you get your journal from. Way back in the day, when I got to goal I wrote everything down and think this might help again.

    I am about 2 !/2 stone from goal so quite a way to go and need all the help i can get.


    Pauline xx

    1. Hi Pauline, I really find that writing everything down is a great help so I hope it works as well for you and helps you on the road back to goal. If you go to the February Weekly Plans and scroll down, you’ll find the details for the book I use there. There are enough pages for a whole year! I really hope you enjoy No Count and that the change to it re-motivates you to get back to goal. Good luck! Helen xxxxxx

  4. Hi Helen just wanted to say how impressed I am with your website and your recipies look amazing I can’t wait to try them!
    I have been following the Flex plan and am nearly at goal but wouldn’t mind trying No Count for a change, although I’m a bit worried about my discipline on the portion sizes if left to my own devices but it’s good to have a change I guess!
    Just wondering if it’s ok to swap to No Count mid-week for a few days then go back or if it’s better to do it on a weekly basis ?

    Also I see popcorn is free on NC is it the ww one or any particular name please? And also crumpets can this be any make? Thank you Laura xxx

    1. Awww thank you Laura. You could swap to No Count mid-week for a few days if you wanted to (just change your settings on the main WW website) and with it being the first time you’ve tried it, it might help you to see if you like it and if you can control portion sizes by weighing pasta, rice etc…. However, if you wanted to find out if No Count is helping your weight loss, you’d need to do just that for a couple of weeks. The popcorn that is free on WW is the one you make yourself with a popcorn maker – I’ve used 2 tsp Choc Shot (for 1sp) to dip it into:-) Most crumpets are free on NC – it’s just the luxury ones that aren’t eg: supermarket ‘best’ ones. I really hope you enjoy NC Laura and that it helps you reach goal soon:-) Helen xxxxxx

    1. Hi Suzy, Weetabix is not No Count sorry – there aren’t many cereals that are: just oats, shredded wheat, shredded wheat bitesize (with no added sugar), wheat bran and puffed wheat, rice and oats (no added sugar). Helen xxxx

    2. Hi Suzy, Weetabix is not No Count sorry – there aren’t many cereals that are: just oats, shredded wheat, shredded wheat bitesize (with no added sugar), wheat bran and puffed wheat, rice and oats (no added sugar). Helen xxxx

  5. Well done! This is of great help to me and all the others who have been reading your blog. I have an under active thyroid and can’t seem to lose. I have lost 3 lbs but I’ve been on WW since the 6 March and I have been rigidly following (firstly flex and then No Count which I prefer). Yesterday I had banana, pear and raspberries with yogurt for breakfast (fat free and no sugar). I then had 2 eggs with warburtons thin. For dinner I had one slice of salmon fillet, brown rice and veg. Later I had a bad of French fries. I drank water, Diet Pepsi and black coffee (no sugar). Not sure what else I can do. At the moment I’m losing a pound and then putting it on but I’ve kept the three pounds I’ve already lost at bay. Any advice appreciated. Thank you! Elaine

    1. Hi and thank you Elaine 💕 I’m not an expert, but I do know it can be very hard to lose weight if you have an under active thyroid. Yesterday’s food sounds like a great NC day 👍🏻💕 You May be doing this already, but my advice would be to make sure you are varying the food you are eating enough and try to have at least 3 carb-free lunches in a week. If you like salad, they’re great for keeping you full – just like your plate with lots of salad items and include some protein too. The more you can cut out processed foods, the better. Wishing you the best of luck 💝💕 Helen xxxxx

      1. Thank you Helen 🙂 That’s a great tip, that always did help when doing Flex!

        Just another question relating to some of your amazing recipes… I need to order some of that sugar-free maple syrup, but in the meantime could I use honey as a substitute? Thanks 🙂 xxx

        1. Hi and thank you Joanna; you can substitute honey for the sugar-free syrup but the honey is 1 point per level tsp. Hope you have a fantastic weekend when it arrives:-) Helen xxxx

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