I started weight watchers when i was 16 years old because at the age of 16, my body was way bigger then my head..lol and my mother thought it would be a good way to teach me how to eat healthfully and lose weight. It was her concern that paid for my diet at weight watchers. I can honestly say that i have tried weight watchers about 3 times and each time i have invested the money and each time i have found a 3-5 pound loss and then a significant gain. This led to major depression and even the obsession with counting points and being so observant with my diet, caused me to struggle with eating disorders. I began to suffer in my mind more, because i became obsessed about every little food having a calorie , so i would restrict my body down to eating vegetables and i would consume as little as i could on weight watchers but would write down "ate this, or ate that" so that the person checking my diet journal would see that its balanced. For me, i struggled with binge eating and eating disorders from the time i was 12 till the time i was 19. One thing i can say is: while weight watchers serves as a great tool to teach people how to eat a balanced meal and it teaches about portion control and the cost of a calorie, i can say that for those suffering from metabolic problems and even emotional problems, going on such a diet that restricts you from eating, is much more difficult. SB was the first and only diet next to Atikins, in which i have lost weight on. I lost 18 pounds in three weeks on SB and it was the first time i had ever seen myself smaller and the first time i was really happy at what i saw in the mirror, and that was only 18 pounds. I went off SB when i got sick and hadnt returned, i eventually went back to eating bread and cereal and everything else bad, but now that im back in my own place and have the ability to put in my cupboards only what i want, ive began to make healthy choices again. Its true, its important to make some modifications. I understand this concept of no fruit, but being someone who eats lots of cottage cheese, its a tad hard eating that without eating some piece of fruit with it. Fruit is considered a whole food, a healthy food, and while not all fruits are considered equal GI wise.. moderation is in fact the key. I think are ideas about following a diet as a diet rather then following a diet as a lifestyle change, is a huge hangup. If you look up the definition of diet in a dictionary , it actually says " a lifestyle change" Thats what we are doing. My friend used to say dont DIE IT. You will die. Just change your lifestyle. Most importantly above all, what i remember the most helpful.. a quote by Elenor Roosevelt "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent"