Hope you don't mind a newbie to this forum chiming in. I haven't even started SB officially yet - just finished reading the book and hubby and I are starting to plan our menus and initial shopping trip! We're getting kind of gung-ho about it, even if we are a bit nervous about Phase 1!
Anyway...I'm an expert on the new WW program. I was very successful a couple years ago (Flex program). I lost 75 lbs using their program and it truly works - if you work it. The trick to breaking plateaus was changing things up from time to time. They give you a range of points to shoot for, so if you hit a plateau and you've been getting in your minimum points - then you bump things up to your max points, just to keep the body guessing. One of the reasons WW worked so well for me is because there were no real limits on what you could have. If you wanted a fast food burger - have it! But you're going to have to make up for those points somewhere else (points are based on the fiber/fat/calories per food item). It was easy for me to follow the program and even though I've run into people who have said theynever lost any weight on it, because of my personal experience, it's hard for me to figure out how that can happen (it obviously does - I just don't understand it).
So why....if I had such great success with WW...am I giving SB a try? Well, I got bored and a little "cocky". I figured I had it all figured out, so I stopped journaling religiously, counting every point, yadayada...and guess what - I found all those dern pounds again! I'd had a major job change in there somewhere, which fouled up my exercise schedule, and I just put 'me' on the back burner again. So, after about 6 months, I went back to WW and lost about 20 lbs. But I must have had some residual boredom, because I just couldn't find the excitement I once had. In the meantime, the SB craze hit! I thought it was just another fad, so I poo-pooed it. Then it seemed like every time I turned around, a Dr. was recommending it! They'd say "Oh WW is a great plan, too!", but would always talk about SB. So I read the book - and it made so much sense! Particularly for me and my family. Diabetes (adult) runs in my family line - and that's my biggest concern, even more so than my looks. I have 2 daughters (22 and 17) who both have PCOS (Polycystic overarian syndrome) which makes them insulin resistant. HELLO -
This just makes sense!
So I'm getting ready to begin my SB journey. It's a bit scary because I am so WW minded. But - WW now has an alternate plan that is very similiar to SB. It's called CORE. A member can use either plan - whichever fits their lifestyle best.
WW is a good plan. But for me, SB just seems to be a smarter, healthier choice (for my personal health issues). If I find it more comfortable (once I pass Phase 1), I may even check into incorporating the 2 programs together, basing my food choices on the SB food list. We'll see!
Anyway - that's my say on the matter!