I went to Weight Watchers back in the 70s and followed the diet religiously for 10 weeks and lost half a pound
. That's right - half a pound. That's when I started to think I could never lose weight. At the time, I was in my early 20's and weighed 140 pounds. Knowing what I know now, I realise that I needed to exercise to lose weight. But back on topic, back then WW was basically a healthy, balanced diet.
I subscribed to the WW magazine last year, and the people who mentioned that WWers eat all kinds of crap are right. I didn't follow the program formally (this time round) but from reading the magazine and cookbooks, I have a pretty good idea of the points system and eating plans. I used to look at the magazine and nearly be in tears, thinking "That's what I eat now, so how come I can't lose weight?"
Of course, that was pre-SBD.
WW may encourage whole grains, but not very strongly. The latest issue of the (Australian) magazine has a piece on rice, and all kinds - including jasmine, arborio and wild - have exactly the same points value! And the meal plans include a big bowl of white pasta, risotto, etc. The WW cookbooks and recipes are full of white flour and a fair bit of sugar.
So basically, the people who can lose weight on WW are the lucky ones who aren't carb-sensitive. I personally think WW sucks! I'm glad I didn't waste my money by joining up again.