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TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)
Published 03/4/2006 | Other | Rating:

It's the weigh-loss program that's not a diet. Support is the primary function of this international, non-profit weight-loss support group. TOPS does not endorse any specific diet. Instead, the organization recommends that members consult with their physician and determine the meal plan that's most suitable for the individual.

Their mission is to help people take off weight sensibly.

The TOPS' philosophy states that the desire to change comes from within an individual and the most effective way to sustain change is to provide a supporting environment. TOPS provides peer-based support to help dieters meet with other individuals facing the same challenges.

Similar to Weight Watchers, TOPS meetings are held on a weekly basis where participants have the opportunity to weigh in and receive a motivational program aimed to assist members in sticking with their food and fitness plans. With more than 200,000 members throughout the world, the annual fee is affordable at just $20. Meetings are held at community centers, churches, women's clubs, civic centers and other local facilities which vary according to location.

TOPS offers a team of experts well-versed in medicine, nutrition, fitness and psychology. In addition to meetings, there also retreats, rallies, and other special events. TOPS also publishes a magazine for members and educational brochures available to the public.

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  • Comment #1 (Posted by Patricia Hudak)
    I am unable to get the payment information to accept my three digit number on the back of my credit card.
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  • Comment #2 (Posted by Christine B.)
    I found a local TOPS Chapter and went. The first meeting was Free. I was made to feel very comfortable and welcomed. I was really inspired by the number of members there who had successfully lost significant amounts of weight and so I joined!!! I've lost over 4 pounds in 2 weeks and am armed with plenty of resources to continue the progress! I love that I can tailor my own plan and not have to calculate points or exchanges, etc. It's more about finding your own life plan...something that you can live with...not a short term fix. The group meetings help keep you accountable and give you unlimited support and motivation. I feel confident that I WILL reach my goal with this proram!
  • Comment #3 (Posted by ElizaBeth)
    I find a TOPS group that is wonderful and supportive
  • Comment #4 (Posted by Missie)
    I would love to join a Topsgroup, but am unable to find a chapter in my area, Nothwest Indiana.This is frustrating because it seems like they're limiting the support you can get if you don't live in a cretain area.
  • Comment #5 (Posted by Janice Shaproski)
    This is an excellent program and if you are close to chapter visit them and see for yourself. I was in a group for 10 years, but when I retired and moved to our mountain home there isn't one close enough to me now. I really do miss it! They do incentive contests and lots of hugging.
  • Comment #6 (Posted by Ericka)
    This sounds like a good program. The thought of dieting is even hard to me. I do alot better when I know I can eat a certain thing. At the most I may not even eat it- but knowing I can't makes me feel preoccupied with eating. So again, this sounds like a good program.
  • Comment #7 (Posted by Mary Ann Simard)
    Thank you for this interesting article.
  • Comment #8 (Posted by an unknown user)
    You should add a link to the website for TOPS so that I could go to it and learn more and see if there is anything in my area.
  • Comment #9 (Posted by Cordia)
    Great information! Very useful. Thanks!
  • Comment #10 (Posted by ishine4him)
    In theory and on paper this works, in reality it does not. However, I do have to say TOPS seems to work very well in other parts of the country, just not in central Ohio. It is more like an ole girls social club with lunch out following the meeting. I used to be a TOPS leader and was constantly fighting the old school of thought and socialization. No one wanted to change things and no one truly wanted to lose the excess weight or to put things into place that inspire one to want to lose the weight. Needless to say, I resigned.
  • Comment #11 (Posted by kathy)
    I belong to TOPS FL#712, we have a weekly weigh-in of about 30 members. FL#712 has both men and women attending our meetings.
    The support we receive and give is the success to our Chapter meetings.
    Weekly weigh-ins keeps me accountable and in line with keeping my weight off since June 2003. When a member reaches their goal they are known as KOPS
    Keep Off Pounds Sensibly.
    If you're in the Brandon/Valrico/Plant City/Seffner, Florida area come check our Chapter out.
    We would love to have you join us.
  • Comment #12 (Posted by Irene)
    The mention of Weight Watchers caught my eye. If this is half as good as Weight Watchers then it will be a fairly good program. However, as with all diets if they aren't maintained for the rest of your life you will regain the weight you lost and more. So with all diets, think before you leap into it.
  • Comment #13 (Posted by Cindy)
    I joined TOPS club about 4 years ago. I did lose weight gradually at first because I was keeping track of my daily calories, and exercizing. I learned alot of things about eating sensibly from others in the group. Exercize is inportant to weight loss as much as eating right. When I got too busy to exercize, the weight gradually crept back on, a pound or two a week, maybe lose a pound or two now and then, but the gains started to outweigh the losses. Now I joined a fun exercize group called Jazzercixe which is like dancing to music, and I am starting to lose again. If you want to check out the nearest tops group in your area, log onto The first meeting is free. It does work if you work at it. Just joining the group won't do it alone. The same with any diet.
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    i realy like TOPS and so does my mom pat
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