When you are looking for a long-term solution to weight loss, and perhaps even a means of maintaining your new body after you’ve met your weight loss goal, then Weight Watchers may be one program you might want to try – mainly because it works. Based on a balance of nutritious foods and a point system for managing your food intake, they not only offer the structure most dieters need, but also the flexibility to eat anything you want, and a personal support system to go with it.
Unlike other fad diets, Weight Watchers isn’t just a passing trend or a starvation diet offering a quick fix; it is a comprehensive plan for slow and healthy weight loss which begins the moment you sign up. Available in both online an in-person formats, Weight Watchers has a large focus on weekly meetings and inspiration from other Weight Watchers members. The weekly meetings are a support group of both those who are still on their weight loss journey and those who have already met their goals.
While Weight Watchers has a bit in common with Jenny Craig and NutriSystem because of their line of frozen and pre-packaged foods, it differs in that the Weight Watchers program doesn’t force you to choose all of their brand-name foods, offering more flexibility in their eating plan while still providing an easy-to-understand structure with their food point system. Since every type of food has a certain amount of points, you are focusing on the number of points you eat per day instead of constantly focusing on the food itself. There is no real math involved, no weighing or measuring, and they even provide an app for your smart phone for when you are on the go.
Because you are eating real food, and a variety of all types of foods (including fats, proteins and carbs in a balanced format), this type of diet works well for slow and consistent weight loss. It may not be the fastest method for losing weight, but I have never heard of any reports of health issues occurring as a direct result of following the Weight Watchers program.
If you are interested in what Weight Watchers has to offer, the information located on their website gives a little more insight into their SimpleStart program, which is designed to help you get a quick start with your weight loss by showing you how simple it is to follow. They also have a newer program designed especially for men, which takes into consideration the physiological differences between men and women and provides support in an atmosphere separate from women, addressing issues in a more gender-specific format. Also included on their website is information more about the types of foods you’ll eat, their weekly meetings, healthy food recipes, free assessments, fitness demos, tutorials, and health tips.
If you are committed to changing the way you think about food, then Weight Watchers can absolutely work for you – they even cheat sheets for when you’ve just got to have something sinful. Weight Watchers is a weight loss plan for real people – and as far as that phone app goes, it can be a lifesaver for looking up foods when you’re out.
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