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I’ve tried Weight Watchers twice in my life, and I don’t like the program. Not the whole program, just pieces of it.
At my first big-girl job when I was made full-time and offered health insurance, I was required to get a full physical. And because my BMI was in the obese range, I was forced to take part in Weight Watchers. My insurance covered it, of course, but I didn’t have a choice.
I understand where they are coming from. There are so many health issues that develop simply because of being obese. I get that. I understand that.
But Weight Watchers? Really?
The premise of WW is that you go to a weekly meeting, that lasts around 45 minutes. You weigh in, urged to purchase a variety of products, from diet foods to workout DVDs to fitness trackers– all under the WW brand. Then you listen to a leader read the same information that everyone else across the country is hearing.
Based on your BMI, you are given an allotment of points to eat from during the day and week. Foods are assigned point values based on nutrition. You typically get a cushion of points to spend additionally throughout the week.
You are to track your food intake and exercise and aim to be within your target points.
All of this is fine for me, except how the points are assigned.
So, I tried it again. The first time I was young, and don’t remember much about it.
So many people have lost weight with Weight Watchers, which is how they are still in business. They marketed a proven technique of watching your food intake. But instead of counting calories, fat, carbs, protein, or any other metric, you count points.
I’m not discouraging anyone from trying Weight Watchers, because it really could turn out to work for you. And just because I don’t like it doesn’t mean you won’t either.
Diet foods are typically worse for you than the ‘original’ or ‘regular’ counterparts.
Their program doesn’t incorporate exercise. You need more calories the more you exercise.
They will try to sell you a variety of products that you just don’t need!
To summarize, I know of many people who have lost weight with Weight Watchers and attest that the program works for them. I personally don’t find their weight loss approach healthy, but every body is different so if it works for you, then great.
If you are looking to lose weight, then please do your research before jumping on board. Make sure that the route you take is healthy and safe.
Have you tried Weight Watchers? What did you think of it? Are you considering using their program?
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