TO – Genny1687: Weight Watchers is a worldwide company in the Weight Loss Industry. They have a “philosophy” that they use to help people lose weight. It is mostly about portion control and changing one’s outlook about food (a lifestyle change). Exercise is encouraged but not stressed, or a large component of the program.
Instead of counting calories… you do something similar but it is actually counting points… A point value is assigned for all foods in a serving portion (so for example a slice of bread is valued at 2 points). This is determined because, a WW Point is equal to aprox 50 calories (give or take depending on how much fat or fibre is in an item)
On Weight Watchers a woman is generally allotted aprox 1200 to 1500 calories / somewhere in the neighbourhood of 20 Food Points per day (depending on her starting weight, and a Goal Weight determined to fit in with her Height, Age and Lifestyle). And the Food Points are amassed daily in all of the major food groups. There is a stress on Proteins, Fruits & Veggies, with attention focussed on how much one consumes in regards to Carbs in the form of Grains & Cereals – Starches – Dairy – and Sugars (including Alcohol)
A large portion of what makes Weight Watchers a success is that it is a relatively easy to follow program. And they have info for how to fit ethnic foods, restaurant foods and even fast foods into their plan.
Support Groups are also a key component, and Members are encouraged to “check in” regularly be that on-line or at a WW Meeting. Accountability seems to be a proven factor in weight loss and keeping it off.
In the Weight Loss World, WW is highly respected, and their program does have good results for most people. It is also a very affordable weight loss program and so popular that it is easy to find a Meeting in your Neighbourhood, or near where you Work (they even have groups that have been formed by groups of employees and meet at Companies over lunch hour… check with your Employer’s HR & Benefits Office for more info). And of course now they have on-line 24 hour access as well.
Lol, if there is one controversy… it is the fact that after you reach your Goal Weight, a great many people go back to their old habits and gain back the weight (I would certainly be one of those people). Weight Watchers, being the “smart” company that they are have implemented a way to address that aspect as well. Once you lose all your weight and achieve Goal, you are rewarded with a Certificate and a Weight Watchers Lifetime Membership. Which means Membership is FREE as long as you never gain back the weight. And if you do, you just pay the Weekly Meeting Fee and do not have to ever repay the “Initiation Fee” again.
An attractive option for sure, and kind of ensures that those who fall off the wagon think of WW first when they are looking around for a weight loss program.
For more info check out these websites…
Wikipedia – Weight Watchers = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weight_Watchers
Weight Watchers USA = http://www.weightwatchers.com
Hope this helps,