- 3 months ago
- Wedding: September 2012
Weight Watchers. There’s a reason the program has been around since 1963 and is still thriving.
I know a lot of people have success with fad diets and the latest trends – Paleo, Whole 30, Keto, etc. In my opinion, those aren’t sustainable in the long-term. Sure you see super rapid results and weight loss, but that’s because you’re making a drastic change and cutting out ALL the good things. For most people, eventually you get tired of eating that way and quickly fall off the wagon.
I love WW because it teaches how to make better choices and about portion control. The fact that you can have ANYTHING is important. You are allowed to eat a certain number of points per day, and each food has it’s own points value. So long as you stick within your points, you’re good to go. The program has evolved a lot over the years and now it has a HUGE list of 0pt foods – things like chicken/turkey breast, eggs, beans, all fruits & veggies, etc.
The program works because you aren’t depriving yourself of the things you love, but rather you learn to make good choices. If I know on Sunday morning I want to have donuts with my kid I made sure to stay on points all week. If I eat those donuts for breakfast I know I need to eat a low-point lunch and grilled chicken + veggies for dinner. The biggest thing they teach you is that you’re whole day isn’t shot because of one “bad” meal. Too many people think “well damn, I ate 3 donuts at breakfast so what’s the point I might as well eat that cheesburger for lunch”.
The biggest key to weight loss is what goes in your mouth. Followed by exercise.