Weight Watchers and Me

Getting Started

If you want to try this diet, the first step will be to decide whether you want to do the online program, mobile app, or attend the meetings in person. This is a large part of this plan's appeal -- you're not doing this alone. Regardless of which way you choose, your first meeting will include getting your weight, creating your individual weight loss goals, and learning the basics of how the diet works.
If you choose to go to the meetings, they are usually held on a weekly basis. These meetings can be a great way to get support from others who are also following the diet. Each meeting will cover a different topic, such as possible difficulties you've had or ideas for new recipes that you may want to try.
Using the diet program online allows you to track your food consumption and physical activity, all while charting your progress. You can find ideas for recipes, examples of different workout routines, and restaurant guides.
You can also access Weight Watchers using a mobile app called Simple Start. This app provides a variety of meal ideas, help for eating out, and motivational support.

How It Works

The Weight Watchers diet centers around the point system for foods. When assigning a point value to a food, this diet plan uses a special formula based on the amount of protein, carbohydrate, fat, and fiber that is in the food. Specifically, this program is aimed at helping you learn how to make more nutritious food choices. This includes foods that:
  • Are high in nutrients and help you to feel fuller faster
  • Contain fewer calories
  • Are natural and don't contain added sugar or fats.
However, because this diet doesn't restrict any foods (including alcohol and desserts), you can still have the occasional indulgence, as long as you stay within your daily points. It also helps to break down your points throughout the day. For example, if you have a PointsPlus target of 41, then you may want to reserve 10 points for breakfast, 10 for lunch, 15 for dinner, and two 3-point snacks.
The Weight Watchers Web site can help provide you with a list of various foods and meals, along with the number of points assigned to each. In short, your PointsPlus daily target is equal to the amount of energy your body needs each day, while still allowing you to lose weight.
This program also recommends physical activity. It encourages you to find activities that you enjoy and that you can incorporate into your everyday routine.
When you look at it in its entirety, Weight Watchers is more of a lifestyle change program rather than a quick weight loss diet. It is aimed more at helping you learn how to eat healthier foods and become more active so you can lose weight and keep it off. Sounds like a good plan, but does it work?
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