Weight Watchers and Me

Is Weight Watchers Effective for the Long Term?

According to the Weight Watchers plan, people who follow the PointsPlus program can expect a weight loss of one or two pounds each week. Research has indicated that "slow and steady wins the race" -- showing that the best way to lose weight is slowly, with a loss of one to two pounds per week. According to many of the studies that have been done, this amount each week is doable, safe, and may help you keep the weight off. Losing weight slowly like this also provides a better chance for your healthy new lifestyle changes to stick.
There have also been some studies done specifically on the Weight Watchers diet. These studies have shown that this plan can help you lose weight and keep it off. One study showed that those who followed Weight Watchers lost more weight than those who tried to lose weight on their own. This study also showed that those who used the tools provided by Weight Watchers, such as the online tools, meetings, and mobile app, were the ones who experienced the most weight loss.
If you are wondering how Weight Watchers might compare to some other diets, there has been some research done on this as well. A study looked at some of the most popular diet programs, including Atkins, Ornish, Weight Watchers, and Zone. These studies found that all four of these diets were effective in helping people lose weight after one year. According to the research, the average weight loss at one year was:
  • 4.6 lbs for those following the Atkins diet
  • 6.6 lbs for those following Weight Watchers
  • 7.1 lbs for those following the Zone diet
  • 7.3 lbs for those following the Ornish diet.
Not only was body weight reduced, but these diets also helped reduce several heart disease risk factors after one year.
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