Weight Watchers has been used successfully for thousands of people struggling with weight loss for well over fifty years. It hasn’t disappeared, or faded away, because the core philosophy actually works.
If you’re thinking of giving Weight Watchers a try, or you’re just curious how the program works, here’s a quick explanation of the diet philosophy, point system, and expected weight loss.
Weight Watchers is a weight management system where members utilize online and in-person programs to influence weight loss.
While the basic philosophy of using a point system to create a calorie deficit is well known, it’s the personal and online support that separates it from many other programs. The well established information structure takes place in the form of online communities, and in-person meetings.
While in-person meetings are optional, it has proven to create a positive reinforcement and helps you connect with other dieters who can identify with a common weight loss goal.
The synergy of a well structured diet plan, and personal support is what makes Weight Watchers so popular and unique.
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Everyone knows the only way to lose weight is by creating a calorie deficit. It’s true for every diet system. While you’re on weight watchers you’ll use tools to indirectly track your daily calories and create a deficit for weight loss.
Every bit of food is asigned a point value on Weight Watchers. The formula for calculating the points is kind of complicated so it’s definitely recommended to use a calculator or an app.
When you’re preparing your meals, instead of inputing calories, you would enter the amount of carbs, protein, and fat in your meal and you’re give a point total for that meal.
Your goal is to consistently stay at, or below, your daily alloted point total. Exercising and other physical activities can be used to increase your daily point total, allowing a more liberal food selection.
Why use points instead of just adding up calories?
Not all calories you eat are equal, and some are more influencial when it comes to energy and fat storage. The point system gives a higher value to food that promotes weight gain, and less to food that does not.
That means some foods, like most fruits and vegetables, have zero points on the diet because they’re considered beneficial to weight management.
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Expected Weight Loss
Weight Watchers was first established in the 1960s and has stood the test of time, and even adapted to changing information, because it’s not a fad diet. There aren’t any promises of shocking, or rapid, weight loss in the first few weeks because that’s never been the goal.
The goal is steady, consistent, and sustainable weight loss over long periods of time. While it’s true, many people have successfully lost 50-100 pounds on the diet it often takes well over a year to lose that amount of weight.
A reasonable weight loss expectation on Weight Watchers is usually 1-1.5 pounds per week.
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