Does Weight Watchers Work
Over the years I have known many people try different diets, some good, some not so good. One company has been around for decades, so does Weight Watchers work?.
In the UK between 2004 and 2014, members lost in total 8 million stone collectively!. In 2011 two million brits joined this programme and I know of at least 5 people who have had great success.
Even the NHS has officially approved Weight Watchers by actively referring patients to help the overweight shed them extra pounds, this partnership works fantastically well the NHS saves money, Weight Watchers makes money and the end result, you lose weight, everyone is a winner!
Does it work….. most defiantly, its the biggest and most trusted weight loss programme globally for a reason.
This review is all about the online plan that gives you access to loads of tools to help you combat your fat through dieting.
The Birth Of Weight Watchers
Weight Watchers didn’t set out as a business concept, it was formed by a lady called Jean Nidetch in 1963, who, herself had a “fat” problem. Jean weighed in at 214 lbs (15 stone) and a size 44 dress.
Jean, by her self-admission, had a “cookie obsession” like many people today Jean tried and failed at many different fad diets, her last attempt at a clinical diet in queens New York helped her lose 20 pounds, however, it
made her life “grim” sticking to it. Sound familiar?
A phone call to her friends about her experience shown her she wasn’t the only one with “Frankenstein’s” (her word for obsessions) before long Jean invited her friends around to her house and they all made confessions about their Frankenstein’s and the foundation for Weight watchers was set. They all started losing the extra rolls and word started to spread and people started to come for help.
Jeans approach was to build empathy, rapport, support and show care, which is still there during meetings and throughout the company today and it didn’t take to long before 30+ overweight people were crammed into her house all looking for support.
As you can imagine 30 people in a small place wasn’t ideal so they expanded and a business was born, eventually going global and being recognised by Heinz food company, the Secretary of Health and Human services and the NHS in the UK.
How does weight watchers work?
The concept is similar to counting calories, and the system is called pro points, the reason they opt for a point system instead of counting calories, members would be confused between an orange that is obviously healthy and a bag of crisp that isn’t so healthy would both have the same amount of calories.
The support at Weight Watchers is second to none, you never feel alone as the person next to you is in the same boat and your feel accountable if you don’t meet your goals, of course, the meetings are totally optionally, but you do stand a far greater chance of long-term success.
The fact that the company cares a great deal about you and your weight issues goes a long way in your fat loss journey,when you join the programme you will notice this yourself, and the leaders have all been in your shoes.
The main reason for its success is the education you receive, this knowledge is invaluable to you and your family and if you ever do leave the programme you have the right tools to continue to succeed as Weight Watchers is a lifestyle change and not a fad diet.
This programme speaks for its self in terms of numbers and now with the online version, you don’t have to go to meetings which put some people off taking part in this programme.
personally, I think the meetings are great as you meet other like-minded people who have an issue with their weight and can be quite inspiring and also can learn any little tips they have got.
an alternative to weight watchers is slimming world, also popular uses a different kind of system to lose weight.
The thing I like about WW is you can eat what you want but be warned you may have to without food until your points reset the next day.
The only thing I would suggest against unless you want too, don’t buy their branded food, it can be quite expensive and you can do the programme with smart food choices and prepare your food.
This is a sustainable programme and if you think you’re going to lose weight overnight then you will be very disappointed this is a lifestyle change and not a fad or lose weight quick diet plan.
What Others Think
Members and governing bodies alike speak highly of this programme, there are a few who have spoken of the programme being a money trap, stating once they have finished the programme they put the weight back on. (hardly surprising if you go back to old habits)
A lot of people like the fact you can eat what you want and it’s relatively cheap compared to other programmes that are out there with ludicrous claims of losing weight.
Some vegetarian and vegans would also like more choice as a lot of low points foods are meat or animal based.
On the whole, most do enjoy WW but like most things people who are unhappy tend to shout the loudest.
As always it’s up to you to make your mind up about this plan it’s your body and it’s your weight.
Does Weight Watchers work? YES most certainly and is Ideal for everyone, especially Ideal for people who just not ready or dislike exercise.
You can join online here and find your local meets if you want to go down that road, I would recommend going to local meets, you never know, you might find a whole new social circle.
This programme is sustainable so you will lose weight safely and you can still eat pretty much what you want, the pro points just make you eat in moderation and that is what you need to succeed.
P.S click here for 2 free Weight Watchers recipes.