Weight Watchers is a dietary system that help people lose weight, feel better and become
healthier. It is all done on a point system, based on your weight and the amount of weight you want to lose,
you will be given a point target per day. Each food has been allocated a s
pecific number of points, that will
be taken away from your daily point target.
The “healthier” the food groups the lower the points and “unhealthy” food groups the higher the points.
Now, I am all for getting people to eat healthier, eating more whole foods – like vegetables but this way of
thinking is going to creating a bad relationship with food. Labelling food with higher points, not only
restricts people’s food choices but puts a bad mark on that food or that food group.
This will not help with long term sustainability and 9 time out of 10 once people leave weight watchers
they put the weight back on due to the restrictiveness of the program and no longer have guidance and
accountability. They should be educating their members on food and how to live a life of balance, as at the
end of the day the key to weight loss is a negative energy balance, meaning eat less than you did before.
I always say to my clients that you could eat 2000 calories a day to lose weight and consume mars bars, you
would still lose weight, it is just not healthy. So, having a balanced diet without restrictions will still help
you lose weight, you will enjoy it more and have a better relationship with food Therefore, you can then still
go to social events, enjoy the foods you like all without having a break down as you do not know how many
points this food is.
Now for those of you who are reading this and are a member of weight watchers or been so in the past and
thinking that what I am saying is crap and you have had good results from it, that is good, well done. I am
saying that the majority of the population looking to lose weight/body fat will not benefit from this in the
However, even though weight watchers in my opinion is not worth your investment and should be spent on
a personal trainer, there are some pros to it. The community aspect, where you have a group of people all
aiming for the same goal – to lose weight, feel better about themselves and improve their health.
This is going to have a big impact on the adherence to the plan, if everyone is supporting each other and a
little friendly competition never hurt anyone.
There are pro’s and con’s in using the weight watchers system but for me personally I think the con’s are
not worth the pro’s. I would find a better approach that you know you can stick to and be consistent.
Do not put any restrictions on your diet, eat in moderation, become more active.
Invest in educating yourself in nutrition – learn more about whole foods, and calories etc and find out why
you don’t have to restrict/ban the foods you enjoy.
This is going to be a lot better for long time sustainability and consistency, leading to better results. It will
not impact your lifestyle either, I mean who wants to go to a meeting every week and get weighed in front
of everyone? Who wants to buy specific weight watchers food for the rest of their lives because it helps
them track nutrition points? I would rather enjoy a nice evening at home or whatever you prefer to do in
your spare time and eat what you bloody want!!
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