Weight Watchers allows you to eat any food in moderation.
People who suffer from obesity, and even those who only have a few pounds to lose, would like to find a weight loss program to help them overcome their weight concerns. However, with so many dieting options, it may prove difficult to find a solution that fits your needs and your lifestyle. Weight Watchers, as part of a complete wellness program, may have characteristics that will work for you.
If you follow the Weight Watchers program, you will need to keep a detailed account of the foods and drinks you consume throughout the day. This includes the amount of water you drink. When you eat, you will measure your portions and track this information as well, helping you to control your portions. Some program followers also track the number of fruits and vegetable servings they have throughout the day to ensure they reach the recommended intake. Monitoring what you take in may help you identify habits that impact your weight loss. In addition to food tracking, Weight Watchers encourages you to track the amount of physical activity you do each day.
Instead of identifying a list of good foods and foods to avoid, Weight Watchers encourages you to eat the foods you love, but to do so in moderation. The program gives you a certain number of points you can consume each day, and this number will vary depending on your height, weight and sex. You will determine the point value of each food and drink you consume each day, and these number values stem from the total calories, fat and fiber contained in the food. Each day, you will try to keep your food intake at your allotted point goal. You will also have a certain number of extra points each week. Some program users elect to save these for special occasions or weekends, and some people choose not to use them at all. Having a point range helps you identify healthy, filling foods that fit in your point budget.
When looking into Weight Watchers, you will find that you have the option of attending weekly meetings or following the program online. Attending the weekly meetings will give you the opportunity to talk with other members and receive support and encouragement. You will also have a weekly weigh-in to monitor your progress, but they do not reveal your total weight. However, if you achieve weight loss, you may share it with the group.
If you follow the online program, you will track your food and activities online. You will not have access to the weekly meetings to build a support group, but you may find this method easier to fit into a busy lifestyle.
Using Weight Watchers will require payment. If you use the online program, you may need to pay an activation fee and then a monthly usage fee. If you plan to attend weekly meetings, you will need to pay an activation fee, and then pay each time you attend a meeting. For people who do not attend all of the meetings in a month, you may find that you will still need to pay for the meetings you miss. Some companies encourage employees to use Weight Watchers to help with weight loss, and they may cover some, or all, of the fees associated with the program.