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Weight Watchers

What It Is

Weight Watchers believes that dieting is just one part of long-term weight management. A healthy body results from a healthy lifestyle -- which means mental, emotional, and physical health.

Weight Watchers does not tell people what they can or can't eat. The goal is to help people make healthy eating decisions and encourage them to enjoy more physical activity, thereby losing weight safely and sensibly. At local group meetings, Weight Watchers members get motivation, mutual support, and encouragement in handling the challenges encountered in the process of changing behavior.

The initial Weight Watchers' goal is to reduce body weight by 5% to 10%, and the ultimate weight goal is a BMI less than 25. For those who have a lot of weight to lose, the goal is to lose in increments of 10% -- which helps people stay motivated.

What You Can Eat

"Eat the food you love and lose weight" is the Weight Watchers philosophy. No foods are prohibited. Instead, each food is assigned points, and you are allotted a certain number of points each day. You can earn more points with exercise, which is key to the Weight Watchers' program.