Weight Watchers (cont.)
"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.
Points are assigned based on the food's calorie, total fat, and dietary fiber content. Here are some examples:
Each member has a Daily Points Range, calculated based on their body weight. For example, a 5'6" woman who weights 180 pounds would be allotted between 22 and 27 points each day.
A "points finder" helps members calibrate the points value of a recipe or a packaged product using the Nutrition Facts label.
Members can earn extra points with exercise. Based on a formula that factors in body weight, time, and intensity, all types of physical activity can be assigned a points value. For example, if a woman walks or cycles at moderate intensity for 30 minutes, she would earn 2 points for it.
Group support has been the cornerstone of the Weight Watchers program since its inception. Through weekly meetings, members get support in making lifestyle changes, which helps them lose weight and keep it off. "No one has to go it alone," says Weight Watchers.
The Weight Watchers program is based on good, old-fashioned "calories in, calories out" advice. Members keep track of the calories/fat they eat (in the form of points) and burn enough calories/fat to lose weight. It's just that simple.
The Weight Watchers philosophy follows recommendations from the National Weight Loss Registry, which shows that weight maintenance is achieved through a variety of life-changing -- not just diet-focused -- steps.
Research suggests that people who lose weight and keep it off: