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Weight Watchers Diet Exposed

The truth about the Weight Watchers Diet

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This is another of those rare diets that has some merit to it. This is more of a system, than a diet. It gives people an easy way to count calories, without getting bogged down in excessively anal retentive behavior.

The key to this system is the FlexPoints program. This program assigns a certain number of "points" to each serving of a particular food item. Based on your weight, you can eat so many points of food per day.

This system allows you to eat whatever you want, as long as you don't exceed your points allocation. This focus on calories only isn't a sound nutritional plan, and that's the Achilles Heel of this system.

Another big weakness is the system gives you extra points for exercising. That approach defies logic, because:

  • Most people do not exercise with sufficient intensity to do a whole lot of good.

  • Most people over-rate how much exercise they actually do, thus they cheat.

  • You have to burn 3500 calories to lose one pound of fat. So, if you take in more calories because you "earned them" through exercise, you are fooling yourself but not fooling your waistline.

A good thing about this system is it forces you to think about your foods and your eating, and to think of food as adding up to the very weight you want to lose. However, too much thinking about food can make you simply want to eat more.

The Weight Watchers people seem to be aware of the weaknesses of this program. Unlike many organizations or individuals who claim to have the "perfect diet," Weight Watchers provides support in the way of meetings participants can attend. Seeing other people doing what you are doing can be very motivating, especially when those people offer moral support and other kinds of encouragement.

Over all, Weight Watchers is worth looking at. If you are fighting the battle of the bulge, signing up with Weight Watchers will probably help you. But, you need to look at more than just the calories in what you eat. You need to ensure you are getting the right kinds of foods.

If you exhaust your calorie limit on processed foods, you will simply bounce back to being as fat as when you started. But if you use the Weight Watchers program as a resource to help you reduce your portion size while you make the right food choices--which we detail in other articles--you will be slimmer and healthier without needing to "go on a diet" ever again.


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