What Is Weight Watchers?
I am really considering dropping my membership, and using that money for a yoga program. Subscribe Your privacy is important to us. The idea is to load up on fatty items, more than carbs. She and I—with around twenty other women and the occasional man —met in a church basement on Saturday mornings. It takes someone who really wants to lose the weight for good and someone who really wants to understand the whys and the whats behind everything that will succeed. Freestyle is a disappointment. And all of this can be managed on a handy, popular app.
Weight Watchers Review
You make some legitimate criticisms. For example calories-worth of sugar costs 6 points while calories-worth of lean rump steak costs 2 points. And, as you noted, a number of healthy foods — vegetables, lean chicken and turkey breast, fish, legumes, etc. But that misses the point of the system.
Yes, on the Weight Watchers system you can eat pizza. And it will cost you 8 points for a single slice. Or you can use that same 8 points to have a full meal of steak, potato and vegetables. To put that in context, most people only have around points available per day.
The fear mongering around saturated fat is based on year old bad science. And yet, those foods are highly problematic for many people for a variety of reasons. My comment was specifically a response to your criticism that WW says you can eat pizza. What is the approach to food choices in your system, by the way? I agree with the other criticisms in your response. WW definitely has its flaws.
I have a lot of information on this between the blog and the podcast. I still think some of the claims in your original article about WW are hyperbolic, but you look to have a great program here founded on solid principles.
It is an awful program! It taught me to eat more fish and less pizza! It taught me to pay attention to those ridiculous and pointless serving sizes! I wonder what all the people who fail at Weight Watchers think about your sarcastic comment…. If only the same were true for more!
Nothing wrong with the plan. He eats very few of the premade meals and none of the shakes and is able to convert home cooked meals into points. Weight watchers work in helping people lose weight. Education and self management are up to the individual.
And for those with true eating disorders and possibly psychological or physiological issues behind their obesity, relying on a commercial weight loss program entirely is not self serving. Many people need to approach their weight loss journey via different paths and using different resources. No one is a victim. All diets that are weight loss oriented will fail you. It is the psychological pieces that need to be addressed and filled in order to develop healthy eating. I am a believer in the non-diet approach and have huge success with it.
No more diets for me and my clients. Thanks for the insightful article! Hit all the points right n the nose! WW gives a sbconcuous guilt complex. Making it seem zero points means zero calories, what?
The zero points foods are chosen for being healthy foods that people are not inclined to overeat. A reasonable amount of zero point foods are accounted for in the base points allowance. Dude, you need a marketing consultant. Most potential customers are not going to be attracted to your service because of your message.
Rebooted Body is a very successful business. My content and my comments are designed to do two things:. WW has unbelievable marketing that makes one believe if they join, then they will automatically have the knowledge to lose weight. Weekly meetings and accountability and coaching is nice especially when the advocate tells you how much weight THEY have lost.
I joined did the meetings, bought the books, the products, the kitchen tools. Gained all the weight back within 3 years. To sell membership and attendance. After only a couple of days I was so stressed out I cancelled. You sound like a huge dick. And then people who were committed and still failed can come along, read that, and feel even more poorly about themselves? Kevin, your article was spot on. I did WW IN and lost 35 pounds in 13 weeks. It was a low fat calorie plan. The depriving 3 little teaspoons of fat caused me to have gallbladder trouble.
I agree that their system must be flawed based on numbers. It to create a system to help people change thier association with food and health.
I loved your response! Very positive, no negativity, encouraging, inspiring, and congrats on your weight loss. Basically all diets work as long as you commit and change your eating habits. It will be almost fours that I had joined weight watchers. I am slowly gaining my weight back.
I found it so hard to stick to it. Once I got to my goal weight, my points were increased and I was trying to find ways to consume all my points finding myself over eating many times.
If I had 6 points left in the day I would have cookies instead of a lean protein - I am learning now that I was not getting enough protein in my diet. Well my cravings came back- but so, so much worse. WW helped me with basic foundation. I was someone who would have 3 donuts for breakfast. So I learned how to cut back on calories…. It offers basic education, a tracking tool, friendships you meet along the way and accountability. However, remember, I said that it offered basic education?
It takes someone who really wants to lose the weight for good and someone who really wants to understand the whys and the whats behind everything that will succeed. At least in my eyes. This is where the extra tools come in hence: So, again, I thank you kindly for everything.
This journey is hard enough as it is and to use all the tools you can, use them well, and know when you attain new tools is critical. I know people that have had long term success with weight watchers. That would be like me reading about your program and then writing an article on how badly it sucked. You need to change the way you are thinking because your not going to be successful acting like a 12 year old boy.
Why not support the people who have done weight watchers and teach them to eat even healthier? This article is quite frustrating. Your comment is really difficult to understand. Let me show you:. A large percentage of my clients are former Weight Watchers members. I work closely with these men and women to reverse the destructive programming that Weight Watchers installs in people.
Let me get this straight. Does the hypocrisy of your behavior bother you at all? This article is insanely wrong. I have lost lbs on weight watchers.
The only time I ever gained any of it back was after surgery that had me bed ridden. Even then, I had only gained 8lbs back, which I lost plus some as soon as I was able to get back into the gym. Weight watchers did teach me how to eat, what to eat and how much to eat. About 9 months into my weight loss journey I stopped counting point because at that point I knew how to eat. Because I was able to indulge I was able to truly stick to the program.
I think it is insanely immature to bash and rip apart another program. You blatantly bashing another program does one thing and one thing only, it tells me your insecure about the effectiveness of your own program. Does every program work for every person? No of course not, but WW is like everything else on the market, if you truly have the will and desire you will be successful.
Unfortunately because of your childishness even if your program is effective many will never know because once you begin acting like a high school mean girl every word out of your mouth is invalidated.
Congratulations on your results. Of course, no argument applies to everyone. My article was written specifically because your results are not typical of Weight Watchers. Furthermore, your personal attacks on me will not be tolerated. Looking at this one thread alone I can tell you are quite arrogant. You were rude and nasty to Linda simply because she disagreed. Maybe your not attempting to come off arrogant, or harsh or rude but you are.
I understand translation can get lost when you cannot see a persons body language or hear the persons tone of voice. Your attitude alone is a turn off and you will chase potential clients away. Will, determination and desire are the only thing that makes any diet work. You need to educate yourself properly before you write an article on something because all it does is make you look like a total fool. There is a reason why weight watchers has been around and no one knows who the hell you are.
It would help your career. I wrote an article that is statistically accurate and highly informative. This is your last warning as far as hurling personal insults goes. Lenin, I thought your name was Michael. Do they come from people you know or are they evidence- and research-based? What happens to people who fall off of your program?
Do they maintain their weight loss for more than 5 years? Can you prove it with verifiable facts? As someone who joined weight watchers for the first time at age 16, I completely agree with your article Kevin. Each of the most recent three times I have been on weight watchers, I was buying all of their snacks and frozen foods and downing diet soda like crazy and I was not dealing with my food addictions. This is great information.
As a person who has tried weight watchers many times with only temporary success I get it. I totally agree Kevin. I am glad you are addressing this misinformation that WW puts out there. I can attest to how much work it is and that long term it does not work. Each time I was less and less successful and it was harder and harder to do what they were telling me to do.
So thankful for your program. How Does Weight Watchers Work? Really… The lifelong member says: Always… The lifelong member says: Accountability is not support, at least not the type of support you need. Weight Watchers Meals, Recipes, and Food Products Weight Watchers subsidizes the cost of their memberships by selling food products that are the antithesis of healthy.
What About Weight Watchers Freestyle? Whether Weight Watchers do this on purpose, or its pure negligence, is debatable. Weight Watchers Dunce on August 12, at 7: Benny Allen on July 27, at 7: Karen on July 23, at Kevin Michael Geary on July 24, at 7: Benny Allen on July 27, at 6: Kevin Michael Geary on July 27, at 6: Karen on July 29, at 1: Marion on June 29, at 4: Jade on May 14, at 7: Thank you for this information will definitely never go back on WW.
Irrevenant on April 26, at 7: Hi Kevin, a couple more points: Kevin Michael Geary on April 26, at Except they talk about these things in a very unhealthy way. Irrevenant on April 26, at 8: Kevin Michael Geary on April 26, at 9: Carla Cole on July 5, at Kevin Michael Geary on April 26, at 8: Irrevenant on April 26, at 9: Your plan looks good, and I can see how your ideology is incompatible with WW. Kevin Michael Geary on April 27, at 6: I appreciate the back and forth.
Bonnie on April 25, at 1: I wonder what all the people who fail at Weight Watchers think about your sarcastic comment… Reply. Dorothy Normand on April 19, at 9: I have been on WW maintenance program 45 years? A detailed look at Weight Watchers here. The South Beach diet was started by a cardiologist, Dr. Agatston, and a nutritionist, Marie Almon. It focuses on the control of insulin levels, and the benefits of unrefined slow carbohydrates versus fast carbohydrates.
Agatston devised the South Beach diet during the s because he was disappointed with the low-fat, high-carb diet backed by the American Heart Association. He believed that low-fat regimes were not effective over the long-term. A detailed look at the South Beach diet here. South beach diet books are available to buy online. The raw food diet, or raw foodism, involves consuming foods and drinks that are not processed, are completely plant-based, and ideally organic.
Raw foodists believe that at least three-quarters of a person's food intake should consist of uncooked food. A significant number of raw foodists are also vegans and do not eat or drink anything that is animal based.
There are four main types of raw foodists: A detailed look at the raw food diet here. The Mediterranean diet is Southern European, and more specifically focuses on the nutritional habits of the people of Crete, Greece, and southern Italy.
Nowadays, Spain, southern France, and Portugal are also included, even though Portugal does not touch the Mediterranean Sea. The emphasis is on lots of plant foods, fresh fruits as dessert, beans, nuts, whole grains, seeds, olive oil as the main source of dietary fats. Cheese and yogurts are the main dairy foods. The diet also includes moderate amounts of fish and poultry, up to about four eggs per week, small amounts of red meat, and low to moderate amounts of wine.
Up to one-third of the Mediterranean diet consists of fat, with saturated fats not exceeding 8 percent of calorie intake. The Mediterranean diet is the most extensively studied diet to date, with reliable research supporting its use for improving a person's quality of life and lowering disease risk.
A detailed look at the Mediterranean diet here. Doctor Tasnime Akbaraly from Montpellier, France, and team carried out a study that found that the Western style diet, which is high in sweet and fried foods, raises a person's risk of dying early. They published their findings in the American Journal of Medicine. Akbaraly said "The impact of diet on specific age-related diseases has been studied extensively, but few investigations have adopted a more holistic approach to determine the association of diet with overall health at older ages.
We examined whether diet, assessed in midlife, using dietary patterns and adherence to the Alternative Healthy Eating Index AHEI , is associated with aging phenotypes, identified after a mean year follow-up. The team found that study participants who strayed from the "Alternative Healthy Eating Index" had a considerably higher risk of cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular death.
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