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Weight Watchers Weight Loss That Lasts

Weight Watchers Weight Loss That Lasts

Weight Watchers joins forces with leading cardiologist and health and fitness expert Dr. James Rippe to debunk ten common dieting myths, so that readers can avoid the false turns and agony that stand between them and their goals.


Weight Watchers is a commercial weight loss program  that focuses on balanced low fat nutrition, exercise  and group counseling. Its latest diet creation is  called "TurnAround" and is based on its successful  "Flexpoints Plan" and "Winning Points Plan." Every  item of food from pizza to ice cream to carrots to  bread has a points value based on its nutritional  content. You may eat as you like as long as you stay  within your allotment of points. This new program is  basically the same as the old, but uses the points in  a slightly different manner. You are encouraged to use  an online resource called "eTools," along with a  points "calculator" and recipes provided by Weight   Watchers . To assist the dieter in their lifestyle  changes all members are encouraged to attend group  discussion and counseling sessions, mostly in person,  at local Weight Watchers centers. 

Weight Watchers programs have historically been good  programs, but they are increasingly relying on  gimmicks and slick marketing. The new "TurnAround"  plan is basically the "Winning Points Plan" with  refreshed marketing. They advertise aggressively,  trying to convince overweight people that they can  lose weight without sacrificing the foods they love.  The points-based plans control portion size by  allowing calories that should be consumed on healthy  food with very small portions of potentially unhealthy  food. This strategy gives the dieter a false sense of  the real nutritional changes they need to make in  their lives for long-term success. If one seriously  wants to lose weight and keep it off in the long-term,  they need to think more comprehensively about the  foods they eat. The program does not put a priority on  exercise, which is essential. Long-term group therapy  impedes the development of self-reliance and  self-discipline, which is clearly the most important  trait in those 5% of dieters who succeed in the  long-term. 

The Core Plan

The Core Plan controls calories by focusing on a core list of wholesome, nutritious foods without tracking or counting. The list includes foods from all the food groups -- fruits and vegetables, grains and starches, lean meats, fish and poultry, eggs and dairy products -- to ensure that all nutritional requirements are met. People can also have occasional treats in controlled amounts on the Core Plan.

More Satisfaction, Fewer Calories The Core Foods List was created to provide maximum eating satisfaction without empty calories. It emphasizes foods that have low-energy density, or few calories per unit volume.

"One of the key things scientific research has shown is that from a very young age, people are trained to eat a volume of food, not a certain amount of calories.

"To lose weight, people should eat foods that have low-energy density, that is, foods that are high in volume, but low in calories," said Weight Watchers Chief Scientific Officer, Karen Miller-Kovach.

"We also identified foods that are linked with overeating and removed them from the Core List. Once the Core Plan was developed, we tested it until we were convinced it allowed people to achieve healthy, effective weight loss, with no counting or tracking.

" ... [Testing] shows that both the Flex Plan and Core Plan deliver a healthy rate of weight loss, livability and member satisfaction," said Miller-Kovach.

The Freedom Factor According to Miller-Kovach, "... Some people felt the Flex Plan provided them more freedom because it offered the entire range of foods, while others felt that the Core Plan was more freeing because it focused on wholesome foods without counting."

The other eating approach, Flex Plan, is based on the POINTS(R) Weight-Loss System. With it, users can enjoy the full range of food options and deal with any meal occasion at home, on the go or when dining out.

Two Options to Choose From Having two healthy eating approaches allows members to maintain their continuity in the Program while being able to switch from one Plan to the other when circumstances dictate, such as if they have hit a weight-loss plateau before reaching their weight goal.

"We developed the TurnAround program to allow people to find the approach hat works best for their lifestyle and personal preferences," said Linda Huett, CEO of Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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Weight Watchers Weight Loss That Lasts: Break Through the 10 Big Diet Myths

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