Why Weight Watchers is Sustainable
I am an old hat when it comes to Weight Watchers. I have joined at least 10 times now. So thought I would write about what it is and how it can work. Why hasn’t it worked for me you say? Well I got lazy and quit but when I did do the work, the weight did come off.
Weight Watchers builds its plan on the concept of their members losing, on an average, 2 pounds a week. This concept is based on the fact that more people will keep the weight off longer when they lose it slower and at a steady pace.
Weight Watchers encourages their members (online or “live”) to learn how to adjust their lifestyle to one that includes healthy eating and exercise. Their method of giving a Points value to each serving of food makes it easy for members to calculate the proper portion of food to eat. This method also makes it easy for members to stay on the plan because it gives them lots of flexibility and variety in the foods they choose. Weight Watchers doesn’t tell them what to eat, but rather it helps them learn what to eat and what not to eat.
Whether you do the online program or attend live meetings, Weight Watchers provides its members with the tools they need in order to achieve an average weight loss of 2 pounds per week. There are recipe and Points books, Points trackers (food journals), a Dining Out Guide and much more available either through their online program or for purchase separately. Using these tools to track and calculate what you eat, drink and how much exercise you’re getting will help most people achieve a healthy weight loss each week.
The other concept that makes Weight Watchers sustainable is the fact that they recommend their members to weigh in only once a week, on the same day, and at the same time. Our bodies fluctuate in weight frequently throughout the day, so maintaining a regular weigh in schedule will help to give a truer weight on the scale.
Weight Watchers doesn’t tell you what to eat as far as required or forbidden foods go. Just about any food is “allowed” as long as you calculate and keep track of the Points value. This method teaches you portion control as well as healthier eating and these habits, once learned, will last a lifetime.
Once you reach lifetime status, you no longer have to pay for meetings but you still need to go and weigh in once a month and you must maintain your weight within 3lbs of your lifetime goal weight. I say that is an excellent reason to keep with it. Just remember that when you start you will be super excited but you need to maintain that motivation and don’t give up, like I have. You can do it.