Spotlight On: Weight Watchers

Hello Readers!  Now, we are always looking for a way to lose weight, whether it’s just five pounds or fifty.  It’s in our nature to want to be healthier and happier, even if we are quite healthy already.  But with so many fad diets out there that are harmful to your health, it’s hard to know which one is the best and most effective.

Even though I’m no expert, I do understand the importance of fact-checking and researching before making a decision.  I also understand the purpose of maintaining an objective point of view when reviewing something such as this.  So, what is Weight Watchers?

Weight Watchers is a program designed to aide people in losing weight by using a points system to determine the amount of food a person can have in their diet based on their weight.  This program is not a “fad” diet by any definition of the word because it’s been around for 50 years.  However, Weight Watchers differs from other programs, such as the Beachbody ones like 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme, because Weight Watchers is only interested in your diet.  Meaning: your exercise regime is up to you and is not considered for the program.  But, let’s break it down.

How it works.
So, with the Weight Watchers program, a participant takes their current weight and their weight loss goals and, by doing some math, they calculate their points allowed per day.  These points are called SmartPoints.  Then, with every food option, the participant calculates how many points are in each food and adds them up.  The amount of points in food cannot exceed the number of SmartPoints allowed on the Weight Watchers program.  For example, if you are allowed 25 points per day, then everything you eat and drink has a point value that’s deducted from your points per day.  So, a regular 12 fl oz can of Coca Cola, for example, is 9 SmartPoints.

How Do You Learn.
The Weight Watchers program relies on a few different methods to educate their participants on food.  They have three different tiers, in fact: OnlinePlus, Meetings + OnlinePlus, and Coaching + OnlinePlus.  With the first tier or Online Plus, participants pay to have access to the program and its information that’s available online.  With the second tier, the participants attend meetings where they are educated on food totals and good vs. bad food choices, as well as access to online resources.  The final tier includes the meetings and online information with access to an individual coach that helps you achieve your goals.

The Cost.
The three tiers each come with their own cost, too.  The first tier, OnlinePlus, costs $4.30 per week for a 3 month plan, or $64.50 for three months.  The second tier, Meetings + OnlinePlus, costs $8.30 per week for a 3 month plan, or $124.50 for three months.  The top tier, Coaching + OnlinePlus, is $10.15 per week for a 3 month plan, or $152.25 for 3 months.  On top of the cost for joining the program, participants also must add in the cost of food or other necessary expenses (like Gym memberships, workout regimes, etc.).

What’s Been Said.
While the program has been around for a long time, it doesn’t sound as though it’s been very successful for everyone.  In fact, there is a lot of negative information available about the program and its lack of success for participants.  To add to it, there has been some negative reviews regarding its consumerism and cancellation policy.  As far as I can tell, it sounds like there have been issues with cancelling the program if not satisfied.  This may be one of those programs that requires a person to read the fine print before committing to the program to ensure that you fully understand how to cancel if needed.

Final Thoughts.
I, personally, have not tried the Weight Watchers program, so I’m not sure if I am the best judge of its success.  For me, a program that requires me to count calories (or SmartPoints, in this case) would not work for my success.  I don’t have time to do the math while shopping or out and about.  I don’t have the time or the patience to do the math at home, for that matter.  And my concerns are not with food, as I tend to eat fairly healthy as it is.  My concerns are with the exercise, which I no longer do.  So, any program I choose must include an exercise regime.

So, Readers, I hope this helps some of you.  Have any of you tried Weight Watchers?  I would love to hear your results!

Until next time,

-BBM

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