A diet is a change in eating habits. It must be followed with vigilance so as not to cause dietary deficiencies. This is why different diets exist according to each person’s needs.
The Weight Watchers programme is a slimming programme that combines balance and well-being. You learn to eat healthy, but also to enjoy yourself from time to time.
What is the Weight Watchers diet?
A point system, simple to use.
Weight Watchers is originally the name of an American company created in the 1960s. Since then, Weight Watchers has been offering advanced and updated programs. What’s the advantage? It allows a progressive and lasting weight loss thanks to its global approach: dietetic, sports and psychological.
The principle is simple, lose weight thanks to :
- A slimming programme based on points: each food is represented by a number of points according to its nutritional intake (calories, lipid rate, cost of energy transformation…). A day is represented by a capital points that allows you to eat freely what you want.
- Each member of the programme is allocated a number of points according to their weight, height, age, sex and level of physical activity. This number of points represents one eating day.
- Support to keep motivated: meetings are held every week (usually for 45 minutes) with a facilitator who provides help and support to participants. These meetings help maintain motivation for a healthy and varied diet while giving an important place to physical exercise in daily life. They are also an opportunity to measure each individual’s weight loss.
Tips for losing weight with Weight Watchers
The Weight Watchers method is based on the 3 main principles of successful weight loss:
- A varied and balanced diet: food from each food group should be eaten daily and in moderation (quantitative benchmarks are given for each food group).
- Encouragement to take part in physical activity: any physical activity that increases the heartbeat and is practised for at least 20 minutes entitles you to activity points. These activity points increase the capital points allocated at the start.
- Educational and psychological support at meetings: each week, for 45 minutes, members meet with a Weight Watchers facilitator. The goal is to keep motivated and to enrich their dietary knowledge.
To optimise your weight loss, here are a few tips given by the Weight Wachers programme:
- Eat calmly, chewing food well: this helps you feel full.
- Avoid foods with a high number of points: it is better to reach the number of points allocated with foods with no or few points
- Keep the pleasure of eating, cooking and avoiding commercial dishes full of additives, preservatives, sugars and hidden fats.
- Do sports to lose weight and opt for slimming clothes, massages and slimming cosmetics to improve the quality of your skin, especially if you have a lot of weight to lose.
- Go to group meetings: it really motivates.
- No need to eat less than the points you have been allocated. You may lose weight faster, but you’ll get back on your feet faster too.
The benefits of this diet
The Weight Watchers program has many benefits:
- long-term results with progressive weight loss and weight stabilization;
- no dietary restrictions;
- occasional small overindulgence allowed;
- learning to eat a balanced diet;
- support and motivation through meetings and online subscriptions;
- meetings several times a week and in a multitude of cities;
- a balanced diet that can be followed over several months.
Disadvantages of Weight Watchers
The Weight Watchers slimming programme has already won over many people around the world.
Nevertheless, it has some disadvantages, mainly in terms of cost:
- High cost if you want to follow the programme over several months and attend all the meetings.
- Possibility to buy equipment on the online shop, but this entails an additional cost.
- Some people do not appreciate the group follow-up.
- May lack personalization.
- The point system remains a counting system (simply easier than the calorie system). It does not dispense with the culinary scale, which is often necessary to know the number of points in a food’s portion.
- Foods that are bad for your health (rich in bad sugars, bad fats, food additives…) can be eaten every day, while respecting the number of points allocated.
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