Weight Watcher Points UK
How Weight Watcher's methods work
Weight Watchers methods are based on calorie intake/calorie usage, educating people to eat foods that are not calorie dense and promotes exercise. To achieve this people are given a 'points' allowance, which can be boosted by earning extra points through exercise. All foods are given a 'points' value.
The points assigned to a food is based primarily on calories, but are increased when it contains saturated fat. In the US, the points are also adjusted downwards according to the amount of fibre that the food contains. As a result, certain foods (mainly vegetables) have zero points.
It is these adjustments that help to educate people so that they are steered towards eating filling, low fat foods. However, it does mean that no foods are actually banned and, I believe, is one of the reasons of its success.
The number of points someone is allocated is based on their weight, height and lifestyle. Bonus points that are awarded for exercise are based on weight, intensity and duration.
By assigning, and then counting, points it becomes easier to keep track of the amount of food (and the number of calories) consumed, and gives a value to the amount of energy used during exercise.
By giving people a 'way out' by encouraging exercise when consumption exceeds, or nears, the allowance level, reduces the 'all is lost' feeling when people go over and helps successful weight loss.
Weight Watchers also offer two systems, and two methods. The two systems are either on-Line or attend meetings, but they are not mutually exclusive. When attending meetings all the weigh-ins are done in such a manner that only the member and the leader know how much the member weighs. The support recieved at meetings is echoed on-line via forums, and there are many to participate in.
The two methods involve the way points are used. The main one is on a daily basis where everything eaten is counted and the points allowance is daily. The secondary system is where you follow basic rules for meals, and then only count the extras. With this, the points allowance is weekly. For example if someone has an allowance of 20 points, then on the first method, they can eat upto 20 points worth of food a day, whereas on the second method, meals that conform with the basic rules are not counted, but anything else has to come out of the weekly 20 point allowance.
By selecting the right system and method, anyone should be able to get the program that suits them. This is yet another reason as to why the program is successful for so many people.
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