Does Weight Watchers Work?
The short answer is, yes. If you follow the program, it will work for you. But I'm guessing you're more interested in these questions:
How does Weight Watchers work?
There are two main programs available from Weight Watchers® : online and in-person meetings. I've done both versions and they each have their positives and negatives.
Both Weight Watchers program will teach you the basics of nutrition, provide food, exercise, and weight tracking tools, and provide some community support.
Weight Watchers Online requires a lot more discipline because, ultimately, the buck stops with you. Yes, you will record your weight online, but it's not the same as stepping on a scale in front of the WW employee. Online is obviously a great choice if you live in a town with no meetings or if you're very disciplined and just want top-quality advice and tracking tools.
Weight Watchers meetings provide you the same education of what to eat, how much, and in what combination. The great benefit of meetings is the personal support. If you're lagging in motivation or frustrated by your slow progress, there's nothing quite like being surrounded by people who understand your struggle, and usually also quite a few lifetime members whose success is incredibly inspirational.
Will Weight Watchers work for me?
No program will work for you if you're not willing to work for it. What makes Weight Watchers special is that it really focuses on giving you the tools for long-term success. It's not a program that tells you exactly what to eat, and then sends you on your merry way to resume your old eating habits and regain every pound. It's a program that focuses on creating healthy eating habits for life--based on sound nutritional information and good old portion control.
Even better, it's a program based on sharing your frustrations, fears, and -- yes -- successes with others who are or have been in your shoes. Here's the big news about losing weight as part of a supportive group:
In a 2-year scientific study, people that attended Weight Watchers meetings kept off an average of 10 pounds. People that did not attend meetings gained all the weight back.
Similar studies have shown that support is a key component in successful weight loss. Combine these findings with Weight Watcher's healthy eating approach and you'll have a great chance of taking those pounds off, for good.