Weight Watchers is a relatively economical diet plan with a proven track record. The program is based on a balanced diet that provides accepted nutrient ranges of protein, carbs, fat, and other essential dietary requirements. Dieters on Weight Watchers follow a points plan. Every food has a PointsPlus value that takes into account a food’s protein, calories, fat, and fiber. The PointsPlus program encourages smarter and more satisfying food choices, not necessarily eating less food.
How does the Weight Watchers program work?
After completing an online personalized assessment, dieters are assigned a daily PointsPlus target—a number based on gender, weight, height, and age. The Weight Watchers PointsPlus program allows you to eat the foods you like without restriction. Point values for more than 40,000 foods can be found on the company’s website, or accessed through new phone apps.
Dieters can expect to lose up to 2 pounds a week and a significant amount of weight within the first year. The program has been consistently found to deliver quick results. And, high compliance rates support long-term success because dieters consistently get enough to eat, don’t have to eliminate favorite foods, and benefit from the program’s strong emphasis on emotional support.
Weekly support meetings are a cornerstone to the Weight Watchers program. Meetings last about an hour and are led by an experienced group leader. Groups discussdiet tips, exercise, food, and recipes. Members also weigh in to check their progress.
For those who can’t or don’t wish to attend live weekly meetings, support services are also available online. e-Tools include an interactive recipe maker, calculators, analyzers and more. Active message boards and community forums provide motivation and support.
Weight Watchers weekly fees, payment methods, and promotional offers vary in different regions. For specific program costs, dieters should check with their local Weight Watchers office or click “Pricing and Special Offers” on the results page of the Meetings Finderfeature on the Weight Watchers website to learn about available offers and fees.
Weight Watchers Meetings
In most areas, a monthly pass costs $42.95 each month (approximately $9.92 per week) and includes unlimited meetings (billing renews automatically). The cost for Pay As You Go weekly meetings is $13.00(not available in all areas).
Weight Watchers Online
- $48.90 for the first month (includes a $29.95 sign-up fee)
- $18.95 each additional month
First time members are offered an initial 3-month membership for $56.85 and $18.95 each month thereafter. Subscriptions are automatically renewed at the standard monthly rate until you cancel.
*Pricing reflects available cost details as of January 2012.
Pros and Cons
- Weight Watchers allows you to continue to eat the foods you enjoy while maintaining a healthy weight; there are no “off-limits” foods
- Partnerships with major food brands and restaurant chains that feature Points values on product packaging and menus make it easy to stay on plan
- Exercise and food points are inter-connected; this emphasizes their relationship and encourages physical activity
- Learning the PointsPlus system takes some effort to master
- Support that’s vital for success isn’t free; costs range from $56.85 for online only access (first 3 months) to a monthly cost of $42.95 for unlimited live meeting attendance
- Weight Watchers has no plan specifically designed for diabetics
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