Does the Weight Watchers Diet Work?
The Weight Watchers diet is based on a points system. Food items are assigned a certain number of points, and dieters try to stay within their total allotted points for the day. In 2010, the points system was revamped. Now called the Points Plus program, the new system takes into account the importance of various nutrients. Previously, dieters used their allotted points however they wished. The Points Plus program still considers total calorie counts, but it also encourages the consumption of foods that are high in fiber and protein. These healthier foods have lower point values. Foods with higher point values are those that are calorie-dense and contain higher amounts of simple carbohydrates. Vegetables and fruits are “free foods,” meaning that they have no point value and can be consumed freely.
Despite the slightly gimmicky nature of the points system, the Weight Watchers diets is one of the healthiest around because it encourages an improvement of eating habits and allows dieters to learn how to make smart food choices. It also discourages food deprivation. Weight Watchers offers a network of support with face-to-face meetings or online meetings, along with hundreds of suggested recipes and other resources, like a mobile app to keep track of points. One dieter who blogged about her experience on Weight Watchers appreciated that the diet avoided food deprivation. She also noted that WW encourages food substitution as a means of cutting calories while curbing a craving.