The Weight Watchers diet is one that is designed to help create healthy habits, including fitness and weight loss goals.
The diet is based on a core philosophy in which followers can form healthy eating and exercising habits that can create lasting results that sees them lose and keep off their weight.
A New York-Based Company
Weight Watchers was started in Queens, New York, in 1963. Jean Nidetch, the founder of the program, was a housewife and mother who had tried a variety of fad diets, which worked temporarily until she regained the weight.
After being mistaken for being pregnant by a friend, she ended up joining a 10-week weight-loss program that was created by the New York City Board of Health’s obesity clinic. She ended up losing 20 pounds during the program but wasn’t a fan of the lack of support and motivation given by the program.
Because of this, she started a weekly support group with six friends. This eventually grew to a group of 40 women. By the late 1960s, the company “Weight Watchers International, Inc” was started, and was already expanding around the world.
A Points-Based Diet
The Weight Watchers diet involves a “points” system in which foods have different values based on the calories, fats, proteins, and sugars in them.
Followers are given a set amount of daily points to use based on their body type, health needs, and overall goals. There are no foods that are off-limits, but followers have to stay under their set daily points in order to see progress with weight loss.
Because of this, the Weight Watchers diet is considered quite easily modified to include or avoid any number of foods that a participant wants.
Of course, these modifications still do need to fall under this “points” system, so followers must plan out their daily meals according to their needs and desires while still being aware of their points.
Weight Watchers For Kids
Recent news about Weight Watcher’s “Kurbo” app, which is geared towards kids, has revealed that the dieting practices and eating restrictions can be harmful to the development – both physically and mentally – of children.
While the app is designed to instill healthy eating habits, critics of the recent app have said that it can actually have the opposite effect, causing kids to worry too much about their weight before its really necessary.
Dealing With Food Restrictions
Some issues that followers have had with the diet have to do with the restriction of foods. Because the Weight Watchers diet is so “open” so far as the kinds of foods that are eaten, it tends to teach less healthy eating habits and more avoidance of certain foods.
This doesn’t necessarily end up having the long-lasting “maintenance” effects that the program is designed to instill in its followers.
A Variety Of Celebrity Ambassadors
Celebrities like Curtis Pritchard, Oprah, Jessica Simpson, and Jules Robinson have all said that they were part of the Weight Watchers diet at one point or another. Robinson is the current spokeswoman for the brand, while Simpson was an advocate for Weight Watchers for several years.
A Diet And Lifestyle
The idea behind Weight Watchers isn’t just to lower your food intake but to take an entirely new approach to healthy eating and living. This support-based system is designed to help change one’s thought patterns surrounding eating, therefore helping to create positive habits for life.