Why Weight Watchers is Sustainable – Learning How To Eat

It’s long been reasoned that people who lose weight slowly, tend to keep it off, whereas those who lose weight too quickly struggle with maintaining a healthy weight. Often the reasoning is that when losing weight too fast dieters don’t learn to eat right for sustainable weight loss. Weight Watchers builds its plan on the concept of their members losing, on an average, about 2 pounds a week. This concept is based on the fact that more people will keep the weight off longer when they lose it slower and at a steady pace.

Weight Watchers encourages their members (online or “live” in weekly meetings) to learn how to adjust their lifestyle to one that includes healthy eating and exercise. Their method of giving a Points value to each serving of food makes it easy for members to calculate the proper portion of food to eat. This method also makes it easy for members to stay on the plan because it gives them lots of flexibility and variety in the foods they choose. Weight Watchers doesn’t tell them what to eat, but rather it helps them learn what to eat and what not to eat.

Whether you do the online program or attend live meetings, Weight Watchers provides its members with the tools they need in order to achieve an average weight loss of 2 pounds per week. There are recipe and Points books, Points trackers (food journals), a Dining Out Guide and much more available either through their online program or for purchase separately. Using these tools to track and calculate what you eat, drink and how much exercise you’re getting will help most people achieve a healthy weight loss each week.

The other concept that makes Weight Watchers sustainable is the fact that they recommend their members to weigh in only once a week, on the same day, and at the same time. Our bodies fluctuate in weight frequently throughout the day, so maintaining a regular weigh in schedule will help to give a truer weight on the scale.

Weight Watchers doesn’t tell you what to eat on your diet as far as “required” or “forbidden” foods go. Just about any food is “allowed” as long as you calculate and keep track of the Points value. This method teaches you portion control as well as healthier eating and these habits, once learned, will last a lifetime.

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