Big study released today and plastered all over the internet claims that Weight Watchers works better than going to your Doctor and having them tell you how to eat.
People following the Weight Watchers program lost 12 pounds a year (big woop) and the people who went to their Primary Care Doctor and followed their plan lost 5 pounds a year.
There is so much about this I could rant about but I’ll limit it right now to this…people are people. Some people do better with a very structured program with limited variety. Others like general guidelines with plenty of variety.
But most of us really just want to eat whatever we want with no negative consequences.
So programs like Weight Watchers are popular because they let you eat what you want as long as you stay within the points allocated. So in the end you eat less calories and your energy input is less than your energy output and if you follow it long enough, you’ll lose some weight. Granted it’s slow as molasses.
I am not going to say Weight Watchers doesn’t work. That would be ludicrious. Millions of people have lost some weight on Weight Watchers. Millions more have gone on it and not lost weight. I know because I was one of them and so are many of my clients.
But because it wasn’t the right program for me doesn’t mean “it doesn’t work.” It means it didn’t work for me.
I’m all about asking the question…”is what you are doing working for you?” If it is and you are doing Weight Watchers, then keep doing it.
But if you are like me and the thousands of people Weight Watchers didn’t work for, perhaps there is a program that will work for you even if there isn’t some big funded study about it that gets plastered all over the media.
My Balanced Eating plan has worked for 89.5% of all the people who have followed it. What does “worked” mean? It means they were able to lose their excess weight (by the way, women average 2 -5 pounds a week and men 4 – 7 – NOT 12 pounds for the entire year) quickly, safely and easily.
Will we all be able to keep it off? Just like with any “diet”, some will and some won’t. I teach how to make it a lifestyle…just like I”m sure Weight Watchers does along with your Primary Doctor. But does that mean you’ll embrace the change hook, line and sinker?
If you do..you’ll keep the weight off. If you don’t, you won’t . Just don’t come back to me and say my program doesn’t work.
Programs work. People don’t work the programs.
I believe the biggest benefit my Balanced Eating program has is that it is extremely easy to do. Take away all the weighing, measuring, shopping, counting and meetings and give people simple, easy to use tools, and the likelyhood of being able to withstand the stressors of life goes way up.
Is what you’re doing working for YOU?