Weight Watchers – It’s The Biggest Diet Plan In The UK, But Does It Work?

As the title says, Weight Watchers is famous. Millions of women (and men!) sign up for Weight Watchers every year. They go along to the meetings, commiserate and celebrate their weekly loss or gain, count points and, hopefully, reach their target weights. But as popular as Weight Watchers is, does it really work for the majority of people, or does the hype not match up to the average person’s experience?

How Does Weight Watchers Work?

The Weight Watchers diet plan is pretty simple. You can eat anything you like as long as you don’t exceed your daily ‘points’ allowance. Or in other words, anything is ok as long as you enjoy it in moderation. All foods are worth points; the more calorific a food is the more points it will cost you. In the beginning you will probably find the process of working out points for everything very irksome, but there is an app to help you and if you are short on time, you can buy Weight Watchers ready-meals.

The Benefits Of Group Motivation

There are two ways of doing the Weight Watchers system: you can join online for free (for a limited period of time), or you can pay to attend the weekly meetings in your local area. Doing the diet online is great if you work irregular hours or you simply don’t have time to go along to the meetings, but most people find it very motivational to go along to the weekly weigh-ins with their fellow dieters. After all, you are all going through the same weight loss journey, so it’s good to share the highs and lows.

Does It Work?

No diet plan can claim to be 100% successful because there will always be people who can’t stick to the rules, but the vast majority of people who try Weight Watchers find that it does help them to lose weight.

The key to the success of Weight Watchers is that it is very adaptable. If you need to save points for a special event or party, you can, although binging on a regular basis is not recommended. Weight Watchers does try and educate you about eating healthily and doing regular exercise is encouraged—in fact the more exercise you do, the more food points you earn, so you can enjoy extra treats.  On the downside, the cost of membership may be a prohibitive factor.

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Louise Denny (100 Posts)

Louise is a health and fitness writer, with a keen interest in seeking out natural health and beauty remedies to keep herself looking her best! As a journalism graduate with a specific background in online media, Louise writes for numerous online publications covering topics such as management skills, sales techniques, digital marketing strategies, health and fitness and fashion trends to name but a few.


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