My very first exposure to the Weight Watchers diet plan was as a preteen. My mother was a member and I watched her weigh and measure her food and lose 30 lbs right before my eyes on the original Weight Watchers diet.
Almost everyone I know has been to a Weight Watchers meeting at least once. It is quite possibly one of North America’s most popular ‘weigh & pay’ plans for losing weight and the big WW has been around since the 1960’s.
Back then, the Weight Watchers meal plans were very strict with no carbs allowed. You had to eat fish 5-7 times per week, liver once a week and there was almost zero flexibility. Coming full circle, this original Weight Watchers diet plan is actually much closer to the way I eat now!
Just like me, Weight Watchers is all grown up and modern now. They have deep pockets, as is evidenced by the A list celebrities who promote the plan and the TV ads they run in prime locations and time slots. Weight Watchers is big business, with their own Weight Watchers Foods and Snacks and all kinds of gadgets and gizmos to assist you in reaching your goals.
One thing that is still there is the weekly meeting. Weather it is in person face to face, or an online meeting on their website, studies show that meeting attendance and support and camaraderie from fellow members does result in more success for members.
Here are the Pros and Cons of the Weight Watchers Diet Plan:
- Group support from others
- Reasonable, well balanced meals
- Encourage healthy lifestyle changes
- Plan is updated constantly
- Lots of resources such as this Weight Watchers Diet Plan which includes a complete guide and 14 day menu.
- Can be cost prohibitive for many people (approximately $40 per month depending on coupons and specials)
- Some people rely on ‘points’ instead of what is nutritious
- Most of the foods with the Weight Watchers logo are very processed and so really not that healthy! (Sorry WW, but it’s the truth!).
- I find the recent plans to be more complicated to follow in contrast to the clear and concise original weight watchers diet. I guess I need structure!
Having said all that, many many people have been successful on the Weight Watchers program. Yes, you can do a not healthy program, but if you are really committed to a long term lifestyle change, then choosing the best foods and staying active seems like a great way to reach your goals!
Things You Will Need for Becoming a Successful Weight Watcher
- A good food scale. I have had my stainless steel food scale for years and love it. Salter and Ozeri are both good scales.
- Measuring cups and spoons. Weighing and measuring accurately are key to tracking on the Weight Watchers diet plan.
- If you are not going to join a local group and do the Weigh and Pay, then you will need to get some WW resources. Amazon has an entire Weight Watchers Resource Page to find everything you might want.
- Group Support. Look online for groups to get some help and support. There are several weight watchers groups on Facebook that cost nothing. If you can afford to go all in and join a local meeting, then do so. You can use the Weight Watchers Facebook group for support in between weekly meetings.
There are so many Weight Watchers Diet Plan products available