How do you choose a weight loss diet for you with the information overload that we are currently experiencing? Newspapers, magazines, TV, the Internet tell us that we should eat low fat, high protein-low carb, high carb, what about fasting, shakes, diet pills, and vegan and vegetarian diets? The confusion is enough to make a girl weep (and most blokes as well). Well hopefully this review will help you to dry those tears.
Recently Weight Watchers was recognized as the best commercial and weight loss plan in the U.S News & World Report, 2012 Best Diets rankings; it was also rated as the easiest plan to follow. In case you think that the rankings were determined by a bunch of journalists who don't know a heck of a lot about nutrition and dieting, the decision was made by an independent panel of 22 experts. The panel consisted of dieticians, nutritionists, cardiologists and diabetologists (specialists in diabetes) and they reviewed 29 diets in seven categories.
How Weight Watchers works
Weight Watchers was rated by the panel as the Easiest Plan to Follow. Having followed the weight loss plan myself, I agree that it is a super easy plan to follow. All foods are allocated points based on the fat, protein, carbohydrate and fiber content. The PointsPlus program gives you a daily points allowance, as well as a "pot" of 49 points to use during the week. The extra points can be used for eating out, treats or used up in your daily allowance, but you don't have to use them.
You can eat whatever you like so long as you stay within the points allowance. There is a strong emphasis on eating healthy proteins and fats as well as fruits and veggies. No foods are forbidden and you are encouraged to have occasional treats. The expert panel commended Weight watchers for being flexible and filling but also realistic. They also liked the support offered at weekly meetings which can be crucial for keeping you honest when you have to weigh in every week.
Best Commercial Weight Loss Plan
This is the second year in a row that Weight Watchers has won in this category. The panel rated it so highly because it is safe, nutritious and easy to follow. One of the panel members commented that in terms of commercial diets, "this is as good as it gets".
Best overall weight loss plan
Weight Watchers also won the Best Weight Loss Plan for the second year in a row pipping the Biggest Loser and Jenny Craig diets to the post. Weight Watchers was rated as the best diet to help people lose weight and keep it off in the short-term as well as the long-term.
As with any diet, the panel stated that it won't necessarily work for everybody. It was rated as "moderately effective" for long-term weight loss. From my own experience though, I know when the kilos start to creep back on, it is very easy to go back to Weight Watchers principles to knock them off again before they become permanent lodgers.
Why I love Weight Watchers
I vote the Weight Watchers diet number one for a number of reasons. First of all it is flexible, anybody can follow it no matter what your food preferences and you are allowed treats. Weight loss is slow and steady at 1.0-2.2 pounds (0.5-1 kilogram) a week. It is a healthy weight loss plan with ready access to support at the weekly meetings or online. Weight Watchers is also a diet that you can stay on for the rest of your life once you get to goal.
Is Weight Watchers the best weight loss plan for you? Only you can work that out, the best weight loss plan for you, is any plan that works.
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