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Weight Watchers

Introduction: Weight Watchers

The Weight Watchers diet plan is a commercial, multifaceted diet program. The Weight Watchers diet program is based on four pillars of healthy weight loss - eat smarter, move more (increased activity), healthful habits, and getting support. For a fee, dieters can participate in Weight Watchers integrated approach that emphasizes good eating choices, healthy habits, a supportive environment and exercise. The plan emphasizes nutrition and advice on staying satisfied by choosing the healthy, enjoyable, satisfying foods. Food plans are flexible and can be adapted to any lifestyle, such as frequent eating out, or to unique needs.

Weight Watchers eating plans include a points system. Foods are assigned points based on calorie, fat and fiber content, which helps dieters to keep track of what they eat and to stay within a healthy "points budget" that has been personalized for them. Dieters can join a variety of Weight Watchers diet programs that include in-person meetings where dieters get guidance and support for other in a group setting. There is also an online program in which dieters can follow a step-by-step program outline that includes interactive tools, strategies, and recipes. Weight Watchers guided food choices are not only low to moderate in calories, but meet current scientific recommendations for nutritional completeness and reduced disease risk. Foods stressed include fruit, vegetables, low fat dairy, whole grains, lean meats, and heart-healthy fats. The program limits cholesterol, sodium, added sugars and saturated fats. The downsides of the program include is the cost of the program. Also, some people do not feel comfortable in group meeting setting, but can choose the online program. The Weight Watchers plan also stresses the importance of exercise in achieving optimal weight and lifetime weight control. As with any diet plan, optimal results for health and weight loss and control are achieved when a well balanced diet plan that encourages gradual weight loss is combined with a sensible exercise program and healthy lifestyle changes. All diets have the potential to be harmful for some people, so consultation with a health care provider before starting a diet plan and exercise program is recommended.

Weight Watchers: Similar Diets

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Conditions Associated with Weight Watchers

Conditions associated with Weight Watchers include:

Foods Excluded Or Restricted From Weight Watchers

The following foods may be restricted or excluded from Weight Watchers:

  • Salt
  • Foods high in sodium (salt)
  • Canned foods, unless marked low sodium
  • Packaged food, unless marked low sodium
  • Snack foods
  • Chips crackers
  • Meats high in saturated fat and cholesterol
  • Bacon
  • Sausages
  • Fatty pork
  • Lard
  • Shortening
  • Trans fats
  • Hydrogenated vegetable oil
  • Tropical oils
  • Cream
  • Whole milk dairy products
  • Ice cream
  • Foods made with processed carbohydrates that are not 100% whole wheat or grain
  • White flours
  • White breads
  • Sugary cereals
  • Cereals made for processed grains
  • Pop/soda that contains sugar and/or high fructose corn syrup
  • Sugar
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Baked goods
  • Fried foods
  • Cakes
  • Pies

Foods Focused On For Weight Watchers

The following foods may be focused on as part of Weight Watchers:

  • Fresh fruits
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Lean meats, not fried or sautéed
  • Skinless chicken
  • Lean cuts of beef
  • Fish
  • Beans
  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Canola oil
  • Olive oil
  • Corn oil
  • Cottonseed oil
  • Peanut oil
  • Low fat dairy products
  • Skim milk
  • Low fat or fat free cottage cheese and other cheeses
  • Low fat or fat free yogurt
  • 100% whole wheat or whole grain carbohydrates
  • 100% whole wheat or whole grain breads
  • 100% whole wheat pasta
  • 100% whole wheat or whole grain cereals
  • Brown rice

Weight Watchers: Potential Risks Or Complications

The following are potential risks or complications of the diet (Weight Watchers):

  • Using the Weight Watchers diet plan for weight loss is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women

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