I'm willing to bet my right leg that you, your mother, your sister, or your best friend have all tried Weight Watchers at one time or another. Hell, you've probably tried it two or three times. You've counted points, ate a ton of celery because it's "free," and planned on journaling but "forgot." It's OK, I've been there, too. In fact, I'm still there. A lifetime member, I've lost a total of more than 60 pounds with the help of the plan.
Earlier this week, U.S. News and World Report issued its first-ever assessment of 20 popular diets, and Weight Watchers came out on top. Ranked No. 1 for "Best Weight-Loss Diets" and "Best Commercial Plans," as well as second best overall -- it seems like the diet plan hasn't just worked for me. In fact, it straight up works. And for me, there are a couple reasons why.
The other diets that did well on the survey include the DASH diet -- where the main aim is preventing and lowering high blood pressure -- as well as the Mediterranean Diet, which focuses on the foods that populations around the Mediterranean Sea eat, since they generally live longer and suffer less cancer and heart problems.
And while these plans may work for some -- they just aren't my cup of tea.
First, there's the accountability factor. Sure, it's great that the DASH and Mediterranean Diets don't have any fees (aside from groceries, of course), but they also don't have a support system. The WW weekly meeting is what got me through my two dedicated years on the program.
When it comes to what you eat on the plans, generally speaking, a lot of the suggested foods are the same. All diets encourage healthy choices, and avoid prepackaged items and all that through-the-mail jazz. Of course, there's a catch. Weight Watchers also leaves room for the unhealthy ones.
We're all human. There's always going to be a barbecue, work party, or luncheon. Weekly, I would use part of my daily points allowance to eat McDonald's ice cream cones, all while dropping pounds.
It's not like the other diets just miraculously showed up on U.S. News and World Report list by chance. I get it, they work, too. Everyone knows what works for them, and I guess Weight Watchers was just the most functional for me. But flexibility and accountability are factors I would never want to sacrifice, no matter how "good" the diet really works.
Have you tried any of the diets on the U.S. News list? Did they work for you?
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