No. 1 Diet Plan Revealed & Chances Are You're on It


weight watchersI'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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bills... billsfan1104

I love love weight watchers.  I am on it now and have lost 23.4lbs.  In fact I weigh in tonight.  hoping to be down 25lbs.  I love Weight Watchers because I do not have to sacrifice anything.  I can eat whatever I want, just in moderation.  Thats why I have been able to do it and I have four friends that joined.  whoop whoop. 

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Just because a diet works for you doesn't mean it "straight up works" for everyone. I tried it and it did nothing for me. The calorie allowances way too high for some people, particularly if you're eating your APs and flex points. Back when I first tried it I had a range of 22-27 yet the only way I could lose any weight was to eat 18 points a day. I tried eating the full allowance, tried the wendie plan, tried eating my APs or not. Nothing worked other than cheating and eating less than they wanted me to.

Now I'm just eating what I want, when I want, and working out hard. I've lost 35lbs in a year which is way more than the six pounds I lost while wasting a year of my life following the one-size-fits-all weight watchers plan.

bills... billsfan1104

Rhonda, they changed the whole system around.  Its way different from back then.  This is my second time on weight watchers with the new points plus system.  But whatever is working for you is great!!!  Congrats on your weight loss!!

Nicole Jiminez

I just now received my free product sample from name brand companies, quite a few of them from "123 Get Samples" online

tinyp... tinypossum

I'm doing WW for the second time, and it is working well for me. I like the new points system much better than the previous one. Seems much easier to follow and I do not have as many problems with hunger and cravings. Of course, I'm also working out pretty hard as well.

Rachel Schiller

The best "diet" I ever went on was becoming a vegetarian. I lost a lot of weight and my cholesterol went way down.

mlmad21 mlmad21

Never been on any diet and don't know anyone who has done weight watchers. I'm one of the exceptions to this column I guess.

May-20 May-20

I've never tried weight watchers, either. The only way I can lose and keep weight off is to eat a combo low-carb-higher-protein/count-my-calories diet and exercise moderately. It works for me, and when I do it, my cholesterol numbers are good.

*shrug* More proof that dieting/eating isn't one-size-fits-all.

sareynoo sareynoo

I am having great success with HCG1234.  I've been losing over a pound a day.  I am finally overweight and not obese..  So far, I lost 14.6 pounds in 12 days.  I love it, I haven't stalled and I have 24 more pounds to lose until I reach my goal of 140!!!!!!  I love this stuff, no other diet would work for me..  I know that this article is about weight watchers, but you get faster results with hcg.. :)

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