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All About the Weight Watchers Diet

What is the Weight Watchers diet?

The Weight Watchers diet is based on working out a certain about of 'points' for each person depending on their weight, height, sex and age. Each day you have a given amount of points to spend of whatever foods you want to eat. In the first two weeks you are given a 'power start' programme,where the points are initially a little lower to boost the first two weeks weight loss.

How does it work?

By using the points system the dieters will end up taking in fewer calories than they need to keep their weight stable, and so lose weight. There are menus that can be followed or they can choose their own meals using the extensive food lists with points values. The diet lets the dieter choose if they want to spend all their points on chocolate or have lots of lower fat choices. The Lower the fat and sugar things are the less points they have allocated.

How much do you lose?

Its its claimed that an average weight loss of 1-2 pounds a week will be lost.

Are there any possible side effects?

It could be said that because of the choice the dieter has in what they eat, a less sensible person could use all their points on fatty or sugary foods. Consequently not having a well balanced diet. However apart from this no significant reports of side effects have been shown.

What books are available on this diet?

Over the first 10 weeks of joining a class at weight watchers you will receive 11 different booklets on the diet containing advice and motivational ideas. There are also many cook books etc. that can be purchased from the class leader.

Example of a weight watcher day (points in brackets).

Points allowed for example a woman of 5'2 of 9st 11 = 18 points

Breakfast:Cornflakes medium bowl (1.5), milk semi-skimmed 1/4 pint (1).

Lunch:Medium slice of brown bread x 2 ( 2 points), low fat spead x 2 tsps (0.5),half tin of tuna(1), half a tbsp low fat mayonaise(0.5)

Dinner:chilli; medium portion of extra lean minced beef ( 5 points), cooked with onion and garlic cooked in low fat cooking spray, chopped tomatoes and mixed herbs. heaped tbsp of cooked kidney beans (0.5) chilli powder to taste. Small portion of cooked rice ( 1.5).

Snacks apple (1) galaxy ripple bar (3.5)

Total 17.5 points

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