I want to start with a disclaimer just to keep anyone from getting in a tizzy and jumping to the defensive: I think Weight Watchers is a great program. It helps a lot of people lose weight and keep it off. That’s wonderful. We have a serious issue of obesity in this country and I am happy to see something that helps people move in a positive direction.
I have noticed that everything lists Weight Watchers points on it now. Everything. You can look up food online or pick it up in a store and even pick up many restaurant menus and see the number of WW points for each item. This, of course, helps those who utilize WW to stay within their point range and ultimately lose weight (ideally).
But any calorie restricted diet can cause you to lose weight. It really is about calorie in and calorie out. There are many factors involved on more levels but the basics is that: burn (a specific number) more calories than you consume and you will lose weight. Weight Watchers is great at facilitating this and keeping you on track.
But I can get the points for anything. Anything. Twinkies! Three points. If your goal is simply to see a smaller number on the scale and the tag of your pants then by all means just add up points, no matter what the food. But are you really getting healthy? You can calculate the points in diet coke (0), McDonald’s fries (5 in a small), and a Quaker Chewy Dips Granola Bar (3 for the Chocolate chip). But are you looking at what is IN these foods? Do you actually know what the ingredients are? What they do to your body?
Do you want to be thin or do you want a healthy, well maintained body?
What we put into our body is paramount to its longterm health and function. I am not saying to trash the Weight Watchers if it is working for you. Keep at it. But if you are truly wanting to get healthier (and not just skinny) then I suggest you look beyond points and dig a little deeper into what you are eating.