Weight Watchers Online/eTools
Weight Watchers Online and eTools are similar products, but offered at different prices. There are a few meeting-related items that eTools members don’t get because it’s expected that they go to meetings so they don’t need the same materials that Weight Watchers Online members receive.Weight Watchers meetings members get eTools for a lower price than non-Weight Watchers members get Weight Watchers Online for. For the purposes of brevity, I’ll call this product Weight Watchers Online for the rest of this section, but realize that I’m referring to both products.
More expensive than other food diaries, these products have the support of Weight Watchers built in, so they are really much more than food diaries. However,Weight Watchers has been helping people lose weight for more than 40 years, and it’s one of the best weight loosing programs out there. And if it works for you, it’s worth the money.
I used to have a neighbor who was a tailor. Because they often adjust people’s clothes, tailors can be authorities on weight loss. He told me that the only weight loosing program he found that would result in people keeping weight off is Weight Watchers. People on other weight loosing programs often gained the weight back and came back to him to get their clothes let out again. But with Weight Watchers, they generally didn’t come back once their clothes were taken in.
On Weight Watchers, both online and off, members can follow one of two plans the Flex plan and the Core plan. In the Flex plan, each member is given a certain number of POINTS that he or she can eat in a day. If you exercise, you can eat additional POINTS. POINTS are determined by a user’s weight. One of the great things about POINTS is that many vegetables are zero POINTS because they are so nutrient-dense and calorie-free. Plus, for many people, POINTS are easier to follow than calories, fat grams, and carbs.
On the Core plan, you focus on eating a core group of foods, and you don’t count POINTS much at all. As long as you eat foods in the core areas, which include fruits and vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, and fat-free dairy products and certain other types of foods, you don’t count POINTS. (However, there are limits to how much of these foods you can eat in a day.) If you choose to eat foods outside of the Core plan, you have 35 POINTS per week that you can use. Weight Watchers Online includes a food database with more than 20,000 foods, an activity database with more than 100 activities, a recipe database with more than 1,000 recipes, eating out guides, and a personal weight tracker. There are separate food guides for the Core plan and the Flex plan. The food diary is a POINTS Tracker; it calculates the number of POINTS that you’ve consumed in a day and continually tells you how many you have left. Any activities result in additional POINTS that you can consume. The POINTS Tracker is one of the simplest and most user-friendly food diaries, although tracking POINTS instead of calories can be disconcerting for non-Weight Watchers users.
In true Weight Watchers fashion,Weight Watchers Online features many very helpful features:
Weight Watchers offers an excellent product that works well in conjunction with online or offline meetings. If you are on the Weight Watchers weight loosing program, you might find it helpful to use weight loss and diet software that helps you track POINTS on a daily basis instead of using the other weight loosing programs, which track calories. However, if you’re not interested in tracking POINTS or using Weight Watchers’ excellent support tools and features, then Weight Watchers might be overkill because it’s one of the most expensive options available for food and exercise diaries.
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