Most diets fail in the long term. People end up losing their favorite foods, which are completely restricted or very limited. They were simply tired of “dieting.” WW, formerly known as Weight Watchers, has published a new plan designed to overcome those obstacles. But will it make a difference?
WW says its new program, called myWW, offers more flexibility and customization than ever. Using a new assessment tool, members determine which of their three best WW plans is based on factors such as whether they want many food options or if they want to measure and track food as little as possible. (For the first time, current members do not have to change their plan unless they wish.)
What has also changed is that now more foods are “ZeroPoint”. These are foods that members should not track and measure because they are rich in nutrients and are less likely to overeat. In the past, those foods included non-starchy fruits and vegetables. But in two plans, eggs, fish, tofu, skim milk, beans and lentils are ZeroPoint. And in a plan, potatoes, pasta and whole grains are too.
WW has studied plans for 143 new and fallen members, saying they are equally effective, resulting in a weight loss of 8 percent (and about 12 percent of the waist circumference) after approximately six months. According to WW, ninety percent of the members said the new plan felt more lifestyle than a diet.
But any diet plan may not seem like a torn diet. I am distracted As a dietitian, I strongly believe that different methods work for different people, and it is refreshing that, unlike many of the common diets now, WW allows all foods and stimulates the consumption of nutrient-rich foods such as eggs, fish and vegetables.
However, myWW is still a diet, and even in the most flexible plan, there is a daily and alert follow-up. Over time, it may seem like a burden. For people with sows under excessive control or who feel easily deprived, this can lead to a violent reaction: getting out of a plan, overeating, gaining weight (and something else) and feeling unwell about it. For many people, diet plans are to blame for food and shame for eating. Like many of the women I know, I have done weight control. That was years ago when I couldn’t wear my wedding dress. In the end I gave up and took the dress. But I know how to calculate points and think about each bite. Some people may be grateful for the structure and end up eating more products, whole grains and prosperity. But others will not allow it, no matter how many “free” foods, and end up in an unhealthy cycle, in a worse place than before. So, before moving on to another diet plan, take your time to think about the diets you’ve tried in the past, how you felt and what made you stop at the end. If you tried a diet plan and it didn’t work, know that it didn’t fail: the diet worked.