A Commonsense Approach to Losing Weight
More than 40 years ago Weight Watchers made its debut on the diet scene and offered an innovative way for people to successfully lose weight. The Weight Watchers program strives to provide members with the ability to build a foundation for introducing healthier choices and more activity into their daily lives. This is not a diet that cuts anything out of your eating like some of the other popular diets around (Atkins, South Beach, Paleo, etc.) – rather it relies on keeping track of what you are eating based on calorie count. Increased activity, emotional state and structured exercise are also encouraged on the program.
Weight Watchers International is an American company that offers various products and services to assist weight loss and maintenance. Founded in 1963 by Queens, New York, homemaker Jean Nidetch, it now operates in about 30 countries around the world, generally under names that are local translations of “Weight Watchers”. The core philosophy behind Weight Watchers programs is to use a science-driven approach to help participants lose weight by forming helpful habits, eating smarter, getting more exercise and providing support.
At 12 months Weight Watchers is associated with 2.6% more weight loss than those who were in a control group.
The term weight-watcher, in the same sense, had circulated publicly for several years before the company was formed.