Time Magazine article on Weight Watchers Success misses the point…

There was a very interesting article recently in TIME Magazine, “Study: Weight Watchers Works Better than Clinical Weight Loss Programs,” that has people buzzing about the whole dieting issue. There was also a matching report in the LA TIMES as well about the same study. But wait, I think both TIME and the LA TIMES are missing the key point: DIETS DON’T WORK!

The study was done at a New York college and says it proves you can lose more weight with Weight Watchers than with clinical weight loss programs.  If I owned Weight Watchers, I’d be buying everyone a round of drinks (diet drinks of course). But wait, there are some factors they aren’t sharing with you in these articles in Time and the LA Times…lets you see just how misleading the press can be in their attempts to create something they feel is newsworthy.

Let’s look at one simple fact that exists in this country today – DIETS DON’T WORK for the majority of people. Why don’t they work? Because of the yo-yo effect where someone goes on this special diet and loses a little weight and then ends up gaining it back (or gaining back even more than they lost). This is the REAL ISSUE when it comes to dieting, not which one allows you to lose a few pounds. I have nothing against Weight Watchers. But let’s face it, they have been around for a long time and have not made a dent in the obesity epidemic in this country. Wouldn’t you think that if it was such a successful program that actually worked to keep the weight off long-term that everyone would be jumping on it and we would see a significant decrease (instead of increase) in obesity? Just doesn’t add up for me…

I don’t really care what the program is if it actually works. How do I define works? One that allows you to quickly lose the initial weight you want (Americans are very motivated by ‘quick fix solutions’) AND allows the person to keep the weight off and change their behavior so it allows them to live healthier than before. This is what the criteria should actually be for a diet program, not how much you can lose and then gain right back – that should be called the “Yo-Yo Diet Program” not a weight loss program.

I get a bit anxious about this, as you can probably tell by now, but I feel these kind of reports need to be called out and exposed for what they really are…nonsense. What I would like to see is the report of all the people that are tested and lost weight and how many changed their lifestyle and behaviors as a result of the Weight Watchers (or any other program) and have kept the weight off of years! I don’t see these reports coming out of TIME or any other news source…do they exist???

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