I understand all too well the desire to lose weight and get healthy. But once you have committed to doing so, you are faced with the task of deciding how you are going to achieve your goals. Oftentimes, I get asked how Beyond Diet compares to other diet programs. In particular, Weight Watchers.
Here are a few tidbits about Weight Watchers you may or may not already know:
Weight Watchers began 1961, in the New York apartment of Jean Nidetch, who called herself an "overweight housewife." Frustrated with her inability to lose weight permanently, Jean turned to the New York City Board of Health obesity clinic. The advice she got from them was the foundation for Weight Watchers.
Weight Watchers uses a points system. Every food is assigned a point value based on the amount of carbohydrates, protein, fat, and fiber – basically, its nutritional value. Each person is then assigned a number of points they can eat each day, based on his or her weight, age, and how much physical activity he or she does. Following the program requires careful calculation, logging, and management of points for everything consumed and for all workouts.
So how does Weight Watchers differ from Beyond Diet?
Well, one big difference is that there are some foods that Weight Watchers encourages you to eat, such as whole wheat, low-fat yogurt, non-fat milk, diet soda, crackers, etc., that are NOT foods recommended in Beyond Diet. These foods actually keep our bodies from losing fat and dropping off excess weight.
Weight Watchers suggests that you eat fruits and vegetables (good stuff), most of which are zero points, but the company also produces and sells many pre-packaged foods that contain processed and preservative-laden ingredients. Weight Watchers sells everything from pre-packaged muffins, breads, and snack bars to frozen pizza and ice cream, none of which are made with whole, natural ingredients. Even though many of these pre-packaged foods are low in points, they are full of artificial sweeteners and chemicals. You don't want that in your body!
Another difference is how the two programs deal with fat. Many of Weight Watchers' pre-packaged foods are low-fat or fat-free. In reality, those products are usually loaded with sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, which actually cause your body to crave more junk. As I teach you in Beyond Diet, our bodies need healthy fats, specifically the healthy fats found in foods like coconut oil, raw butter, walnuts, olive oil, organic eggs, and oily fish such as salmon. Eating these “good” fats actually helps your body burn off your unwanted fat more efficiently.
Whichever nutritional plan you choose – whether it’s Beyond Diet, Weight Watchers, or some other program – my recommendation is to always choose “real” foods that do not include chemically processed ingredients. This will not only give your body the healthiest nutritional sources, but it will also ensure that you keep the weight off for good.