if you look at the stats, weight watchers doesnt really work. it emphasizes a high carbohydrate, low fat diet. studies show that this type of eating, modeled after the USDA food pyramid, actually encourages obesity, not to mention scores of other chronic illnesses like type 2 diabetes. their food resembles "normal" food cos it is made with and laced with chemicals, additives, and synthetic ingredients. these are not good for you. they arent natural. you need whole foods - real food, to get proper nutrition and nourishment. i am sorry to break it to you, but weight loss and good health cannot be found in a shake, a bar, or a pill.
plus this is a yo yo diet. think about it - once you reach your goal on the diet, you stop eating their special foods and no longer follow their directions. you resume your prior eating habits. then some time down the road you realize that you have put on more weight than when you started weight watchers! like most diets, it doesnt teach life long eating habits. and if it does, most dont stick to them, at least not well enough to get healthy.
i am sure i have opened the flood gates on this one. i dont agree with weight watchers one bit. nice idea, but come on, they are making a ton of money off you by brainwashing you into thinking the only way to get healthy and lose weight is to eat their brand of food. you can lose weight and become healthy by eating properly. that means more fruits, vegetables, legumes, lean meat, organic foods if you can afford it, and stop eating processed and refined foods and a lot of grains/carbs. you also need to adopt basic eating habits, like eat when you are hungry and stop eating when you are full. it really is that simple but it may seem hard cos you have to break bad habits.
and do you really want to be counting calories your whole life? low fat is bogus (generally speaking). avocados, loaded with healthy fat, is good for you. diary (ie milk) needs fat in order for your body to absorb and utilize vitamins A and D as they are fat soluble vitamins. the solution is to eat the right fats and avoid the bad fats - like trans fat. the majority of artery plaque is actually from monounsaturated fat (ie olive oil) and trans fat, not saturated fat. i can go on but i dont want to write a book here. research this on your own and you'll see.
Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07