Regarded as the mother of all weight-loss centers, Weight Watchers has been giving pointers on how to lose those extra pounds for more than 40 years. With a presence in more than 30 countries, the weight-loss program has taken the world by storm and recruited highly-visible spokespeople including Jenny McCarthy, Sarah, Duchess of York and Lynn Redgrave.
Unlike other programs that outlaw entire food groups, Weight Watchers lays the groundwork to help you make healthy choices, integrate physical activity into your life and stay at your goal weight.
A recent study shows that people who attend Weight Watchers meetings are three times more likely to lose weight than those who attempt to lose weight on their own.
Traditionally, Weight Watchers weekly meetings are held at centers throughout the world. Members participate in a private weigh-in before the group sessions begin.
A trained Meeting leader speaks about different nutrition- and fitness-related topics to give guidance, motivation and support. The interaction with other dieters provides members with a network of people who are in the same boat, facing the same struggles.
For those who prefer not to leave the house, there is Weight Watchers online. By joining the internet-based version of the popular program, members can track their progress, participate in virtual meetings and choose from hundreds of different recipes.