Having a support system while you are trying to lose weight is key in terms of measuring success. One organization that has been offering support to its members is Weight Watchers. Weight Watchers was started in 1961, when a Brooklyn housewife, Jean Nidetch decided to hold a weight loss support meeting in her home. Weight Watchers describes itself as “an integrated approach that combines smarter eating, healthy habits, exercise and a supportive environment.”
Weight Watchers focuses on the “four pillars of health weight loss” to help keep its members on track. They are to Eat Smarter, develop Helpful Habits, Get Support and Move More. Weight Watchers has focused on this approach not only in their thousands of meetings held internationally each week, but also in their online program.
One of the key factors of their success is their online tools which help keep participants accountable. The meeting participants can access the same tips and tools to help keep them on track between meetings. These interactive tools help make losing weight easier providing information at your fingertips on the plan as well as insight and ideas tailored specifically for you.
Weight Watchers believes that those who track their eating habits are more likely to succeed. The eTools provided to members, both online and who attend meetings, work specifically with their programs, such as their PointsPlus plan. The PointsPlus formula which, “takes into account how our body processes a variety of foods and breaks it down into a point numbering system inclusive of the percentages of fat, carbohydrates, fiber and protein."
This food tracker program allows members to track their point values while monitoring their daily food intake. The foods they like the most can be saved as favorites for more convenient tracking.
Weekly progress can also be tracked with your specific progress charts, graphs and statistics. Your weigh-in will be tracked each week, helping to keep you accountable. You can also track your measurements and keep motivated with your weight loss success. Monthly progress reports will also be available to you through these interactive tools.