Last year I tried Weight Watchers and lost about 20 pounds. It was okay, I didn’t become a size 8 in 12 weeks but it worked. Then I went on a cruise and it was all downhill from there.
I’ve just joined a gym, in fact today will be the first time I go and boy am I optimistic if for no other reason than to be able to walk when it’s 95 degrees outside. Then I came across this study and thought you might be interested.
Weighing Up The Benefits Of Weight Watchers Vs. Fitness Centers
In the first study of its kind, using sophisticated methods to measure body composition, the nationally known commercial weight loss program, Weight Watchers, was compared to gym membership programs to find out which method wins in the game of good health. The answer is that both have pros and cons and that a combination of the two produces the best results.
Participants who attended Weight Watchers for 12 weeks lost an average of 5 percent of their body weight, or about nine pounds. However, Steve Ball, assistant professor of exercise physiology in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences, found that a large percentage of the lost weight was lean tissue and not fat. Most of the Weight Watchers participants stuck with the program during the duration of the study, while many of the fitness center participants quit.