Weight Watchers shakes things up

Weight Watchers, the wildly popular weight management system, has recently undergone a dramatic change.  Previously, participants were given a daily allotment of points that they could spend as they saw fit.  Whether they chose to spend those points on fruits and vegetables or on junk food was immaterial as for the most part, "a calorie was a calorie".

Well, not any more.  By making all fruits and vegetables point free (i.e. you can eat as much of them as you want, within reason of course) and by taking into account variables like protein, carbohydrates, fat, and fiber for all other foods, Weight Watchers now reflects a more complex view of how foods are digested and assimilated in the body

Previously, a hundred calorie pack of processed cookies or crackers was given the same "point" value as a hundred calorie apple.  Now, that same pack of cookies has three points attributed to it while the apple has zero.

Understandably, some people are not happy about this move since it shakes up the system, but I think that's the point.  Weight Watchers, circa 1997, reflected the conventional wisdom of the time, now, we know much more about the effects of highly processed foods.  When it comes to simply losing weight, calories are king (see "Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Eat Twinkies?") but diabetes, heart disease, and depression can strike at any size.

By changing their established program, and encouraging participants to consume more whole fruits and vegetables, Weight Watchers has taken a bold and risky move that should be applauded.
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Tony is the host of the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast, author of "Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire", and Cofounder of Powerful PT, an innovative information resource for Fitness Professionals. He has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio broadcasts and regularly hosts healthy cooking workshops and informational lectures. He is also a full-time Personal Trainer and Wellness Consultant who lives in Jacksonville Florida with his wife Jamie.
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