The Weight Watchers® diet has been around since 1963 and is built around one simple philosophy - to help its members lose weight by making smarter and more healthful decisions about food while getting support from the Weight Watchers® community.
On Weight Watchers®, absolutely no food or drinks are off limits. Instead every food is assigned a points value (PointsPlus®, ProPoints®, & more) based on its nutritional content and you track those points daily. Healthier food choices usually have lower points values and unhealthier and more processed foods that are higher in fat and calories, have higher points values. Every person is assigned a certain number of points per day based on age, weight, and gender among other things.
On Weight Watchers® you decide daily how you would like to spend your points each and every day. Whether you decide to spend 5 points on a healthy salad with chicken or 15 points on two slices of pepperoni pizza, the choice is yours. For many people, this flexibility and real world practicality make Weight Watchers® easier to use when compared to more strict diets. However some people struggle with the freedom since no one is telling you want to eat.
In addition, in the current Weight Watchers PointsPlus® system you are allowed to eat as many fruits and vegetables as you like. Additionally, each week you are given FlexPoints® (sometimes called weeklies) to use in addition to your daily points allowance. Exercise is not mandatory on Weight Watchers® but is recommended and tracked as well with Activity Points®.
Weight Watchers also has an in-person program that involves weekly meetings and weigh-ins and an online version. Many people on the diet find that the meetings help them stay on track and accountable. It also is a supportive place to learn tips and tricks for reaching goals, celebrating progress, and interacting with other dieters.