Consumer Reports Compares Diets- Weight Watchers #1

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    Weight Watchers, Slim-Fast Top Diets
    By J.M. HIRSCH
    Associated Press Writer


    Meetings and shakes trump counting carbs when it comes to long-term weight loss, according to a recent analysis of diets by Consumer Reports magazine.

    The publication, best known for rating cars and electronics, put Weight Watchers, with its support group meetings, and Slim-Fast, whose shakes let you opt out of cooking, at the top of the heap. The ratings were based on pounds lost, nutrition, how easy the diet was to follow and dropout rates after six months and a year.[​IMG]

    Though low-carb diets have dominated headlines, the highest marks went to Weight Watchers, which uses weekly meetings to reinforce its decidedly simple philosophy - eat less and exercise more. After a year, its followers were far more likely to stick with the plan.

    Weight Watchers did not, however, earn the strongest scores on weight loss, a distinction that went to second-ranked Slim-Fast, which replaces parts of two meals a day with shakes and bars.

    Atkins, which has led the low-carb charge, got good scores for short-term weight loss, but landed at the bottom of the ratings because of poor marks on retention and nutrition.

    The report, released in the magazine's June issue, said the Atkins diet calls for too much fat and saturated fat, too few fruits, too little fiber and "might have a negative effect on some dieters' health."

    Colette Heimowitz, vice president of education and research at Atkins Nutritionals, criticized the study, saying it focused only on Atkins' weight-loss components, ignoring its more flexible weight maintenance stages.

    The magazine's conclusions are based on a review of published clinical research on each diet, and a nutrient and calorie analysis of a week's worth of menus, including how closely they follow federal dietary guidelines.

    Heimowitz took issue with the use of the dietary guidelines as the nutritional bar, saying those standards are intended for maintaining a healthy weight, not losing fat.

    All of the diets reviewed are low enough in calories to produce results, but success relies on sticking to the plan, said Nancy Metcalf, a senior editor at Consumer Reports.

    That accounts for the strong showing by Weight Watchers, which backs up a flexible, low-calorie, low-fat approach with weekly motivational meetings, Metcalf said.

    "We are not necessarily the fastest kids in town, but we're livable and sustainable, and we feel that's very important," said Karen Miller-Kovach, chief scientist at Weight Watchers.

    Slim-Fast, which sells its bars and beverages in grocery and drug stores, was praised for its ease and balanced nutrition. Its retention matched Weight Watchers' during the first six months, but then dropped considerably.

    The high-protein "Zone" diet, from a book by Dr. Barry Sears, was the magazine's No. 3 program. Though its followers tended to drop out over time, the diet earned points for having considerably less fat than the Atkins approach.

    The fourth-ranked ultra-low-fat, high-fiber vegetarian Ornish diet, from Dr. Dean Ornish, had the worst retention rate, though it had good long-term weight loss and was praised as a treatment for heart disease.

    Thomas Wadden, a University of Pennsylvania weight loss expert, said the ratings seem sound, but noted the challenge of making comparisons when some diets involve structured meetings and others are do-it-yourself.

    He added that the Atkins diet might have ranked better if weight loss was the only criterion. But Wadden said the magazine rightly considered the overall healthfulness of the diets' approaches.

    Four other programs, Internet-based eDiets, Jenny Craig, South Beach and Volumetrics, were included in the review, but not ranked because not enough independent clinical studies had been done on them to allow comparison, the magazine said.
     
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    I think Lyle's mom is on Weight Watchers.
     
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    its mostly just a more simple way to maintaining deficit so of course its going to work when compared to other bullshit fad diets.
     
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    Sonic Live every day to the fullest, for yesterday is go

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    :werd: It's stood the test of time. It's not the prettiest and not the fastest, but it works and thousands will agree.
     
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    K, I just did a quick tally as to my daily intake of food..
    Now I eat a tone of fruits and veggies, but if I actually tally up the carb intake from all these fruits and vegs I'm up to approximately 140 in carbs per day. Seeing how an apple is 17 carbs, grapefruite 23 carbs, grapes 29 carbs....do these actually count as my carb intake for a day?:ugh:

    Cause otherwise I'm only at about 1000 cal, 10 fat, 20 fibre...just curiouse about fruits and carb intake. Remember I'm a girl, so I'm not interested in bulking or anything:wiggle:

    Ju

    edit : please note I do not partake in Weight Watchers. I eat very well on my own.
     
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    fiber is generally not counted, everything else is

    edit: are you doing a PSMF?
     
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    yes, fruits are carbs...also, it sounds like you should be eating more

    pics?

    height/weight?
     
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    No pics...sorry, just the one in the avi. But that was taking last summer.

    29 years old
    5'5"
    117 pounds
    17% body fat

    I eat a lot during the day, I'm constantly munchingn here and there.It's just the bulk of it is fruits and veggies On the weekends I eat whatever I please, just in moderation.:hsugh:

    Wow who knew fruits could have so many carbs in them!!!:noes: But I"m guessing they're "good" carbs?:dunno:

    Ju
     
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    most fruits have simple sugars in them. On your calorie level, there's no such thing as "good" or "bad" carbs.

    eat more protein.
     
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    Dually noted:)
    Might be time to change things up a bit. I've been plateau-ing. Think I might need to change up my workout regime as well. Once again thanks for the input!

    Ju
     
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    probably plateauing because you are:
    below your set point.. at 17%, this is probably the case
    dieting too long - try eating at maintenance for 2 weeks
    not eating enough protein

    other possibilities too, but ephedrine is making my brain screwy :)
     
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    5 5 117 what you trying to lose fat for? 17% is very lean for a girl also.....
     
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    if you eat a fruit with a carb it helps your body to use the carbs more effectively. also make sure you are getting alot of protein. tuna is great and they have bags of chicken breast now by the tuna. a bag has something like 34 g of protein. eat all the protein, then the fruit, then your carb.
     
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    Well thanks gang! All good points. I do loves me the tuna! I'll be sure to give these suggestions a shot.

    Oh, and I actually don't diet...more of a way of life. Just how I do things. I do like "me" but society these day dictates how to look, and ofcourse there's things I feel I constantly need to imporve (I think that's most people though:coolugh: ).

    Again thanks!!!! Love F & T!!!

    Ju
     
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    jebus chroft! what?!?!?!?

    "Also, each one of those meals must include a small piece of fruit (again, a requirement before downing enough other carbs to the point of no return). Almost any fruit will do (save bananas, kiwis, avocado, and other very high calorie or high fat fruits). We are looking for a small serving of fresh fruit, say between 50 and 100 calories worth. The fructose from fruit will help keep liver glycogen stores full and keep your body in the fed state as opposed to starvation-mode. And, if only consumed in small amounts, is not likely to spill over into adipose."
     
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    Damn. That's worse than even Berardi's logic. What is that from?
     
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