I think Weight Watchers is the best, but don’t take my word for It

I was accused by a reader/commenter of my blog of “cramming Weight Watchers down our throats.”

Apparently she didn’t get it. I work for Weight Watchers because I achieved lasting success with Weight Watchers. After spending more years than I care to remember struggling with my weight and only getting fatter the more I fought, I tried Weight Watchers meetings. I reached my goal and have stayed at a healthy weight since 1991.

She thought that since I worked for Weight Watchers I was not being genuine with the many endorsements in my blog. She had it backwards. I work for the company because I believe in it. I wouldn’t do any job for any organization unless that was so.

A former Weight Watchers of Maine Member of the Year from Aroostook County

A former Weight Watchers of Maine Member of the Year from Aroostook County

I wrote many blogs in which I suggest that Weight Watchers meetings can help people struggling with their weight to put the whole puzzle together. The puzzle pieces being a “scientifically sound food plan, a physical activity component, a behavioral/cognitive piece, and reinforcement through group support,” and so she thought it was just me spewing Weight Watchers propaganda.

Few people who know me, meet me, or read my blogs, don’t or won’t know very quickly, that I am a Weight Watchers raving fan. In fact, if you ask my three-year-old grandson, “what’s Grandma’s name?” he’ll either say, “Jackie Weight Watchers,” or, “Grandma Weight Watchers.”

Grandma Weight Watchers doesn't care if blueberries are a messy snack! This little boy thinks they're a bigger treat than candy!

Grandma Weight Watchers doesn’t care if blueberries are a messy snack! This little boy thinks they’re a bigger treat than candy!

Clearly Weight Watchers isn’t a job to me; it’s a way of life.

Never mind that I think Weight Watchers is the best. I am in good company with that opinion.

Weight Watchers began when a housewife from Queens, Jean Nidetch, (Center in a 1988 photo celebrating Weight Watchers of Maine 20th Anniversary) decided that she need to surround herself with people like herself that struggled with the "hard parts" of weight loss. She was a closet eater and when she shared it with a few friends who were also closet eaters she found a way to overcome the behavior that was keeping her fat.

Weight Watchers began when a housewife from Queens, Jean Nidetch, (Center in a 1988 photo celebrating Weight Watchers of Maine 20th Anniversary) decided that she need to surround herself with people like herself that struggled with the “hard parts” of weight loss. She was a closet eater and when she shared it with a few friends who were also closet eaters she found a way to overcome the behavior that was keeping her fat.

2015 MARKS THE FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR WEIGHT WATCHERS IS RANKED “BEST WEIGHT-LOSS DIET” BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

The World’s Leading Provider of Weight Management Services Builds on Success of the Human Connection.

NEW YORK, NY (January 6, 2015) – Weight Watchers (NYSE: WTW) has once again been recognized by the experts in the 2015 Best Diets rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report. Weight Watchers® earned the top spot in three categories:

U.S. News’ panel of health experts, including nutritionists and physicians specializing in diabetes, heart health and weight loss, scored each diet for short- and long-term weight loss, ease of compliance, safety and nutrition. Diets were ranked in eight categories, including diabetes and heart disease prevention and control, as well as easiness to follow and likelihood of weight loss. For more information about the rankings, visit Best Diets 2015.* The consecutive top rankings are consistent with the clinical evidence of the effectiveness of the Weight Watchers approach, which is based on decades of research.

Since the Best Diet rankings were introduced in 2010, Weight Watchers has introduced a number of innovations that help support effective weight management. For several consecutive years, the Weight Watchers approach continues to deliver on weight loss, healthy eating and easiest diet to follow.

“We’re honored to be recognized at the highest level for five straight years by the experts at U.S. News & World Report,” said Lesya Lysyj, President of North America, Weight Watchers. “The motivation, accountability and support we provide to millions of members around the world are crucial to navigating our complex relationship with food.”

How U.S. News & World Report ranks the diets.

I didn’t need a magazine ranking of diets to tell me Weight Watchers was the best, but I am not the least bit surprised by their unsolicited endorsement.

* Weight Watchers won this award again in 2016.

Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. She is a Weight Watchers success story. She's a weight loss expert with 25 years of experience guiding women and men to their weight-related goals. Her articles on weight management have been published in health, family and women's magazines. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news, FOX network morning program Good Day Maine and 207 on WCSH.