You pay to join and attend weekly support group meetings. You limit your food intake by counting points.
Food are given a certain number of points and you are allowed to eat only so many points per day. You are are also encouraged to exercise.
This is essentially a low-calorie diet, but the point system makes it easier for people to manage. If you really want a piece of cake, you can spend the points as long as you don't go over your total points for the day.
Weight Watchers is a commercial organization. Thus, following the diet means paying for membership. Weekly meetings are held, so there is a social element that helps keep you focused on your goal.
Weight Watchers was started in 1963 by Jean Nidetch. She had been overweight herself, but had gone to a New York City obesity clinic and lost weight on a diet plan created by Dr. Norman Jollife. After her personal success, she started spreading the word with a woman's support group that ultimately grew into Weight Watchers.
In 1978 Weight Watchers was sold to H.J. Heinz Company. In the same year, an exercise plan was added. Later, Weight Watcher began selling food tailored to the diet plan.
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