I love the new Points Plus program because there are no "thou shalt nots". "No (fill in the blank)" diets make you feel deprived, and can set up really adversarial relationships between your sense of self and food. You are not a bad person just because you happen to enjoy a cookie or piece of bread. The system allows for that - you just figure out really quickly that the cookie is going to cost so many points that it might not be worth it - except when it is (you know, those kinds of moments), and so you can eat it, account for it, and move on. No need to beat yourself up because you blew your diet. I've done Weight Watchers before, and many other plans as well, but this one is different. It's not about following a fad or having someone else tell me what to eat. It's about learning how to do this for yourself. How to buy fresh veggies (fruits and veggies are zero points!) and also how to cook with them. It's about learning what a "reasonable" portion is and how to serve it or manage when eating out. Oh, and the second part of losing weight - exercise - is worked into the program without high pressure or impossible tasks. Go outside and rediscover play - dance -garden - clean your house/office - it all counts, no gym necessary - unless YOU want that. The emphasis is on "life beyond the scale" - providing guidance and nudging toward making better food choices, but also reflecting on, celebrating, and including what makes you uniquely you - what you enjoy doing that has nothing to do with numbers on a scale.
Laurie Ann Britt-Smith, Director-Center for Writing