Every day you see the commercials on television and hear the commercials on the radio. It isn’t just Weight Watchers either. Celebs flock to Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem too.
But are they endorsing these weight loss companies because they are getting paid to, or do they really work? I am not sure there is really any way for us to know. I think a lot of their weight loss probably comes from the money they have to pay trainers to get them fit!
These guys say they aren’t a diet, they are a healthy lifestyle. Weight Watchers uses a point system that tells you how much you can eat each day, or each meal. Based on science, this program teaches the people who get on it how to make healthier meal choices. The catch? You can learn how to make healthier meal choices on your own, without paying monthly or weekly fees.
There have been many celebrity endorsers for Weight Watchers over the years, Jennifer Hudson being their current one. Jenny McCarthy and Sarah Ferguson are a couple former Weight Watcher celebs.
Jenny Craig works by, well, only people who have gone through Jenny Craig’s system know this because it’s a secret on their website. Upon some research it seems that they have a three level plan for people to lose weight. First they teach you how to eat the foods you love, in smaller portions, but eating frequently throughout the day. The next step gets you moving in order to increase your energy. Then the third step put the first two steps together to teach you to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Simple enough, and a good concept. But again, something you can learn on your own without paying fees.
Valerie Bertinelli is Jenny Craig’s current face and hot body. Former Jenny Craig’s endorsers include Mariah Carey, Sara Rue, Kirstie Alley and Carrie Fisher.
Nutrisystem boasts different weight loss plans for both men and women. This is that mail order meal plan, that some naysayers claim the food tastes like cardboard. This plan uses the science of the Glycemic Index to help you lose weight. In layman’s terms, this diet uses foods with a low GI to aid in weight loss because they are digested slower, which cause less of a fluctuation in blood sugar levels.
Look up the GI numbers for foods to form your own healthy weight loss plan that doesn’t cost “as low as $2 per meal.” Some of the best foods are asparagus, broccoli, celery, cauliflower and cucumbers- get the idea? Eat your veggies!
Janet Jackson is the face of Nutrisystem, with Terry Bradshaw as the man behind the men’s plan. One famous former Nutrisystem spokesperson is Marie Osmond.
Do It Yourself
It is likely that these weight loss programs really do work. But why not just teach yourself to eat healthier, workout daily and make better health conscious decisions. Do this by eating mostly vegetables, and finishing meals of with whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean meats. Snack on fruits and vegetables.
Don’t stop eating the foods you love, like cake, but instead limit how often and how much of it you eat. Fit in fitness any way that you can. If you are too busy for a workout, chase your kids or park farther away from work for some instant physical activity that counts as exercise!