Weightwatchers, Slimming World and Jenny Craig are probably the best known weight loss programmes. Weight loss programmes combine motivational classes, calorie restrictive dieting and healthy living advice.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Each programme varies but in general they will require a payment, initial attendance at weekly group meetings, a public weigh–in and a dieting system based on calorie reduction. When a target weight is reached, attendance at classes often becomes free of charge. Many plans offer novel methods of counting calories such as allocating points to various foods or food groups. Most sell specialised weight loss foods and products.
Weight loss programmes have been seen to be effective in short- and long-term weight loss, they offer non-invasive and social methods of weight loss.
Weekly class attendance costs can add up over time if a target weight is not reached. Some find the approach intrusive and humiliating, preferring personalised weight loss programmes.