I read recently that our old friend Oprah forked over (pun intended) 43 million to own a 10% share in Weight Watchers. My guess is that she believes in the program and didn’t do it so she could attend the meetings for free. In her interviews she stated numerous times she loves eating bread and with the Weight Watchers point system can still eat bread. Lady Oprah is all about the bread and as one of the wealthiest women in the country (she is worth billions) has enough bread to even purchase a considerable stake in Wonder Bread. Stay tuned.
Programs like Weight Watchers (and oodles of others) are beneficial as they offer the participant a proven system that promotes weight loss. Some offer their own branded “delicious” products that you can purchase at your local grocer while others will even ship the meals right to your front door and for an additional fee, will even shove it down your throat. If done sensibly many of these weight loss programs can be a wonderful start in the right direction.
What befuddles the Bearded Lady is that many of these programs seem to put little emphasis on exercise. Yes, you are “allowed” more points for activity yet it is not an emphasized part of the program. Everyone agrees that exercise accelerates and promotes weight loss yet some of these programs seem threatened by fitness. Fitness facilities often try to partner with local weight loss centers and are typically met with strong resistance from “corporate”. We are not trying to sell their clients double cheeseburgers and fried dough; we are trying to introduce exercise into their new lifestyle.
There are actually a few medical benefits to carrying some excess weight but there are no benefits to being deconditioned. There are scores of thin, deconditioned people and many well-conditioned people who have excess weight to lose. Stand at the finish line at the Boston marathon and check out the “bods” that can run 26.2 miles. Losing excess weight is certainly a start in the right direction but dieting alone will not strengthen one’s core, improve one’s cardio, improve balance and stability, increase strength etc. etc. etc.
The point being… try buttering your bread with a sensible and challenging exercise program. We’re not the enemy, we’re the complementary solution!