Food Is Not Your Enemy

Weight Watchers Recognizes Apples and Oreos are Not Equal

I was on News 12 Brooklyn last week discussing the huge change Weight Watchers made to its point system. In short, the weight loss giant is finally recognizing that all calories are not created equal.

An apple used to have the same number of “points” (members are allowed to consume a certain number of points every day) as a 100-calorie pack of Oreo cookies, which gives members the sense that one food is as good as the other. But this is certainly not so–apples are healthy, and Oreos are not. Not only that, but the refined sugar/carbs in an Oreo will make you hungrier sooner than the apple, and will also lead to further cravings for refined sugar. With the apple, there is no such problem.

Catching up to the latest science about how our bodies respond to different foods, Weight Watchers now assigns more points to processed, junky foods, fewer points to healthier foods, and no points at all to many fruits and vegetables. This is a move in the right direction.

However, the problem that remains with Weight Watchers is that it’s exhausting and unsustainable to count points for the rest of your life.  It’s important to be able to judge what and how much you should be eating without relying on this tedious system. Perhaps this is why so many people gain the weight back after going off the program.

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