A new study shows that people who joined Weight Watchers lost more weight over a year than folks managed for weight loss by their primary care physicians. We’ve previously noted that doctors often have difficulty and limited success in counseling their patients to lose weight.
I was fortunate to be able to spend 2 weeks at the Structure House weight loss program in Durham NC, getting a jump start (no magic! no gimmicks!) on my 18 month, 120 lbs weight loss.
Says US News and World Report about the study:
Those who stuck with their standard diet lost an average of about 7 pounds, while those who attended Weight Watchers shed nearly 15 pounds on average…
The researchers suggested that the structure of the commercial program — including group support, weekly weighing, instruction about diet and physical activity, and motivation — can be a clinically useful tool for battling overweight and obesity on a large scale.