Popular ingredients in Weight Watchers recipes are items from the following categories: proteins, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. While choices within those categories are left to the consumer, Weight Watchers encourages its members to choose foods that are in season for maximum health benefits.
Weight Watchers is a health and wellness centered company that has been around since the 1960s. Founded by Jean Nidetch, it focuses on helping its members lose weight in a way that is both effective and long lasting. The company provides both online and in person support through group meetings and weigh ins.
Unlike some diet companies, Weight Watchers encourages members to eat a variety of real foods in moderation instead of restricting their diets by eliminating categories of food altogether. Caloric calculations typically associated with weight loss are enhanced with the PointsPlus system. Points are values address not only a food's calories; fiber content, protein, fat, and carbohydrates are also examined in an attempt to show that, while two foods may have the same caloric value, they may not have the same overall nutritional value. Taking into account age, gender, height, and weight, a member's individualized PointsPlus budget is determined. Breakdowns of how many Points the member should consume per day and week are provided.