Most Americans use self-help methods to lose weight, grabbing for the latest diet book or watching Dr. Mehmet Oz for his latest "miracle" weight loss plan. Now, however, a new study has shown that those who invest in Weight Watchers lose significantly more, reported researchers on October 16 in the American Journal of Medicine.
To conduct the study, researchers instructed 292 participants to enroll either in Weight Watchers or follow a self-help plan. Weight Watcher dieters were given three different options:
- weekly meetings
- mobile applications
- online tools
Researchers measured their weight loss success at three-month intervals, beginning with a baseline weigh-in. The results made it clear that Weight Watchers resulted in significantly greater weight loss success.
Study participants who used Weight Watchers were 8.8 times more likely to achieve a 10 percent reduction in their starting weight. Those who used all three methods of accessing the Weight Watchers program achieved the highest weight loss.
The researchers concluded that Weight Watchers provides dieters with the keys to weight loss success. They noted that the program complies with the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's recommendation to physicians that they refer obese adults for intensive, multicomponent behavioral counseling.