Money Matters – New Year’s Resolutions: Lose Weight
BOSTON (CBS) – We are inundated by TV programs and commercials for dieting, dieting supplements, gym membership and exercise equipment.
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Two-thirds of adults are overweight. That is a very scary statistic! And a study published in the AMA Journal found that only 25% of dieters stuck to their diets for over a year. It’s hard to diet.
We are being tempted every day to over indulge. We human beings are wired to eat when food is plentiful and it is always plentiful.
So I thought I would research some of the more popular diets and their costs. Do not expect to lose more than 1-2 pounds a week. The Biggest Loser losses are unattainable for the average person.
Weight Watchers has a new program, Points Plus, with lots of local meetings and a very active website. Weight Watchers has been around for over 45 years. You can go to as many meetings in a week as you need (sort of like AA).
They promote learning to survive in the real world with real food and real temptations and the people who work for Weight Watchers must be Weight Watchers graduates, meaning they have lost weight on the program
Registration fee is $30 but there are always specials getting you free membership. The weekly meeting fees are $10 to $13. Or you can deal just with their website for $5 a week. Then there is the cost of food.
Jenny Craig has a program where they provide one-on-one counseling, usually 20 minutes a week. They too, are introducing a new program, Metabolic Max. Membership fees vary with free introductory offers to $399. Then you must purchase your foods through their Center, which is where they make their money.
Their new spokesperson is Sara Rue, who lost 50 pounds in a year. Their prepackaged food costs on average $12 a day, which is about $350 for four weeks. Plus the cost of fresh fruit and veggies and milk.
NutriSystem is also a prepared food program, which is being advertised a lot on TV. Marie Osmond lost 50 pounds and Dan Marino lost 22 pounds. But right next to the weight loss numbers it says “results not typical”. You need to purchase all of your meals from them. Cost about $330 for 4 weeks of their food. Plus the fresh fruit and veggies and anything else you purchase.
And for the record I joined Weight Watchers. Am determined to lose those 15 pounds that are following me around.
One more thing: A weight watcher tip: use a journal to keep track of what you are eating. If you bite it, you write it! If you nibble, you scribble! And do not bother trying the cabbage soup diet. It is boring! And unappetizing. I made my soup with purple cabbage and it looked gross.