Just as a matter of interest, does anyone know how Weight Watchers works? There's one I walk past most days at lunchtime and there is always a group of about a dozen women sitting around in a circle. What do they actually do?
Apart from the fact that I've never seen a single male in there, the other thing I've noticed is that none of the women seem to be very much overweight. I can't recall seeing anyone that I would call obese (unlike the lifts in my building, where I would genuinely estimate that one in every three or four women who get in is definitely obese, and at least another one is noticeably overweight), and they mostly look like average sized women.
Anyway, do they do motivational talks, or prescribe diets, or sell prepared meals like Light and Easy, or what?
My ex-gf was with them for a while. It's a points-based calorie counting type diet, basically, and you can earn extra points by doing an amount of exercise over a certain threshold. There's a little book they give out that has the 'points' value of almost every type and brand of food imaginable, and you have to keep below your daily limit. They also sell a range of diet foods - frozen dinners, lo-cal desserts etc - in supermarkets etc, with the points value displayed prominently. Mind you, lots of their food ends up at my local NQR, so I'm not sure how popular it is. I suspect they have some scheme or other where they'll provide you with all your meals from their range as well.
The meet-ups are i think an effort to make it more of a social thing, part misery loves company, part motivation by not wanting to look bad in front of the group.