Tuesday, December 8, 2015

WSJ: Weight Watchers' Plan: Don't Call It a 'Diet'

It occurred to me that it has been some time since I've posted to my blog. But, there is a good reason for this aside from the fact that perhaps I've "slacked off" just a little. Apologies.

As I approach completing my Health Coach Certification fairly soon, this article that I've posted a link to below resonated with me so much with regard to our diet. That word 'diet' just gives me the chills. Why can't we simply call it, "eating sensibly" or "eating for health," -- at least, that is what it should be. Imagine if we all ate more sensibly, we more than likely wouldn't be facing the vast amount of chronic diseases that we are seeing today that are -- well, largely -- lifestyle related. 

Weight Watchers' Plan will hopefully be a successful one as they approach diet with a focus from one of deprivation to a healthy view of fitness and motivation. There is no doubt that we all have different genes that make us all different -- some shorter or taller, larger-boned or smaller-boned -- but, we need to start a healthy shift of accepting ourselves as we are and being the best we can be. By taking a more holistic approach to "diet", we shouldn't have to cringe every time we hear that word. 

As the company, Weight Watchers, remakes itself -- with the help of supporter Oprah Winfrey -- this could be a way to really make a difference with the way people view diets in general. After all, eating is one of those pleasures of life that should be enjoyed -- not dreaded. The "Beyond the Scale" plan that Weight Watchers is diligently focusing on delivering to the public does go beyond diet and focuses on personalized fitness and delivers a message to members that their meals should contain more lean protein, lots of fruits & veggies with minimal amounts sugar and saturated fat. 

It all sounds like a healthy and delicious start to a new lifestyle change to me, what do you think? 

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