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Have Baby, Will Exercise : There Is No Magic Bullet For Fitness

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Weight Watchers

The claim: By assigning you a number of points each day, a list of foods and their points values, you can lose weight eating whatever you want, as long as you stay within your allotted points. From Weight Watchers.com:

 Weight Watchers does not tell you what you can or can’t eat. We provide information, knowledge, tools and motivation to help you make the decisions that are right for you about nutrition and exercise. We help you to make healthy eating decisions, and we encourage you to enjoy yourself by becoming more active.

The process: I signed up for Weight Watchers online (using my own hard-earned cash). All foods are assigned a points value and you track what you eat online. You get a daily points amount to eat and a weekly bank of points to have whatever you want above your daily points. Whatever daily points you don’t consume are lost, your weekly bank of points resets each Monday. You can also earn more weekly points through exercise if you wish to eat more. In five weeks of doing the points plus program faithfully I’ve lost eight pounds.

The result: If your goal is solely to lose weight, then Weight Watchers may be what your looking for. The entire program is based on the idea that consuming less calories than what you burn will lead to weight loss, and that’s generally true for most people. However, under Weight Watchers you can theoretically eat McDonalds or have an ice cream sundae every day if you’re willing to eat fruits and vegetables for all your other meals. As a long term healthy diet, it’s not doing you any favors in regards to vitamins and nutrients unless you make the effort to choose foods with high nutritional value.

So the next time you’re flipping through late night TV and thinking of buying a diet or exercise quick-fix gadget, get the cleaning products or hair care stuff instead and save yourself the disappointment. Health and fitness shortcuts don’t exist.

Have Baby,Will Exercise is a column dedicated to fitness and health for moms, by a mom. As a former personal trainer, group fitness instructor and cupcake addict, I hope to encourage and motivate moms who want to make fitness a part of their lives.

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