Weight Watchers Wins With Most Pounds Lost

Weight Watchers is more effective for weight loss than physician assisted programs.

In some ways this comes as a surprise, in other ways it seems logical that a group committed to nothing but weight loss and maintenance would be the hands down winner.

People in the Weight Watchers group were three times more likely than the other participants to lose 10% or more of their initial body weight. And nearly two-thirds of the Weight Watchers users lost 5% or more of their body weight, versus one-third in the other group.
“Those really are medically very significant numbers,” Jensen says. “For overweight or obese people, that kind of loss results in pretty substantial improvements in health and disease risk—to the point where, if you’re on medication for blood pressure or cholesterol or diabetes and you can [lose] 10% of your weight, you’ve got at least a reasonable chance of decreasing or discontinuing that medication.”

Will Socializing Keep You Thin?

A recent study of mice found that when they were in social groups they were able to convert energy-storing white fat, to energy-burning brown fat.

Fat can come in two types: energy-storing white fat, and energy-burning brown fat.

While we all have white fat tissue, the brown fat needed for weight loss is difficult to make. It is mostly found in babies, or in adults who have been exposed to extreme cold, where it is burned to keep them warm.

But the US team, led by Professor Matthew During, have found that relatively small changes in the physical and social living environment of mice can alter vast amounts of white fat to brown.

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