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Information about Various Slimming Diets

Weight Watchers NYSEWTW, founded in the 1960s by Jean Nidetch, is a company offering various diet products and services to assist weight loss and maintenance. It started as a discussion group for how to best lose weight. It now operates in about 30 countries around the world, generally under the name "Weight Watchers" translated into the local language. Weight Watchers current spokesperson is Jenny McCarthy. Perhaps its most prominent celebrity endorser is Sarah, Duchess of York. Before her, Lynn Redgrave appeared in a series of popular television advertisements for the packaged low calorie food division of the H.J. Heinz Company, then the parent of Weight Watchers.

In some areas, including the Philadelphia metropolitan area in the United States, Weight Watchers meetings are operated by a locally-franchised organization rather than by Weight Watchers International.

Weight Watchers usually has a 'minimum weight' level, to protect those who are not actually overweight. If those interested in Weight Watchers are above this 'minimum weight' then they can set up their weight loss goal with their local Weight Watchers leader. Height, age, and beginning weight are recorded in order to establish their goal weight.

Varying on location, Weight Watchers generally offers two distinct programs:

  • The Flex program 

  • The Core program 

The programs are supplemented by optional support groups which meet regularly and provide assistance to those trying to meet weight-loss goals

Slimming World is a British company which runs over 5,000 weight loss classes a week across the UK. Adults who are seven or more pounds overweight may join a local Slimming World class and pay a weekly fee to attend classes. In 2005 the cost on joining was £10 and the weekly charge £4.25. Slimming World calls its diet plan "Food Optimising."
Classes are led by self-employed consultants. At each class members are weighed and the loss or gain is shared with the group. At no time is a member's actual weight mentioned. During classes members also share tips, experiences, and ask for advice. Prizes are given for the "slimmer of the week" and "slimmer of the month."

Consultants do not have quotas to meet for total weight loss among their membership, but do with class attendance, and there are financial incentives for achieving targets.

  • Slimming World was founded in 1969 by Margaret Miles-Bramwell, who serves as chairman. Caryl Richards has been managing director of the company since 2001. Slimming World has 215 employees in its head office.

Exercise

Exercise is not a formal part of the Slimming World plan. They do encourage their members to be active, but the focus of the groups is placed on diet.

When people exercise while trying to lose weight they may make progress which is not reflected by weighing themselves. Muscle is denser than fat, so members may find that their weight loss slows or stops altogether when they exercise at the same time as following a diet plan, as fat stores are used up and muscles are strengthened.
The Slimming World literature acknowledges this and tells members not to be discouraged if they find that this is the case. Each member has a Food Optimising book in which to record their progress which also contains space to record changes in their body measurements (bust and waist). This enables and encourages them to see any change in their body shape even when there is a slow down in the weight loss.

Health and Pregnancy

The Slimming World plan follows the UK government's healthy eating guidelines. Following a pilot program in 2001–2 with Derby Primary Care Trust, Slimming on Referral was launched to encourage doctors to refer patients to Slimming World classes. Under the program the first few class fees are subsidized.

With permission from her midwife a pregnant woman may continue to follow the Slimming World plan. New mothers may attend classes starting six weeks after giving birth, even while breast-feeding.

Company history and products -The weekly classes are at the heart of the Slimming World business. 

The company sells recipe books and other books to accompany their diet plan. For people unable or unwilling to attend classes, they offer postal membership and an online program called Body Optimise. Body Optimise costs more than the classes, but offers more support than postal membership and is more flexible than attending classes.

In January 1998, Slimming World Magazine was launched, sold exclusively to members. It went on general sale to the public in January 1999 with a circulation in excess of 255,000 copies.

Prior to 2004, Slimming World assigned its naughty-but-nice foods "sin values." Some found the idea of foods being sinful as negative and off-putting. Weight Watchers in the UK, Slimming World's main competitor, even advertises under the slogan "Where no food is a sin." Slimming World always said that "sins" were intended to be seen as tongue in cheek, but members and non-members alike were divided over whether they found it the idea of "sinning" fun or discouraging.

As of January 2004, sin values were renamed "syn values," short for synergy, according to Slimming World. In addition to countering the criticism from Weight Watchers, the change to syn values gave Slimming World the opportunity to revise and recalculate the values. Publications that predate 2004, such as recipe books and lists of sin values, are now out of date.

The South Beach Diet is a diet plan started by Miami, Florida-area cardiologist Arthur Agatston which emphasizes the consumption of "good carbs" and "good fats". Dr. Agatston developed this diet for his cardiac patients based upon his study of scientific dieting research. The diet first appeared in a book of the same name published by Rodale Press.

Dr. Agatston believes that excess consumption of so-called "bad carbohydrates", such as the rapidly-absorbed carbohydrates found in foods with a high glycemic index, creates an insulin resistance syndrome—an impairment of the hormone insulin's ability to properly process fat or sugar. In addition, he believes along with many physicians that excess consumption of "bad fats", such as saturated fat and trans fat, contributes to an increase in cardiovascular disease. To prevent these two conditions, Agatston's diet minimizes consumption of bad fats and bad carbs and encourages increased consumption of good fats and good carbs.

The diet has three phases. In all phases of the diet, Dr. Agatston recommends minimizing consumption of bad fats.

The Atkins Nutritional Approach, popularly known as the Atkins Diet or just Atkins, is the most marketed and well-known of the low-carbohydrate diets. It was adapted by Dr. Robert Atkins in the 1960s from a diet he read in the Journal of the American Medical Association and utilized to resolve his own overweight condition following medical school and graduate medical training. After successfully treating over ten thousand patients, he popularized the Atkins diet in a series of books, starting with Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution in 1972. In his revised book, Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, Atkins updated some of his ideas, but remained faithful to the original concepts.

The Atkins franchise (i.e., the business formed to provide products serving people "doing Atkins") has been highly successful due to the popularity of the diet, and is considered the iconic and driving entity of the larger "low-carb craze". However, various factors have led to its dwindling success and the company, Atkins Nutritionals of Ronkonkoma, New York, founded by Dr. Atkins in 1989, two years after the death of the founder filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July of 2005 and re-emerged in January 2006. The Atkins logo is still highly visible through licensed-proprietary branding for food products and related merchandise.
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