I was asked this question by a guy who emailed me yesterday. He thanked me for turning him on to Weight Watchers and wanted some more advice. I told him that there would be more tips coming each day and try and stay patient.
But I also wrote him this: (I try to get back to as many people as I can)
"WW points is a great building block, and you will learn more each day. Eat For Health is another core building block we advocate.
Too often people fall into this diet trap where they do only ONE thing. They are on WW, on South Beach, this or that. They think that if they are one thing it is to the exclusion of other approaches.
The reality is that there are great things to learn all over the place. Weight Watchers teaches you portion control, and the system brilliantly incentivizes you to consume fiber rich foods. Which are plants!
Eat For Health by Joel Fuhrman is something we relentlessly advocate. It is not just another diet book. It is literally a manual, a textbook for how to eat. It is something to keep as a reference manual, no matter what approach you take.
It is not an all or nothing approach, it is simply a page by page education on what to eat, what not to eat and why you should or should not eat something.
A lot of the other building blocks are mental. A lot of this is repetition and reinforcement. Hence the daily emails.
A lot of it is very personal, and we try to help you find your "one thing."
The idea here is to keep learning new things, staying focused each day. It is the opposite of high pressure "Biggest Loser" type of things. Gradual, step by step, there is no failure. Just continual daily progress towards all sorts of great things."