Weight Watchers Partnership

February 1, 2011

BCM is kicking off a pilot program with Weight Watchers to bring you weight management solutions that work – at a great price.

Weight Watchers offers sensible, proven methods to lose weight and keep it off. Their "four pillars of healthy weight loss" are based on years of scientific research and analysis.

Healthy Weight Loss

First, Weight Watchers provide methods for healthy weight loss, which means:

  • Produce a rate of weight loss of up to 2 pounds per week (after the first three weeks, during which losses may be greater due to water loss).
  • Guide food choices that not only reduce calories, but meet current scientific recommendations for nutritional completeness and reduced disease risk.
  • Construct an activity plan that provides the full range of weight- and health-related benefits that exercise offers.
  • Be sustainable. Healthy weight loss is weight loss that lasts, so it is necessary to look beyond losing the excess weight and address keeping it off.

Your Lifestyle

Second, any Weight Watchers approach is realistic, practical and livable. It is also flexible enough so that people can apply the approaches that work well for them. That means encouraging the achievement of realistic goals. For example the program does not recommend that a person with a lot of weight to lose begin with a weight-loss goal that defines "ultimate success." Rather, start with a 5 to 10 percent weight loss goal, which can translates into significant health benefits.

Likewise, pacing weight loss and following a system that encourages food and activity choices that are livable and sustainable in the real world is key. Weight Watchers is designed on the premise that weight management needs to fit into your life, not be your life.

Informed Choices

Third, Weight Watchers believes in imparting knowledge. At Weight Watchers, people learn not only what to do, but why. This knowledge brings understanding and with understanding comes the confidence needed to make informed choices and live by them.

Holistic Change

Finally, the Weight Watchers approach is be comprehensive. Sustained weight loss comes from taking a holistic view of all its components – food, exercise, behavior and a supportive atmosphere.

Weight Loss plans

Weight Watchers has three avenues for weight loss: Weight Watchers at Work, Weight Watchers Monthly Pass for community meetings, and Weight Watchers Online. All three programs are being offered to BCM at discounted rates. Plus, all benefits-eligible employees and their spouses can receive a 50 percent subsidy on program rates. This is a pilot program and the subsidy is available on a first come, first served basis. You must sign up through BCM's toll-free number; to learn more, go to https://intranet.bcm.edu/?fuseaction=home.showpage&tmp=/hr/benefits/weightwatchers.

At-Work Meetings are convenient and provide daily motivation since attending Weight Watchers with your co-workers creates a great network for ongoing support and motivation. Meetings must have a minimum of 20 people; at this time, meetings are being planned at main Baylor, the Baylor Clinic, the McGovern Campus and the Alkek Eye Center. To get a meeting started in another building, contact Weight Watchers At-Work Coordinator Robert Thompson at 214-330-8644.

Weight Watchers Monthly Pass offers unlimited access to local Weight Watchers meetings of your choice with free eTools, the Internet weight-loss companion. Members benefit from an experienced Leader and group support from fellow members.

Weight Watchers Online subscription lets you follow the plan step-by step online, with interactive tools and resources like a weight tracker, progress charts, restaurant guides, and thousands of recipes and meal ideas. It is available in two versions specifically designed for men and women with tailored content that speaks directly to each audience.