Watching and Weighting on McDonalds

There was an uproar yesterday after Weight Watchers announced it would be partenering with McDonalds to create three WW approved meals.  The food getting the diet OK are the Chicken McNuggets, Filet-O-Fish and Sweet Chilli Seared Chicken Wrap.  The meal is rounded out with a salad and water or diet soda.  In total, the food has a value of 6.5 points. 

For those of you not familiar with the Weight Watchers system, foods are assigned a point value and each person is given a daily number of points (18-40) depending on how much weight they want to lose.  The average dieter lands somewhere in the 20-25 point range. 

 That means for most dieters, then, that 6.5 points is about a third of their daily value.  Does it still seem like a lot?  Consider this then…a cup of oatmeal with 1/4 cup raisins, 1 tbsp of brown sugar and 1 tbsp of nuts is 6 points.  And no one would doubt that’s a “healthy” meal.

Here’s my beef.  The people upset with this partnership don’t understand the concept behind the WW program.  It’s not about prohibiting certain foods.  It’s about teaching people to make the right food choices.  Just because Weight Watchers has linked it’s name to certain menu items doesn’t mean they’re “healthy”.  You have to be an educated dieter.  If you’re not, it might explain why you look the way you do in the first place.  (Harsh, but true.)  This teaming up is just a way to guide people when they walk through the doors.  It also helps them with their willpower to resist the fries and regular soda which are really the calorie bombs.

By the way…this is happening in New Zealand.  There is a chance that if it’s successful there, it could move to our shores.  Like I said, we now watch and weight.

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