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How to Lose 5 Pounds in a Week on Weight Watchers

author image Bryan Berg
Bryan Berg is a freelance writer based in Long Island, NY. He has been writing since 2002 about personal finance, sports and parenting. He is a contributing writer to eHow Money and LIVESTRONG.COM. He has a Bachelor of Arts in marketing from Hofstra University.
How to Lose 5 Pounds in a Week on Weight Watchers
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Weight Watchers is one of the most recognizable names in dieting. Weight Watchers commercials fill the airwaves, and Weight Watchers foods are found in supermarkets across the United States. However, the question many people have is, does Weight Watchers work? While everyone is different, it is possible to lose weight rapidly with Weight Watchers.

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Step 1

Log onto and sign up for Weight Watchers. Choose from either the online-only option, which simply lets you track your points on the Weight Watchers website, or the meetings option that incorporates face-to-face meetings with other dieters and Weight Watchers experts.

Step 2

Plan your meals in advance. The Weight Watchers website tells you exactly how many points are in all of the foods you eat. Use the on-site calculator to figure out the point values of any foods that aren't already in the system. This can help keep you from going off-track or simply guessing how many points are in a given food.

Step 3

Use your online tracking tool to keep track of the foods you eat and the points they contain. Be careful not to exceed this point total. Weight Watchers gives you 35 "flex" points per week in case you want to treat yourself, but if you want to lose weight in the first week, your diet should be limited as much as possible.

Step 4

Incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Just as working out burns calories, Weight Watchers rewards exercise with activity points that can be used to offset any over-indulgences in your diet. This activity can help you reach the calorie deficit you need to lose weight.

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