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Weight Watchers for Men: How to Lose (Weight) Like a Man!

Weight Watchers plans for men? In the 1960’s WW founder Jean Nidetch began inviting her female friends to her house to discuss how to best lose weight. These were the first Weight Watchers meetings, and apparently of little interest to men.

While Weight Watchers started out as a weight loss plan for women, it didn’t take WW long to realize that men lose weight in exactly the same way. Well, not exactly the same, as even though the plan, pricing, point system, and coupons are the same, it’s marketed differently to men.

Here’s all about Weight Watchers for men, including SmartPoints, the WW App, Resources & Support, and Meetings.

Men: SmartPoints & Tracking

As we mentioned, WW’s plans for men are the same as those for women, but you could say that the experience is slightly different. First, instead of counting calories on Weight Watchers, you’ll count points. This is the foundation of the WW program, and was quite a revolutionary idea from the beginning.

Why? Because 200 calories from a donut is completely different than 250 calories from grilled salmon. Sounds obvious, right? That’s why a glazed doughnut will cost 11 SmartPoints and the grilled salmon will cost you 2 SmartPoints! 

Ok, more about how Weight Watchers works for men. Just like the fairer sex, men are assigned a number of daily and weekly SmartPoints based on height, weight, age, and gender.

So, as a man, you might get 36 SmartPoints each day. Think of it as your budget for “buying” your food. While unhealthy foods are not forbidden, they will cost you more. Healthy foods are worth fewer points, and most fruit and vegetables are free. If you are counting WW points, you’ll quickly realize that healthy choices cost fewer points and are a smarter choice.

Men are treated a bit differently when it comes to SmartPoint allocation because they are generally bigger and taller, and have more lean muscle mass. It’s the same program and point system, but men usually get a few extra points to spend each day. All of this point-tracking is done from the palm of your hand with the Weight Watchers app.

Men: Behold the Weight Watchers App:

Just like the ladies, men also use the Weight Watchers app to track SmartPoints every day. Tracking points helps you understand what you’re eating and keeps you within your budget. The idea is to train you to make better choices with food, which is a life-long benefit of Weight Watchers. The app is included in the price of all plans, and the most important tool to weight loss success.

So, how does the Weight Watchers app work? Here’s what the WW app looks like on an iPhone:

Hopefully the infographic above is pretty self-explanatory. Weight Watchers encourages you to track your points after every meal or snack, and not wait too long to track because accuracy is key for tracking.

*Related: Save up to 50% on WW with today’s featured promotion (or, view all)

WW Connect = Resources & Support for Men: (What is #WWbros?) 

As phones and social media has evolved, so has Weight Watchers. Men used to have to login to the Weight Watchers website to find support, but no more. In fact, online support has evolved into “Connect,” which more of a social network of Weight Watchers members.

Did you know that 1/3 of men in the U.S. are obese? That’s a scary number, and men often don’t get the same social support that women enjoy. Connect gives men the chance to interact and find support from thousands of other men who are on Weight Watchers. Connect is an important component of Weight Watchers that you won’t get with other free dieting apps like MyFitnessPal.

Most diets fail, often because of a lack of motivation. Taking advantage of Connect’s supportive community provides the daily motivation that’s crucial for any diet’s success. Men are encouraged to post:

  • Photos or videos of your journey
  • Favorite recipes & exercises (sample)
  • Things that inspire you
  • Encouragement to others

Popular hashtags just for men include the popular #WWbros which you can also find on Instagram with before and after photos from men on Weight Watchers like this:

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McDonalds Menu: 1950’s Portions vs. Today (Shocking!)

McDonald portion sizes 50’s vs now: McDonalds opened their first restaurant in 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois, and they offered only 9 menu items! Although the current menu varies by region and restaurant location, there are now over 150 menu items available worldwide.

The biggest change at McDonalds compared to the 1950’s is probably in their portion sizes. In most menu items the portions have more than doubled, which is certainly one of the biggest reasons we have an obesity crisis in America. Checkout this 1-minute video illustrating how portions have grown at McDonalds since the 1950s:

McDonalds: Change In Portion Sizes “Then

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Boost Drink Coupons | Plus, High-Protein, Drinks: 30% Off • 2019

Coupons for Boost drinks: Proper nutrition is key to your energy levels and health, and that’s where Boost comes in. They say, “you are what you eat,” so skip the empty carbs and unhealthy snacks! Like Ensure, Boost drinks are nutrient-rich meal-replacement drinks that are high in protein, vitamins, and fiber and come in a number of tasty flavors. (mmm, chocolate!) 

Best of all is that we have coupons for the best price on Boost drinks from popular stores like Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Target. Just click our featured promotion below for up to a 30% discount on Boost drinks including: Plus, High-Protein, and Glucose Control:

Best Boost coupons for :

*Use coupon code at checkout! Coupons that can be printed are denoted as printable. These stores allow for shipping to your house, or free in-store pickup at target

Using a Coupon Code for Boost Drinks:

Most of the time you’ll need to enter a promo code at online stores like Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Target. If a code is needed, you’ll get one when you click over to their site. Just add any Boost drinks to your cart, and then enter the code at checkout as shown:

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South Beach Diet: Here’s How Phase 3 Works

The South Beach Diet is a popular weight loss program consisting of three phases. If you are reading this you may have already completed the first two phases of the South Beach Diet. If so, congratulations! If not, here’s a quick review:

  • Phase 1: The goal of the first phase is to reboot your body and prepare for fast weight loss by switching your body’s energy source from carbs to body fat.
  • Phase 2: Is steady weight loss until you reach your goal weight

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17 Lucky Strike Ads: The ‘Smoking Diet’ for Weight Loss?

“Facts are irrelevant. What matters is what the consumer believes.” – Seth Godin

Smoking cigarettes gained popularity throughout the 20th Century until sales peaked in the mid-1960’s when it was estimated that over 40% of adults smoked cigarettes! In fact, by 1963 tobacco companies were selling so many cigarettes that on average each adult in America was smoking over a half-pack a day!

This popularity was a direct result of the incredibly successful marketing campaigns of brands like Lucky Strike who made consumers believe that their deadly product was actually healthy. In fact, they often inferred or directly stated that smoking would result in better health, weight loss, and had the approval of thousands of doctors. (20,679 to be exact!)

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Vintage Fat-Shaming Ads from Ry-Krisp (So Bad!)

Vintage fat-shaming ads – Ry-Krisp was a brand of rye crackers and bread that launched in 1905. While their early ads appealed to Scandinavian immigrants who found comfort in eating the traditional rye crackers, the brand later changed their strategy after being sold to Purina in 1926. Yes, that’s the same Purina that makes dog food, and these old ads for Ry-Krisp were so mean, they’d probably offend most dogs today!

Starting in the 1930’s, Rye-Krisp heavily advertised their products as a “reducing” (aka weight loss) product in magazines that were marketed to women and young girls. The marketing geniuses at Ry-Krisp usually focused on timeless and effective themes like, “your husband is going to leave you for a skinny girl,” and “caddie bitches are going to laugh at your fat ass if you don’t buy our product.”

For years they even ran ads like, “Nobody loves a fat girl,” (see below) in Seventeen magazine. Wow… That must have done wonders for young girls’ self-esteem!

Check out these offensive, fat-shaming vintage magazine advertisements from the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s for Ry-Krisp crackers:

Vintage Fat-Shaming weight Loss ads

Imagine living in a world where unethical corporations preyed on our worst fears and insecurities just to make a buck?

Anyway, to put things in perspective, most of these ads ran over 60 years ago in a world where racism was accepted at the highest level, media damaged self-esteem, and there still hadn’t been a female president. Glad that’s all behind us! 

Anyway, at least diet brands have taken the high road in recent times, with the occasional exception such as the Weight Watchers Black lightbulb that makes you look and feel “less fat” during sex.

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Vintage Weight-Gain Ads for Women (Yes, Weight GAIN!)

Vintage ads for weight gain products: America currently has a $66 billon weight loss industry. That’s 66 billion with a “b” spent by Americans each year in a usually unsuccessful attempt to lose weight with brands like Weight Watchers and Nutrisystem. Even more surprising might be that back in the day there used to be a thriving weight gain industry.

It’s true, supplement brands like WATE-ON told women that skinny was out and they needed to gain weight to attract men. In fact, much of the time time the secret of their weight gain product was “ironized yeast.” (Because if there are three things women like, it’s iron, yeast, and weight gain!) 

Don’t believe me? Here are some of the best vintage advertisements promising women weight gain from the 1930s, 1940’s, and 1950s that we could find.

Vintage Ads Promising Weight Gain and Extra Pounds for Women:

 

“So Cosmo says you’re fat
Well I ain’t down with that! – Baby Got Back, Sir Mix-a-lot

It’s funny how things change, but remember that history repeats. Sure, we’re not going to be worshipping the “morbidly obese” body type in Hollywood any time soon, but our definition of the ideal female body changes all the time.

Also, the women in these old ads were by no means “obese,” but certainly are “overweight” compared to today’s magazine models.

We’re Trending Back Towards “Curvy” w/ Female Bodies

You’ve probably noticed that there’s a swing back towards natural and curvy recently, and away from the nearly anorexic bodies of the 1990’s and 2000’s. This is evident with the new trend in plus-size models, and ground-breaking overweight SI swimsuit cover model Ashley Graham:

Oh, and here’s a product for the men out there, although that guy seems to have a bigger problem than just being skinny!

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South Beach Diet Phase 2: Here’s How It Works!

How does Phase 2 of the South Beach Diet work? You probably know that in phase 1 you rebooted your body for fast weight loss and changed your preferred fuel from carbs to body fat. But do you know what happens in the next phase?

Here’s exactly how phase 2 of South Beach works:

South Beach Diet: How Phase 2 Works:

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Weight Watchers: 7 Worst Cocktails, Alcoholic Drinks You Can Order

Worst alcoholic drinks to order on a diet – When you’re on a diet, you work hard to look good in the Summer. However, it’s also the time we make the biggest mistakes when ordering alcoholic drinks. The typical bar and restaurant menus are loaded with landmines for diets like Weight Watchers, and most men and women have no idea how bad many cocktails, daiquiris, and alcoholic beverages are for their weight loss goals.

Here’s a list of the worst alcoholic drinks that you can order on a diet along with their copious SmartPoints totals. Oh, and if you have type 2 diabetes, please stay at least 5 feet away from these drinks at all times!

1.) Mudslide – (24 SmartPoints) 

I wonder how many people google “mudslide nutritional info” like I just did? That phrase is an oxymoron, because when you add kahlua and Irish Cream together, there isn’t much nutrition happening. Actually, the mudslide recipe on kahlua.com encourages you to, “add some chocolate flakes on top, because… who says you can’t indulge?”

Um, I say you can’t! Unless you are planning on enjoying a single, annual mudslide to kickoff the Summer, (or, if an asteroid is hurtling towards Earth) it’s better to spend an entire day of Weight Watchers Points elsewhere!

Weight Watchers has a recipe for a healthier Mudslide-alternative here (3 SmartPoints)

2. Piña Colada (12+ SmartPoints) 

“Yes, I like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain
I’m not much into health food, I am into champagne…” Escape, Rupert Holmes

“So bring me two pina coladas, 
One for each hand, 
Let’s set sail with Captin Morgan,
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