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Best diet for 2019: Weight Watchers or Paleo?

A new year means new goals, and The Tylt is here to help you on your journey! There are tons of diets out there, and it's hard to know which one is right for you. Follow along on our quest to name the best diet for 2019 and discover each diet's pros, cons, and possibilities. No matter which one you try, any effort to create a more healthy lifestyle is an admirable one. Vote below for the diet you'll be following this year:


Weight Watchers was founded in the 1960s in the hopes of helping dieters actually establish life-long healthy habits. The program is now known as simply "WW" and has grown significantly since its humble beginnings. Now, WW has no shortage of celebrity endorsements (Oprah and Jennifer Hudson, to name a few) and has a massive online and in-person community built around it.

The key tenant of WW is to "eat what you want." The official WW website makes three promises to new dieters who are looking to take on "healthy habits for real life":

Eat what you love.
Discover total wellness.
Join the community.

The diet works on a point system–made far easier by apps and technology. Different foods have varying point values, and dieters track what they eat until they have fulfilled their daily point goal. Proponents of WW love that the system allows flexibility; you can have a cheat meal or eat out with your friends, and simply compensate by changing the "points" you consume for the rest of the day.


Plus, WW is nothing if not a support system. The program hinges on meetings and online communities where members can discuss their victories, failures and everything in between. Check out this exchange between two Reddit users on their WW experience.

I know there are a ton of lifetime members that come and go with varying degrees of success, but I'm curious to hear if anyone has been following ww and maintaining for a long period of time? This is the least 'diet'-y weight loss program I've ever followed and I prefer it to calorie counting. From previous forays into losing weight, I know I won't keep it off if I don't track in some form, so I was planning to stick with WW even once I achieve lifetime. As much as the prospect of tracking forever kinda sucks, I'd prefer it to gaining 35 pounds again!...I'm curious to hear if anyone is following any of the older plans still, and how has your success been?
I lost 117lbs in 2009 and have kept it off since. I still go to my meeting every week and weigh in. I've found over the years that is the only way I can stay at goal.

This type of support characterizes the WW program. Plus, with time comes experience and experimentation, which means Weight Watchers everywhere can enjoy a plethora of recipes from fellow dieters (and if tater tot breakfast casserole or dark chocolate oatmeal cookies don't make your mouth water, then maybe this diet isn't for you!), making this program both realistic and fun.


The paleo diet is also known as the "caveman diet," and for good reason. According to Everyday Health:

In its purest form, the paleo diet allows you to eat only those foods that humans ate when they first roamed the planet millions of years ago.

This diet wasn't created to help you drop 10 pounds quickly (although that could happen, depending on your starting point). Instead, it's meant to be a complete lifestyle change where you cut out gluten, dairy, sugar, soy and all manner of processed foods. Proponents of paleo believe that our modern-day habits and dependence on processed foods have led to an increase in chronic diseases:

Obesity, heart disease, and diabetes: These are just a few of the health conditions that proponents of the Paleolithic diet, or caveman diet, blame on our sedentary lifestyles and modern diets, which are loaded with sugar, fat, and processed foods. Their proposed solution? Cut modern foods from our diet and return to the way our early hunter-gatherer ancestors ate.

Simple, right?


Unlike many other diets, paleo does not require participants to count anything–not calories, macros or pounds. Even though you might be kissing some of your favorite foods goodbye (pasta, cereal, and candy just to name a few), people love paleo because it transforms their relationship with food and diverts their life to a healthier path.

As the Nerd Fitness blog puts it:

Fortunately, if you can expand your horizons and remove certain types of food from your diet, you can stop worrying about counting calories FOREVER and instead focus on fixing your relationship with food.

The paleo diet is high-protein and works great if you're working to build muscle, or just up your energy levels. Plus, there are plenty of great recipes out there that recreate some of your favorite meals in a paleo-approved way. Welcome to the sweet-potato-gnocchi world. 

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