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TheDailyBeast: Most Effective Diets for 2012

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3. Weight Watchers

The Trick: Every calorie counts, plus weekly meetings and/or online support

In 2008, consumers spent more than $4 billion on Weight Watchers services and products, according to the company, and each week 1.4 million members attend weekly meetings around the globe. The 46-year old, publicly traded company offers everything from branded pastries and frozen dinners to mobile phone applications and cookbooks, and is currently in the middle of a successful campaign with slimmed down spokesperson Jennifer Hudson. The program recently revamped its point system based on calorie, fat and fiber count in an attempt to simplify the complicated factors in nutrition and weight. "We're really good at translating science into a method that real people can use in their everyday lives. That really was the impetus behind the points system," says Karen Miller-Kovach, the company's chief scientific officer.

Breakdown:
6-month attrition rate (17%)
6-month mean weight loss (12.3 lbs.)
12-month attrition rate (17%)
12-month mean weight loss (11 lbs.)
12-month BMI loss (1.9)
Nutrition score (n/a)

Clinical study ( The Journal of American Medical Association, April 2003)

(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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