WW vs. Gluten Free Diet | WW Australia

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WW vs. Gluten Free Diet

Compare the gluten-free diet with the WeightWatchers weight loss program. We'll look at what you'll eat, the health risks and liveability of both options.

Does a gluten-free diet work for weight loss?

There's no clear evidence that going gluten free will result in weight loss for healthy people who do not have gluten-related symptoms. Instead, without guidance from a health professional, long-term unnecessary restriction of gluten may lead to nutritional deficiencies and health problems, so it’s vital you seek advice from a health professional before going gluten free.

If you need to follow a gluten-free diet, you’ll find it simple to combine the WW program with the specific modifications recommended by your health professional.

Gluten-free diet

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What can I eat on this plan?

Everything’s on the menu! The WeightWatchers program has food, activity, sleep, and mindset features designed to make weight loss easier. It builds on our proven Points system, which converts calories, saturated fat, added sugar, fibre and protein into one easy-to-use value. There are different ways to follow WW that provide tailored Points Budgets, along with ZeroPoint foods that you don’t have to track or measure. Of course, balanced, healthy eating behaviours are still recommended.

A gluten-free diet is the strict medical treatment for Coeliac disease and medically diagnosed gluten intolerance. You need to eliminate all gluten from your diet, however, there are plenty of naturally gluten-free foods such as fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, nuts, legumes, and milk; plus certain grains and flours including rice, corn, buckwheat, and quinoa.


The program has been developed based on principles of nutrition and behaviour-change science to build healthy habits around food, activity, sleep, and mindset. Our easy-to-use features, including our new 'What's in your fridge' tool that suggests recipes based on what you already have, techniques that you can learn through new 5-Minute Coaching audio sessions, and weekly topics help guide members towards smarter food choices, moving more, sleeping better, and more helpful ways of thinking.

If you have Coeliac disease, or a medically diagnosed gluten intolerance, there are lots of gluten-free products available on the market, which makes following a gluten-free diet easier long-term.

Health risks

WW was named the #1 doctor-recommended weight-loss program based on a 2019 survey by Kantar Health of 500 doctors who recommend weight-loss programs to patients.

Since processed gluten-free foods often aren’t fortified with additional nutrients, those on a gluten-free diet may have lower intakes of certain vitamins and minerals, such as folate. The diet may also lead to a reduction in fibre intake, due to fewer cereals and whole grains being consumed.

Social support

In-person and Virtual Workshops, WW Coaches, 24/7 Live Coaching, customer service, and Connect, an exclusive social network with other members for motivation and inspiration whenever you need it.

You can become a member of Coeliac Australia for support and guidance. There are also unregulated online communities, which could provide peer support.

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WW gluten-free recipes

The WW program is suitable for those following a gluten-free diet. We have hundreds of GF recipe ideas and plenty of tips to help you lose weight.

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