Weight loss

PersonalPoints tracking vs calorie counting

The PersonalPoints system goes beyond calories so you can eat what you love now, and establish healthier eating patterns long-term.

When it comes to how food impacts your body, calories tell part of the story, but not all. For example, 100 calories-worth of cookies, while delicious, won’t provide the same nutrients that 100 calories of turkey, tofu, or vegetables (also delicious!) would. Calorie counting without looking at other nutrients may not result in a healthy eating pattern, which is crucial for both weight loss and reducing the risk of disease.

PersonalPoints vs calories

PersonalPoints™ give you what a calorie calculator can’t. For example, two meals might contain the same number of calories, but have a very different PersonalPoints value.

Healthy eating made simple

We want to help you reach your weight-loss goals, but we also want you to eat what you love. PersonalPoints guides you to a healthier pattern of eating—and that includes ALL foods. There are no weird rules or restricted foods, because that’s what makes WW sustainable and easier to stick to. Along the way you'll build a positive, healthy relationship with that food; one that can last a lifetime.

Our PersonalPoints system takes complex nutritional science and distills it down to one easy-to-use number: the PersonalPoints value. It's based on six components:

Calories form the baseline.

Saturated fat (the less-good-for-you kind) and added sugars drive the number up.

Protein, fiber, and unsaturated fat (the better-for-you-kind) bring the number down.

It's all backed by the latest nutritional science, and gently guides you towards a healthier pattern of eating with more foods that are higher in fiber, protein, and unsaturated fats and lower in added sugar and saturated fats.

Your PersonalPoints Budget

You have your own PersonalPoints Budget. It’s up to you how you spend them. Your Budget is made up of:

  • Daily Points. A starting point based on your metabolic rate—and of course, your goals!
  • Weekly Points. An extra cushion to use any which way you decide each week.
  • Rollovers. Up to 4 unused daily Points will automatically roll into your weeklies, so you can use them on another day.

You can also grow your PersonalPoints Budget! Build healthy habits and add Points by drinking water, eating non-starchy veggies, and moving more.

Here’s the real secret to success

Be kind to yourself. When it comes to tracking—and your overall approach to eating—you don’t need to strive for perfection. That tends to lead straight to the "I’ve blown it" effect (that’s a scientific term), where an unplanned bowl of ice cream makes you feel like you might as well give up and go for seconds and thirds. Instead, try to stay on track most of the time: Follow your Budget, make healthy choices, and keep going. This is a lifestyle, not a temporary fix.

The WW app makes tracking simple

Our award-winning WW app makes tracking your food and drinks quick and simple. You can save your favourite foods, check restaurant menus, and browse and create recipes. It’s even got a built-in barcode scanner so you can check the PersonalPoints value of all your faves at the supermarket before you even put them in your cart. Learn more about how to use the app here!