Diet comparison

WW vs. Paleo

Compare the Paleo diet with WW (the new Weight Watchers) weight loss program. We'll look at what you'll eat, the health risks and liveability
of both options.

Does Paleo work for weight loss?

 

Over the past few years there’s been a lot of hype around the Paleo diet, which in Australia is heralded by TV chef Pete Evans. The idea of this diet is to eat as close to the pattern of our Palaeolithic ancestors as possible. The theory is that humans are genetically suited to this hunter-gatherer meal plan and lifestyle, which involved eating primarily vegetables, fruit, nuts, insects, roots, game or wild, and grass-fed meat. Dairy foods, grains, and legumes are strictly off the menu.

While clinical human trials are in progress, the current body of evidence to support Paleo as a healthy diet choice for weight loss is lacking. Excluding whole food groups and following complex rules around the source of food could lead to dietary deficiencies in vital nutrients such as calcium.

 

Paleo diet

 

U.S. News & World Report Rankings*

#1 Best Diet for Weight Loss
#31 Best Diet for Weight Loss

 

What can I eat on this plan?

WW's scientifically proven SmartPoints® system means that everything's on the menu. Plus enjoy 200+ ZeroPoint™ foods that you don't have to track including these Paleo-friendly foods:
- Eggs
- Seafood
- Skinless salmon
- Skinless chicken breast
The focus of this diet is to eat as close to the pattern of our Palaeolithic ancestors as possible. The theory is that humans are genetically suited to this hunter-gatherer meal plan and lifestyle, which involves eating primarily vegetables; fruit; nuts; insects; roots; and game, wild or grass-fed meat. Dairy foods, grains, and legumes are strictly off the menu.

 

Liveability

Beyond flexibility in your food choices, WW's program also helps you fit in more movement and teaches you healthy habits that can shift your mindset. With an approach that goes beyond eating, you’ll see benefits both on and off the scale.
The Paleo diet is a restrictive food plan as it cuts out two whole food groups: dairy and grains. Published research indicates large dropout rates in some studies as people had trouble making the significant changes stick long-term.

 

Health risks

WW is the #1 doctor recommended weight-loss program according to an August 2016 survey of primary care physicians.
While studies have linked following a Paleo diet to weight loss, in 2016 the Perth-based scientists behind one of those studies were careful to flag the potential dangers of following a diet that cuts out two entire food groups, including the negative impact it may have on bone strength. Furthermore it has been deemed as unsafe on the basis that it is hard for people following it to get all the nutrients they need.

 

Social support

WW Workshops, WW app featuring 24/7 Live Chat with a WW Coach and Connect, an exclusive social network with other members for motivation and inspiration whenever you need it.
Blogs written by followers of the Paleo diet and online communities exist, but there is no central organisation providing guidance from qualified experts.
 
 
*WW is #1 in TWO U.S. News & World Report categories. Learn more here!
Paleo inspired recipes
The WW program is suitable for all dietary preferences including those who want to follow a Paelo style of eating. It's all about making your SmartPoints Budget work for you.

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