Weight Loss Program Designed & Planned for You
Weight Loss Programs for Men & Women
WW's science-backed weight loss program is designed to help you learn healthy habits as you lose weight and and keep it off. Designed to fit around your lifestyle, discover a simple approach to long term wellness and weight loss.
What is a weight loss program?
A weight loss program is a set of nutritional guidelines for both men and women to follow that are designed to achieve weight loss.
A sustainable weight loss program should include a most holistic approach looking not only at what you eat but other lifestyle factors such as the amount of activity you are doing, the quality of sleep you are getting and your mindset.
What is the fastest way to lose weight?
It’s can be hard to resist the allure of quick fixes—especially when it comes to weight loss. But rapid weight loss programs that promise immediate results aren’t always sustainable. What’s more, they could take a serious toll on your physical and mental wellbeing.
How does diet impact weight loss?
Your food intake directly affects weight. Generally speaking, consuming fewer kilojoules than your body burns leads to the loss of body weight. But factors can influence the pace at which your body burns kilojoules. It's important to understand the impact healthy eating has on controlling your weight. It's not about consuming “diet” foods—it’s about being mindful of how and what you eat, and other lifestyle factors that influence your appetite and food decisions.
Should I count calories?
To achieve a healthy eating diet that will set you up for optimal health, it’s important to look beyond counting calories. It's important to eat a diverse range of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins like; fish, chicken, eggs, legumes, low-fat dairy products, and healthy fats like; nuts, avocados, and olive oil.
Should I cut cut sugar and fat?
When following a weight loss program it's important to lower your intake of saturated fat, red meat, processed foods, and added sugars, which can reduce your risk of adverse health outcomes like diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and heart disease.
Exercise and weight loss
Regular physical activity is another critical component of weight loss programs. Staying active helps burn kilojoules, and improve heart, bone, and brain health, says dietitian Ben Tzeel.
Making time to engage in physical activity can boost your motivation—which can improve your commitment to productive behaviours. Australia’s Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week. Don’t have time for fitness? Multitasking can often be a game-changer: “Listening to a book, podcast, or music you love can be inspiring enough to get you to keep walking on the treadmill or take another lap around the block just to finish a chapter,” says dietitian Jackie London, head of nutrition and wellness at WW.
“Ultimately, incorporating more movement more often into your daily routine is what will help you make healthier habits more consistently—and help you feel more confident about finding new ways to do so within your current day-to-day.” If you really can't reach the recommended movement benchmarks, cut yourself some slack. Some exercise is better than none; a few trips up the stairs still beats being completely sedentary.
How lifestyle factors affect weight loss
Research has surfaced a variety of links between certain lifestyle factors and weight: More screen time and insufficient sleep is correlated with an increased risk of being overweight. Chronic stress or symptoms of depression and anxiety can lead to eating more and people who live further from stores that sell healthy food are more likely to be overweight. Your social circle, family, and cultural traditions also affect your weight because they influence diet and exercise habits. Additionally, some medications (like some antidepressants, antipsychotics, and some birth control options) slow your metabolism or increase your appetite, Soloff says.
The importance of a supportive weight-loss community
Fostering ties with others working towards weight loss goals can help you stay motivated, inspired, and accountable. Who you know greatly influences your health behaviours, so consider including more people in your circle who encourage your efforts.
Online communities and in-person workshops, exercise classes, personal coaches, and walking groups are great ways to widen your healthy social network—but feel free to get creative. Maybe an active coworker can be your new walking partner.