WW vs Intermittent Fasting | WW Australia
WW vs. Intermittent Fasting
Compare the fasting diet with the WW (Weight Watchers reimagined) weight loss program. We'll look at what you'll eat, the health risks and liveability of both options.
Does fasting work for weight loss?
There are a few different methods for following an intermittent fasting diet, including 5:2 diet: consuming a quarter of what you’d normally eat for two days a week then eating whatever you like for the other five; time-restricted fasting such as 16:8 where there’s an ‘eating window’ of 8 hours and fasting for the other 16. Other variations including of fasting on alternate days or eating one meal per day.
According to research released at the end of last year, while intermittent fasting can help people lose weight, it’s no more effective than traditional weight-loss diets. Plus, research shows a significant proportion of people struggle to stick with fasting long term.
The focus of most intermittent fasting techniques is on when and how much to eat, rather than the quality of food choices. As well as restricting your lifestyle, this may also increase the risk of eating a poorly balanced diet and making less-healthy choices during non-fasting periods.
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What can I eat on this plan?
Everything’s on the menu! The new myWW+ has added food, activity, sleep, and mindset features designed to make weight loss easier. It builds on our proven SmartPoints® system, which converts calories, saturated fat, sugar, and protein into one easy-to-use value. There are different ways to follow myWW+ that provide varying SmartPoints Budgets balanced with 100+ (fruits and most veggies on Green), 200+ (fruits and most veggies, and lean proteins on Blue), or 300+ (fruits and most veggies, lean proteins, and whole grains on Purple) ZeroPoint foods that you don’t have to track or measure. Of course, balanced, healthy eating behaviours are still recommended. Even if you’re not on Purple, we never put whole food groups off-limits.
Intermittent fasting involves moving between cycles of fasting or a limited kilojoule intake and unrestricted eating. The timeframe of the fast is dependent on the particular diet you’re following. This means that you are restricted to not eating any food, or eating very little during fasting periods.
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.
Due to its restrictive nature, intermittent fasting isn’t sustainable long-term for most people. It can be challenging to coordinate fasting around eating out and celebrations with friends and family.
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.
The Dietitians Association of Australia expresses concern about the diet’s focus on the quantity of food eaten rather than the quality. While you may be hitting your kilojoule target, you may not actually be meeting your required daily nutrient intake – something that could seriously affect your health in the long run.
Blogs written by followers of intermittent fasting and online communities exist, but there is no central organisation providing guidance from qualified experts.
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