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WW vs. Paleo


Compare the Paleo 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 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 Weigh-Loss in 2021

#32 Best Diet for Weight-Loss in 2021


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.

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

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.

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 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.

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

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.

Blogs written by followers of the Paleo diet and online communities exist, but there is no central organisation providing guidance from qualified experts.

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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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