More than counting points

How WW takes a holistic approach to weight loss
Published December 22, 2020

Tracking may be one of the first things you think of when you think of WW, but the program is so much more than that.

WW is not a diet – it’s a lifestyle. And it’s not just about counting SmartPoints and tracking what you ate. Rather, WW takes a holistic approach to weight loss, and places equal emphasis on four pillars of health – food, activity, sleep, and mindset – to help you meet your overall health goals and achieve sustainable success.

The program is built on the latest nutritional and behaviour change research to help you eat what you love while building healthy habits – and healthy habits are about more than just food. They’re about staying hydrated – you can record your water intake in the WW app. They’re about getting enough good-quality sleep – you can log your Z’s in the app, too. They’re about staying active doing things that you love – there are tons of audio and video workouts to check out in the app through partnerships with FitOn and Aaptiv, plus you can sync up your fitness tracker to keep all your data in one place. And they’re about managing stress and having a positive mindset – WW’s partnership with Headspace offers guided meditations to help you find stillness, and the Connect community of WW members is full of inspiration and potential new friends.

Toronto-based coach Kelly S. says WW has come a long way since she first joined in 2003, and it is more user-friendly than ever.

“We did not have a cellphone app, a website or anything to make the plan as easy as it is now,” she says. “We had to look everything up by book and then write it down in a small paper tracker. Fast forward to today and this plan could literally not be easier. The app does everything for you, truly! We have a barcode scanner for the grocery store, full workout videos, virtual workshops that are literally a click away, an entire Canadian WW community full of support on Connect (our social media site right on the app!) So, so super easy!”

WW members also have access to a wide range of curated content, from ingredient profiles of spices, herbs and other staples, to tips for handling loneliness over the holidays, to parenting advice for talking to your children about the pandemic.

The app also offers more than 5,600 recipes, in case you ever need cooking inspiration. And if you’re wondering what you can whip up with the ingredients you have on hand, you can try the “What’s in your fridge” planner, which lets you plug in the ingredients you have and gives you instant suggestions for dishes you can make right away.

Tracking is made simple with a vast food database built into the app, plus a catalogue of menu items from popular restaurants, and there’s even the option to tell Siri to do your tracking for you.

“Tracking is so quick and easy it is the last thing I think of when I think of WW,” coach Kelly says. “I think about how far my relationship with myself and with food has come. I think about the friends I have made Canada-wide, the support we give each other, the exercise videos I have available, the mindful meditation I turn to in the app sometimes, the recipes I love trying, et cetera.”