WW vs Low Carb Diet | WW NZ

Diet comparison

WW vs. Low Carb

Compare the low carb 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 a low-carb diet work for weight loss?


A low-carb diet requires cutting out or reducing your intake of foods containing carbohydrates. This can mean that healthy, nutritious carbs including wholegrains, legumes, and even some fruits and vegetables are off the menu.

Carbohydrates are essential for a well-balanced diet. Plus, when you cut them out, your brain stops regulating serotonin, a chemical that elevates mood. Trying to stick to a low-carb diet may also bump up your risk of consuming too much unhealthy fats

WW's program gives you the flexibility to include carbs like bread and pasta; however, these generally have a higher SmartPoints® value compared to lean proteins and veggies. You'll find that your SmartPoints Budget naturally nudges you towards healthier food choices, and may naturally result in a reduction of carbs in your diet.

While people can experience weight loss following a low-carb diet, there is a risk of nutrient deficiency which can negatively impact the digestive system long term.




U.S. News & World Report Rankings*

#1 Best Diet for Weight Loss
Not ranked in top 40 Diets 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 ZeroPoint™ foods that you don't have to track.
A low-carb diet means that you eat less carbohydrates and more fat. This is similar to a keto diet and focuses on avoiding foods containing sugar and starchy foods like rice, beans, bread, and potatoes.



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.
A low carb diet is highly restrictive and therefore science shows it is unlikely to be sustainable long-term.


Health risks

WW is the #1 doctor recommended weight-loss program according to an August 2016 survey of primary care physicians.
Due to the lack of grains and cereals consumed in this diet, there is a risk of nutrient deficiency including B vitamins and a reduction in fibre intake, which can negatively impact the digestive system.


Social support

WW WorkshopsWW app featuring 24/7 Live Chat with a WW Coach and Connect, our exclusive social network so you can follow like-minded members for motivation and inspiration.
Blogs written by followers of the low carb 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!

Following a low carb diet on WW

WW low carb recipes

The WW program is suitable for all dietary preferences including those wanting to follow a low or lower carb approach to eating. Take a look at some of our low-carb recipes.

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