WW vs Keto Diet | WW Australia

Diet comparison

WW vs. Keto

Compare the keto 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 keto work for weight loss?


The keto diet involves eating a diet that's very low in carbohydrates and moderate in protein, so that 70 to 80 per cent of your total energy intake comes from fat. The theory is that if you deprive your body of its main source of energy (glucose from carbohydrate-containing foods), it goes into a state of ketosis, where it burns fat stored in the body for fuel, instead. During this process, by-products called ketones are produced, which are then used by the body's muscles, tissues, and brain.

Some people claim that the keto diet works well for weight loss but find it hard to sustain. Foods high in saturated fat come with known health risks including increased risk of heart disease. If you have pre-existing liver or kidney conditions, heart disease or diabetes, you should seek the advice of a doctor before undertaking any significant changes to your diet.



U.S. News & World Report Rankings*

#1 Best Diet for Weight Loss
#12 Best Diet 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.
You need to eliminate most foods and beverages that contain carbohydrates: bread, cereal, rice, pasta, beans, fruit, starchy vegetables, milk, and alcohol. The ketogenic diet limits you to only 20 to 40 grams of carbs per day. That's like having 1 slice of bread and a piece of fruit, or ½ cup rice or pasta, as your only carb-containing food for the day.



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.
The keto diet is a highly restrictive food plan that puts your body into a state of physiologic ketosis. Much of the initial weight loss is due to water loss, which is immediately reversed when carbs are reintroduced into your diet.


Health risks

WW is the #1 doctor recommended weight-loss program according to an August 2016 survey of primary care physicians.
There could be potential health risks for people with certain medical conditions following the ketogenic diet, which has not been well studied in a variety of settings or with high risk populations.


Social support

WW Workshops, WW 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 keto diet, physician- and nutritionist-written literature, and online communities or trending topics.
*WW is #1 in TWO U.S. News & World Report categories. Learn more here!

"I tried keto, then WW."


Natasha shares her experience of trying both weight loss plans.

WW keto inspired recipes

The WW program is suitable for all dietary preferences. If you prefer to follow a keto or low carb inspired way of eating, the WW program can help. Try these recipes that offer higher protein and lower carbs.

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