WW vs Mediterranean Diet | WW NZ
Mediterranean Diet vs. WW
Compare the Mediterranean 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 the Mediterranean diet work for weight loss?
The Mediterranean diet involves sticking to a plant-based diet, which means eating wholegrains, olive oil, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, herbs and spices on a daily basis. Animal-based proteins like eggs and dairy should be eaten a few times a week, fish or chicken twice weekly, and red meat just a few times a month. The theory is its a diet that mimics how a population eat in a part of Greece that's been identified as one of the world's Blue Zones, a collection of five geographical regions that are home to the world's longest-living people.
The Mediterranean diet is a safe way to lose weight and reduce your risk of developing chronic disease and type 2 diabetes.
Learn more about how Mediterranean diet compares to WW
U.S. News & World Report Rankings*
#1 Best Diet for Weigh-Loss in 2021
#15 in Best Weight-Loss Diets in 2021
What can I eat?
Everything’s on the menu! The 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.
Primarily plant-based foods, eating small amounts of red meat occasionally, and replacing butter with healthy fats like olive oil. Using herbs and spices for flavour instead of salt.
How it works
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.
Is it liveable? Yes, the Mediterranean diet is one of the few diets that studies have shown is sustainable long-term. This is partly because it does not cut out whole food groups.
Community and 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.
Online blogs and support communities exist but do not provide guidance from qualified experts.
*WW is the #1 Best Diet for Weight Loss 11 years in a row! Learn more here.