How to lose weight online
In our increasingly digital lives, many of us tackle our to-do lists online. Shopping, banking, socialising: tasks once requiring face-to-face contact can now be completed at the click of a button, wherever we happen to be. Such convenience is the cornerstone of the WW Digital program, explains online coach Marianne Parker. “There are no set times or appointments to keep,” she says. “Everything our members need is right at their fingertips.”
How does WW online work?
As the name suggests, WW Digital is a completely online weight-loss program. Here is what's included:
1. Easy to use WW app
The WW app allows you to take the program with you wherever you go. Track your food, weight, and activity and look up the SmartPoints® value of any foods with the Barcode Scanner. Sync your smart scales and activity tracker to your account and listen to guided meditations with Headspace and follow audio workouts with Aaptiv.
2. 5,000+ recipe options
3. Online support from a coach
No matter the question, our online experts are here to help you 24/7. If you ever have a question, WW Coaches are available 24 hours a day via live chat. This service is a particularly useful component of the program, says online coach Vanessa Watkins. “We cover all kinds of topics – whether it's helping members find something on the website or giving advice about healthier food options for when they go out to dinner.”
Shift workers and stay-at-home parents are just some of our member that stand to benefit from 24-hour support, Watkins adds. “The round-the-clock online chat tool is perfect if you're really busy or have to wait until the kids are in bed to get things done,” she says. “We get everyone, from breastfeeding mums chatting to us in the middle of the night to commuters who connect with us on their way to work. Members know they'll get someone who can provide direction and offer support whenever they need it.”
4. Members only community Connect
Connect is our digital community for members. It's a positive and inspirational space to hang out and make new friends. Share your photos and progress and follow other members on their journeys. It's the best place to hang out for a motivation boost! And with Connect Groups, you can follow like-minded members from fitness lovers, gardeners, under 20's and foodies!
5. Exclusive content and how to guides
Digital versus Studio
Different membership options appeal to different people. Some might thrive upon the structure of visiting a Studio – meeting with the same coach each week and learning from the experiences of fellow members. For others, Digital Coaching provides a more private and flexible alternative, allowing you to choose how much you interact with the WW community.
But digital members needn't go it entirely alone, says Parker, adding that there's plenty of assistance available should they choose to utilise it.
“Touching base online with a WW Coach once a week, perhaps on your weigh-in day, is a useful way to keep on track,” she suggests. “We can talk things through – whether it's been a successful or not-so-great week – and coach you over any hurdle you may be facing.”
“Some members connect to thank us for our advice or to share their success stories,” says Parker. “They come back to us after a week or two to let us know they've done what we advised and that it helped.”
What are ZeroPoint™ foods?
As if Digital Coaching isn't convenient enough, thanks to a long list of ZeroPoint foods, you no longer need to track everything you eat on the WW program. From fruit and vegetables to eggs, legumes and seafood, there are more than 200 foods with a SmartPoints value of zero, which means you can make better food choices, without needing to track everything.
How much does it cost to do WW Digital?
Parker explains that, as with all WW programs, Digital Coaching is an affordable option, with standard prices starting at just $33.50 per month for membership and full access to the WW app. “We get quite a few people asking us, ‘How much does it cost to use the WW app by itself?’ But Digital Coaching is inclusive of the app and website,” she says. “It's an exclusive member privilege that can greatly enhance your experience and accountability on your wellness journey.”
Like meetings, Digital Coaching can be a great source of motivation, Parker continues. “It's the difference between plodding along by yourself and having the accountability you need to reach your health goals,” she says. “We're here to help in any way, shape or form that we can.”