Members’ top myWW questions answered!

“Which colour will help me lose the most weight?” and 14 other things you’re probably wondering about.

How do I get matched with a colour on myWW?

 

If you’re new to WW, you’ll begin by taking a personal assessment, incorporating the latest nutritional and behaviourchange science. After answering a range of questions about your unique food preferences, activity level, lifestyle, and approach to weight loss, you’ll be matched to a way of eating that fits you best, according to your responses.

If you're currently living WW, you're already an expert - on you, on the program, and on what you need to be successful. You're also in a unique position to understand which features of the three plans fits you best.  That's why, for the first time ever, we're giving you the opportunity to choose your WW.

 

What can I eat on myWW?

 

Anything - as long as it fits into your SmartPoints® Budget. Each colour offers you a personalised SmartPoints Budget and a long list of ZeroPoint foods that you don’t have to measure or count.

 

Which myWW colour - Green, Blue, or Purple - will help me lose the most weight?

 

All of them. No, really.

After 2+ years of research and extensive testing with over 20,000 members around the globe, we learned that members on Green, Blue, and Purple achieved equal and consistent weight losses.

Ultimately, the one that will help you lose the most weight is the one that gives you the most freedom and flexibility (or structure, if you prefer) and helps you develop and sustain healthy habits. All three plans on myWW are equally healthy, liveable, and effective; they're just different for different lifestyles. It’s all about finding the most liveable plan for you.

 

Can I switch if I want to?

 

Absolutely! You can switch at any time. Keep in mind that it can take a little while to adjust to a change in your eating habits and to understand whether it fits your lifestyle. Our research experience shows that 2 weeks is a good amount of time for this. If you decide that switching is what’s best for you, you can do it anytime in the WW app.

How to switch: Go to your profile > Tap the settings cog  (top right-hand corner) > Tap Food Settings > Tap the arrow next to the food plan you are currently on and switch to the plan of your choice.

 

How do I know what portion size to eat?

 

Figuring out portion sizes plays a big part in reaching your weight-loss goals. The right amount for you depends on what you’re eating and how much you need to feel satisfied while staying within your SmartPoints Budget. The best way to learn that amount is to do some measuring. Over time, you’ll train your brain to serve up the right amount automatically.

 

What are weekly SmartPoints? Will they change on myWW?

 

Good news! Weeklies will not change on myWW. Everyone gets them, whether you’re on Green, Blue, or Purple. If you’re new to WW, Weeklies are part of your SmartPoints Budget:

Daily SmartPoints

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Weekly SmartPoints

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Your SmartPoints Budget

You start each week with a set amount of weekly SmartPoints that you can use any way you like: split them up and use a few each day, or save them for the weekend.

Don’t be afraid to use your weekly SmartPoints. We’ve calculated them into your overall Budget and our research shows that using them won’t stall your weight loss. In fact, they’re a great way to keep things flexible and liveable.

 

What are rollovers? Will I still get them?

 

Rollovers are another way to enjoy extra flexibility on WW. Rollovers give you the option of using fewer SmartPoints throughout the day, with up to 4 unused SmartPoints rolling over into your bank of weeklies. Rollovers will not change on myWW, and you can use them whether you’re on Green, Blue, or Purple.

For example, say you have 23 daily SmartPoints and you use 20. We'll automatically roll over those extra 3 SmartPoints values into your weeklies. (You'll get a notification letting you know how many we rolled over.) There’s nothing for you to do but enjoy them if you want to!

 

Why don't ZeroPoint foods need to be tracked?

 

ZeroPoint foods form the foundation of a healthy pattern of eating, and are “go-to” choices that you can frequently and consistently choose. They don’t need to be tracked because your SmartPoints Budget has already accounted for them; it factors in that you'll eat ZeroPoint foods as part of your daily life. Green, Blue, and Purple each have a personalised amount of SmartPoints balanced with a curated list of ZeroPoint foods to ensure that you reach your weight loss goals.

 

Won't I overeat ZeroPoint foods since they're zero?

 

We've had ZeroPoint foods for many years and our studies have found that incorporating them into your everyday eating doesn’t stall your weight loss.

ZeroPoint foods form the foundation of a healthy eating pattern, and we know from experience that they're low risk for overeating on their own. (When was the last time you ate 13 bananas or too many plain boiled lentils?) Being deemed a ZeroPoint food is a signal for how often to eat them, not a signal for how much you should eat (meaning, a larger-than-usual amount). Sure, you could boil a dozen eggs and eat them one at a time, but you probably won’t feel so great, and would eating a dozen eggs be consistent with a healthy pattern of eating?

Here’s where ZeroPoint foods help you out: the more often you incorporate them into your day, the more flexibility and variety you’ll have, and the more room you’ll have in your Budget for all the other foods you love.

 

How do I know the right amount of ZeroPoint foods to eat?

 

A good thing to keep in mind is that ZeroPoint foods are not all-you-can-eat. Eating too much of any food can lead to weight gain. We recommend that you start with an amount based on what you’ve typically eaten in the past. For example, if eggs are a ZeroPoint food on your plan and you normally put two eggs in your omelette, keep doing that. Now isn’t the time to increase that to four eggs just because they’re zero SmartPoints.

If you’re not sure if your typical amount is the “right for you” amount, you can try practising mindful eating, or slowing the pace and paying more attention. This could include a variety of things, such as focusing on the great tastes, noticing the colours on your plate, putting away your phone and other distractions, and plating your meal as you would for a guest. Studies have found that people who eat mindfully eat less than people who eat while distracted, and, even better, they enjoy their food more.

 

When I bake or roast ZeroPoint foods, are they still zero? What if I dry them?

 

When ZeroPoint foods like apples or carrots (0 on Green, Blue, and Purple), chickpeas or corn (0 on Blue and Purple) or potatoes (0 on Purple) are baked or roasted, these foods are simply cooked and remain ZeroPoints. When eating baked or roasted ZeroPoint foods, you only need to track the oil or sauces you prepare them in.

However, when these foods are dried, they lose much more moisture than when they are baked or roasted. Their energy density increases significantly and we give them a SmartPoints values to encourage tracking. Why? When foods are dried, it’s much easier to eat a lot of them. Think raisins versus grapes. You could eat a handful of raisins in two bites. But how long would it take you to eat 50 grapes? And would you even want to?

If you have any questions about what is or isn't a ZeroPoint food on your plan, your ZeroPoint list will have the answers.  

 

Are both whole wheat pasta and wholegrain rice ZeroPoints on Purple?

 

In an answer, yes, as long as they're made of whole grains or other ZeroPoint foods. Wheat is a type of grain, and whole wheat is a type of whole grain. If a product is made of whole grains, such as whole wheat, whole barley, or whole oats, its label may read "whole grain" or "whole wheat" and it will likely qualify as a ZeroPoint food on Purple. The exception is if the product sneaks in other ingredients that have a SmartPoints value (like oils or sugars). Refer to your WW app for the most accurate SmartPoints values.

 

Why does Purple get all these extra ZeroPoint foods, like potatoes and whole grains?

 

ZeroPoint foods on Purple include starchy vegetables (including potatoes and sweet potatoes) and whole grains (including whole wheat pasta and noodles, brown and wild rice, and other whole grains such as oats, quinoa, rye, barley, and spelt). The reason these specific foods were added to the ZeroPoint list for Purple is because they are all choices that are recommended as part of a healthy pattern of eating. It’s also balanced by a smaller SmartPoint Budget, which helps ensure that you’ll reach your weight loss and wellness goals.

 

Some grains are on the ZeroPoint list on Purple. Can I use them to bake bread or muffins that have zero SmartPoints?

 

The grains on the Purple list are zero when they are in their whole form, meaning that they’re not ground into a flour.

If you are processing oats or other whole grains into flour (or using a store bought grain flour), those should be tracked as a new ingredient (e.g. oat flour). If you’re making a recipe using ZeroPoint grains in their whole form and then adding other ingredients to it, you only have to count the ingredients with SmartPoints.

If you find a way to bake bread or make other baked goods like muffins with grains in their whole form and no other ingredients that contain SmartPoints, then yes, that item would have a SmartPoints value of zero.

 

Does maintenance change on myWW?

 

Maintenance does not change on myWW. Whether you’re focusing on weight loss maintenance or on building healthy habits without the goal of losing weight, you can be on Green, Blue, and Purple and still achieve your goals. Everyone in "Healthy Habits" mode will receive a personalised SmartPoints Budget that supports you in weight maintenance.