Weight loss & diet

WW vs Slimming World: how do they compare?

From what you can eat to the weight loss support you can access, here's how WW and Slimming World compare.

WW vs Slimming World: choosing the right weight loss plan for you

With so many weight loss plans to choose from, it can be tricky to know where to start. To help you out, we're looking at some of the main differences between two of the most popular: WW and Slimming World. 

Whichever plan you choose to follow, we wish you every success. You’ve got this!

1) How will I lose weight?

WW
Lose weight YOUR way with a customised weight loss plan on our groundbreaking new programme myWW®. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll take a science and behaviour-based personal assessment that matches you with one of three unique ways to experience the WW journey. This short assessment takes your food preferences, lifestyle and activity into account, so you can be confident you’re on the right path for you. Find out more about our customised plans.

Slimming World
Slimming World offers one weight loss plan for everyone called Food Optimising, which encourages you towards healthy, everyday foods that are low in calories and high in nutrients. There are three components to this plan: Free Food® (including Speed Free Food), Healthy Extras® (‘a’ and ‘b’ choices) and Syns®. Learn more about these in section 3. Food Optimising is based on the synergy between these three components.

2) How much weight can I expect to lose?

WW
Everyone loses weight at different rates, but you can expect to lose around 1-2lbs per week on average. You’ll lose weight at a healthy rate, which means you’re more likely to stick to your healthy eating plan, and keep the weight off. Check out these 5 things you should know before trying to lose weight fast.

Slimming World
An average weight loss of 1-2lbs per week is encouraged.

3) What can I eat?

WW
Everything! You can eat whatever you like on myWW, as long as it’s within your personalised SmartPoints® Budget. There’s so much flexibility: you can still enjoy your glass of wine or chocolate fix in the evenings, for example. You don’t need to worry about going hungry, either: carbs are still very much on the menu (in fact, on the Purple plan, wholewheat pasta, brown rice and grains are ZeroPoint™ foods). Got dietary requirements? Check out these FREE 5-day meal plans, including vegetarian, pescetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. 

Slimming World

No food is off-limits with Food Optimising. Each day, you can eat unlimited Free Foods (filling, low calorie foods including lean meat, fish, eggs, pasta, potatoes, fruit and vegetables) some Healthy Extras (milk, cheese, wholemeal bread, breakfast cereals, nuts and seeds) and a few Syns (high-calorie foods like biscuits, sweets and alcohol). 

4) How do I track my food?

WW
The WW app makes tracking super quick and easy: it’s even got a built-in barcode scanner so you can track your meals in seconds! Every time you track your food, weight or activity, you’ll earn ‘Wins’ on our one-of-a-kind rewards programme WellnessWins™, which you can redeem for cool products and experiences like free gym passes and Bluetooth speakers. Download the WW app from the App Store (104k ratings, 4.8*) and Google Play (441k reviews, 4.5*).

Slimming World

If you want to track your food, you’ll need to either log into the website, download the Planner app (available to Online members only) or keep a physical food diary which a Consultant will review each week (this option is for Group members only, and the materials will be supplied for your first four weeks). The Food Search functionality in the app lets you search for the Syns values of certain foods, including some brands. There’s no barcode scanner.

5) What tools does the app have to offer?

WW
Our amazing app is rated 4.8* on the App Store and 4.5* on Google Play, and with so many cool features, it’s easy to see why. Tracking your food, weight and activity is quick and simple, and it also puts 2000+ recipes at your fingertips, in addition to mini meditations from Headspace, fun guided workouts from Aaptiv and our members-only social community Connect. You can also chat with a real WW Coach (no bots!) 24/7 to stay on track around the clock. Whatever you need on your weight loss & wellness journey, our app has it all.  

Slimming World
The free version of the app hosts a number of recipes, a 7-day meal plan and member success stories. You can also search for your local Group and sign up to the newsletter. The various paid versions of the app include the following extra features:

  • Online members get access to recipes, a weight tracker and a supportive online community (rated 4.4* on the App store and 3.3* on Google Play). There’s also a separate Planner app where you can track Slimming World recipes and your Free Foods, Healthy Extras and Syns (rated 1.8* on the App store and 2.3* on Google Play). The Planner app is available to Online members only.
  • Members attending weekly groups can download a separate app called Slimming World Group with recipes, a weight tracker and Food Search (rated 3.9* on the App store and 4.3* on Google Play).

6) Can I attend workshops? 


WW

Our Workshops are led by expert WW Coaches who are trained in nutrition science, and have both professional and personal experience of WW. You’ll learn new, science-based behavioural techniques to support habit change and share tips, stories and successes with the group. Find your nearest Virtual Workshop to accelerate your weight loss in a friendly, supportive environment.

Slimming World

If you opt for in-person group meetings, you’ll have a private weigh-in with your trained Consultant, then IMAGE therapy with the rest of the group. IMAGE stands for Individual Motivation and Group Experience, and gives members an opportunity to share successes, find solutions to obstacles and learn behavioural change techniques. You can also opt for online group meetings.

7) What social support will I get?

WW
Stay connected even in times of social distancing. Virtual community is at the heart of what we do at WW: from in-app features like 24/7 live chat with a WW Coach and our social community Connect to support at Virtual Workshops, there are plenty of opportunities to connect with your very own cheering squad. We’re also on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat and Pinterest, so we can meet you where you are! Plus, you can join a private Facebook group run by your Coach to stay inspired between Workshops. 

Slimming World 
The app hosts a community (available to Online members only) where you can share and search for tips, recipes & inspiration. There’s a sizeable Facebook and Instagram community, so whether you’re an Online or Group member, there’s a space for you to share your journey with others. Slimming World Consultants also run private groups on their social media channels that function as mini communities.

8) Mindset & fitness

WW
What’s in your head is just as important as what’s on your plate, which is why our Workshops teach behavioural techniques to help shift your mindset and reach your goals. And because the rewards of regular activity go beyond the scales (think better sleep and stress management) we encourage you to move more too. Try our in-app guided workouts from Aaptiv, which range from low to high intensity and are suitable for all fitness levels.

Slimming World 
In-person and online group meetings teach behaviour change techniques as part of IMAGE therapy (Individual Motivation and Group Experience). Slimming World also runs an activity programme called Body Magic, which helps members gradually increase activity levels until it becomes part of their daily routine.