WeightWatchers® vs Slimming World

At WW we appreciate that when it comes to choosing a wellness and weight loss plan, you have choices - and lots of them!
Published 6 January, 2023

1) What’s the Plan?


Here’s the headline. No two plans are alike - no two people are alike, so the plan is all about YOU!

We call it WeightWatchers programme. Just answer some quick questions via our super-fast, super-clever Points® Engine, and you’ll get your unique Points Budget, plus an extensive ZeroPoint food list which include many fish, lean meat, wholegrains, and eggs . You can even add Points by moving more, drinking more (water), and eating non-starchy veg! Yes, it’s that simple and effective,

But what you eat is only part of your wellness story. There are four key pillars that are your “north star” to sustained success - food, activity, mindset and sleep.

Mindset is front, side, and centre - and every week you get a weekly technique on how to focus in order to stay on track, while regular activity and better sleep habits are reflected across the whole WW weight-loss programme.

Tell me more.

Slimming World

While WW is all about the needs of the individual, Slimming World takes a different and much more generalised approach with food optimising. This is based on everyday foods that are low in calories and high in nutrients, but the same system is applied to everyone.

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2) How much weight can I expect to lose?

You can expect to lose around 1-2lbs per week. It’s a healthy weight-loss average at a very healthy rate, and the freedom and science-backed nature of Points makes that sustainable, so it’s weight loss that works, and success that lasts. Still thinking a quick fix is the answer? We suggest you read this first.

Slimming World

No different to WW - an average weight loss of 1-2lbs per week.

3) All I really need to know is what can I eat?

We’ll keep it short and sweet - with Points, nothing is off the menu or your plate. With an individualised plan, you’re the one that’s in control of what you choose to eat, plus when and how you add to Points. It’s all about balance and making healthier choices. And that ZeroPoint food list is great for having more of what you love without breaking into your Budget. Bring it on!

Dietary requirements? We’ve got you covered with these FREE 5-day meal plans, including vegetarian, pescetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan.

Slimming World

Food optimising also has a “no limits” side to it, although this is the same for all members with no personalisation. Each day, there’s unlimited “Free Foods” (filling, low-calorie foods including e.g. lean meat, fish, eggs, pasta) some “Healthy Extras” (e.g. milk, cheese, wholemeal bread and a few “Syns” (high-calorie foods like biscuits, sweets and alcohol).

4) How do I track my food?

Now here’s where it gets really fun and interesting!


The WW app will become your new best friend. And with good reason. Not only is it where you’ll complete that Points engine, but it opens a massive virtual door to super-easy, super-speedy food, water, activity, and sleep tracking. Download the WW app from the App Store and Google Play, and boom, there’s a built-in barcode scanner, meal planners and more.

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.

5) Tell me more about the app

You know we just told you the app is your new best friend and it’s a little bit amazing? Well first it’s the one great app for all members - no splits here. And on top all the essential tracking, scanning, and meal planning stuff, there’s all this:

  • 24/7 live coaching support from a real human being
  • Thousands of recipes, and the What’s in your fridge feature
  • Weekly techniques, tips and motivation
  • Inspiring,articles including member success stories and ambassador inspo
  • Meditations from Breathe, fun guided workouts from Obe
  • Members-only social community Connect, which covers anything from veggie meal plans to managing stress
  • Support and specialist content across all life stages, from new mums to menopause

Oh yes, you can even sync your fitness device so you can track every step

Whatever you need on your weight loss and wellness journey, if you’re a WW member it’s all there on the one app.

Slimming World

You’ll have to pay for the app to get recipes, weight trackers, and their version of the online community. And, only “Online Members” have access to a separate planning app where you can build recipes. And then there are those attending weekly groups - that’s another app again, so not a universal experience or service as we say in the digital world!

6) What’s the deal with physical Workshops?


Following the pandemic, our much-loved physical workshops are re-opening all the time. Led by expert WW Coaches trained in nutrition science - and many have completed their own WW wellness journey. If you still like to get all science-based behavioural techniques that support habit change while sharing tips, stories, and successes with the group, then this is great for you. And yes, there is a weigh-in with your Coach. Find your nearest Workshop to accelerate your weight loss in a friendly, supportive environment.

But virtual workshops provide all the above - you just need to take accountability for your own weight tracking and find a class at the right time for you via the app.

Slimming World

If you opt for in-person group meetings, you’ll have a private weigh-in with your trained consultant, then there’s is the group element where you can share successes and setbacks or be guided by the consultant. You can also opt for online group meetings.

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