WW vs. Gluten Free Diet | WW UK

Diet comparison

WW vs. the gluten-free diet

Compare the gluten-free diet with WW (Weight Watchers) weight loss
programme. We'll look at what you'll eat, the health risks and liveability
of both options.

Does a gluten-free diet work for weight loss?

There's no clear evidence that going gluten free will result in weight loss for healthy people who do not have gluten-related symptoms. Instead, without guidance from a health professional, long-term unnecessary restriction of gluten may lead to nutritional deficiencies and health problems, so it’s vital you seek advice from a health professional before going gluten-free.

If you need to follow a gluten-free diet, you’ll find it simple to combine the WW programme with the specific modifications recommended by your GP.

Gluten-free diet

U.S. News & World Report Rankings

#1 Best Diet for Weight Loss.

Not ranked in top 40 Diets for Weight Loss

What can I eat on this plan?

WW's scientifically provenPoints means that everything's on the menu. Plus enjoy a list of ZeroPoint™ foods you don't have to weigh, track or measure.

A gluten-free diet is the strict medical treatment for Coeliac disease and medically diagnosed gluten intolerance. You need to eliminate all gluten from your diet, however, there are plenty of naturally gluten-free foods such as fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, nuts, legumes, and milk; plus certain grains and flours including rice, corn, buckwheat, and quinoa.


Beyond flexibility in your food choices, WW also helps you fit in more movement and teaches you healthy habits that can shift your mindset. With an approach that goes beyond eating, you’ll see benefits both on and off the scale.

If you have Coeliac disease, or a medically diagnosed gluten intolerance, there are lots of gluten-free products available on the market, which makes following a gluten-free diet easier long-term.

Health risks

WW is the #1 doctor recommended weight loss programme according to an August 2016 survey of primary care physicians.

Since processed gluten-free foods often aren’t fortified with additional nutrients, those on a gluten-free diet may have lower intakes of certain vitamins and minerals, such as folate. The diet may also lead to a reduction in fibre intake, due to fewer cereals and whole grains being consumed.

Social support

WW Workshops, the 4.8* rated WW app, and Connect our exclusive social network so you can follow like-minded gluten-free members for motivation and inspiration.

You can become a member of Coeliac UK for support and guidance. There are also unregulated online communities, which could provide peer support.

WW gluten-free recipes

WW is suitable for those following a gluten-free diet. Check out these recipes for inspiration, and to get an idea of what you'll eat on the WW programme.

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