WW vs Raw Food Diet | WW UK

Diet comparison

WW vs. the raw food diet

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

Does the raw diet work for weight loss?


The raw diet is based on the principle that food in its raw, natural or uncooked state has higher levels of nutrients and enzymes, and lower levels of chemicals. People following raw food diets don’t eat anything heated above 40 degrees Celsius.

There are some pseudo-scientific claims made by raw foodists that conflict with modern science. On top of that, some anthropologists argue that cooking food has allowed humans to evolve by significantly increasing the variety of energy-dense foods we can eat, and reducing the time needed for hunting and gathering.

Following a raw diet may lead to weight loss, but there is no proven science that says it is safe long term.


Raw diet


U.S. News & World Report Rankings

#1 Best Diet for Weight Loss. Find out more here.
#6 Best Diet for Weight Loss


What can I eat on this plan?

WW's scientifically proven SmartPoints® system means that everything's on the menu. Plus enjoy a list of ZeroPoint™ foods you don't have to weigh, track or measure.
Food in its raw, natural or uncooked state. No food can be heated above 40 degrees Celsius. Popular foods eaten on this diet include sprouted grains, cold-pressed oils, raw meat such as carpaccio, fish (sashimi) and raw courgette spiral ‘pasta’.



Beyond more 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 food, you’ll see benefits both on and off the scale.
A raw diet is restrictive and can be difficult to incorporate into a lifestyle, especially if you tend to eat out a lot. 


Health risks

WW is the #1 doctor recommended weight loss programme according to an August 2016 survey of primary care physicians.
By restricting your diet to only consuming raw foods, your diet is likely to be nutritionally inadequate and lacking in key vitamins and minerals. Additionally, beneficial phytonutrients such as lycopene in tomatoes have been shown to be more readily absorbed by the body when cooked with olive oil, compared to being eaten raw.


Social support

WW Workshops, the 4.8* rated WW app featuring 24/7 live chat with an Online Coach and Connect, our exclusive social network so you can follow like-minded raw-food loving members for motivation and inspiration.
Blogs written by followers of the raw diet exist, but there is no central organisation providing guidance from qualified experts.

WW raw food recipes

WW is suitable for all dietary preferences, including those wish to incorporate more raw foods into their diet.

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