How The WeightWatchers Weight-Loss Program Works

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How our programme changes your relationship with food

Weight loss and support. None of those on-a-diet feelings.

WW member Monika P. dines on a noodle dish and has lost 61 pounds.  People following the WW program can expect to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week.

We know weight loss

Meet the WeightWatchers® experts who ensure our programme is based on the latest nutrition and behavioural science.

Get a plan fit for you

Cookie-cutter programmes don’t cut it—customisation does. When you sign up, you’ll answer a few questions that help us determine your metabolic rate. Then we’ll tailor a food plan that ensures healthy, lasting, totally livable weight loss for you.

Learn the power of Points®

WW member Shannon M. eats a baked apple cider doughnut.

Many programmes consider just calories. Our system takes it a step further, taking into account a food’s complex nutritional factors, like added sugars, fibre, protein, and saturated fats vs. unsaturated fats, to create a single number: the Points value. ⁣Points take the guesswork out of nutrition.

Use points your way

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Your plan will include a Points Budget, and how you spend is up to you. Wine on date night. Sunday brunch. Birthday cake. No food, event, or celebration is off-limits. And if you run out of Points? That’s where ZeroPoint™ foods come in—they’re nutritional powerhouses you can eat anytime without tracking or measuring.

See why tracking is key

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It’s scientifically proven: Tracking is the biggest predictor of weight loss, because it takes you from eating on autopilot to eating with awareness. Tracking has helped millions of members master portion sizes, turn mindless snacking into mindful snacking, and plan ahead so they can fit in their favourite foods.

Everything to help you succeed

We combine technology and community to get you to your goals.

Easy-to-use app‎

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‎‎*Adam lost 5st in 143 weeks. Results may vary from person to person. People following the WeightWatchers weight-loss programme can expect to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week.

Access your customised plan and Points Budget; food, water, activity, sleep, and weight trackers, barcode scanner (hello, easier grocery shopping); over 3,400+ recipes; and a restaurant database.

24/7 support

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When we say we have your back, we mean it. Have questions, need advice, or want extra encouragement? Lean on other WeightWatchers members in our exclusive social network; Connect, available anytime in the app. For the most accountability, join coach-led Workshops. In person or virtual, morning or night, your sofa or a nearby Studio—we’re all about staying connected, conveniently

You’ll love WeightWatchers if…

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  • You're over yo-yo dieting and want to change your behaviours for good
  • You need a nudge to eat nutritious foods
  • Extreme changes aren’t your style
  • You’re here for a good time—and a long time.

Get started with the #1 doctor-recommended weight-loss programme today††

Based on a 2020 IQVIA survey of 14,000 doctors who recommend weight-loss programmes to patients

We get these a lot…

Your questions, answered!

Nope. While calories matter for weight loss—we’ll always take them into account—we also look at big-picture nutrition data to create one simple number: a food’s Point value. After all, calories from a cookie impact your body differently than the same number of calories from grilled chicken, because they have different nutrients. (Both are on the menu, by the way—and with your one-of-a-kind Points® Budget, it’s up to you how you use your Points!) Just track, feel good, lose weight, and keep it off.

You can eat—Any. Time. You. Want. When you join the WW programme, our quiz will determine your tailored Points Budget. Nothing’s off-limits, and any time you’re hungry, you can have a ZeroPoint food without dipping into your Budget.

Sure can! We have thousands of meat-free, plant-based recipes that make a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle and weight loss easier (and delicious).

Physical activity can get you closer to your weight-loss goals, so our goal is helping you find movement you enjoy. That way, it becomes a healthy habit that sticks! Whether you walk, do a onlineworkout or stretch at your desk, we’ll reward you for being active—for every Point added from activity, a Point will be added to your weekly Budget. Win-win.

Get your tailored food plan Points Budget; food, activity, water, sleep, and weight trackers; barcode scanner; recipe database; restaurant finder and more. The app is included with all WW plans!

We have memberships that deliver support in different ways—whether you want face-to-face meetings, or a one-stop app for weight loss. Still not sure? Take this quick assessment to get matched with the WW / WeightWatchers plan that fits your lifestyle.

WW is the #1 Doctor-Recommended Weight-Loss Programme.†
†Based on a 2020 IQVIA survey of 14,000 doctors who recommend weight-loss programs to patients.

††U.S. News & World Report ranked WW the #1 Best Diet for Weight Loss for 12 years in a row (2011–2022).

WW members lose 2x more weight than doing it on their own.ᶿ

ᶿTate DF, Lutes LD, Bryant M et al. Efficacy of a Commercial Weight Management Program: A Randomized Multi-Country Controlled Trial. JAMA Network Open. Accepted. June 2022.