How Points® work

Life is complicated - losing weight shouldn’t be. Our simplified programme turns complex nutritional data into one easy-to-use number.
Published 14 October, 2021 | Updated 28 November, 2022

Calories matter, but focusing on calories alone won’t help you reach your goals. And that’s what makes our programme so groundbreaking. It nudges you towards foods that are higher in fibre, protein, and unsaturated fats and lower in added sugar and saturated fats. Short of getting a PhD in food science, it's the best way to establish healthier behaviour patterns, and the WW app does all the maths.

Programme basics

  • Every food has a Points value. It's a foolproof way to determine at a glance which foods are more nutritious. Knowing a food's Points value helps you stay on track.

  • You can eat foods with any Points value. Just because a food is higher in Points, doesn’t mean it’s “bad.” Having a healthy pattern of eating means balancing meals and snacks with foods that are higher or lower in Points.

  • You’ll track what you eat. It’s easy; input your food into the WW app to see its Points value. Which brings us to…

  • There are 200-plus ZeroPoint® foods. These healthy powerhouses (think skinless chicken breast, eggs, non-starchy veggies, and more) have - you guessed it - 0 Points. They also don’t have to be weighed, measured, or tracked, and you can eat them whenever you like. Yep, and still lose weight!

  • You have a tailored Points Budget. Calculated based on your age, height, weight, and sex assigned at birth - which make up your individual metabolic rate - your Budget is designed to help you lose weight at a healthy rate.

Points 101

To give each food and beverage its Points value, we take calories into account, plus five other nutrients that impact health.

White and wholewheat penne
White and wholewheat penne

Fibre helps make a food filling. And eating more of it lowers your risks of heart disease and type 2 diabetes and improves digestive health.

Protein builds muscle, strengthens bones, preserves lean body mass, and supports your cells and blood. Plus, it helps you feel fuller longer.

Unsaturated fats are the better-for-you fats that form the building blocks of your brain and nerves, support heart health, and help you absorb vitamins.

Added sugars in foods can negatively impact overall health and weight -they’re different from naturally occuring sugars in foods like fruit and low- and fat-free dairy.

Saturated fats, the less-good-for-you kind, are linked to a higher risk of heart disease.

apricots grilled halves with yogurt and honey
apricots grilled halves with yogurt and honey

What's in a Budget?

Daily Points ensure you have enough to eat. They reset every day, and you can spend them on any foods you want. If you go over or under your dailies, that’s OK!

Weekly Points give you a cushion. They refill every week and can be used in any way - a handful every day, all in one day, or not at all. You’ll also add weekly Points to your Budget by tracking activity.

Rollovers are saved. Up to 4 unused daily Points automatically roll into your weeklies. Use them anytime during the week.

Curious what the Points values are for your favourite foods? Head to the WW app and type any food into the search bar or use the Barcode Scanner.

apricots grilled halves with yogurt and honey
apricots grilled halves with yogurt and honey