How to Track On the Weight Watchers App

Learn why tracking helps you lose weight, and how to track foods with SmartPoints values.

Tracking is one of the most effective tools for successful weight loss.1 It makes you aware of what you’re eating. And it helps you stick to your SmartPoints® budget by helping you decide what foods are “worth it” to you. Tracking is not about being perfect. It’s about doing the best you can.  If you’re not sure how many SmartPoints are in that sandwich, a rough estimate is good enough.

On WW Freestyle™, there are a lot of foods that are designated as zero Points® foods, which means that you don't have to weigh, measure, or track them. For foods that do have SmartPoints values, tracking them is key to helping you reach your goals. Why? Tracking makes you aware of what you're eating (and how much) and helps you stick to your SmartPoints Budget.1 You can also use the app to track weight and activity, which is another way to stay accountable.

A Few Pointers

  • Be as accurate as you can.  If you don't know the SmartPoints value, that's okay!  Make your best guess. 

  • Track “in the moment.” It can be hard to remember what you’ve eaten by the end of the day, so track as you go or snap a pic for tracking later. If you don’t manage to track immediately, just try to get back to it the next time.

  • Be kind to yourself. Not every day is going to be perfect. And that’s OK. Focus on what you do next—plan your next meal, or take a walk—and you’ll be right back in the game.

Read more about how to use the different features of the app. 


1 Burke LE, Wang J, Sevick MA. Self-monitoring in weight loss: a systematic review of the literature. J Am Diet Assoc. 2011;111(1):92-102.