How to maintain your weight loss on WW
Once you've lost all the weight you set out to lose and find yourself at a healthy number, you might think your journey is over. So, now what? While you no longer need to concentrate on losing weight, the best way to make sure your new habits stick is to adapt a maintenance mindset. While attending Workshops can help, this at-a-glance guide will help you navigate this new phase.
Since you're not focused on weight loss, your SmartPoints Budget is designed to maintain your current weight—so be sure to use all of your SmartPoints!
Managing your new SmartPoints® Budget
- When you hit your chosen weight, your daily SmartPoints Budget will be increased, depending on your color: Green will increase by 6, Blue will increase by 5, and Purple will increase by 4.
If you’re using the app or the website, your Budget will automatically update when you change your settings from “Lose weight” to “Healthy habits.”
To make sure that your Budget is on target, it's good to weigh yourself once a week (and at a minimum, once a month).
Adjusting your Budget
In maintenance, it may take you a little while to stabilize your weight. You may find that 5 SmartPoints is too many—or maybe not enough. It’s all about finding the sweet spot that lets you feel in control, while also loosening the reins a bit.
To modify your Budget, go to the Settings in the app or at WW.com. Look for your profile picture, then click on the gear icon. Then tap 'Food Settings' and choose your focus.*
*For iOS. Ask your Studio team or chat with a Coach if you need help changing modifying your settings for Android.
Here's how to adjust your SmartPoints Budget to maintain your weight:
If you lose one pound: Add 3 SmartPoints to your daily Budget
If you gain one pound reduce your daily Budget by 3 SmartPoints
If your weight remains stable: You're good to go, no action required!
Once your weight has been steady for four weeks, you've likely found the sweet spot—the place where your SmartPoints Budget will maintain your weight while you continue with your healthy habits.
Reaching your desired weight doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll never go up again. (If only life were that simple.) To prevent a weight fluctuations from surprising you, follow these tips:
Choose an "intervention weight." Typically three to five pounds above your desired weight, this is the number that will signal it's time to shift back into weight-loss mode. Once you pick a number, write it down to reference later.
Hit your "intervention weight"? It's time for weight-loss mode. You've done it before and you can do it again! More specifically: Revert to your previous SmartPoints Budget by changing your settings from “Healthy habits” to “Weight loss and healthy habits” in the settings of your app.
Make an action plan. Write down up to three eating and/or activity habits you'll change as well as any other steps you’ll take to reverse your gain.
If you run into trouble, remember that WW is here for you! You can chat with a Coach in the WW app and on WW.com or talk with other members who are also in #maintenance on Connect, WW's members-only digital community.
For members at a lower weight
If your weight is lower than the healthy range according to the World Health Organization (a body mass index, or BMI, below 18.5), we advise against reducing your Budget or losing any weight. To help keep your weight steady, we recommend that you add 3 SmartPoints to the Budget you received, right off the bat. After that, follow the instructions above to adjust your SmartPoints Budget if you lose one pound (or more) over the course of a week.