Weight Watchers vs Keto Diet | What You Need to Know About the High-Fat Low-Carb Weight Loss Program | WW USA

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The ketogenic diet

U.S. News & World Report Rankings*

#1 Best Diet for Weight Loss in 2020

#15 Best Diet for Weight Loss in 2020

What can I eat?

Everything’s on the menu! The new myWW+ has added food, activity, sleep, and mindset features designed to make weight loss easier. It builds on our proven SmartPoints® system, which converts calories, saturated fat, sugar, and protein into one easy-to-use value. There are different ways to follow myWW+ that provide varying SmartPoints Budgets balanced with 100+ (fruits and most veggies on Green), 200+ (fruits and most veggies, and lean proteins on Blue), or 300+ (fruits and most veggies, lean proteins, and whole grains on Purple) ZeroPoint foods that you don’t have to track or measure. Of course, balanced, healthy eating behaviors are still recommended. Even if you’re not on Purple, we never put whole food groups off-limits.

You must eliminate most foods and beverages that contain carbohydrates: bread, cereal, rice, pasta, beans, fruit, starchy vegetables, milk, and alcohol. The keto diet limits you to only 20 to 40 grams of carbs per day. That's like having one slice of bread and a piece of fruit, or a half-cup rice or pasta, as your only carb-containing food for the entire day.


The program has been developed based on principles of nutrition and behavior-change science to build healthy habits around food, activity, sleep, and mindset. Our easy-to-use features, including our new "What's in Your Fridge" tool that suggests recipes based on what you already have, techniques that you can learn through new 5-Minute Coaching audio sessions, and weekly topics help guide members towards smarter food choices, moving more, sleeping better, and more helpful ways of thinking.

The keto diet is a highly restrictive food plan that puts your body into a state of physiologic ketosis. When you eliminate nearly an entire food group (in this case, carbs) you are left with far fewer foods to eat and will therefore likely be eating less overall. Much of the initial weight loss is due to water loss, which is immediately reversed when carbs are reintroduced into your diet.
Health considerationsWW was named the #1 doctor-recommended weight-loss program based on a 2019 survey by Kantar Health of 500 doctors who recommend weight-loss programs to patients.

There could be potential health risks, in particular for people living with certain medical conditions. In addition, a high-fat approach has known health risks including increased risk of heart disease.

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Blogs written by followers of the keto diet, physician- and nutritionist-written literature, and online communities or trending topics.

Want more information from our experts on the ketogenic diet? Check out this article.

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