Program Simplification Landing Page | WW USA
Life is complicated. Losing weight shouldn’t be.
So, we’re making some changes to bring you the simplest and most effective program possible.
We are WeightWatchers
We’ve always innovated alongside the latest science and member feedback. That’s why we’re simplifying the program to make it easier to follow and find success.
Science you need. Support you deserve. Simplicity you want.
The trick to making healthy habits happen—and happen again? Making them more effortless. With that in mind, we’re making the following tweaks:
a stable daily Points Budget
You no longer need to add Points to your daily Budget by tracking water and non-starchy veggies—so you can track less, and you never need to guesstimate about your true number of dailies. Your Budget may have shifted to make more or less room for ZeroPoint foods, but you’ll still rack up Weeklies for activity. Learn More about making the most of your Budget.
one list of ZeroPoint foods
These 200+ foods are nutritional powerhouses that you can eat without weighing, measuring, or tracking. Your list may look slightly different than before, but this means every food and recipe has the same Points value for everyone, so sharing recipes—and your journey—with others is easier than ever. Learn More about ZeroPoint foods.
The next time you open the app and start tracking your food and activity, you’ll automatically see the simplified experience. But, you might still have questions? We’ve got you covered. Refresh your knowledge with our updated Program Book, attend a virtual or in-person Workshop, share ideas on Connect, or chat with a Coach 24-7 in the app. Below, you’ll find answers to your top q’s. Just know we’re with you at every step of your journey—that’s never changing.
When something is easier to do, we’re more likely to do it. So we’re simplifying the program to make healthy habits happen more effortlessly, to best set you up for success.
For starters, we created one ZeroPoint foods list. Now, all foods and recipes have one Points value for everyone, so sharing meals, recipes, and your weight-loss journey with others is easier than ever. You’ll also no longer need to add Points to your Daily Budget by tracking water and non-starchy veggies, which means less tracking and less mental gymnastics to figure out how many Points you have to spend on any given day. If you’re on the Diabetes-Tailored Plan, just note that you will have your own ZeroPoint foods list and your own Points values—you’ll see that noted in your app experience.
No, not at all—the program is still uniquely tailored to you. Because in order for a weight-loss program to work, it has to work for you. Take your Points Budget, for example—it’s calculated based on your individual metabolic rate, which considers your age, height, weight, and sex assigned at birth. In addition, you choose how you follow the program. How you use Budget what you eat is totally up to you.
Yes, because we want to bring the same benefits to our members living with diabetes. The Diabetes-Tailored Plan will now feature one ZeroPoint food list, selected by our nutrition and diabetes experts (and based on global health guidelines), that are lower in carbs and less likely to raise blood sugar. The updated ZeroPoint food list includes: non-starchy veggies, eggs, fish & shellfish, chicken & turkey breast, tofu & tempeh, beans, peas, & lentils, and avocado.
You can still add weekly Points by tracking activity—we just aren’t making you add daily Points by tracking non-starchy veggies and water. Your new, stable daily Budget means you’ll always be clear on what that number really is, taking guesswork out of planning and tracking.
Whether you’re swapping airfryer recipes with another member, gathering family for a taco night, or going out for cocktails with friends, we know that meals are best when they’re shared. A ZeroPoint foods list that fits everyone makes sharing even easier.
We totally get it—ZeroPoint pasta has a certain ring to it. But in order to make a ZeroPoint food list that everyone can share, and give every member enough dailies to spend on their specific favorite foods, we streamlined the list. Just because certain foods are no longer on the ZeroPoint food list doesn’t mean they’re not expert-recommended. They’re still the same nutritional powerhouses! That’s why you’ll notice they’re lower in Points—so that you can easily fit them into your Budget.
Nope, the Points system and algorithm, which makes healthy eating simple by boiling complex nutritional information down into one easy-to-use number, is staying the same. There are six components that make up a Points value. Calories are part of the equation; saturated fat and added sugar drive the Points values up, while fiber, protein, and unsaturated fats drive it down. Our scientifically-proven system is designed to guide everyone toward a healthier pattern of eating with foods that are higher in fiber, protein, and unsaturated fats (the better-for-you fats) and lower in added sugar and saturated fat (the less good-for-you fats).
No, since the Points algorithm is staying the same, so should the Points value of most of your favorite foods and recipes.
When it comes to Points, it’s important to remember that it’s not all about calories–it’s also about the nutritional quality of a food. No one nutrient on a nutrition label is the key to a pattern of healthy eating - it all is. At WW, we look at the whole picture. That’s because we understand that not all foods with the same calories have the same nutrients. And that changing one nutrient may change the calories along with it.
Calories matter, but focusing on calories alone won’t help you reach your goals. Protein matters, but focusing on protein alone won’t help you reach your goals. Fiber matters, but…you get the gist. Our program nudges you toward foods that are higher in fiber, 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 behavior patterns—and the WW app does all the math.
The amount of Points you get for any activity are totally personalized and determined by your height, weight, age, sex assigned at birth, and the type and duration of the activity. For example, a 6’1”, 300 lb man doing 30 minutes of yoga will get a different amount of Points than a 5’2”, 140 lb woman playing soccer, but each will get the amount of Points that are right for them. The Points you get for activity will be automatically added to your weekly Points (1 Point from activity = 1 Point in your weeklies). There is no weekly limit, so track that activity–walking the dog, hip hop class, chasing after kids…it all counts.
Yes, but you’ll have a few weeks to make the switch. The first time you open the app after November 13th, you'll see a prompt to accept the program changes. You can also choose to snooze this prompt. If you choose to accept the changes, you’ll then be able to see your updated ZeroPoints food list and Daily Budget. If you aren’t able to transition by December 10th, don’t worry! We’ll automatically switch you over so you can start getting all of the benefits of the simplified program.