How Tracking Can Help You Lose Weight

It's our #1 tool for success.

Being mindful of how much you eat, move, and whether you're gaining, losing, or maintaining your weight can help you see your progress more clearly. After all, the number on the scale is only one indicator of overall health: Wellness is about building habits that last a lifetime. So how does tracking fit it? It's one of the most powerful tools for behavior change because it creates accountability and enables you to reflect on and recognize your patterns. These are important factors for driving change! 

It's why on WW Freestyle™, you earn Wins for tracking healthy behaviors every day. And did we mention you can redeem these Wins for real-life rewards? It's all about reinforcing those behaviors that will help you reach your goals and maintain them. So start here:

How to track

You’ll want to keep track of your SmartPoints® values as you use them—the easiest, fastest way is on the WW app.

What did you have for breakfast this morning? Start by tracking that!

How to use the WW app

The My Day dashboard

My Day is your program home base. Toggle between food and activity using the split screen to track them.

To look up certain foods or activities, type a search term into the search bar, hit "Search" and browse the list. Tap or swipe right to add items to your dashboard.


Discover recipes

Browse  4,000+ recipes by selecting a category such as "Quick & easy" and then apply filters such as "meal time" or "SmartPoints value."  

If you find a recipe or meal you like but want to customize it, hit the edit button to make it suit your taste.

You can also build your own recipes and meals and save them to your "Favorites."  



Barcode Scanner

The barcode scanner is on the right. Tap it and scan over the barcode of a packaged food to get its SmartPoints value. It's super helpful in deciding what's worth it to you.  Once you've scanned a food or drink, you can save, favorite, and track it. 

You can also view a list of all items you've scanned for quick reference. 



Tap Journey to:

  • See how many Wins you've earned for healthy behavior. 
  • View your progress.
  • Read encouraging messages.
  • View your milestone badges.
  • See the weeks you've stayed in the Healthy Eating Zone—these are the days you've tracked and stayed within your daily Budget. This is indicated by the blue dots on the screen!  



Share your journey through photo and video and find inspiration from other members. Just tap on the Connect icon to join in. 

Follow @wwofficial for hacks, mantras, challenges, and more!


Advice from a Coach, 24/7

Whether you need advice, motivation, or technical help, our Coaches are here 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Just tap "Help" to chat with a real person who knows WW inside and out! 


Pro tips

  • Use the Barcode Scanner. Scan the barcode of almost any packaged food and it’ll automatically calculate the SmartPoints values for you.
  • Take a pic. Don’t have time to track? Take a picture and track it later. It’ll also help you remember exactly what you ate.
  • Pre-track your meal. Planning ahead will help you know how many SmartPoints you have to spend and what you want to spend them on.

Need help downloading the app

… or have questions about tracking? Our Coaches are there to help, so don’t hesitate to ask. Every Coach has been in your shoes, so they really get it.