WW (Weight Watchers) Diet

What is WW (Weight Watchers) Diet?

Although still used to shed pounds, WW (formerly Weight Watchers) is also focused on inspiring healthy living and improving overall well-being. That includes taking a holistic approach to help members eat healthier and move more. Its WW Freestyle program, launched in late 2017, builds on its SmartPoints system, which assigns every food and beverage a point value, based on its nutrition. The program expands dietary options that are 0 points from only fruits and vegetables to more than 200 foods, including eggs, seafood and corn. A backbone of the plan is multi-model access (via in-person workshops, online chat or phone) to support from people who lost weight using WW, kept it off and have been trained in behavioral weight management techniques.

Pros & Cons

  • Eat what you want; no foods off-limits
  • Flexibility to shape your own diet
  • Participation can be pricey, though often deemed a good value, depending on the program you choose

How does WW (Weight Watchers) Diet work?

For those who join WW via a Digital, Workshop or Personal Coaching membership, there’s no fixed membership period. But you can continue with the program after you’ve shed unwanted pounds to receive continued guidance on eating and healthy living. WW also recently rolled out a program specifically for those who want to build healthy habits without focusing on weight loss.

The SmartPoints system guides members toward an overall eating pattern that is lower in calories, saturated fat and sugar, and higher in protein, and the WW Freestyle program offers participants even more freedom and flexibility, with 200 foods to choose from that are 0 points, including eggs, corn, fish, seafood, skinless chicken or turkey breast, non-fat plain yogurt, beans, peas, lentils and tofu. These foods help lay a foundation for healthier pattern of eating and there’s a low risk for overeating them, WW says. However, you can eat whatever you want – provided you stick to your daily SmartPoints target, a number based on your gender, weight, height and age. The company offers thousands of recipes, each with a SmartPoints value, to show how it fits into your eating plan, and you can find the points values for more than 285,000 foods on the mobile app or desktop food database. If you’re preparing a dish that’s not listed in the database, you can calculate the points value ingredient by ingredient, using your mobile app or through the company’s website.

Link to Weight Watchers Diet website: https://www.weightwatchers.com/us/

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