Weight Watchers plans for men? In the 1960’s WW founder Jean Nidetch began inviting her female friends to her house to discuss how to best lose weight. These were the first Weight Watchers meetings, and apparently of little interest to men.
While Weight Watchers started out as a weight loss plan for women, it didn’t take WW long to realize that men lose weight in exactly the same way. Well, not exactly the same, as even though the plan, pricing, point system, and coupons are the same, it’s marketed differently to men.
Here’s all about Weight Watchers for men, including SmartPoints, the WW App, Resources & Support, and Meetings.
Men: SmartPoints & Tracking
As we mentioned, WW’s plans for men are the same as those for women, but you could say that the experience is slightly different. First, instead of counting calories on Weight Watchers, you’ll count points. This is the foundation of the WW program, and was quite a revolutionary idea from the beginning.
Why? Because 200 calories from a donut is completely different than 250 calories from grilled salmon. Sounds obvious, right? That’s why a glazed doughnut will cost 11 SmartPoints and the grilled salmon will cost you 2 SmartPoints!
Ok, more about how Weight Watchers works for men. Just like the fairer sex, men are assigned a number of daily and weekly SmartPoints based on height, weight, age, and gender.
So, as a man, you might get 36 SmartPoints each day. Think of it as your budget for “buying” your food. While unhealthy foods are not forbidden, they will cost you more. Healthy foods are worth fewer points, and most fruit and vegetables are free. If you are counting WW points, you’ll quickly realize that healthy choices cost fewer points and are a smarter choice.
Men are treated a bit differently when it comes to SmartPoint allocation because they are generally bigger and taller, and have more lean muscle mass. It’s the same program and point system, but men usually get a few extra points to spend each day. All of this point-tracking is done from the palm of your hand with the Weight Watchers app.
Men: Behold the Weight Watchers App:
Just like the ladies, men also use the Weight Watchers app to track SmartPoints every day. Tracking points helps you understand what you’re eating and keeps you within your budget. The idea is to train you to make better choices with food, which is a life-long benefit of Weight Watchers. The app is included in the price of all plans, and the most important tool to weight loss success.
So, how does the Weight Watchers app work? Here’s what the WW app looks like on an iPhone:
Hopefully the infographic above is pretty self-explanatory. Weight Watchers encourages you to track your points after every meal or snack, and not wait too long to track because accuracy is key for tracking.
WW Connect = Resources & Support for Men: (What is #WWbros?)
As phones and social media has evolved, so has Weight Watchers. Men used to have to login to the Weight Watchers website to find support, but no more. In fact, online support has evolved into “Connect,” which more of a social network of Weight Watchers members.
Did you know that 1/3 of men in the U.S. are obese? That’s a scary number, and men often don’t get the same social support that women enjoy. Connect gives men the chance to interact and find support from thousands of other men who are on Weight Watchers. Connect is an important component of Weight Watchers that you won’t get with other free dieting apps like MyFitnessPal.
Most diets fail, often because of a lack of motivation. Taking advantage of Connect’s supportive community provides the daily motivation that’s crucial for any diet’s success. Men are encouraged to post:
I’ve tried buying exercise equipment to work out by myself at home, but I always lacked the motivation I got from going to the gym and connecting with others. I guess other men would say that Connect helps fill this “motivation void” in the same way.
Meetings have been proven to double the long-term success rate of Weight Watchers. Why? Those two important factors again: motivation and accountability.
Weight Watchers has done a good job of providing both of those through Connect, but some people do better with more personal attention. Have you ever used a personal trainer or taken classes at the gym? It’s a lot easier to find direction when you do, and you’re less likely to quit.
With meetings you really get personal attention, and the weekly weigh-ins and support from others provides both motivation and accountability. Men are less likely to stray from their diet when they know they must be accountable.
Most men opt to do “online only” (aka FreeStyle) with Weight Watchers, as meetings don’t fit into the average man’s busy schedule, cost more, (about $50 per month) and most meeting groups are heavily skewed with females. (Hey, why is that bad!?) However, it’s worth seeing if there is a meeting location near you, as for some men it may be the difference between success and failure. If you want to know more about how WW meetings work, we wrote a post on it here: What to expect at your first Weight Watchers meeting?
Weight Watchers for Men Cost?
As mentioned, men literally join the same plans as women, and there is no price difference. For their popular OnlinePlus plan, men pay about $20 per month, while adding meetings will cost you about $50 per month total. That’s still a lot less than Nutrisystem! You can drop the cost of WW even more when you use a coupon.
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Weight Watchers for Men? It’s the Same Program, Just Different Marketing
So, in conclusion, know that WeightWatchers for Men is the same program that the ladies enjoy, but the marketing is different. It’s really the same plan at the same price, the only difference is that men might get a few more SmartPoints, and have more manly resources suggested to them through the app.
Another similarity is that both men and women can take advantage of the same weekly promotions from Weight Watchers for up to a 50% discount on your first 3 months:
I hope you learned a bit more about Weight Watchers for men! It’s consistently ranked as the best weight loss diet, (by U.S. News) and at about $20 per month it’s quite reasonable. (Or, less w/ a coupon)
Bonus: The Difference Between Men & Women
If you have a couple of minutes, you should really watch Chris Rock explain the difference between men and women: (PG-13)
*If you’re a man who has tried Weight Watchers, let us know with your review below:
Unlike meal delivery dieting programs or ones that encourage dieters to count calories religiously, Weight Watchers attempts to change dieters’ entire relationship to food and fitness themselves.
Dieters track SmartPoints, assigned to foods according to fat, sugar, and fiber content. The result is a less restricted, more flexible dieting routine that emphasizes understanding and choosing smart nutrition.
Weight Watchers’ new FreeStyle program, which it calls its “best program ever,” is its most flexible. It gives participants a low-cost means of tracking SmartPoints, checking in with other members, and achieving their weight loss goals.
Right now, the Weight Watchers’ FreeStyle program costs about $20 per month, and you can add optional meetings for a $50 per month total. These costs are relatively low in comparison to other industry diets, but there are free apps out there like MyFitnessPal. So, is Weight Watchers really worth $20+ per month for the standard dieter?
In general, we think $20 per month is a good value for all of the features you grt! Here’s more insight into why, and what you get for your money.
The Weight Watchers Freestyle Program
Weight Watchers’ new Freestyle Program is ideal for on-the-go dieters who crave diet flexibility and a sense of community in their weight loss goals. All three plans–OnlinePlus, Meetings, and Coaching–include the following:
Food and activity tracking via app and web
Personalized diet and fitness goal setting
Access to the Weight Watchers community via Weight Watchers Connect, meetings, or personal coaching
24/7 online chat support
Syncing with fitness trackers
Access to “exclusive content” (i.e., healthy recipes and knowledge banks)
The Freestyle Meetings plan additionally offers guidance from trained leaders, weekly group meetings, private weigh-ins, and guidebooks. In place of these benefits, the Coaching plan connects dieters with a dedicated coach, unlimited one-to-one phone calls with this coach, personalized action plans, and customized skill training.
In general, all plans are designed to hold dieters somewhat accountable by connecting them to people who are either in their same shoes or have walked a similar path.
The Coaching plan is by far the most personalized and most likely to hold Weight Watchers participants accountable to their weight loss goals. It’s not extremely popular, but a good option for women or men who don’t have time to attend meetings, but benefit from the extra support and accountability. Learn more…
Is WW Online Worth It? – Potential Benefits and Results
Such access to the Weight Watchers community, whether via coach, meetings, or check-ins, is one of the most valuable components of this program.
In fact, this recent Lancet study discovered that dieters are far more likely to increase or even double their weight loss results when they go beyond self-imposed study and calorie-control!
While Weight Watchers does not guarantee specific benefits of the Freestyle program, it does state that participants are likely to lose an average of one to two pounds per week.
Dieters who commit to the program the longest are more likely to show more serious results than those who flit in and out for weeks or days at a time. These dieters are also far more likely to keep off the weight they’ve lost, a challenge many dieters face in the long run.
Most importantly, weight and fat loss via the Weight Watchers Freestyle program can dramatically reduce participants’ risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and stroke. All of this can be accomplished without fitness, too, an aspect of the program ideal for exercise-phobic dieters.
Most Weight Watchers “graduates” succeed in completely altering their relationship to food, finding the knowledge and confidence they need to make healthy choices on their own, long after their program is complete. In fact, some graduates go on to become Weight Watchers experts, leading meetings and inspiring other dieters.
This is often because the WW program does not focus on restriction; rather, it emphasizes community, dedication, and knowledge about healthy food and your own nutrition needs.
The Value of Weight Watchers Meetings & Connections
Look who crashed a WW meeting!
Weight Watchers recommends the Meetings Freestyle program to first-time dieters. Dieters on the Meetings plan get to connect in-person with other Freestyle dieters on a weekly basis, acquiring valuable support and encouragement.
Weight Watchers has thousands of meeting locations, making it easy for participants to connect, share stories, and get inspired. The meetings are led by experts who have lost weight themselves through Weight Watchers, and every meeting will have a different topic for discussion.
But are Weight Watchers meetings worth it?
Meetings give dieters a chance to go beyond their digital, app-based connections with other dieters, and studies show that meetings greatly increase the success rate. However, that’s a moot point if they don’t fit into your schedule, or there isn’t a convenient meeting location to attend. Weight Watchers meetings function much like any other support group–they are there to empower your journey and give you the tools you need to succeed.
In-person connection can also do wonders for accountability, which is one of the most difficult aspects of dieting itself. Meetings can also offer tangible strategies for improvement from people who truly understand your path.
Meetings plan participants also get to do weekly private weigh-ins with a team leader. This can be intimidating at first, but it can also be an empowering supplement to in-person meetings themselves.
If you opt for the Freestyle program’s cheapest plan, OnlinePlus, you still have access to the Weight Watchers community via the program’s app, where you can upload images, share success stories, and seek advice 24/7. This “Weight Watchers Connect” component of the Freestyle program can be vital for dieters who want a little more freedom and privacy yet still crave the support of a community.
Weight Watchers vs. (Free Alternative) MyFitnessPal
MyFitnessPal is an app that’s a good free alternative to Weight Watchers. But is it as good as Weight Watchers? Let’s look at what both of them offer:
A community of dieters with similar goals
An app-based food and exercise tracker
Access to a database of foods and recipes
So, why pay to use Weight Watchers? Well, unlike MyFitnessPal, WW doesn’t simply just count calories. In fact, the basis of their program is their point system which assigns point values to all foods and then gives you a budget to spend, which should result in healthy food choices and weight loss.
Why is this significant? Consider that a jelly donut might have the same number of calories as grilled salmon with vegetables. While MyFitnessPal sees these as the same, Weight Watchers does not. For this reason, I believe that counting points is a superior way to track food than counting calories.
Also, the Weight Watchers “Connect” community is a superior social network of supportive people who are also on the program. In my opinion when something is offered for “free,” the quality of the community and resources suffers as there is no cost or barrier to entry. It’s the same reason why “free” dating sites should be avoided, and “free” public pools in the city aren’t as nice as ones you pay to enter!
Justifying the Cost
We already spend a lot of money on worthless things each month
In determining whether Weight Watchers is worth the money, let’s look at a few other monthly expenses and their cost:
Starbucks coffee: A single ($4) Starbucks coffee each weekday morning sounds like a harmless habit, but that adds up to $80 per month!
Cable TV: The average cost of cable TV just surpassed $100 per month for the first time!
Wine / Alcohol: My husband and I enjoy a bottle of wine about twice a week. Even at only $10 per bottle, that’s an $80 per month habit.
Smoking: Yuck, how do people still smoke in this day and age? Well, smoking half a pack a day will cost you $100+ per month
Lottery Tickets: If you buy 5 ($2) lottery tickets once a week, that’s a $40 per month expense
Personal Trainer: At $50 per session, twice a week, the assistance of a personal trainer is a $400 per month expense.
Meal Delivery diets, like Nutrisystem, replace a lot of your meals but cost $300+ per month
Obesity: America’s obesity epidemic costs the country hundreds of billions of dollars a year. When you calculate the related expenses, doctor visits, and lost days at work, it’s not an exaggeration to assume that being overweight can cost you $1000+ per month! (Wow, now that $20 per month for WW looks like a good investment!)
So, Is Weight Watchers Worth It?
“Is it worth it? Let me work it I put my thing down, flip it, and reverse it!” – Work It, Missy Elliot
All in all, is Weight Watchers worth it for the average dieter?
In general, it usually is!
Many individuals struggling with weight are at risk of serious medical conditions, meaning that they may find themselves facing steep medical bills on a regular basis. In fact, obesity accounts for 21% of American medical spending every year!
Personal trainers, dieting coaches, and meal delivery plans can also be expensive, providing services that total in the hundreds and thousands of dollars. Given the fact that the most expensive Weight Watchers plan clocks in at about $20 per month, ($50 with meetings) the cost comparison is staggering, and makes WW look like a good value.
The Weight Watchers Freestyle program is also unique in its ability to truly connect dieters, helping them discover the accountability and inspiration they need to reach their goals. It can empower participants with knowledge in a way that most programs simply cannot, giving dieters the tools and awareness they need to craft the diet that is best for them.
The Freestyle program also has the potential for high success, particularly for dieters who commit to the program long-term and are invested in changing their relationship to food itself. Dieters who opt for the Meetings plan are especially set up for success, given this plan’s emphasis on community.
From this perspective, the Weight Watchers program offers a holistic approach to dieting that is hard to find elsewhere, and at such a convenient price. We’re not alone in our belief in the value of Weight Watchers, as it’s consistently rated as the #1 weight loss diet in America by U.S. News, ahead of any of the “free” or book-based alternatives.
WW Freestyle Program Review: It’s no accident that WW (formerly, “Weight Watchers”) “Wellness that Works™” is the number one name in weight loss. In fact, it was recognized again this year as the “Best Weight Loss Diet” by U.S. News.
But exactly how does WW work, how much weight can you lose, and how does the new “Freestyle“ program work? Let’s see what we can we learn from all of the reviews and ratings online by examining the following:
What is WW, Wellness That Works™? (formerly Weight Watchers)
Got 2 minutes? The video above is a great overview of WW, “a lifestyle, not a diet,”learn more.
WW isn’t just a diet, and for decades their weight loss plan has evolved and taken millions of women and men on a journey of positive, lasting change.
In fact, they challenge you to, “move more, eat well, connect with others, celebrate victories, overcome challenges, and reach what you never thought was possible”
Wow, that’s really inspiring, did Oprah say that?
How Does WW Digital (formerly Weight Watchers OnlinePlus) Work?
OK, apparently everyone is losing weight, I get it. But, how does WW work?
WW is based on a science-backed SmartPoints system that assigns every food and beverage a points value based on nutrition. Foods that have more saturated fats, sugar, and empty calories get assigned higher point values while foods high in protein and “good” carbs have lower point values. No food is off-limits, but you’ll have to limit portion sizes make good food choices.
Each day you have a certain number of points called, “SmartPoints,” to spend on food, which helps to teach you good eating habits. For example, grilled salmon with asparagus will cost you zero SmartPoints, while a cheeseburger is going to cost you 12 points! See where we’re going with this?
WW’s new Freestyle program adds more flexibility and healthy foods that cost zero points. This encourages you to eat more fruits, veggies, and lean protein, while skipping foods high in sugar and bad carbs. Freestyle also lets you rollover unused points to other days (think travel and vacations) when you need them more.
Most diets end in failure because they are based on food restriction which tends to make your cravings for unhealthy foods even stronger. The philosophy of Weight Watchers is to teach you good eating habits so that you enjoy sustainable long-term weight loss and a healthier lifestyle.
*Changes made in the new Freestyle program are a bit controversial, which we discuss in the reasons for negative Weight Watchers reviews below.
3 WW Plan Choices: Online Plus, Meetings (Studio), or Personal Coaching
While all WW FreeStyle plans include Digital (formerly Weight Watchers Online Plus), you may want to consider adding the personal interaction and motivation that you get by adding Studio (formerly Meetings) or Personal Coaching. Here’s what each of the WW plans offer:
WW Digital(formerly, “Online Plus”): The cheapest option, but still full of features, and helpful tools. WW Digital includes the WW app to track your food and daily Smart Points anywhere at anytime. You also have access to their thousands of searchable online recipes plus encouragement from the WW online community with “WW Connect”
WW Studio (formerly “Meetings”): Choosing WW Studio will cost more, but significantly increases your potential success rate. Attending meetings adds the powerful component of personal support, motivation, and accountability. *More: How do WW meetings work?
WW Coaching: If you like the idea of meetings, but it doesn’t work with your schedule, consider adding personal coaching. You have all the features and tools of WW Digital and the phone and text support from a personal coach of your choice. Your Coach will create an action plan that works with your lifestyle and personality
Really, which plan you choose is a personal preference. Although studies suggest that adding meetings increases the success rate, you shouldn’t feel that meetings are required, especially if they don’t fit into your busy schedule!
How the WW App Works:
The WW app is central to their entire program, as it’s what you’ll use to track your points, and access their resources such as WW Connect. (formerly “Weight Watchers Connect”)
WW Connect is their social network consisting of thousands of other women and men who are using WW to reach their weight loss goals. It helps to provide you with support and motivation, two crucial factors in successful weight loss. You can access Connect right from your phone to share photos, recipes, weight loss updates, posts, and more.
Here’s how the WW app works:
The app looks a little different on Android / Samsung, but basically the same.
Does WW Work?
In order to determine whether WW really works, let’s look at ratings and reviews from users and experts to determine a success rate.
Because there are no published WW success rates. However, WeightWatchers.com emphasizes the fact that most participants lose at least one pound a week if they stick to program requirements. , but do they really?
For a better measure of success rate, lets look at Weight Watchers’ satisfaction ratings from hundreds of (honest) customer ratings on ConsumerReports.com:
Customer Satisfaction / Success Rate:
The best source of honest WW customer ratings is ConsumerAffairs.com, so let’s look at how 1050 users rated WW: (Updated 1/02/19)
Assuming that 4+ stars means that WW (no longer “Weight Watchers”) worked, we can assume an 80% success rate based on 1050 user ratings.
These customer ratings are consistent with a 2017 Lancet study of WW efficacy which concluded that long-term participants lost over twice as much weight than individuals who sought short-term intervention and self-help weight loss solutions. These participants committed to the program for at least a year and were also able to maintain their new weights more effectively.
It should also be noted that WW success stories focus on one thing: WW as a permanent solution for long-term change. Many dieters are able to keep their new weights because of conscious lifestyle modifications; most stay with the program for months and even years, going on to become WW mentors and personal coaches.
From this perspective, WW is highly successful; usually working for those who are receptive to its principles and commit to long-term healthy lifestyle choices.
How Much Weight Can You Lose on WW?
The goal of WW is to lose weight at a sustainable pace of about 2 pounds per week or 6-8 pounds per month. Depending on your starting weight you could lose more in your first month as your body reacts to your healthier food choices and fewer bad carbs.
You should also note that weekly weight loss can fluctuate, so the monthly weight loss total is most significant. Now, let’s look at how the experts rate WW.
WW: Expert Ratings
Let’s look at how WW rates compared to other diets. Here’s how a panel of weight loss experts rated WW in several key categories: (2018 U.S. News)
Rated #1 in: Best Commercial Diet Plan
Rated #1 in: Best Fast Weight Loss Diets
Rated #1 in: Best Long-Term Weight Loss Diets
Ranks #2 in: Easiest Diets to Follow
Ranks #3 in: Best Diabetes Diets
In the important, Easiest to Follow category, (rated #2) experts stated that,
“Weight Watchers outperformed most of the other ranked diets on this measure. Why? You’ll get enough to eat, you don’t have to eliminate any favorites and there’s a strong emphasis on emotional support, which tends to lead to a higher success rate”
For their rating in the all-important, Long-Term Weight Loss category, (rated #1) they also added,
“Thanks to WW (Weight Watchers) emphasis on a balanced diet with no restrictions, experts named WW No. 1 in this category. They also appreciated the program’s support system, which helps dieters keep the pounds off.”
More Expert Ratings:
To support the claim that WW does work, let’s look at more expert ratings from professionals and credible authorities.
“WW (Weight Watchers) is one of the most well-researched weight loss programs available. And, yes, it works.” – Brunilda Nazario, MD
That sounds pretty promising coming from a doctor! Here’s what the American Journal of Medicine found in their study, specifically noting the effectiveness of adding WW Studio:
“In summary, this study found that participants in a community-based, intensive behavioral counseling program demonstrated significantly greater weight loss at 6 months compared with participants in a self-help condition…
These findings suggest that the WW program is effective in promoting significant weight loss in community-based settings and is a viable referral choice for clinicians’ patients diagnosed with obesity.”
*Credible Study: A study by Indiana University concluded that in a study of 225 obese adults with pre-diabetes, those who used WW (formerly Weight Watchers) lost “significantly” more weight (and more improvements in their health) than a control group of people who attempted to lose weight on their own. Although no actual success rate was published, the results seem to affirm that WW works.
*WebMD says: When asked if WW works, WebMD reported that, “Overall, (Weight Watchers) is an excellent, easy to follow program because it does the work for you… great for people with high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, and even heart disease.”
In conclusion I would say that when followed properly, WW does work and results in significant weight loss, especially if you add meetings with WW Studio, and use the app.
Why WW (Usually) Works:
OK, an impressive majority of customers and experts agree that WW works, so let’s talk about why it works. There’s usually a very significant emotional component involved in eating. For this reason, a DIY approach to weight loss usually ends in failure, because in a sense you’re fighting yourself. (that’s a battle you can’t win!)
Alcoholics Anonymous was founded on the principle that “a great personal addiction or struggle requires an attention shift away from the “self” to a higher power with the support and fellowship of others.”
I believe that adopting a healthy lifestyle can be a similar struggle, and requires some degree of support from others. WW offers “WW Connect” as a supportive app-based social network to their members, as well as optional in-person weekly meetings for fellowship, connection, and accountability.
Those who embrace the social component to the WW program enjoy a much higher success rate, and I believe that is the “secret sauce” of why WW works.
WW (formerly Weight Watchers) Customer Reviews:
Honest customer reviews are probably even more important than how doctors and weight loss experts review WW.
Consumer Reports: It’s worth noting that WW is the top-rated commercial diet with Consumer Reports readers, earning an impressive 74/100 score, and an “excellent” score in 4 out of 6 categories.
Now, let’s take a look at customer reviews from ConsumerAffairs.com and examine common complaints and positive praise for the diet:
WW: Negative Reviews
There’s a lot to like about WW, and plenty of testimonials out there, but let’s look at why WW didn’t work for a lot of people. When people complain or want to write a negative review, they often do so at ConsumerAffairs.com. Let’s look at the nearly 1000 reviews and 500 ratings to see what customers complained about:
So, how is it that the #1 rated commercial diet gets so many online complaints? Here are the top 5 complaints we found in negative WW reviews:
Freestyle (New Points System) “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” – Bert Lance. The most common complaint in recent WW reviews is that customers don’t like the new Freestyle program. Specifically, a lot of long-time members say that Freestyle encourages them to eat too much, and they aren’t losing enough weight. Even though FreeStyle still uses “SmartPoints,” a lot of people feel the old points system was more structured, more effective, and that there are too many new ZeroPoint™ foods. For a lot of current members, adapting to the new Freestyle program was an unwelcome disruption to their routine.
Tech Support “For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press three.” – Alice Kahn. WW is most effective when you take advantage of the online features and tools and the WW app. A number of people had frustrating tech problems including with the WW app, synching WW to FitBit, and accessing the Coaching feature.
Misleading Fees / Billing – When you sign up as a new customer you get a lower, promotional rate for up to 6 months. After the promotional period ends, you are automatically billed at a higher price. For OnlinePlus this is $19.95/month, and for WW + Meetings it’s $54.95/month. You are also responsible for buying all of your own food, so most of the actual cost of WW is in your grocery bill. If you prefer prepared meal-delivery, you can consider plans like Nutrisystem or South Beach Diet, although with these diets you’ll pay for your food all at once each month. ($300+ monthly)
Early Cancellation Fee “If you have purchased a subscription and are currently on a 3-month plan your subscription is non-refundable except according to the special refund circumstances policy and subject to law…” – weightwatchers.com refund policy. Most people join WW by taking advantage of the 3-month Savings Plan for new customers. What they don’t often realize is that your initial signup is a contract and therefore non-refundable or has an early termination fee of $39.95. However, if you stay with WW past your initial commitment, you can cancel any time.
“Just Download a Free App Instead” – A number of negative reviews mention regret for having not just downloaded a free weight loss app instead of paying for WW. There are some great free or cheap weight loss apps out there including MyFitnessPal, SparkPeople, FitBit, and Lose It! Of course, you should consider the value of the WW community, recipes, support, and the highly-rated WW app for tracking and counting points. It can get a little lonely on some free apps!
WW: Positive Reviews
OK, there are lots of good reviews and testimonials out there too, so let’s try to be fair and balanced like Fox News (um, right!?) So, here’s what customers like best about WW:
WW FreeStyle Program – Yes, customers biggest complaint is also their favorite part of the program, so you could say the Freestyle plan is a bit controversial among members. For all the people who wrote negative reviews about it, there are a lot more people who really like it and think it’s an improvement. While change is often hard, a plethora of reviews champion the new flexibility… even Oprah! “The Freestyle program has made WW easier than ever. ZeroPoint™ foods are what keep me full, with pointed-foods there to supplement and make it fun. I don’t feel like I’m on a “diet” at all.” Bea of Miami, Fl
The Price – WW is probably the least expensive commercial diet, consisting of online resources, tools, recipes and community with optional meetings. This means that at $20 per month, WW OnlinePlus can fit into any budget. A lot of customers think it’s a terrific value, even with Meetings and Coaching costing more (about $50 / month).
The WW Community – “Now you see me going through it, you may think there’s nothing to it, but I simply cannot do it Alone! – Velma Kelly, Chicago the Musical Reaching your weight loss goal (estimate yours!) is more likely when you get support from others. Positive reviews often praise their supportive online community, Connect. A number of people even mentioned making long-lasting friendships online and in meetings.
“Easy to Return To” – Many reviews are from women and men who tried WW (when it was, “Weight Watchers”) years ago and are returning. “I am a returning member to WW. When I quit, thinking I can do it on my own, I gained most of my weight back. When I returned, not only was I welcomed but I was also not judged. This encouraged me to get back on the right path and the Freestyle program is perfect for me. I’m happy to be back.” Margaret of Washington, DC. Since the cost is minimal, ($20 / month) you can quit Weight Watchers after a number of months or years and come back again in the future.
The Meetings – “I love the leader of the meeting and feel the meetings really inspire, and push me towards my goal!” Karen of Rocky Hill, CT “I’ve done online only, but the only thing that really works for me is meetings combined with online/app. I have lost weight with other “diets” but truly feel that WW is a lifestyle and not a diet.” – Debbie of Tulso, OK Are you the type of person who benefits from personal interaction? WW Studio (meetings) offers both encouragement and accountability, and are proven to increase the success rate of WW up to 50%.
“WW Not Just a Diet” – “I feel like I have a whole new life. WW is great, because I’m learning how to use real food for a healthy lifestyle while staying active. I cook my own dinner, go out to eat, eat pizza, and I am still on program. It is something I can do for the rest of my life!” – Meredith of Chapel Hill, NC
Well said, Meredith, and a healthy lifestyle with better food choices is the core of the WW plan.
WW Testimonials (Video)
Personally, I think it’s inspiring to know that thousands of others are facing the same challenge that I am. That’s why real testimonials can be motivational to watch. Such is the case with the testimonials from actual members that are posted on weightwatchers.com. Here’s an inspiring video testimonial of a women who made a lifestyle change with WW:
WW “Wellness that Works,” isn’t a miracle pill or a weekend cleanse, it’s a lifestyle. It’s more than just losing 10 pounds for a wedding, and asks you to challenge yourself to live a healthier lifestyle. That’s why it’s rated the #1 commercial diet, and has helped millions of men and women reach their weight loss goals and live a healthier life without giving up the foods they love!
How much does WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) cost? Whether you’re on a budget or not, it’s good to do your homework and read reviews before starting any diet.
Because of its low cost, simplicity, and high success rate, WW has become the most popular commercial diet for women and men looking to lose weight and keep it off. Read on to learn more about their plans, and how much WW will cost you.
*Update 2019: Weight Watchers is now, “WW: Weight Watchers Reimagined.” If you do join, we have exclusive coupons for up to 50% off!
WW: 3 Plan Options:
Before knowing what Weight Watchers will cost you, you’ll want to decide on the best plan for your needs. While all plans include Freestyle and the resources of WW Digital, (formerly Weight Watchers Online Plus) you also have the option to add meetings or personal coaching. So, what does each plan offer?
Digital (OnlinePlus): Great for self-starters who are busy and want flexibility. Get access to thousands of recipes, online tools, and the WW Connect online community to help motivate you
Studio (Meetings): (Includes OnlinePlus) Adding meetings greatly increases the chance of success in meeting your weight loss goals. Meetings are 30-40 minutes and provide in-person support as well as motivation and accountability. Here’s how a WW meeting works.
Personal Coaching(Includes OnlinePlus) Adding coaching gives you unlimited support via phone or text. Your coach will design an action plan to help you meet your goals that works for your lifestyle and schedule.
I’d compare these plan options to how people choose to exercise. While some people find that they can get up early every morning and jog a few miles on their own, (like WW Online only) others prefer to take group classes at the gym, (like WW Meetings) or add the motivation and support of a personal trainer. (WW Coaching)
WW (Weight Watchers): 2 Payment Options
Before knowing what WW will cost you, you’ll want to decide how much of an initial commitment you’d like to make.
3-Month Savings Plan: This option requires that you pay for 3 months up front, and offers the best pricing, as you can save up to 50% on your first 3 months.
Pay for 1 Month Only – Afraid of making a commitment? No problem, Weight Watchers gives you the option to only pay for one month initially, but you won’t get the best discount when you join
WW (Weight Watchers) Cost Per Day, Week, & Month:
WW costs exactly the same for both women and men. Here’s a breakdown of what each plan will cost you once the new customer promotion ends:
You might call WW Digital with “online only” the “self-help” option of the three. With 24/7 convenience of access from any device, the Digital-only option for WW is ideal for the self-motivated man or woman on the go, and adds the online support of the Weight Watchers community. “OnlinePlus” only is the cheapest and most popular of the plans.
At initial signup you can opt to commit to only one month at a time, or signup for their 3-month savings plan, which often comes with free registration and a discount.
There is no long-term commitment with either option, although the three-month savings plan assumes that you will complete the 3-month commitment, or may have to pay a cancelation fee.
How much does it cost to join WW, Weight Watchers Reimagined?Digital (only) costs about:
Adding meetings to Weight Watchers Online is recommended, and has been proven to significantly increase success rates, with people who attend meetings losing about 3 times the weight as those who go it alone. In that spirit, the Harvard School of Public Health has said that,
“Behavioral, psychological, and social factors are probably far more important for weight loss than the mix of nutrients in a diet.”
Most people benefit from the support and guidance that meetings offer in addition to the tools and recipes that OnlinePlus offers. Their confidential weigh-ins help add accountability to your goals, which further increases your odds of success. There are thousands of local meeting locations, so check their site to see where the closest one is for you.
“One particular weekly meeting topic was ‘Believe.’ The Leader told us, ‘Visualize yourself at your goal. What does it look like to you?’ I found an old photo of myself and I started picturing myself after my goal, and I started to believe” – Lucy, Meetings member
Monthly fees will run around $50 per month, and you can often join free and get a sizable discount with their 3-month savings plan. As with the online-only option, the fee will be billed every month unless you cancel.
How much do Weight Watchers meetings cost? After any initial promotion ends, (not all meeting locations participate in the online promotions) Meetings cost about:
If you’re on a budget, consider that the average American spends about $160 per week on food, which you should add to your weekly and monthly total cost estimates for Weight Watchers.
Think of WW as tools, recipes, and a support system for weight loss that adapts to your lifestyle. While no foods are included (or off-limits), you’ll need to calculate points to stay on track.
Weight Watchers is consistently rated as one the top commercial diets, and it’s strengths include being easy to follow as well as being named the best diets for weight-loss.
More about WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined)
Weight Watchers was formulated with a very simple concept; bringing like minds together for the purpose of support in losing weight. In the early 1960’s, Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch began inviting friends to her Queens home once per week to discuss the best ways to lose weight.
A housewife who lost well over 60 pounds, the program expanded to what it is today- one of the largest weight loss conglomerates averaging 48,000 meetings per week in 30 different countries worldwide.
Weight Watchers operates on the idea that participants can lose an average of 2 pounds per week using healthier methods than counting calories. The idea is to focus on the individual’s health as a whole, and not just weight loss. The diet is easy to follow, and comparable in price to other leading commercial weight loss programs. Join now!
Weight Watchers versus NutriSystem – Coke or Pepsi? Cat or dog? Netflix or cable? Let’s face it, life is full of choices, and no one choice is going to work for everyone. That’s the case with diets, so let’s talk about two popular options: Weight Watchers and Nutrisystem.
Weight Watchers is a DIY diet and Nutrisystem is based on meal-delivery, so the biggest question to ask yourself in determining which is better for you may be, “do I like to cook?”
America is split on this question with 50% of people saying that they “hate to cook.” That means even though Weight Watchers is rated higher by experts and more popular, it might not be the better diet for your lifestyle.
Before we talk about each of these popular diets in detail, let’s see how the experts rated them head to head:
Ratings: Weight Watchers vs. Nutrisystem
U.S. News asked a panel of health and diet experts to rate these two diets on a number of factors including short and long term weight loss results. Weight Watchers came away with an impressive score, but no single diet is best for everyone. Here’s more about Weight Watchers and Nutrisystem:
You already know that Oprah loves it, but in case that’s not enough to sell you on WW, here’s how it works.
Weight Watchers is a bit of a do-it-yourself diet. With WW all foods are assigned a point value and you have a daily “budget” to spend on them. That means that no foods are off-limits, but the unhealthy, sinful treats might cost you big.
WW loves when you eat fruits and vegetables, and most of them are “free” in their point system. With their new Freestyle program, you can even carry over unused points to another day if needed.
Weight Watchers Online includes tools, recipes, and the support of the online community. For more support and accountability you add meetings which will cost you more but have been proven to double the success rate.
Just stay within your daily point allotment and you should experience gradual weight loss!
Unlike Weight Watchers’ DIY approach, Nutrisystem is a monthly meal-delivery diet that tells you what to eat and when. Their program is based on portion control, balanced nutrition, and eating smaller more frequent meals and snacks throughout the day.
Their prepared meals and snacks are high in lean protein and fiber and low in bad carbs and fat. Nutrisystem has three plan levels: BASIC, CORE, and Uniquely Yours with the difference being that you pay more for increased food variety.
Nutrisystem starts out with the “Turbo 13“ fast weight loss phase that challenges you to lose 13+ pounds in your first month. The goal of Turbo 13 is to quickly regulate your blood sugar levels and boost your metabolism to prepare you for months of sustainable weight loss.
Nutrisystem provides you with most of your food for the month, although you’ll have to supplement meals with fresh fruits and vegetables. You’ll also have a few “Flex meals” each week consisting of a breakfast, lunch, and dinner on your own.
Consumer Reports says that NutriSystem is, “best for non-cooks who want to spend the least possible amount of money on packaged foods.”
Nutrisystem is very popular with busy people and diabetics, as it focuses more on regulating blood sugar levels. Here’s their latest promotion for new customers:
There’s a big difference in the strategy of these two opponents. Think of Weight Watchers as the heavily-favored World Champion, but the underdog Nutrisystem and their “Turbo 13” move can’t be overlooked.
The biggest difference here to consider is “do-it-yourself” (Weight Watchers) vs. “meal-delivery (Nutrisystem).” Two completely different styles. Consider the following:
If you enjoy cooking: point Weight Watchers
If you are very busy: point Nutrisystem
If you enjoy dining out, point Weight Watchers
If you don’t like prepared food, point Weight Watchers
If regulating your blood sugar levels is important, point Nutrisystem
Well, no knockouts yet, let’s look at the price.
Weight Watchers only costs $20+ per month, (unless you add Meetings) but to say that it’s cheaper than Nutrisystem is misleading. Why? Because Weight Watchers requires that you buy all of your own food while Nutrisystem sends you most meals every month.
Even though Nutrisystem costs about $300 per month, their prepared food replaces most of the meals you would have been buying on your own. That means your grocery store bills should drop like a rock as you’ll only need to buy fruits and veggies to supplement the meals and snacks that they provide.
When you consider that the monthly grocery bill for one person is about $300-440 per month, you’ll see why the cost of these two diets is pretty comparable.
If being on Nutrisystem drops your grocery bill by 70%, then your daily food cost is going to be a similar $15+ per day (total) with both diets.
So, it seems the main cost difference between Weight Watchers and Nutrisystem is that with Nutrisystem you pay for a month of food all at once instead of one day at a time.
Tip: Both of these diets will force you to skip that daily $5 Frappuccino from Starbucks. Not only is it expensive, but It’s got 72g of carbs and 69g of sugar! (source) That’s a bomb that will destroy any diet!
Weight Watchers or NutriSystem: Which Is Better?
Weight Watchers is consistently rated higher than Nutrisystem, and usually wins the annual titles of “Best Weight Loss Diet” and “Best Commercial Diet Plan” from U.S. News.
Also, Consumer Reports rates Weight Watchers higher, and concludes that people are more likely to reach their weight loss goals with Weight Watchers than Nutrisysem.
So, according to the experts, Weight Watchers is the better diet. and wins the fight!
And, the Winner Is… Weight Watchers!
Weight Watchers is a powerful opponent!
Ding, Ding, Ding! OK, Weight Watchers wins, but it may not be a unanimous decision. That’s because choosing a diet is a personal decision, and you must ask yourself “which diet is best for me and my lifestyle?”
If you like the idea of a hands-on, do-it-yourself diet (with the option of meetings) then you’ll probably agree with the experts that Weight Watchers is better.
However, if you don’t like the idea of counting points, preparing your own meals, and watching portion size, then maybe you’d prefer a structured meal-delivery program like Nutrisystem?
Either way, if you do sign up for one of these two heavyweight diets, be sure to get the best price by checking today’s coupons below!