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WW (Weight Watchers) Reviews | Here’s How it Works. Does It? • 2019

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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?

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What Is the WW Freestyle Program?

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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. 

*Related: WW Points list: See the 99 most tracked foods

3 WW Plan Choices: Online Plus, Meetings (Studio), or Personal Coaching

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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:

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The app looks a little different on Android / Samsung, but basically the same.


Does WW Work?

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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

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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:

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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:

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Um, Sally… are you sure you want to eat cake for breakfast?

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:

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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

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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)  
  4. 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.
  5. 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

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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:

  1. 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
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. “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.
  5. 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%.
  6. “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:

More video testimonials on their site here

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!

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WW Online Plus: Your Own Review?

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WW (Weight Watchers) Point System Explained | How Points Work

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How the new WW FreeStyle point system works: Understanding the WW, (Weight Watchers Reimagined) point system is crucial to potential success on the diet.

The WW point system has undergone a few significant changes over the years, but basically it’s the same concept: you count points instead of calories to lose weight.

Here’s all about the WW point system, and how it works:

Jump to: How the WW Point System works | How many WW points do I get? | Tracking points | SmartPoints or Points Plus System? | 99 most-tracked foods | WW points calculator


How The WW (Weight Watchers) FreeStyle Point System Works

The current WW program is called, “Freestyle,” and it uses a point system based on counting “SmartPoints.”

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FreeStyle’s point system assigns a point-value to every food based on nutritional content including calories, protein, sugar, and saturated fat content.

When you join WW you’re given a points “budget” based on a number of criteria including your height and weight which you spend each day on food. Members then track their food in the WW app after each meal, and your new point balance is instantly calculated. Although no foods are off-limits, you’ll need to make good choices to stay within your points budget.

As you can guess, healthy foods cost fewer points, and unhealthy foods will cost more. In fact, WW believes that there are a number of healthy foods that shouldn’t cost any points at all. As a result, the FreeStyle point system has introduced “Zero-Point foods.”

Another significant update to the points system is called, “Points Rollover.” WW learned that people’s daily eating can vary, and that their plan had to be more flexible to accommodate this. Now you can roll over up to 4 unused Daily SmartPoints to Weekly SmartPoints for later that week when you need more, like travel, holidays, eating out, of happy hour. These Weekly SmartPoints don’t rollover to subsequent weeks, so use them or lose them!

Here’s a 90-second video about how SmartPoints work, and why the WW point system is superior to counting calories!


How WW (Weight Watchers) SmartPoints Work

Not all calories are equal! Simply counting calories doesn’t account for nutritional value, which should be the foundation of a healthy diet. However, Weight Watchers point system uses SmartPoints, making healthy eating simple. Learn more:

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How Are WW Point Values Determined?

Every food is assigned a SmartPoints value in the WW FreeStyle point system based on its nutritional content. Calories, sugar, and saturated fat increase the SmartPoints value of a food, while positive factors including protein reduce the number of points in food. (Protein is good!) 

The WW app contains a database of thousands of foods and drinks as well as menu items from popular restaurants for easy reference and point-tracking.

For example, grilled salmon with a baked potato and veggies might only cost 7 SmartPoints, while a cheeseburger and fries will cost you 25 points. (Yikes!)

The point system is WW’s way of encouraging smart food choices, and healthy eating habits that should last a lifetime. Just stay within your points budget and the math says you’ll lose weight!


WW FreeStyle Point System: “Zero Point Foods”

The most significant change to the Weight Watchers points system with FreeStyle is the addition of “zero-point foods.” Healthy foods like most fruit, non-starchy vegetables, beans, and fish are free in the new point system, which includes a total of 200+ zero-point foods!

This is Weight Watchers way of encouraging you to eat lots of free foods like fruits and veggies. Remember, the Weight Watchers point system isn’t based on calories or cutting all carbs. It’s about developing healthy eating habits!


How Many WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) Points Do I Get?

When you first join Weight Watchers, you’ll be asked a few questions about your weight, height, and age, which will help them better understand your metabolism and dietary needs.

Based on this information WW then calculates an optimal daily SmartPoints allowance for you, with a minimum allowance of 30 SmartPoints per day. You’ll also have the opportunity to earn extra points each day if you’re active.

Exercise can earn you “FitPoints,” which can automatically be converted to extra SmartPoints in the WW app. You’ll get about 1 extra SmartPoint for every 10 minutes of exercise.

When you sign up, you’ll get started immediately, and If you stay within your points budget, you should experience steady weight loss at a healthy and sustainable pace. Typical weight loss on Weight Watchers is about 1 to 2 pounds per week.

So, how many Weight Watchers points per day? The number of daily WW points each person is allotted is usually between 35-45 depending on your specific situation and weight loss goals.


Track Your Points on the WW App:

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The most important habit to develop when you’re on Weight Watchers is accurately tracking your Smart Points every day, preferably after each meal. WW has made this a snap with their app; here’s how it works:

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You can also access all of WW resources from the app, including the “Weight Watchers Connect” community. It’s a social network of supportive women and men who are on WW just like you.

WW has a huge database of foods, including popular restaurant menu items. Just tap the “+” on the app to track your food after each meal.

The corresponding SmartPoints will be calculated and tracked, so you’ll always know your current point totals.

*Want to see a list of the 99 most tracked foods on the WW app?


A (Tasty!) Sample Menu on Only 22 SmartPoints:

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WW SmartPoints: Sample menu for a day of food

So, what does a daily budget of points really “buy” you? Well, you’ll have at least 30 SmartPoints each day to work with, but here’s a sample day’s menu that totals only 22 SmartPoints:

  • Breakfast: Avocado Toast with egg (5 points)
  • Lunch: Cheddar Mac & Cheese w/ Tomato Soup (6 points)
  • Snack: Fresh vegetables with Greek artichoke dip (0 points)
  • Dinner: Chicken fajitas (5 points)
  • Dessert: Chocolate souffle (6 points)

Hey, that’s not bad for only 22 points, especially because most people have a daily budget of 35+ points! In this case you could rollover your unused points to the weekend when you might need them!

It’s easy to track points, and when you join Weight Watchers you get access to thousands of recipes that include SmartPoints values and preparation tips!


WW Point Systems: Smart Points vs Points Plus (What’s the Difference?)

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Weight Watchers Points: I hope THAT’s not how the point system works!

So, what’s the difference between PointsPlus and SmartPoints?

The PointsPlus point system ran from 2011-2017, but as of 2018, the standard WW program is FreeStyle, which uses the SmartPoints point system. This new point system replaced the old system, which was called PointsPlus.

It seems that with the new version of their program, WW is trying to get dieters to eat less sugar and saturated fat and more protein. Because of this, they scrapped the Points Plus system and introduced the new “Smart Points” formula for calculating points.

The new FreeStyle program (using SmartPoints) also gives 200 foods a zero-value in the point-system, including fruits and vegetables. This is their way of telling you to eat more of them!


The WW Point System: The Key to Success on FreeStyle

Around since 1963, the WW plan has helped millions of people around the world lose weight and successfully keep it off. Ironically, one of the biggest reasons for the plan’s success is that it is based on the premise that diets usually don’t work.

Unlike other commercial diets, like Nutrisystem or Medifast, prepared meals are not delivered, and no foods are off-limits. (they’ll just cost you more points!) The cost is also a lot less upfront, but you’ll be buying all your own food

Want to learn more? We have good and bad WW reviews here, plus exclusive coupons if you  consider joining:

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You can also compare WW (Weight Watchers) to Nutrisystem to get a better sense of which diet is best for you. Thanks for reading Mighty Diet’s explanation of the WW point system!

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Weight Watchers Cost? Here Are the 3 Plan Options w/ Prices

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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:

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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?

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

CostOnlinePlus:w/ Meetings:w/ Coaching
Per Day:$0.70/day$1.70/day$1.85/day
Per Week:$5.00/wk$12.25/wk$13.75/wk
Per Month:$19.95/mo$54.95/mo$54.95/mo
*Starter Fee: (waived?)$20$20$20
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WW FreeStyle (Weight Watchers Reimagined) Cost:

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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:

  • $0.70 per day
  • $5.00 per week
  • $20 per month
  • $240 per year

*There is a $20 cost to join, but their promotion for the 3-Month Savings Plan includes free registration


Weight Watchers MEETINGS Cost: (WW Studio)

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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:

  • $1.70 per day
  • $12 per week
  • $50 per month
  • $600 per year

*As with all plans, it costs about $20 to join, (starter fee) but their coupon for the 3-Month Savings Plan includes free signup

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Personal COACHING Cost:

Do you benefit from the occasional help of a personal trainer at the gym? Some people do, and will pay for the extra assistance and motivation. That’s the concept with optional Personal Coaching.

Personal coaching provides text or phone call guidance from a professional coach alongside digital tools and an action plan designed specifically to the client.

How much is personal coaching? Weight Watchers + Coaching costs:

  • $1.85 per day
  • $14 per week
  • $55 per month
  • $660 per year

How to Calculate the TOTAL cost of the Weight Watchers diet:

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If you are comparing Weight Watchers to Nutrisystem, keep in mind that, (unlike the monthly cost of Nutrisystem or the cost of diets like Medifast) the cost of WW does not include prepared or frozen food. This makes determining the true cost of Weight Watchers more dependent on how much you spend each month on groceries and at restaurants.

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)

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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!


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Weight Watchers Named The EASIEST Diet to Follow, AGAIN!

Weight Watchers Is on a Winning Streak:  Well, if you’re looking for a diet that is a) easy to follow and b) actually works, you might just have found it.

According to the Best Diets report, which came out just this month, Weight Watchers is the Best Diet For Weight Loss and the “Easiest Diet To Follow.” As if that’s not enough, the program also took the “Best Diet For FAST Weight Loss” and “Best Commercial Diet” as well.

What else could go right for Weight Watchers? How about the “Oprah Effect,” as the influential celebrity recently blew people away with her success on the Weight Watchers diet, sending a flood of people to Weight Watchers Online, and pushing the stock up 40% this year:

Join Weight Watchers Online for $20 FREE here!

Get AT LEAST a $20 discount through the link above. Sweet!


What Makes Weight Watchers So Easy?

weight watchers coupon logoJust in case you’ve never tried it, here’s a quick breakdown of how Weight Watchers actually works. Once you start the diet, you learn all about the SmartPoints system. Each day and week, you get an allotment of points that you are allowed to eat. Different foods are assigned different points depending on how calorific or high in fat they happen to be.

The core idea is that you need to strike a balance between low-fat foods and high-in-protein foods for a healthy diet. If you choose to eat low-point foods, you can essentially eat more of them than if you choose high-point foods. It really is that simple. It’s all about counting how many points each food has and deducting it from your total. It makes sense, then, that many people find this diet strikingly simple to follow.

When you combine that system with a healthy and active lifestyle (i.e. one including regular exercise), you should find that it works wonders for you. This is not a crash diet, but a change in your general lifestyle. Rather than shedding all your weight at once, the program recommends that you lose around 1-2 pounds per week.

“Everyone Knows Someone on Weight Watchers” – Real Testimonials


You probably have a friend who has tried Weight Watchers, and if so, they might describe it as, “a positive lifestyle change.” Maybe that’s why it’s recognized as the best weight loss diet once again!

Why it’s so effective & Voted the “Easiest Diet to Follow”

If you’re hoping to shed a few extra pounds here and there, you’ll have likely researched a whole bunch of different dieting programs. The fact of the matter is that there’s just so much information out there that you may not know who to trust at all. At first glance, the sheer wealth of so-called ‘easy diets’ out there can seem utterly overwhelming.

The fact of the matter is that losing weight is about finding a program that not only fits into your daily lifestyle, but one that works for you. Put simply, picking the right diet for you is a tricky decision and one you really ought to take the time to research thoroughly. After all, the last thing you want to do is choose a fad diet that doesn’t really work.

One of the reasons that so many people struggle with diets is because they have to limit their food options. Trying to cut out an entire food group all at once can be difficult, to say the least. The truly excellent thing about the Weight Watchers program is that you can still enjoy the food that you adore the most. For example, if you’re a huge fan of freshly baked bread, you can eat it as and when you want. The truth is that it’s all about moderation and not binge-eatingfoods that can potentially make you pile on extra weight.

Most Diets Are Hard to Follow, Causing People to Quit

If you’ve been on numerous diets in the past, you will know that many of them can be ridiculously hard to follow. There are just so very many rules, which means that you can easily stray from the program accidentally before too long. The fact that Weight Watchers has a seriously simple points system means that you can monitor your food intake without it becoming a hassle. It’s just about deducting points as you eat and ensuring that you stay without your given allotment. Plus, if we’re to believe the reports, it’s by far the easiest dieting system of the year!

No wonder this recent award sweep has Marie Osmond, (spokeswoman for Nutrisystem) on her heels, taking a shot at Oprah! Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterest

Weight Watchers “Simple Start” Program: A Simple 2 Week Plan

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weight watchers logoWeight Watchers Simple Start Program:  K.I.S.S. – (Keep it simple…  not the 70’s rock band!) one of my favorite acronyms and words to live by. Weight Watchers must’ve been reading my mind. In life’s already complicated world, who needs yet another complex diet plan? When you just need to lose weight and don’t want to think about it, Weight Watchers introduces their “Simple Start” program; a great way to start losing weight right away. You can get motivation from meetings, or the the plan entirely online. (Weight Watchers Canada here)


So, what exactly is Simple Start?

simple start appAlready ranked at the top of the top 10 diets last year, Weight Watchers has raised the bar yet again. Not only is this is a great way to sample their weight loss program (and it’s free this month!), but it’s also a great way to get the weight loss started. Lose unwanted pounds right away and then start shopping for a new summer bikini. Named as one of the top 3 diets in America last year for its sound plan and health benefits, you’ll want to check out their “Simple Start” plan.

With Simple Start you get:

    1. A step-by-step guide, shopping lists, and an easy-to-follow app
    2. Daily motivation – You can follow Simple Start entirely online, or add meetings for more motivation and support
    3. Delicious, healthy meal ideas made from real food from your local grocery store
    4. No need for math, measuring, or advanced calculus. When they say simple, they mean it.

And here are some helpful hints when dieting:

  1. If you need variety when eating, scroll through Weight Watchers meal planning menus. Click on the picture and the easy recipe appears.
  2. Sign up for their free weekly recipes and tips newsletter. Get recipe ideas for quinoa, recipes for pears, and dozens of other foods. Just enter an email address. It’s a gentle reminder to keep going.
  3. Be accountable for your actions. It helps if you let everyone know your goals. Not only will you get encouragement from your circle of friends, you’ll feel great once you’ve met your goal.
  4. Start moving. In the words of Sir Isaac Newtown “a body in motion stays in motion”. You’ll see how easy it is once you start. Choose stairs instead of the elevator. Park further away and walk. Turn up the music and dance!

Weight loss simplified with Simple Start!

Just like the proverbial “Snowball Effect”, Weight Watchers Simple Start plan is a great way to make that first move. See results right away and let the momentum move you closer to your goal. In life’s complicated world, simple sounds splendid. Why wait any longer? 2 weeks is all it takes to jump-start a path to a new, happier you.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterest

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Weight Watchers vs. Nutrisystem: Which Diet is Better for Weight Loss?

retro foodWeight Watchers versus NutriSystemCoke 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

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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:


Weight Watchers Overview:

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  • Ranked #1 in “Best Weight Loss Diets” (source)
  • Ranked #1 in “Best Commercial Diets”
  • Consumer Reports Diet Plan Ratings Score: 74
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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!


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Nutrisystem Overview:

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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:

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How These Diets Differ:

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Weight Watchers versus Nutrisystem!

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.


Cost Comparison:

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! 

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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!

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30% Off Monthly Pass: Weight Watchers Coupon (Pay By the Month)

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Hello, Miss. Can I live in your thighs and belly forever?


Thanksgiving: Woman vs. Tom Turkey – It’s an epic battle staged every November, and in this case usually the smaller, more delicious fighter wins. Fear not, Weight Watchers is offering you a weapon to fight back against Tom Turkey. All month long you can save 30% on the Weight Watchers Monthly Pass, with no long-term commitment:


thanksgiving dinner retro weight watchersSo, you made it through the summer, and you showed off your slimmer body over Labor Day weekend at the shore right? Things are coasting along, and you’ve found some discipline in your diet and exercise.

Uh, oh. Did you just eat a handful of the kids Halloween candy? One slip-up isn’t the end of the world, right? True, but on the horizon is a mean, 500 pound gorilla to anyone on a diet; Tom Turkey!

Although none of the good folks in the community at Weight Watchers Online are going to actually come to your house and leap in front of you (a la Clint Eastwood taking a bullet in “In the Line of Fire” to protect the President) but they are giving you an incentive to get back on track.

All November long, (this coupon should be renewed again through the rest of the year and into next) they are offering a coupon for 30% off Weight Watchers Online Monthly Pass. (That’s the option that lets you pay month to month without making any long-term commitments.) Anyway, if you are ready to take the plunge for at least a three-month commitment, check out other coupons for Weight Watchers Online that might get you an even bigger discount!Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterest

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WW (Weight Watchers) Specials, Coupons, Deals – 2019

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WW is “Weight Watchers Reimagined,” and they ask you to, “live life fully.” That’s a whole lot easier when you feel great about yourself. Want to get started now?

Use one of the amazing WW specials, coupons, or free trial below for up to a 50% discount and free registration for their new Freestyle Digital (aka OnlinePlus) and Studio + Digital (aka Meetings) plans.


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WW FreeStyle (reviews) isn’t just a diet, it’s a lifestyle. Every day they help thousands of people, like Oprah, enjoy a life full of great food, good health, and the support of people that you love. That’s why they are consistently ranked as the best weight-loss diet. Here are some tips for signing up:


Tip #1: WW (Weight Watchers) Specials May Include Free Signup

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Joining Weight Watchers includes a one-time $20 signup fee, so try to find a coupon that includes free registration for the best discount on the cost. Promotions that include free registration include their 6 months for $128 special, and the 50 off 3 months offer.


Tip #2: Comparing WW Coupons

Note that promo codes are no longer issued, so discounts are now applied when you click on promotional links. Get the best deal by comparing prices per week,” and length of promotions:

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Remember, the promotional rate is only good for the length that you pre-pay, so consider the 3 or 6-month savings plan special for the best savings, or the Weight Watchers Meetings 3 month savings plan.


Tip #3: Wait for a Better WW Special (Like the 50% Off 3-Months Sale!) 

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WW changes their promotions and specials at least once a week, so if you aren’t getting a great deal at signup, considering waiting.

So, what is a great deal? Most of the time they run a “join free” special that will save you $20. This is nothing spectacular, so if you have the time, wait for an offer that saves you at least $30 or 30%.

Weight Watchers does a lot of advertising during peak seasons including New Year’s and Memorial Day, but they run great specials throughout the year. If you have a little patience, you should have no trouble finding one and saving an extra $10+ at signup.

A few good deals to look for include: 6 months for $128, 50% off 3 months, join free + free month special50% off 6 months, and the WW discount for AAA with free registration.


Tip #4: WW Free Trial (7-Days)

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If you are on the fence about joining, consider the Watchers 7-day free trial membership.

The one downside of signing up with the Weight Watchers free trial is that you won’t save as much money over the first 3-6 months compared to the signup deals above.

While the WW free trial includes, “50% off your first month,” that’s a savings of only $10 compared to a savings of up to $40+ with the specials above.

Check out their free trials:


Tip #7: You Don’t Need a Promo Code

A number of popular coupon sites advertise “Weight Watchers promo codes” for free signup or the monthly pass. Not only are most of these promo codes invalid, but they may actually result in an inferior deal at checkout.

The best Weight Watchers specials will link you to a page on their website, instantly apply the discount, and clearly outline the terms of the offer. Unless you’ve received a promo code directly from one of their customer support agents, don’t bother looking for one!


Tip #6: Consider Adding Meetings

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At WeightWatchers.com, you’ll see the phrase, “meetings are power.” So. what does this bold statement mean? It means that people who attend meetings on a regular basis lose more weight than those who only use online resources.

Here’s the deal: not everyone can fit WW Studio (Weight Watches meetings) into their schedule, but consider that meetings double the success rate.

Why is that, you ask? Don’t underestimate the importance of inspiration and accountability. Weekly meetings enable you to measure your progress with the support of real people, including confidential weigh-ins.

Losing weight can be a battle, and if you go it alone it can feel like a battle against yourself. That’s why both women and men are more likely to succeed with the accountability and support that meetings offer.

If meetings fit into your lifestyle, consider adding them to your subscription when you join.

Know that not all meeting locations participate in these WW joining specials, so if your WW meeting location doesn’t, you’ll have to decide if the extra cost is worth it! (How do WW meetings work?)


Lose Weight, Save Money

In conclusion, losing weight is more successful with the support of others. For this reason, we recommend that you take advantage of WW Connect through the app or online, and meetings, if possible.

Regardless of which plan you join, we hope you take advantage of our Weight Watchers coupons and specials to get the best price on membership!


*This Weight Watchers deals page was created in 2017, and updated throughout 2018 and 2019.

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