How Weight Watchers calculates your goal weight: Women and men of all types join Weight Watchers, so how does WW determine what your goal weight is?
On WeightWatchers.com they state that, “Losing just 5-10% of your body weight means lots of great news for your health.” They then add that the many health benefits of slowly losing 5-10% of your body weight include:
- Reduce risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- Improves blood sugar control
- Can improve sleep and energy levels
- Can improve breathing
- Decreases risk of heart disease and certain cancers
- and so on
But, using a weight loss goal of 5-10% of your body weight is a pretty rough estimate. Here are 3 better ways to estimate your Weight Watchers goal weight:
WW Goal Weight: Estimate #1
WeightWatchers.com has a free weight-goal calculator. This simple tool calculates a healthy weight range based on your height, and is available here.
There’s also a good calculator for determining a healthy goal weight here.
Now, that doesn’t take a number of important factors into account, so it’s more of a rough estimate of your potential goal weight. Want a better answer? Keep reading!
WW Goal Weight: Estimate #2
So, you want a better estimate of what your Weight Watchers goal weight? They use the following formula to narrow the weight range that you’re given with their calculator. Here’s the equation:
- Determine your body frame size: Thin = 5, Average= 6, Large = 7
- Determine your height in inches (example: 5′ 6″ = 66)
- Subtract 60 from your height in inches
- Multiply the answer from #1 and #3 (from above)
- Add 100 to that total
That should give you a quick Weight Watchers goal weight estimate. So, in this example, a 5′ 6″ person with an average frame will have an estimated WW weight goal of 136 pounds.
If you’re 6′ 2″ with a large frame, your goal weight would be about 198. (14 x 7 + 100)
Ok, still not a precise number.
If you sign up for Weight Watchers they will give you a more accurate goal weight. (see below)
How Weight Watchers Determines Your Goal Weight
If you sign up for WW, they will use additional variables into consideration to determine your goal weight. These include your age, gender, and body mass index (BMI).
They will then assign you a daily and weekly budget of points to spend on food so that you can reach your goal weight slowly and sustainably at a rate of 1-2 pounds per week.
Meetings are optional, and can provide additional support and accountability to help you reach this goal weight. (How do WW meetings work?)
*Learn more & get your goal weight with Weight Watchers new FreeStyle plan.
If you join Weight Watchers, good luck on reaching your goal weight!