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:
- Photos or videos of your journey
- Favorite recipes & exercises (sample)
- Things that inspire you
- Encouragement to others
Popular hashtags just for men include the popular #WWbros which you can also find on Instagram with before and after photos from men on Weight Watchers like this:
I was very hesitant to show how much weight I held when starting my #weightwatchers journey. This picture of me presenting to teachers was a key motivator in my decision to start #weightwatchers. I am glad I am not where I was but I also accept I am nowhere close to where I want to be. #goaldigger #wwbros #wwman #watchzacklose
and this #WWbros post by another man on Weight Watchers:
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:
*View today’s featured promotion (above) or all WW coupons
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:
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Hi, I’m Kevin McCormick. I’m a blogger who enjoys writing on a number of topics including health and wellness. I have a BA in Art History and Health Sciences from Rutgers University in NJ. I currently live in Philadelphia, Pa., and have 3 kids and a Vizsla (dog) more…