As one of the first commercial dieting plans offered in the United States, Weight Watchers transformed into WW International. Founded by Jean Nidetch in Queens, New York in 1963, WW now offers meal plans, food tracking, exercise support, and community efforts all on a digital platform with WW Studios located across the nation.

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The Good

  • Three WW Freestyle Programs
  • Program Resources
  • User-Friendly App
  • Rewards Program

Three WW Freestyle Programs

The revamped version of the original Weight Watchers program now offers a variety of digital tools, information, recipes, and coaching. The three plans offered are Digital, Workshop, and Coaching. Digital is the basic plan which is incorporated into both the Workshop and Coaching programs.

Digital —$4.61 per week for one month

  • Track food, activity, and weight online or in the app
  • 4,000+ recipes
  • 24/7 Expert Chat
  • Personalized goals
  • Exclusive content

Workshop + Digital — $10.38 per week for one month

  • Digital plan features
  • Weekly group workshops
  • Guidance from Wellness Coaches
  • Weekly private Wellness walk-ins
  • Guidebooks and materials

Coaching + Digital — $12.69 per week for one month

  • Digital plan features
  • A dedicated coach that you choose
  • Unlimited one-on-one phone sessions
  • Personalized action plans
  • Personalized skill training

Pricing may vary based on your location, specifically for the Worksop program. WW offers a 1-month, 3-month, or 6-month commitment plan. Discounts are applied as you move up to the 3-month and 6-month plan.

Program Resources

There are a variety of resources available when signing up with WW Freestyle. They include a free mobile app, easy online access, ZeroPoint foods, and the SmartPoints system. ZeroPoints gives you food options that will not add any points to your daily point goal. SmartPoints is used to track how much you are eating in a day or a single meal. Similar to calories, a number of points are assigned to a food item letting you know how many points you have left in the day to eat. The WW app will keep track of how many points you have eaten in a day as you input each meal.

User-Friendly App

The Weight Watchers app is free to download and helps you keep track of meals, workouts, and access to the WW community. Meal tracking is made simple with recipes provided by WW, nutrition information for popular restaurants, and tips on what to snack on throughout the day. Sync your Apple watch, Fitbit, Garmin or your choice of activity tracker to the app for easy exercise tracking. The WW community is a place where you can connect with and support others on your fitness journey.

Rewards Program

Weight Watchers has created a rewards program for its members call WellnessWins. You earn points by tracking meals, activity, weight, and attending workshops. It comes included with all three program options. Rewards in the first tier consist of a cookbook, online shop credit, partnered fitness app memberships. From there they range up to the third tier with rewards such as a yoga mat, Bluetooth speaker, Wiivv custom-fit insoles, and much more.

The Bad

  • Cancellation Fees
  • Studio Locations

Cancellation Fees

While the cancellation process may be simple, there are a few things you should be aware of. An early termination fee of $64.95 will be applied when canceling a 3-month or 6-month commitment plan. Monthly fees and registration fees will not be refunded, although full refunds are available for individuals who fall under specific circumstances. Some of these include canceling for a medical reason, pregnancy, or relocation to a place that is more than 15 miles away from a WW studio.

Studio Locations

WW Studios are popping up all over the country but unfortunately, they can’t be everywhere. If you are interested in the Workshop program, make certain that there is a studio close to you. A lot of the benefits within this program come by visiting these studios. There is the Digital option or the Coaching option but that leaves you with the basic service or the expensive service.

The Bottom Line

Weight Watchers’ new Freestyle system has evolved into a user-friendly, digitized resource for those looking for fitness advice. It offers many features to its customers, even in the Digital plan. Prices are higher than average but for those desperate for support and are in a financial place to afford it, then it is a good option. For those who are just looking for fitness community or expert advice on meal plans, there are plenty of other options out there to serve specific needs.

Overall, the company offers quality services and have been in the diet industry for many years. Analyze what kind of support and/or resources you need before signing up. Make sure that you will need or use all of the provided features to make it worth it.

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What I like about Weight Watchers is that you're using REAL food.... not shakes or powders. I also liked that I could cook food for my whole family to enjoy, not just me. The group meetings weren't convenient for me, but I did find them helpful!

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While Weight Watchers has a good product and plan, I felt like I was just another number to them and didn't feel like I got the personal attention that I needed to succeed.

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Loved this program until the last program change. It's too easy for me to make meals from all the unlimited point items and then I don't lose weight.

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I learned a lot about nutrition and self control. It was user friendly and you had a lot of support

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I love Weight Watchers! The point counting system is so easy to use and if you actually stick to the plan results will happen!!

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Weight Watchers is so easy to use. They have great customer service and an even better diet program. I can't wait to lose weight with this program

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Weight Watchers is a great diet program for all people. I love watching the changes happening to my body.

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I followed the points program carefully and lost about 10 pounds and kept it off for awhile. I did like the ideas given in the meetings, but did not like going to the meetings or being weighed by someone else.

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I liked weight watchers because they were helpful and the customer service was always positive.

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I liked Weight Watchers diet plan because I liked how organized their program was.