9/19 Update: WW Launches Kurbo a Weight Loss Apps for Kids & Teens that Works for Adults of All Ages too!
12/17 Update: Weight Watchers has just released its latest program – Freestyle – described as the “simplest, most flexible Weight Watchers program in over 50 years. Based on science—you’ll lose weight and have total freedom with your food choices. Click here to learn more about Weight Watchers Freestyle Program Changes.
How do I contact Weight Watchers?
Weight Watchers Phone Number: 1 (800) 651-6000
All About the Ultimate Guide to Weight Watchers
Assembling this Ultimate Guide to Weight Watchers Recipes Blogs and Resources has been on my to do list for years. Finally, I sat down and tackled it.
I lose way too much time searching out information on the internet. I’m guessing that you do too. I love having collections of resources all in one place. My training as a health information manager taught me that information is useless unless it can be quickly retrieved when you need it. That’s what this handy dandy ultimate Guide to Weight Watchers Recipes Blogs and Other Resources is all about. It’s a one page collection that includes:
- The details of how the Weight Watchers program works
- Weight Watchers recipe blogs that provide reliable nutritional estimates and points plus information
- Sources for weight loss motivation and inspiration
- The sites I use for determining nutritional estimates and WW Points
- Weight Watchers who are blogging about their weight loss journeys
- Weight Watchers recipe collections and roundups
- DIY WW Resources
I hope it helps you achieve your healthy weight loss goals!
First Things First: Weight Watchers Basics – How Does Weight Watchers Work?
What Is The Current Weight Watchers Program/Plan?
The Current Weight Watchers program is called Freestyle in the US (Flex in the UK)
- Every food and drink has a SmartPoints value: a number that is based on calories, protein, sugar and saturated fat. The baseline SmartPoints value is based on the food’s calories. Protein lowers the SmartPoints value. Saturated fat and sugar increase the SmartPoints value.
- Every day you get a SmartPoints Budget to spend on any foods you want.
- Your Daily SmartPoints Budget is calculated based on your age, height, weight and gender with a minimum daily value of 23.
- You only need to track the foods that have a SmartPoints value.
- You don’t need to weigh, measure or track 0 SmartPoints foods.
- Enjoy a greatly expanded list of 0 SmartPoints go-to foods.
- Every week you also get a Weekly SmartPoints Budget that you can think of as “overdraft” protection. They are there to use when you go over your Daily SmartPoints budget.
- You can roll over up to four (4) unused Daily SmartPoints into your Weekly SmartPoints. Use them or not as you see fit.
How much can you expect to lose on Weight Watchers?
Weight Watchers suggests that you can expect to lose from 0.5 to 2.0 pounds per week. This is the kind of healthy weight loss that is sustainable.
Does Weight Watchers Work?
There’s a reason WW is the #1 Doctor Recommended Weight Loss Program – It works! Check out Alexi’s Amazing WW Success Story for a closer look.
Weight Watchers Options – Studio (Meetings) or Digital (Online)
People who attend Weight Watchers do it primarily through one of three routes:
Weight Watchers Digital (Online): Where you use an array of Web-based tools and resources and/or mobile applications to learn the WW program and track your food consumption, activity and weight loss progress. Gain access to their database of 4,000+ delicious recipes, connect with other WW members, and receive support in real time from a WW Coach 24 hours a day, seven days a week in 24/7 Expert.
Digital + Personal Coaching: Work with a Personal Coach you choose based on their interests, reviews, and more. Together, you’ll develop an action plan to help you build a healthier lifestyle that works with your schedule and habits. Schedule as many phone sessions as you like, and message them any time.
Digital + Studio (Meetings): Where you actually go to a meeting place at a retail location, your office or community locations such as a church or community center. At these wellness workshops (meetings), there is a coach (leader) who is a successful member and now works for Weight Watchers. This person facilitates a discussion around a selected topic as well as a discussion on how everyone is doing. At these meetings, people are weighed in confidentially by a receptionist, who is also a successful Weight Watchers member.
Goal weight: Fairly self-explanatory, except that Weight Watchers focuses heavily in the first few months on achieving medically significant weight loss, which occurs when you lose 5 to 10 percent of your weight.
Lifetime Membership: Members who reach a BMI of at least 25 (or higher with a doctor’s note) and maintain in for 6 weeks are eligible for Lifetime Membership. This special status allow them to continue going to meetings for free as long as they stay within 2 pounds of their goal weight and weigh in once a month.
There is much more to the program than this, which you learn best through experiencing it.
10 Best Weight Watchers Recipe Blogs
You definitely don’t have to be on Weight Watchers to be interested in these blogs. They’re great resources for lighter eating and if you’re interested in knowing the nutritional information on recipes:
1) SkinnyTaste – The premier blog for Weight Watchers recipes, I first learned about Gina and SkinnyTaste years ago at a Weight Watchers meeting. She specializes in family friendly recipes that are made lighter and healthier. All recipes include nutritional information as well as the old points and new points plus calculations. Her food photography is stunning too.
2) Slender Kitchen – I’m a big fan of Kristen and her blog, Slender Kitchen, a great resource for realistic WW friendly recipes with nutritional information and points plus, food finds and weight loss success stories. She also offers Weight Watchers friendly healthy meal plans.
3) Emily Bites – Emily and her delightful blog, Emily Bites, specializes in Weight Watchers recipes for lightened up comfort food with nutritional information and points plus details. You’ll find a lot of creative portion controlled dishes made in muffin tins.
4) LaaLoosh – Wendy’s blog, Laaloosh, is another great Weight Watchers recipe blog with easy approachable recipes that include nutritional information, Weight Watchers points, and reviews of food finds.
5) Skinny Kitchen – This is another blog bursting with Weight Watchers recipes, from Nancy Fox, a former California based healthy restaurant chef. In addition to nutritional information and WW points plus, each recipe post often includes a food fact, healthy benefit or shopping tip.
6) Drizzle Me Skinny – Kate is a lifetime weight watcher member who struggled for years to lose weight before finally losing 50 pounds with Weight Watchers. Along the way she found a passion for baking and creating weight watcher friendly foods that she now shares with the world.
7) Recipe Diaries – Jenna shares her love photography, cooking, and and graphic design by sharing low calorie/weight watcher friendly recipes.
8) The Skinnyish Dish – Star, a Midwestern mama with a love for food and cooking that runs crazy deep which is exactly why she takes all my favorites and give’m a skinnyish twist!
9) Meal Planning Mommies – Alisha specializes in sharing quick and easy Weight Watchers friendly recipes and meal plans on her blog.
10) Simple Nourished Living – I’m a Weight Watchers Lifetime Member who has been sharing Weight Watchers friendly recipes with nutritional estimates and points plus since September 2011. I especially love easy healthy slow cooker recipes.
More Great Weight Watchers Recipe Resources:
Nutrition and Weight Watchers Calculators
Weight Watchers was my starting point with healthy eating and weight loss. And though I don’t actively count points anymore, I still think they can be a great tool for those looking to make changes to their diet and learn how to make better more educated choices.
I provide nutritional estimates for most of my recipes and use this information to calculate Weight Watchers Points Plus. I calculate the nutritional information by using online resources such as CalorieCount.com and NutritionData.com.
It’s not really that hard to do, but as anyone who has done Weight Watchers realizes, it is time consuming. The good news is that you don’t have to do it forever, just long enough to educate yourself in how to feed yourself in a healthy balanced way.
How do I know how many Points I get each day?
Many readers have asked me how to calculate your daily weight watchers points allowance for the newer Smart Points and Freestyle programs. Currently, it is not possible to determine that without becoming a paying WW member.
If you are following the old points plus program and would like to know how to calculate your daily weight watchers points plus allowance, you can do it by using this PointsPlus Calculator. Enter your age, weight and height. (Note: There are two different calculators, one for females and one for males. This number will go down as you lose weight, so recalculate often.)
How do I know how many Points a food is?
The best way to determine the Points of a food is with the WW App. There are other apps/calculators too like CalculatorCat.com, but they are not endorsed by WW.
What Should I Eat on the Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints Program?
The nice thing about Weight Watchers is that you get to decide what to eat. It’s basically a food budgeting system and you are in charge of your budget so it’s up to you. Nothing is off limits. If you want a cookie or pizza you can have them, as long as you plan and budget for it.
Weight Watchers Expanded Zero Points Food List encourages you to focus on the food that provide the foundation of a healthy diet – fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, legumes and nonfat dairy.
How do I keep track of it all?
Journaling is really key to weight loss success. As a paying WW member you get access to their amazing online APP that makes tracking easy. Or you can go old school and get a small notebook and use it as a food journal. If you have a phone with a camera you can keep a photo journal. Or you can use a free app like MyFitnessPal.com.
Best Weight Watchers Recipe Round-Ups and Collections
There are lots of blogs, while not focused specifically on Weight Watchers Recipes, that have created helpful roundups or collections of Weight Watchers Recipes for their readers. Here are some of my favorites:
- 50 WW Freestyle Recipes for the Instant Pot
- Easy Healthy WW Freestyle Recipes for Two
- WW Friendly Air Fryer Recipes
- 35+ Easy Recipes for Sweet Treats with 3 SmartPoints or Less
- 200 Best WW Meals with SmartPoints (Prudent Penny Pincher)
- Best WW Recipes of 2016 with SmartPoints/PointsPlus
- 100+ Weight Watchers Crock Pot Recipes with Points Plus (Carrie Elle)
- 100 of the Best Weight Watchers Recipes (Tone and Tighten)
- 83 Days of Low Calorie Weight Watchers Crock Pot Recipes (Simple Nourished Living)
- 20 Weight Watcher LUNCH recipes (A Spectacled Owl)
- 20 Weight Watchers SNACK/APPETIZERS recipes (A Spectacled Owl)
- 25 Weight Watchers SIDE DISH recipes (A Spectacled Owl)
- 25 Weight Watchers Recipes with 6 or Less Points (You Brew My Tea)
- 25 Weight Watcher BREAKFAST recipes (A Spectacled Owl)
- 25 Easy to Make Weight Watchers Dinner Recipes (Cloudy with a Chance of Wine)
- 25 Weight Watcher DESSERT recipes (A Spectacled Owl)
- 25 Delicious Weight Watchers Dessert Recipes (Cloudy with a Chance of Wine)
- 28 Weight Watchers 2-Point Snacks (Beth Celestin)
- 30 Weight Watchers DINNER recipes (A Spectacled Owl)
- 45 Recipes to Start You on Your Weight Watchers Journey (A Spectacled Owl)
- 50 Weight Watchers Recipes to Help Start your Weight Loss (A Spectacled Owl)
- Amazing Weight Watchers Dessert Recipes (Just 2 Sisters)
Best Weight Watchers Pinterest Boards
Weight Watchers Recipes (A great group board from all my favorite Weight Watchers Food Bloggers)
Weight Watchers Pinterest Board (Simple Nourished Living)
Best DIY Weight Watchers Resources
If your circumstances allow, the best way to successfully do Weight Watchers®, is by joining their program, either by attending meetings, signing up on-line, or with their new personal coaching. I became a lifetime member by attending meetings. If that’s not possible for you, following the program on your own is possible, but it will take creativity and commitment. Here are links that may help:
How to Do Weight Watchers at Home for Free (Slender Kitchen)
How to Get Weight Watchers for Free, Really! (Frecklberry Finds)
Weight Watchers Free: DIY Guide (Healthy Weight Forum)
Printable Weight Watchers Food Journal (LaaLoosh)
7-Day Weight Watchers Menu Plan (SkinnyMs)
Family Friendly Meal Plan for breakfasts, lunches and dinners with points plus (Weight Watchers)
Create a Custom Weight Watchers Meal Plan with Plan to Eat (Organize Yourself Skinny)
50 Weight Watchers Friendly Fast Food Options with 8 or Less Points (All Mommy Wants)
Weight Watchers Weekly Meal Plans with Recipes and Points (Simple Nourished Living)
Weight Watchers Power Foods List (Weight Watchers)
Why I Love Simply Filling & How it Works (Simple Nourished Living)
Zero Points Food List
Plan friendly shopping guide (Weight Watchers)
Weight Watchers 2015: What’s New and What to Eat (Simple Nourished Living)
Weight Watchers Points Plus Restaurant List (Exercise for Weight Loss)
Fast Food Survival Guide with SmartPoints for Weight Watchers (Meal Planning Mommies)
Portion Distortion – How Portions Have Gotten Bigger and What You Can Do About it (Nutrition Secrets)
More About Weight Watchers – History & Fun Facts
Who Owns Weight Watchers?
Weight Watchers is currently owned by Artal Luxembourg, S.A
From 1978 until 1999, Weight Watchers was owned by the H. J. Heinz Company, which continues to produce packaged foods bearing the Weight Watchers brand. In October 2015 Oprah Winfrey purchased a 10% stake in Weight Watchers for an estimated $43 million.
Who Started Weight Watchers?
The company was founded in 1963 by Jean Nidetch, a Brooklyn homemaker. It all began when Jean, a 214-pound housewife, became discouraged by years of fad dieting. Desperate to lose weight, Jean attended a free diet clinic sponsored by the New York City Board of Health. Sticking grimly to their diet, Jean managed to lose 20 pounds, but then found her motivation waning.
That’s when she picked up the phone, called a few overweight friends, and made her “cookie confession.” Her friends not only understood, they shared their “Frankensteins” too, as Jean called their food obsessions. After that, the women came to Jean’s house each week for mutual support and sharing.
They all lost weight, and the word spread. Soon, Jean was squeezing 40 people into her apartment. Together, they came to realize that losing weight was more than just a diet. It was all about changing habits and getting support and encouragement from people who cared. Today, more than 50 years later, Weight Watchers still cares. It was this caring that enabled Jean’s “little group” to expand into an industry. Click here to learn more about the original WW Program from the 1960s.
Who Have Been Spokespersons for Weight Watchers?
The current spokesperson for Weight Watchers is Oprah Winfrey, an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.
Prior spokespersons associated with the product include:
- Lynn Redgrave
- Jenny McCarthy
- Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson
- singer/actress Jessica Simpson
- Grammy/Academy-Award winner singer/actress Jennifer Hudson
- Former NBA basketball player Charles Barkley
- DJ Khaled is the new social media spokesperson for Weight Watchers. He has millions of followers on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
More Facts About Weight Watchers
- U.S. News & World Report ranked WW #1 for Best Diets for Weight Loss and Best Commercial Diet (2019)
- 32,000 Weight Watchers meetings are held around the world each year and are run by more than 9,000 leaders.
Weight Watchers History Video
Old Weight Watchers Commercial with Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York:
Jennifer Hudson for Weight Watchers:
Weight Watchers scores with Men Charles Barkley..
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