Weight Watchers Freestyle

Over the past few years, we’ve seen Weight Watchers 360°, Beyond the Scale, and the pointsplus system. The program continues to innovate and adapt, and is currently called WW Freestyle.

Weight Watchers(R)

Freestyle takes the bold step of assigning zero points to over 200 foods (including eggs, corn, all fish, all seafood, skinless chicken breast, skinless turkey breast, non-fat plain yogurt, beans, peas, lentils and tofu). These foods do not need to be tracked or measured! This clever change (based on nutritional and lifestyle research) allows unprecedented levels of freedom while losing weight.

I have always been a big fan of Weight Watchers as it has helped so many people lose weight successfully.

Here is what you can now expect from the top ranking weight loss program.

Beyond the Scale and SmartPoints

A huge advance on the previous points system, SmartPoints focuses on more than just weight loss, and emphasizes healthy food. SmartPoints combines all the complex nutritional information into a single number. This number helps members to move towards more lean proteins, fruit and vegetables, less sugar and saturated fat.

Previously all carbohydrates were treated the same in the formula. The focus on sugar is a great improvement.

Of particular note is that all fresh fruits and most vegetables are zero SmartPoints.

Truly Individualized

All members daily and weekly points will now be adjusted according to their individual metabolic rates. The program now begins with a complete personalized assessment capturing your goals as well as your lifestyle information. This is the most personalized program Weight Watchers have devised to date.

See More at Weight Watchers

Fitness and Activity is Central

WW has a new approach and attitude toward exercise activity. Each member gets a personalized activity goal. Whether you are keen to get active or not, this is now a core part of the program.

Weight Watchers Connect and Meetings

In-person meetings have had an upgrade, with more focus on goals both on and off the scale. This is part of a significantly more holistic approach than simply focusing on weight and diet.

Connect is a social platform that brings the community closer together for mutual support.

App Overhaul

The Weight Watcher app has been around for some time. Part of Weight Watchers new strategy is to significantly improve the digital offerings.

FitBreak is the new app that will seamlessly integrate with the existing app. It encourages users to take ‘fitbreaks’ throughout the day, and currently includes over 70 options to inspire.

Truly Freestyle

This is a welcome and practical upgrade to the Weight Watchers program. As more people are focusing on healthier and more natural foods, WW has taken the cue and adjusted the points system.

The focus on broader lifestyle goals is also a wise move. There is no such thing as a ‘diet’ in isolation – our lifestyle choices will always influence how we eat and must play a part in any sustainable weight management program.

See More at Weight Watchers

Please note that SmartPoints is a registered trademark of WW. This website is a compensated affiliate of WW.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

62 Comments or Reviews

Comments now closed
  1. Lisa

    hello! If fish is now zero points on freestyle can I eat a whale? I’m new and I’m hoping someone can help me…I get the freestyle program but I’m confused….is there portion control or not? As a lifetime vegetarian I could eat the free point foods day and night….and not even concern myself with using points. This is crazy how can I lose weight without portion control? Thanks!!

  2. pumagirl1

    I’ve been doing weight watchers online since May 2009 and have lost 35 lbs, and am near my goal weight. The online programs works for me, as I am a nibbler, and often lost track of how much I was eating. I have adapted the program to my eating style, and bring portion controlled food to work or when running errands. I eat when I want to, and have added more veggies and fruit to my eating program, so that I can eat all day and (hopefullly) not go over my points values. I always track my points, even when I go way over, meaning I use up weekly points, activity points, and end up in the -60 range! It doesn’t matter to me, as this is a lifestyle change, and not a “race to the finish line”. I plateaued for about 6 months, but kept up with the program every day, and have just started losing again. It helps me keep track of my goals and accomplishments, and the things that I would like to get better at. Great site, great recipes, and on-line is less expensive than meetings. I can see doing this forever and enjoying it. Give it a try! I was really surprised how wll it has worked, and I have improved my eating habits, and added more exercise to my days. All great changes to make. Make the program your own, and you will succeed!

  3. Heather

    I did WW 3 times. The first two times, I couldn’t believe how fast I lost the weight, but I was also exercising. I was an instructor for many years, and never had to diet, because of all the exercise. The last time I did it, I had knee surgery and was not teaching/exercising, never lost any weight. The points are too hard to count with a busy family, and I would have to make all seperate meals if on the Core. I think it’s expensive to pay $15 week to get on the scale. Bottom line….get moving and watch the weight come off.

  4. jeremy

    WW is the most do-able for most people, the most basic, and makes the most sense. I’m not here to tell you it’s the only good way, because there are others, but it’s the best I’ve found.

    What WW is: A support group that provides a comprehensive list of suggestions coupled with proven science to aid in weight loss. WW is low cost, and can be done in person or on the internet, your choice. You can use the points system, or stick with a list of suggested low-density foods. You can eat whatever you want, just not in large portions, the plan encouraging healthy food choices. It’s the only system I’ve found that allows you to eat whatever you want. If I want that piece of pecan pie, I can eat it.

    What WW is not: a gym, personal trainer, a shrink to find out why you binge, a personal assistant to follow you around your daily lives, or a personal chef making sure you eat the right foods. It is not the answer to all your health and fitness needs, nor does it aim to be. They will not nag you to quit smoking or remove the drama or stress from your life that sabotages every diet plan you try. 10 to 14 bucks a week isn’t going to solve your life problems.

    My story: I went on WW in 2002. In 15 months, I lost 78 pounds. Then I lost my business, and was nearly shot and killed. I hadn’t learned to deal with life on life’s terms and picked up the fork, my drug of choice, gaining 114 pounds. THEN I nearly had a heart attack in my front yard. Went back to WW, and the weight came off slowly, and I slowly learned how to manage my stress, dealing with things in ways other than binging. I’ve had some equally devastating things happen since then, including botched surgery that almost killed me, but this time, I’ve kept off the 60 pounds I’ve lost…for 3 years. How? I stay sane, I exercise, I have a life outside of my downtown loft and my computer…i.e. friends, concerts, movies, art museums, coffee at sidewalk cafes…you get the idea. And I haven’t smoked in 7 years. I hit goal before with smoking and no exercise, quitting a week after I hit goal. In January of this year, I decided to lose the rest. I’m down 16 pounds and 9% body fat, in addition to the chunk of blubber I’ve kept off for 3 yrs. I run/ walk my doggies 3 miles a day (one is fat and can’t keep up with me), and weight train 4 to 5 days a week. And I really enjoy it. My exercise plan is my own personal choice, not dictated by WW, as are all the other changes I’ve made in my life except food intake…save their great visualizations, and of course they do suggest exercise.

    I previously bailed on WW not because of the program, it was because I hadn’t dealt with the reason I got fat in the first place. I bailed out the water but never fixed the hole in the boat. The people who fail use their points for junk, are addicted to drama, are depressed and use food as a drug…you guys know. This is where the sword enters our hearts. Before, I blamed diet plans without a good, hard look in the mirror.

    Basic weight loss: eat less calories than you burn. Period. WW points you towards healthy choices and teaches you proper portions. It will not prevent you from eating a gallon of ice cream to deal with whatever it is you need to numb. That’s on you. I go to group therapy, made some friends, started doing fun things, and started exercising. The ones who fail seem to miss this one. Locked in the house in front of the computer 16 hours a day doesn’t cut it.

    I’ve tried Atkins, which nearly killed me…I could go down the line with all the rest of the diets I’ve been on. They aren’t sustainable. Eating the foods I like and minding my portions…that I can live with. Also, I’m a vegetarian and WW allows for that. There are a couple of other good programs out there, but they are harder to stick with due to stricter exercise requirements (and for me eating flesh).

    WW should emphasize body fat, some of you are right with that. Myself and many other WW members purchased Tanita scales we use, so it’s not an issue to me…I put it in the category of fitness which was my responsibility.

  5. Marandy

    Hi there! I think and know for sure, that WW is working!!! But you have to do your part also. Don’t think this is a quick weight loss plan, it took you years to be “Overweight” so it will take you at least 3 month to loose 5-6 pounds…
    After all you have to do also EXERCISE (but that every diet will tell you !)and not only think the “diet” alone will do the thing. It’s all about mind-setting and YOUR commitment to yourself. I lost 10 pounds since 3.November ‘09 go swimming with a couch, 3x a week for an hour. I never used to do sport! I was a couch potato!!! So if I can do so can you ! :-)Have fun and GOOD LUCK! It works.

  6. Nikita Council

    I have done WW twice. The first time i lost almost 90 pounds and got pregnant. After the birth of my son i went back on it. I have lost 73 pounds now and it only been 5 months. I dont go to the meeting because im doing it for me. Since i already know how to maintain i just pick a date weigh in that day like if i was goin gto the meetings. I didnt know that WW really worked at first. I have learned that WWW isnt a diet it all about the portion size. Not only im doing point system but im also working out 3 times a week. All i can say is that I LOVE WW!!!!!

  7. jane

    i have friends who swear by this diet…while they’re ON it. i have an aunt who has dropped 100 pounds…gained it. she’s happy with WW…while she’s ON it. please people, stop wasting your money and “checking in” at meetings…it’s a recipe for cheating. This system may have worked for dieters in the 60’s, but we know more now—specifically, the scale doesn’t mean as much when you are striving for true fitness. Don’t fall in love with the number on the scale and have a body composition that looks like crap. And don’t go to meetings when we’re in the age of the internet and you can find common interests with like-minded individuals and meet up for support if you so choose–for free! WW is outdated. As for me, I’ve struggled all my life, but no more. I went to my first WW meeting when I was 15, and then again when I was 20, and 26 having nominal success, feeling ashamed and defeated, and then gaining it all back and more. Afterall people told me I was just a big boned girl. And then when I was 28 years old (5’4 tall, 214 pounds) I discovered Body for Life. I started going to the gym with a friend who was trying to lose baby weight. I didn’t really think much of it, but soon I dropped weight, then I started eating 6 times a day, balnaced meals. I found out I had a passion for running, and so I trained for a marathon. Two years later, I ran my first marathon. By that time, I had lost nearly 90 pounds, and 8 dress sizes. I weighed 124 pounds and was a muscular size 4. Currently I’ve maintained at a size 8 and about 135 pounds (I’m no longer running 20 miles a week). I am in great shape, happy, healthy, and have maintained a healthy weight for 7 years. It’s totally possible to completely transform yourself, but you have to look to yourself, not others at meetings. A great support system is at transformation.com. It’s part of the Body for Life community. Good luck to everyone out there no matter which plan you choose. Peace.

    • Lynn

      Very odd, both times on weight watchers i did on my own lost 100 lbs. I think the truth to all programs is being devoted to the life and realizing it is not a quick fix and weight will come back quickly. The new plan makes vegies and fruit available and lean meats. It makes sense. But there is no plan if you do not apply yourself to it that will work just as you found. Body for life did not work for me because i cannot get exercise in great amounts and i would never apply myself to going to a gym when i never did it before. But it works for you.

  8. Omgirl

    I have used Weight Watchers twice. The first time I lost 18 lbs in 4 months without any exercise. The second time I lost 11 lbs in 3 months with moderate exercise. It’s not a ton of weight, average about 1-2 lbs a week. But it really changed the way I saw food. I learned which foods were really bad choices and how to substitute for lower fat/lower sugar/lower calorie equivalents without sacrificing much taste. I also learned quickly how big my portion sizes had been, and how to eat the right amounts of food. It only took about one week to get used to the new size of meals and I no longer felt hungry or craved sugar. I could eat almost anything, I just had to adjust the amount or sacrifice something else later that I might have eaten. It’s all about making wise choices. More than anything, W.W. changed the way I looked at food overall and the way I ate in a permanant, sustainable way. It wasn’t a fad diet, not a quick weight loss scam. It was something I can and do use all the time now when I need to shed a few pounds. I highly recommend it. (I did the online version, not the meetings, as I’m on the computer all day. It was so easy for me to look up points and put my foods into the system to keep track.)

  9. edeline

    i am edeline i am 16 years old i am 200 pounds i need something that can make me drop some fat

  10. Ed Comer

    Where is your meeting schedule?

Last Reviewed: April 17, 2019