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I signed up for their services on May 31, 2017 and on June 5, 2017 I called to cancel the membership. I have not used their services not one time. They would only give me $9.00 for the 3 month membership I had paid for. I can understand it I had been using it for more than half the membership but I didn't. They said they would not refund the amount paid. I will NEVER use them and will tell everyone I know not to. Ms. **, you should be ashamed of yourself for promoting them when they do the customers this bad. You may not need the money that I will not get back but I do.

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I signed up for 3-month plan for $50 one evening. I had heard good things so I figured I'd give it a shot. But once I became a member, I saw that there isn't anything in the member site or app that is worth cost of membership, I'm talking within 10 minutes of logging in/signing up. Recipes seemed to be only thing in member site, and those are available Everywhere on the web!

I immediately contacted them showing time stamp of signing up, at this point, less than 30 min in, stating I felt I was scammed into signing up with empty promises of a full system, except all the site and app had are how many points and some recipes, again, all over the web for free. 5 days later after no response, I forwarded same email to them again, adding that I haven't touched account since that first 10 min and want my money back. Instead I finally got a rude email stating I'll only get $9 back and they cancelled my account. I emailed them back immediately after stating that's not acceptable and I was filing a complaint with PayPal against them.

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Tried Weight Watchers for about three months. The idea of the diet is good healthy standards. Low fat, low sugar, high fruit, high protein diet. I choose not to continue as I already went through a major diet experience 10 years ago with proportion control and calorie counting using similar standards. I commend the idea of Weight Watchers in a society that has lost its good eating habits and put those individuals back on the right track. I choose not to continue with Weight Watchers as I got a half assed introduction to the program and I still haven't a clue what the whole hubbub is about nor how to proceed about it. Here's my experience:

Signed up online. Went to a local meeting. Got signed in. Sat through a 30 minute talk meeting. Half the meeting was about how you don't dip your hand into the candy dish. Then the welcome meeting after. I got a half assed introduction to the program for my introduction. Was given a welcome packet. Was requested to go through it at my leisure. Rep sent 20 minutes on hold with weight watchers app 800 # to figure out an error in the app. Then a little about the program about what to eat but requested me to read through the material at my leisure.

Went online later that night to figure out more. All I found were recipes and an app that is confusing in serving sizes. Lost 5 lbs in the first two months. Not bad. I tried about three of the meetings and found it was more of a struggle to work them into a rotating random retail schedule. Realized some of the instructors are better than others. My introduction to it was done by one that probably could use a little coaching for new applicants.

I realized the meetings were not all that helpful for me as they didn't really explain the program in detail. Three months later and I still haven't a clue how the diet works or what it is about or how to proceed about it. Over half the meetings were about how you don't dip your hand into the candy dish or do I choose an apple over a donut. That was it. The only reason why I lost weight was because I replaced sugar with fruit and only splurge twice a month. In addition to heavily omitting fatty foods.

I honestly can diet without this program. Thank you for the kick I needed to start it though. I however will not continue with it until explanation is done better. I am left in the dark and $80 of my dollars are no more. (Per other reviews, I will closely watch my account to be sure the monthly billing process is canceled. I feel to deny a refund in the first 3 months is not an ethical practice of business. A diet does take a few months to see results but to some people they don't need all the glamor to diet. They just know how.)

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I have contacted Weight Watchers for 3 months attempting to cancel my membership and they continue to charge my PayPal. I have talked to them and emailed and attempted from the web page. They have over charged me at least $80.

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We canceled our membership to Weight Watchers 4 months ago but they keep charging our card. When we call to investigate they say that they cannot confirm the charges! What a scam!!! We have proof that they keep taking money out! BEWARE! They're horrible. Service is horrible. We have to block the payment on our credit union side. This is unbelievable.

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I canceled Weight Watchers via their phone application after charged April 15, 2017. I had forgotten that this needed to be done. I canceled late at night via email as stated and the 800 # was not operating. May 15 was charged yet again $56. Canceled via email and called this time to put an end to the charges and to get credit. Was advised needed cancellation # and I let them know did not get one first time. This time was given one verbally and asked that WW send it via email so that I would have on record. "Rude" Michael said that this is how I would get it. Advised this is not the way a legitimate business operates. I like the Weight Watchers program and respect the owners, however, I will not do business with them again because of poor customer service and billing practices.

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I have been on Weight Watchers for one year and 8 months and have lost 96 pounds! I eat what I want in moderation, I eat things I never knew I liked because they were "Lower points" and I treat myself every now and then so I never miss out on anything I love. I highly recommend it to EVERYONE. I also recommend doing MEETINGS and making friends and using the online tools to reach out on the CONNECT community. As far as issues with billing, never ever have I had one issue. I also order product online and again NO ISSUES. If you cancel you have to do it BEFORE the next billing cycle or YES you will get charged, but I have actually READ the cancellation policy thoroughly.

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It was 6 months later that I realized I was being charged monthly after my two-month trial was over. It was a card my husband paid and I didn't know it was being charged after my two-month Groupon was over. I requested a refund but was denied. I was ill as I was not dieting due to two surgeries I had needed. So disappointed in this company.

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I have been a Lifetime member of WW for many years. I went back Spring of 2017 and went most of the summer. Since I have stayed within my weight goal, I did not have to pay and received voucher codes for eTools. I have not been for several months and all of a sudden, I received a charge on my credit card for $14.94 from WW. I called them and told them that I was not using their services and had not signed up for any services. They told me that I needed to drive to a WW and get an access code in order for them to refund my money.

I told the representative that this was not acceptable, however, she continued to speak over me and refused to refund my money or allow me to speak to a supervisor. She did, however, cancel my account (what account???). I had never signed up for anything and to make matters worse, she offered me a free month which I promptly denied. I intend to file a dispute with my credit card company. Everyone BE AWARE!!! This is very bad business practice. I could barely understand the representative I was speaking with and hope that this is the end of my dealings with them.

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I signed up for 3 months and then noticed WW was auto billing my account every month. I then canceled my account. However, Weight Watchers continued to bill us for the service for months and months after. When I called to question the charges the person on the phone was rude and implied that it was my fault that the account was not closed, and did not offer to refund any of the fraudulent charges. Weight Watchers knew that there is no activity on an account, but instead of sending a courtesy email asking why we were no longer using the service and enticing us to get back on it, they chose to remain silent and continue to collect the $49.95/month. And when I called, again, they could have looked up the account and seen that there was no activity for months and refunded us for that time, but they did not. That is a crooked and very anti-consumer policy. Shameful. Beware.

The most shocking system when dealing with customer services "system" being the operative word. I was appalled to see all of the complaints. I thought WW was a reputable company! I am not normally a negative person (and spoke with the utmost respect to those I communicated my issues to) however show me the way to a Director/C.E.O of Weight Watchers and a few choice words would be spoken!! Sorry for the rant and thank you for the other posts that at least made me realize I was not alone. :-) It's not the money, it's the principle. I will be spreading the shocking feedback as I go and never darkening the doors of Weight Watchers again (which is a shame because at times I really rather enjoyed it).

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So many of the complaints on here are about billing. If you use PayPal, you have control over authorized billing, and it solves the issue. So far no billing issues, and if I want to quit WW, I can just de-authorize payments and they won't be able to bill me anymore. I also don't use fitbits, etc., so pretty much no need to deal with customer service.

I was disappointed to see practically no reviews of the program itself when I was considering signing up, so I thought I'd add one: I enjoy using the WW site and app. I don't bother with meetings, and have the online version only. Very easy to use, and I actually enjoy tracking stuff during the day. It has significantly helped me increase my activity level and pay attention to what I eat. I combine this approach with other healthy eating habits I was already following (lots of produce, very little meat, very little sugar and processed food, reasonable carbs, etc.). I have been eating healthy for years, but over the last year, I saw about 8 pounds sneak up on me. I realized it was due to too much desk work, too little exercise, and hidden calories in my meals and snacks. Using this app keeps me on track for activity and food intake. I can still eat what I want in general, but it's more balanced.

I lost 6 points in a month, which is a healthy rate and fine with me, and I decided to maintain this weight - meaning, you can change your setting from weight loss to weight maintenance, which I did today. My increased exercise is toning me up, and I feel great. I plan to keep my account current for the foreseeable future. My favorite benefit - tracking activity. Sounds silly, but I time everything now and go for "points," including housework... My house and I are both in better shape for it. You can experiment with your account settings. I ended up choosing "Tracking" and "Swap my fit points first." This means that if I have a high-calorie day and go over my food points, I can increase my activity level and earn more points to compensate for it. Seems to work. There you go...

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Weight Watchers customer service sucks. I have been trying to get a refund for 4 weeks now. When I called them first to get my refund sorted they said, "Sorry we don't issue 45 dollar refunds." Well you guys told me I was getting that back. "2 weeks later you will get 44.95 back" well where the hell is it. They really need to hire people that know what the hell they are doing. I will never deal with this company again.

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I started WW about 1.5 yrs ago at 230 lbs. I have lost over 75 lbs. I'm down to 155 lbs and I've never been happier. Even without any workouts I couldn't believe it but it's true and the food taste great. Haven't found anything I didn't like. Just ask Oprah.

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Weight Watchers the program is terrific. My issue is with customer service. I bought a Fitbit from the online store and then decided I would like a different model. I look for a return policy and it says you have to call or send email and they'll tell you what to do. I sent email and got an automated response. 5 days later, I still have not heard anything. So I call the number. After being on hold for 20 minutes I gave up.

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Unethical billing practices. I signed up for a limited 3 month package and they continued to bill me after I cancelled the membership. Then they lied and told me I had not cancelled through their website. Be careful about giving them your credit card information. It will take closing the account to get them to stop taking the month subscription fee. Oprah should be ashamed.

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I saw 3 pending charges of 44.90 when there should be just 1. I spoke to the bank and they said when a merchant makes an error like this rather than opening a fraud activity case it's better to call them and get the 2 extra charges reversed. I called and got the Philippine call center and spoke to 2 agents who (a) assure me that the 2 pending additional charges will not really post to my bank, however neither could say how that would occur. I was told to wait another 24 hours and then call back or call bank.

I couldn't understand 75% of what they were saying. I did however hear the agent when he said that this happens "ALL THE TIME" because people click the submit button in the app. I said "Doesn't anyone there think the app should be fixed so that it doesn't triple charge people?" The call center is just terrible. WW program has worked for me and family and I always promote it to my clients. I think they should either close 24x7 call center if they can't staff it with high quality agents. An overseas call center rarely does any good for the client. It just made me pissed off.

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Absolutely rubbish website. Signed up for the one month only and they continued to take 2 further months' payments from my bank account without my authorisation. Complete con. When I called WW they told me they could not refund my money as I was on a one month rolling contract with them, even although I only went onto the website a couple of times. Also told they could not track my usage on the site. BS!!! Not nice to deal with and would not recommend to anyone!!!

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Beware of bad billing practices for WW!! I am a lifetime member since last March, 2016. I have been faithfully entering my free eTools number every 2 months or more frequently. I just realized that I've been charged every month anyway. Make sure you check your credit card statements every month - don't trust Weight Watchers to do it right. I also found out that when I joined, even though I purchased a 3 month voucher, I was entered as "standard" and charged monthly at a higher rate. I learned my lesson. The program has been great but the billing system isn't. Likely there was some button I didn't click, but since they charged me for the months that they did found a record of my voucher, I am suspicious.

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I thought I would try Weight Watchers online as I can't drive and can't get to any the of meetings. Well, it was absolutely useless and so hard to work out. So I thought well I won't do that again, but the next month Weight Watchers took another payment. I wasn't aware that I was booking on a monthly payment. WATCH OUT, THEY WILL KEEP TAKING MONEY OFF YOUR CARD.

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Trying to track my coaching. The coach never updated my profile - one shows canceled and the other shows pending. So now I have no proof to show to my doctor that I need for my upcoming surgery. Wasted 45 minutes on chat line with no results - just going back and forth. Call center is in the Philippines and the person didn't understand what I was asking. Got disconnected once and no results the 2nd time. No manager to speak to. Called the hotline and was asked the same stupid questions with no results. Asked for a refund which I see many people have had issue with. I will update later. @ Oprah you should be ashamed for sponsoring this nonsense!

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I drove 18+ miles to a Weight Watchers meeting last night and was told you cannot be a member without supplying them with a credit card. I could write a check but would have to register it online and give them a credit card for future automatic payments. After reading the complaints, I am so happy I made the decision to get into my vehicle and travel the 18+ miles home even though it was a wasted trip.

I called the headquarters and had a difficult time understanding the gentleman I spoke to. He confirmed that you cannot be a member without a credit card. Now I can see why. I know a number of people who do not have credit cards either by choice or because of a low income, so they are discriminated against. My son deals with identity theft every day and I am extremely reluctant to allow anyone access to my card. I belonged to the organization years ago and we just paid our dues at the meetings. This new method is not only easier for them but apparently much more profitable. It's all about the $$$.

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When Americans are paying Weight Watchers dues they should get an American on the phone to help them. Why is Weight Watchers outsourcing to the Philippines? As a lifetime member who needed to get back to Weight Watchers, I needed to call due to a problem with my AP suddenly asking me for my log in information. I had it written down and entered it but it didn't work. I placed a phone call to the 1-800 # from work. As soon as I heard the woman's accent, I knew it would not be a quick fix. She couldn't understand my accent and I certainly couldn't understand hers. After 15 minutes of trying to resolve my problem (which everyone at work ended up hearing) she lost her patience with me. I asked her where she was located and she told me the Philippines. I told her that she should have more patience with Americans due to Weight Watchers outsourcing jobs that should be here, to the Philippines. Does anyone else have a problem with this?

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I just signed up and within the hour canceled. Signed up for the online plus account. No welcoming email, nothing that showed me how to use the program and absolutely nothing on explaining how much food, points, or portions to eat. This made me more mad when I tried to chat and they made me feel like it was self-explanatory which it is not. I assumed that there would be something that showed new users how to actually track, and use the program.

Frustrated, I called customer service to see if it was better to talk to someone. Not a chance, the person did not understand me and asked me to repeat several thing several times. I said just please cancel my account. The lack of education this program gives you is the main reason I canceled. When I sign up for something new that I have never done before I would assume they would try to explain it and want you to get it. That was not that case here. Sad. For people who are actually into losing some weight and thought this is the way to do it because everyone seems to RAVE about it. Completely useless.

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I have finally received the promised refund. It took speaking to a "supervisor" in Missouri and my previous post on ConsumerAffairs. All the calls and extremely long wait time are due to Weight Watchers customer service being outsourced to the Philippines. They read from a script and cannot veer from it to do any problem solving. Weight Watchers needs to come back to the USA.

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I am due a refund of 44.95 and have been trying to get it since 1/14/2017. Email after email states 7-10 business days. After each 7-10 business days pass another email is generated and I'm told an error was on their end please wait another 7-10 business days. When calling you are placed on hold for 47 minutes plus. Call back and start all over again. It is 2/20/2017 and still no refund in process. Spoke to three different people today alone. Here I am on hold again. Funny it doesn't take this kind of time to take my money!

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I joined WW online yesterday. Every time I tried to log in I was told my username and/or password were incorrect. I reset the password five times. Today I called customer service and was told by a woman named Chrystal that they had an app problem over the weekend. She had me to change my password again; told me I would definitely be able to get on and gave me a "free month". When I couldn't get on again, I called and spoke to a woman named Mitch (?) who told me the same spiel and tried to convince me to stay with the program. I refused and demanded a full refund of my $19.95 cost.

I got and will save a cancellation confirmation number and e-mail and see if I ever get the refund. I evidently also will have to make sure they don't keep charging me as that seems to be their big money maker. Also, the new program gives each food item more points than previously. I have been very hungry since I started yesterday and intend to use an old 1970's booklet and program. Shame on this company. I hope President Trump taxes them out the wazoo for having customer service in a foreign country and for being so insensitive to their customers. Jean Nidetch would be rolling over in her grave!!

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I've tried at various times to get the emails to stop coming to me. The link in the email just circles back to the page and doesn't go anywhere, so I can't unsubscribe. Thinking it was a glitch, I just deleted emails and would randomly try, but I've had enough. Daily emails sometimes multiple emails a day to my work email address (previously I was a member of their "AT WORK" program).

I've been tracking the emails since September 15, 2016 when I emailed to cancel. I received a canned response that they're sorry I no longer want the emails, they'll remove me and it'll take 2-3 WEEKS to be removed. (That's WHEN I even get a response back, usually I don't). So I wait that amount of time and email again and get the same canned response, but the daily emails continue. Only once have I received a response other than the canned response and that he had put me in all 4 programs for removing emails, give it 48 hours after (+2 days). If I'm still getting them at that time, they're probably forwarding from another email address.

Since my membership, I did get married so my name had changed. When that didn't work, I did give them my old name and email address (since it does forward), but I'm still getting daily emails and each of the emails show my CURRENT name and email address not my previous, so not the issue. It's so frustrating to constantly get emails that I don't want, that I have tried in good faith to remove myself from, (the link in the email STILL don't work by the way) especially since it's to a business email. My interpretation of the CAN-SPAM act says that a request to be removed from emails must be easy and must take place within a much shorter time frame (2 business WEEKS I believe. I'd have to check again). This clearly is not meeting those requirements. The "Customer Service" simply doesn't exist.

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I signed up for the 12 month plan online where I can get the WW mobile app and use this to access and record smart points. I have not been able to use the app for a long time, every time I got the message "Oops there is an error it's us, it's not you". I just assumed that was because my 12 weeks was passed. I did continue to receive emails which I didn't read. However, I was talking to a friend and she said, "You should check that they are not still deducting from your account." I said I only signed up for 12 week plan. She said, "This is a common complaint with WW online." So sure enough I rang WW (which by the way had to wait 20 mins before I got a customer service person). They confirmed that yes the money was still coming out of my account even though my 12 weeks finished last November. I told her that the WW app has not worked and was told that's because I needed to update the app (even though the message said "Oops it's us not you").

I have not used WW online for 3 months and they wouldn't refund me because the terms and conditions which she said are "all over the site" state that they will continue at the end of your period... I struggled to find this. She said when I signed up it would have said that at the bottom. Okay so I don't have a leg to stand on but I think this is VERY misleading and have no doubt that many people would be in the same situation. Why bother having a 12 week plan? Why not just make it an ongoing plan where you cancel when you want to. It is MISLEADING. Or at least an email at the end of the 12 weeks saying "Your 12 week period is now at an end, we will continue with you on the plan unless you reply and cancel."

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I joined Weight Watchers on 1/18/17 and I love it! I had never been a member before, so I don't know about the other point systems that were used. However, the number of points I have is plenty and I am never hungry. The program allows for you to eat things like cookies and chips but you may have to sacrifice something else to stay in your point range. For me it has helped me make better choices. I realize that the cookie or the chips aren't worth the points and will instead have fruit or another healthy snack. Do I still eat goodies sometimes? Absolutely! And this program allows for that.

I have lost over 7 pounds in the last month and I feel great. I go to weekly meetings which are wonderful and I utilize all of their online tools which keeps me motivated. The tracking of points is simple. I would recommend this program to anyone. And this is coming from a woman that has tried everything - literally - to lose weight. I can see myself being a success with this program and I can see this becoming my lifestyle. This is not a temporary fix. This is real! WW is a great system.

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I needed to make a change to my Weight Watchers membership. I have been a member of Weight Watchers since January 2016. I was shocked at how horrible and terrible and rude of the customer service was! It's obviously a call center in the Philippines and the women there speak very loudly and in a very condescending tone. I had to call three different times because the woman on the phone the first time and the second time could not figure out how to make this simple change to my account. She insisted on changing my password and finally after three days of dealing with this the situation was resolved.

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Hello, I just wanted to complain about the process of cancelling my account, I called on October 2016 to cancel my account and the lady who answered the phone was very nice and told there was not going to be any problem and that I will receive a refund, she told me to send my pass, which I sent. I waited patiently for the refund in my account and never received it, I called today and a customer service person told me that I was not going to receive anything because they didn't receive the monthly pass back within 2 weeks after canceling the account. I was never told about this. They never gave me a timeline to send my pass. Just an excuse to not give your money back. I will never deal with WW anymore and will make sure that all my friends and family know about this.

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Celebrity Nutrition & Fitness Expert JJ Virgin is author of New York Times bestseller “The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days.” She is also the best-selling author of “Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy” as well as a prominent TV and print media personality.    More about JJ→

Founded 50 years ago, Weight Watchers has evolved from solely a group-meeting weight loss program to strategic plans for different demographics and an online option. Weight Watchers assists members in losing weight by forming helpful habits, eating smarter, getting more exercise and providing support. Consumers looking for a budget-friendly option can simply purchase Weight Watchers brand food products at their grocery store or mass retailer and follow the plan's basic diet, which is available online. Those who want more support can join the program, which offers individuals plans including options like a smartphone-based app for tracking food and activities, in-person weekly support meetings, online community support and one-on-one coaching via text messaging or telephone.

  • Buddy system: Studies show people who pair up with like-minded groups or friends attain better fat loss (and keep it off better) than those who go it alone. For anyone who needs group support – either in person or online – Weight Watcher is top notch.
  • Digital tools: High-tech apps and digital tools increase compliance and accountability, and make it easier for you to track your progress and stay motivated. Tech-savvy folks will find these valuable and even enjoyable.
  • Flexibility: The program allows flexibility to eat real food, allows people to maintain their social lives, and makes losing weight easy even with the busiest schedule without deprivation. Since no food is forbidden, you simply modify portion sizes to fit their PointsPlus® system.
  • Food philosophy: Weight Watchers is designed to be a lifestyle approach to food, so no foods are considered off limits. While this philosophy could become a slippery slope for people who have problems with cravings for certain unhealthy foods, it can also help by encouraging moderation and accountability for food choices.
  • Flexibility: Weight Watchers assigns "points" values for every food and helps you set a goal for how many points you should consume daily. This system means you can make low-point choices throughout the day in preparation for a special meal or event instead of having to forgo the extra calories because of your diet.
  • Best for new moms, college students, busy adults, teens, older men, older women and former athletes.

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