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The Cost of Weight Watchers

Without the purchase of their food, what is the average cost of Weight Watchers?

Also, does Weight Watchers make you pay everything upfront?

Wed. Jun 7, 2:50pm

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The costs vary through out different parts of the country, but I think they only vary by a few dollars:
Joining fee-$35 (online$25)
seniors-62 years and students 22 years old-$20
weekly fee-traditional fee-$13
seniors and students-$11
they have prepay plans
You have to pay every time you weigh in, but you can go to meetings 7+ days a week if you'd like.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006, 3:46 PM

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You can do the program onlie-only (no meetings) for about $17/month, you pay monthly. Sometimes they have deals where they'll waive the start-up fee.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006, 4:52 PM

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The good thing about WW is once you reach your goal weight they require you to weigh in once a month, for free........that keeps you on track forever, if you stay under goal weight. If you don't stay under your goal weight, then you have to pay. It is motivation to stay under your goal weight.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006, 5:48 PM

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actually once you reach your gaol you have to maintain that wieght within 2 lbs for 12 weeks (i think its 12) before you go for free

Wednesday, June 07, 2006, 5:51 PM

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Health Insurance?

Do you have insurance? My insurance company (Oxford) actually has negotiated a reduced price for Weight Watchers. My insurance company also covers a small part of my gym membership.

Thursday, June 08, 2006, 7:14 AM

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If cost is an issue, consider joining when they offer the deal of low or no joining fee. Call and ask your local Weight Watchers group if they are currently offering this deal or when they will be offering it again.

Also, you can go week to week until you feel you have all the tools you need to do it on your own. The first week they will give you the Points Calculator. I'd reccommend buying the Food Book they offer that gives the points values for hundreds of foods. For me, I felt I had learned all I needed to know within four to six weeks. I went for eight weeks and then stopped. I now do the points system on my own with the help of my peertrainer group. Good luck in your decision!

Friday, June 09, 2006, 1:11 PM

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OP Here.
I have been counting calories, does Weight Watchers offer this form of dieting or is it just the point system.

If so, is the point system similiar to counting calories? How many points do you get a day?

Friday, June 09, 2006, 1:25 PM

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Points are sort of similar to calories, in a way. The number of points you can consume depends on what you currently weigh and a few other factors. For me it wasn't enough food.

Friday, June 09, 2006, 4:47 PM

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Counting calories is similar to the points system. You get a certain number of points depending on how much you weigh. It goes like this:

less than 150 pounds 18-23 daily points
150 to 174 pounds 20-25 daily points
175 to 199 pounds 22-27 daily points
200 to 224 pounds 24-29 daily points
225 to 249 pounds 26-31 daily points
250 to 274 pounds 28-33 daily points
275 to 299 pounds 29-34 daily points
300 to 324 pounds 30-35 daily points
325 to 349 pounds 31-36 daily points
more than 350 pounds 32-37 daily points

As you lose the weight, you adjust your daily point allowance.

The Points Finder is a tool that takes the calories, dietary fiber, and fat grams in a food and assigns it a point value. For instance, a banana is 2 points, an egg is 2 points, most veggies are 0 points, 1 cup brown rice is 4 points, 4 oz. cooked chicken breast is 3 points, a Big Mac at McDonald's is 13 points, etc. I'm sure you get the idea.

If you want to see how it works, you can check out my daily log. Here's the link:


Friday, June 09, 2006, 4:51 PM

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A "point" value for any particular food takes into account it's calories, fat and fiber. So it's a little more than counting calories alone. You have a daily allowance of points depending on your weight, but you also have a weekly "flex" points that you can use however you want. You can spread them out over the week to allow for more food each day, or you can save them for weekend "splurges" (what I did). It was enough food for me. You can also earn "activity" points for exercising that you can use towards food on that day.

Friday, June 09, 2006, 5:24 PM

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