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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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WW is so weird! I tried it before when I was at a good weight, but wanted to be thinner for my wedding and I gained weight. This time around I am using the points for nursing mothers and I am actually losing weight.

Friday, June 09, 2006, 7:50 PM

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kmuskidi- you should start a "Calorie Counters" team, and put the formula in the communtiy threads of the team. A nice alternative to WW, and probably a lot healthier.

Saturday, June 10, 2006, 6:57 PM

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cost of joining weight watchers

what are the newest fees? are there any new programs?

Tuesday, October 16, 2007, 2:06 PM

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There is a monthly program now for $39 it turns out to be cheaper then buying a package deal. To the friday 6/9 4:51 poster the points have changed they haven't used that way of counting in a while now it goes by the first 2 digits of weight and other factors. It ends up being a few more points then it used to.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007, 4:32 PM

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Link to free calorie and activity point system.

This calculator will calculate the points for you, in addition to activity points. To save money just continue to come to peertrainer and count your points using the calorie wiki. You can be successful in your weight loss venture. We will support you for free.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007, 5:51 PM

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A WW point is about 50 calories, and depending on the fiber content, can be a little variable in the total points for an item. Like, a slice of regular white bread might be three points but a slice of whole grain might be two, since it has a higher fiber count. But typically, 50 calories a point.

I have found that WW point system is efficient because it includes your daily totals (how many vegetables, fruits, breads, proteins, dairy, fats) that you should have, and that it is easy, once you get the hang of counting up points. If you have the books, it makes it much easier.

Calorie counting, if you also count fat grams and fiber grams, is just about as easy when you get the hang of it. If you don't count the fat grams or your servings of what (grains/breads, proteins, fats, vegetables/fruits) and just count calories, you might find you are within your calorie range for your goals, but aren't losing weight (because too much of your calories are from fat or too much starch). So, either way, points or calories, or other system to keep track.

You can also do the old fashioned WW methods, like 1/2 c. of bread is 1 bread, and you need lets say 6-9 breads/day. An older WW cookbook (library or used book store) will probably have that information.

I think the real issue is finding a system that works for you.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007, 7:26 PM

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My mom took me to weight watchers when I was 13 because everyone said I was fat. I was 5'7", weighed 145, measured 38-31-38 and wore a size 14. WW set my goal at 115 lbs and said I should measure no larger than 34-22-34. Can you say UNREALISTIC?

Also, it cost $5 to join and $1.50 a week to weigh in. All the older ladies would come wearing lots of layers of clothes, heavy socks & shoes & chunky jewelry on their first day. Then they'd come wearing a mini shift dress and no underwear, jewelry or even bobby pins in their hair to every weigh in after that. One of them said she'd weigh in naked if they'd let her!

The 6 weeks I participated I was starving, light headed, queasy, crabby, and my hair and skin got really dried out looking. I went down to 130 but I was miserable. So I went back to my normal and lived happily at 150-155 lbs for another 15 years, until I got pregnant. I'm sure you can all guess what happened then...

Tuesday, October 16, 2007, 8:13 PM

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Counting Calories vs points

Hi, I'm now trying the Counting Calories instead of doing the points. I made Lifetime a few years ago and am now trying to get 20 lbs off that crept back on.

I actually found WW points to be pretty simple to use, actually easier than counting calories. Glass wine=2pts, bottle of beer = 3, Coke = 3 -- was easier to figure in how much of your daily allocation was going to a Big Mac or whatever :-)

Re: 8:13 pm - not sure when in time that was, but WW has changed alot. They will not let you set your goal weight outside of medically accepted range of healthy weights (i.e., you can't set it too low for your height).

Tuesday, October 16, 2007, 8:24 PM

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I joined WW 2 months ago in So. California when the registration as free. I go 2/month and pay $12.00 each time. I can't go every week, but I stay motiovated by logging my points at PT everyday. I also think WW is very easy to follow - I was counting calories before and I think WW is way easier to keep on track. Good luck.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007, 4:00 PM

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December of 2008 the program changed- you need to go to the ww site to get the cost of online and the cost of in person. You can save 25% if you do 3 months, but otherwise you will pay a signup fee in addition to the weekly or monthly fees.

Given their new foods, the online is probably a pretty good option.



Tuesday, December 30, 2008, 5:51 PM

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what does it cost if you are 18 years old?
can any one join from the ages 17-22?
im 18 years old im graduating this year and i was wondering if i could were will there meetings in belleville ont?

Friday, June 11, 2010, 2:52 PM

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article on the new Weight Watchers Momentum Program:

Thursday, September 16, 2010, 2:33 PM

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Weight Watchers Cost

I lost 70 pounds just doing Weight Watchers online only - no meetings. You really need to be one of those self motivating people but it worked for me. I'm not in maintenance.

The online only version is a $29 start up fee and then $18.95/month. I think they are breaks if you pay 3 months at at time. If you are interested in Weight Watchers but can't afford it right now, email me at I have a way to do the program on the cheap (read pretty much free). I had to take a break from the monthly fees about 6 months ago and came up with a system to stay on the plan without paying the monthly fees.


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