Weight Watchers is a very effective weight loss program. If you are interested in enrolling, you might want to know all about its cost. So, keep reading.
Disclaimer: The team of Weight Watchers keeps updating the program, according to the requirements/feedback of their members. The program has been updated many times, the latest one being the Weight Watchers 360° program, which was unveiled on the 3rd of December, 2012. The program teaches members how to manage their food environment, claiming that we tend to eat what we see. It also guides people on ways to control their temptation, and to avoid pleasure eating. Weight Watchers has not increased their rates for this new approach, and all the meetings, eTools, and apps are included in the total fee.
The content in this article explains the Weight Watchers program in detail. The details of the current program are exclusively available to the paid members of Weight Watchers.
Weight Watchers was amongst the first few diet programs which yielded positive results without any major side effects. It has undergone several changes in its format, to suit the changing lifestyle of people. An online or Internet version of Weight Watchers has also become very popular. However, not many people are aware of the actual cost of joining this program online and offline. In this article, we have listed the cost for both. But before that, let us understand what to expect from Weight Watchers.
What to Expect from Weight Watchers
This is a diet program which relies on numerical points rather than calories. Food items are assigned numerical values as per their fat and fiber content. This way, high calorie low fiber foods automatically get high points, whereas healthy foods fall at the lower spectrum of numerical point scale. Weight Watchers point system allots daily points to the dieters by assessing their age, gender and level of activity. The dieter is expected to eat in such a way that he does not exceed his daily point limit. As a result, he is forced to make healthy choices by eating lot of low point healthy foods and very few high calorie foods. The result is such that dieters lose weight at the steady rate of 2 pounds a week, which is very healthy.
Weight Watchers offers you two options for subscription. You can either enroll for the traditional program, which includes attending weekly meetings or you can opt for a more convenient and cheaper online program. While the weight loss achieved through both the methods is comparable, each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Dieters must take into account the various pros and cons of this program, before subscribing for it.
Cost of Weight Watchers
Offline or traditional Weight Watchers is a bit expensive than its online version due to involvement of infrastructure, manpower etc. Cost of traditional Weight Watchers is about $10 a week. However, this cost is likely to differ as per your state of residence. However, the difference is within the range of a couple of dollars. On an average, the cost of offline program is about $39.95. However, the members have to pay an additional one time sign up fee. Members can then get an access to various online and offline services by Weight Watchers. They can attend weekly meetings which begin with a confidential weighing up session. After that, members are guided on various topics related to diet and nutrition. The lectures are imparted by leaders, who are essentially members of Weight Watchers, who successfully attained their goal and maintained it. The members also get an access to various eTools, which have point tracking applications. Besides, they can also benefit from the study material provided to them. After attaining your weight loss goal and maintaining it for 6 weeks, you can become a life member for free.
Online Weight Watchers is much cheaper with a monthly fee of $17.95. You are also charged $29.95 towards one time sign up fee. Thus, during the first month, you are expected to pay $47.90, whereas after that you are charged $17.95 each month, for three months. You may decide to quit after that, if you are not happy with the program. However, if you decide to continue, you will only need to pay $17.95 every month, without any extra charges. Online program provides you an access to about 40,000 foods and over 3000 recipes formulated by Weight Watchers. You can also avail the services of point tracking application.
Weight Watchers does not force you to buy their own food products. However, should you decide to buy their foods, then be assured that cost of these foods is not included in your subscription fee. Their frozen meals are sold under the brand name Smart Ones and are charged separately.