So let's look at what we actually know of the WW changes:
The name change from Weight Watchers to WW has occurred. Using WW as their brand but not telling us how we're to refer to it (double you, double you?) just to get the word "weight" out of everything is rather unprofessional.
Other name changes; where to even begin....
WW locations are now referred to as "studios". This makes sense for an actual WW store front location....but not for those of us whose meetings take place in rented rooms (mine is a room in a church). "Studio" makes me think of a place I can walk into at anytime, weigh-in, purchase products and attend a meeting during the store hours....that isn't so for the rented rooms.
Meetings are now referred to as "workshops". I don't know about you...but a workshop seems to me to be a little hands-on or creating something. Yes, I know that can refer to weight loss but I seriously doubt they'll be much changing to the meeting process. Also "workshop" topics will change between wellness, exercise and such. WW - I do not need anymore meetings discussing exercise....my group would rather discuss the highs and lows of the past week.....but because now "weight loss" isn't the focus...where does that leave us?
The receptionist are now "guides" - yeah, I don't understand that either. Where are they guiding us too. Your leader is now a "coach" - and depending on the leader that term could be true or not. These name changes are rather cheesy.
The app has semi-updated. iPhone users seemed to have no problem with this update...it either updated automatically or they went to their app store and had an update option. Android users on the other hand...I've seen no post that anyone's app updated automatically; as a matter of fact there wasn't an update option at the app store either. After lunch, I did have an option to update...but WW was telling android users that it could take days....... yeah, that has gone over well. HELLO WW- don't advertise a big update with the date if you don't have it ready to come out; really? How hard is that?
The app update itself: I actually like the new blue/white look, it's really crisp looking. The website updated to that as well. There have been a few with some vision issues that say the new look is hard on their eyes, understandable and WW should work on an option for that. Simply Filling is still an option on the app/website but I'm still hearing that will disappear at some point. Now you can earn "wins" for tracking breakfast, lunch, dinner, workouts and attending a meeting. These "wins" add up and you can trade them in for prizes (I really see no prize on the list I'm truly interested in).
Let's discuss "wins" - You need at least 1500 wins to get to the first level of prizes. That will take a few weeks. As long as you're tracking on the app.....you'll be alright; but if you're a paper tracker, "wins" aren't available to you. The website? Not available there either. They could easily have paper trackers bring their tracking to meetings and have the receptionists input something into the system and there is positively no reason the website isn't set up for this. As I mentioned above there's not much on the prize list I'm interested in, HOWEVER, the whole system is set up for honesty...Did you really eat breakfast? Or did you just add something in there to get the "wins"? I got 5 "wins" this morning for my coffee....that's all I had for breakfast.
Under the food settings of the app/website you are no longer "losing" or "maintaining"...you're actually "weight loss & healthy habits" or just "healthy habits". No one seems to know where lifetime members fall in these categories but according to Gary Foster the Chief Scientific Officer of WW indicates that Lifetime memberships are a relic of older programs. I'm guessing that will be going away at some point at least for new members.
So weight loss isn't the focus....wellness is - in body, mind and spirit. What makes a WW Coach qualified to do this? We shall see....but I'm thinking WW may have just started their own funeral.