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Questions About Joining TOPS?

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) ®

What is TOPS?

TOPS Club, Inc. is a nonprofit weight-loss education and support organization. Our members refer to us simply as TOPS, which stands for Take Off Pounds Sensibly. We focus on developing healthy lifestyles through weight management and sponsor research aimed at finding the root cause and effective treatment of the disease of obesity.

TOPS Club Inc. is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and all donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Who can join TOPS?

Virtually everyone is welcome. TOPS is available to men, women and children from age 7 to 100+. 

Is it okay to join TOPS if I already belong to another weight-loss group or health club or if I am purchasing meals or meal substitutes or following another diet?

Yes. TOPS provides a supportive, encouraging, and caring environment and knows that many people need additional assistance with the difficult challenge of weight management. There is no one-size-fits-all solution.

What makes TOPS different from other weight-loss organizations?

TOPS helps our members make changes that promote good health and last a lifetime – not for just a few short weeks – in behaviors, attitudes, exercise habits and eating. We sell no food products and accept no advertising from commercial companies. We empower volunteers who share similar weight issues to help each other with supportive materials and educational tools.

How will I know when I've reached a healthy weight?

After joining TOPS, members consult with their doctor or other healthcare provider at their next regular visit (no special appointment required). Together, you and your doctor decide on a healthy, reasonable weight-loss goal for you, and he or she writes that goal on a prescription pad or clinic stationary that you turn in to your weight recorder.

What does TOPS do for me after I lose weight?

TOPS has a robust recognition program to reward and honor people for maintaining weight through time. Members who have reached their goal weight become KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) members and are an inspiration to others who are still trying to lose. TOPS has many KOPS members who have lost and kept off their weight for 20, 30, 40, or even 50 years or more!

What do I get with my annual TOPS membership?

  • Membership in a local chapter (unless you choose to be an online member)
  • Support at weekly meetings
  • My Day One Quick-Start Guide
  • Subscription to TOPS News magazine, delivered to your doorstep bimonthly
  • Opportunity to subscribe to free email coaching messages and tips
  • Free online tools and resources
  • Opportunity to purchase members-only educational materials and register for members-only events and retreats

Where does my TOPS membership fee go?

The bulk of your membership fee is used to develop and provide the best educational materials and support for you in your weight-loss journey. A small percentage is devoted to medical research that helps forward our understanding of obesity and related diseases and to develop treatments, and someday, a cure.

How do I start my own TOPS chapter?

Just get together four people (including you) to start a TOPS chapter. TOPS provides you with a packet of free materials to help you get started. Keep reading for information about who to contact.

Can I talk to a real person for more information?

Call TOPS Headquarters at 800-932-8677 Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Central Time for chapter meeting locations and times and referrals to local Field Staff.

How do I Join TOPS

Sign Up Online

Join TOPS® as an online member or as a chapter member by clicking JOIN in the navigation bar. Or join in person at a local chapter.

Due to technical limitations, joining online is only an option if you are purchasing a full-price membership. If you wish to redeem a coupon or voucher, you must join at a local chapter.

When joining online, you'll be taken through a series of five screens, and you'll need to press the Next button in the lower right after completing each screen. Your membership won't appear in your shopping cart until you complete all steps.  Please note that you may only buy one membership at a time, and you won't able to shop for other items until after your paid membership has been processed, which only takes a few moments.

If you're an online member, no further action is necessary.

If you're going to a chapter, simply print out your receipt and bring it with you to the chapter you wish to join.

Join at a local chapter

Check for meetings near you on the Find a Meeting page.  No need to call ahead.  We recommend that you arrive early so you'll have time to talk with a Leader or greeter before the meeting. You may visit any chapter one time at no charge. We recommend trying more than one since each chapter has its own personality.

Once you decide to join the chapter -- and there's no obligation to join on your first night -- you may sign up online (explained above) or fill out a paper application.  If you already joined online before arriving at your first meeting, simply bring your receipt.  Directions for you and the chapter to follow are printed right on the receipt for your convenience.