Weight Watchers Points Calculation

The points calculator isn't the only resource to find the points value of a food item, but it sure is handy.

Followers of the old plan, who want to try Smart Points, will need to replace the old WW calculator. The old calculator typically assigns lower point values and will give you a false sense of accomplishment with the new and higher daily points allowance.

You'll likely gain, rather than lose, if you eat your full allowance each day while understating your points!

A Handy Tool For A Weight Watcher

What are the choices in points calculations?

Successfully following the Weight Watchers plan requires daily accounting of points eaten against points allowed.

You need several tools in your points toolkit to accurately and easily calculate points. So what are your choices?

  • Buy a weight watchers smart points calculator. But where is the best place to buy one?
  • Get a smart points app for your smartphone.
  • Use an online calculator. But where?
  • Do without a calculator. Get your Weight Watcher points from other sources.
  • Design your plan to minimize the need for points calculation.

You can follow the plan without your own calculator, but it requires more work and use of other resources, especially online resources.

A lot depends on the dieting lifestyle you will follow with Weight Watchers, which is affected by your personality and resources.

  • Not everybody has ready access to a computer 24 x 7.
  • Many dieters follow the Weight Watcher by themselves, no meetings.
  • Many have to approach the process very frugally.
  • Some dieters don't want to cook.
  • Some weight loss seekers thrive on pre-packed foods with WW points on the box.
  • Many plan followers thrive on ingredient shopping and cooking nutritious meals.

Lets look at some of the choices and how you can put them together and have success with the Weight Watchers smart points plan.

Where can you buy a smart points calculator?

The easiest route is to buy a new smart points calculator.

Buy your calculator at a Weight Watchers Meeting. You'll probably get your best price there. If you are going to attend WW meetings anyhow, then its win/win. However, if you were not planning on attending meetings, you need to figure in the cost of joining and a meeting cost to to the cost of your calculator.

Buy your new smart points calculator online. There are many options here. Amazon offers lots of choices and generally good discounted pricing.

Which ever route you follow, read on for some ideas on how to manage the points tracking process that may alter the way you design your own plan.

Weight Watchers SMART Points Calculator

Weight Watchers 2016 SMART Points Calculator
Weight Watchers 2016 SMART Points Calculator

Great for grocery shopping. You make better choices.


Smart Points Apps For Your Smartphone... Android or iPhone

If you have a smartphone, and carry it with you regularly, then get an app for that (points calculation.)

  • There are smart points apps for the iPhone.
  • There are smart points apps for the Android.

Be careful! As you sift through the apps listings, make sure the app is for the new smart points program. There are a lot of apps out there for the old plan. Look for protein and carbohydrates on the calculator screen in place of calories.

Great for the grocery aisles...

The right cookbook eliminates points calculation issues

If you have a good cookbook, with easy meals designed for smart points followers, you are halfway home! Having the right WW cookbook on your shelf means that you always have meal choices available. No need to calculate all of the ingredients. No puzzling out the nutrition information on the labels in the grocery store aisle.

The Internet is awash in recipes, many of those are recipes with WW in mind and include points estimates. Be careful, because for the time being, most of those recipe point counts are for the old plan. Be sure to verify the point count is for smart points.

Online Smart Points Calculator

Many of us live in the virtual world, so online is an easy option. There are many sites offering online Weight Watchers points calculation.

Studies have shown that there is a high success rate for those that use an online weight loss plan consistently. Regular tracking is key and the online programs make it easy to connect and enter you foods.

Weight Watchers Online is an obvious choice. You'll have access to the calculator, and all of the other resources Weight Watchers has built-in.

No cooking tonight!

For those non cooking days, or for dieters that don't want to cook, there are options.

Restaurants - some restaurants, like Applebee's, are WW friendly and have meals featured for WW with points calculated. If the menu doesn't have WW points, look for heart friendly items; or vegetarian choices as these are generally decent choices with lower points. Get sauces and dressings on the side so you can ration them into your dish. Get a to-go box with the meal and package half of the generous portions to get them off your plate before you start eating.

Pre-packaged meals - grocery stores offer lots of Weight Watcher food items. As you find ones that you like, then stock up the freezer and cupboard so you always have options when you can't cook.

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How do you calculate points? 20 comments

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brielise 5 years ago

I paid for the plan for about 5 months and before I stopped I bought the kit. Since I have a background with Weight Watchers it's easy now to just use the calculator and do it all on my own. Thanks for more info on tracking points!

Dana 5 years ago

I do not have the new calculator. How can a calculate my points on my PC?

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GymFitnessEquip 5 years ago

full inspiration hub

NutraHealthSupply 5 years ago

Very nice...great work. very useful informations


lighthousebabe 5 years ago

I have joined wt watchers,my meeting place is out of the calculators so I downloaded a points plus cal on my smartphone its great when I am at the offce but it is a pain in the store or if my battery is low, SO I so need one to carry around hope they get some in real soon.

Angela 5 years ago

were can I a points plus calculator they seem to be out of stock everywhere

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syliconsystems 5 years ago from United State

Good work

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imnotmissing 5 years ago from New Mexico

Very useful hub.

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BMG 5 years ago from timor laste

no cooking tonight mean no food to night?its funny......

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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Wow,a perfect choice for real people

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starlight090603 5 years ago

I joined WW in Jan without a calculator. I'm a slave to my PC but I also keep track of what I'm eating every day. I did fall off the wagon for a few weeks, but got back on it. Although, your argument for the calculator makes it sound like the missing link to what I need . .

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Il_Padrino 5 years ago

I prefer classic things

It's a great gadget, and it's good to know about something like this.

Kate 5 years ago

Is there a widget or gadget in the making for calculating points? That would make it easier than logging in each time.

Granny Pat 5 years ago

DO NOT BUY calculator anywhere but Weight Watchers (not in stock at this time) It's $12.00 not the $40 to $60 at


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jstankevicz 5 years ago from Cave Creek Author

Hi sincerely25 - Weight Watchers runs in the family. Daughter-in-law runs meetings in NJ. So we get tips and ideas from her. That’s my Hub article starting point. Published first in the WW series the day the new points plus program was announced. The inclination to talk about the WW and other online weight loss programs is largely because I’m an Internet junky and just can’t help myself…

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Sembj 5 years ago

Sounds like a good investment for some sound and relatively cheap health care in addition to anything else - thanks.

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sincerely25 5 years ago from United States

I know this program really works. How did you get the idea to write about Weight Watchers Online?

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Astride Knighted 5 years ago

The Weight Watchers points plus calculator sounds like a handy tool for following the weight watchers program. Those handy iPhone apps will help you keep track anywhere...this is almost to easy!

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dtchosen 5 years ago from Dumaguete City, Philippines

I don't really count the calories I eat but I've learned a lot here today. Nice hub, I've voted it as useful. Thanks jstankevicz :).

Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Uh, are you trying to give me a hint? :)

Like most people, I've heard of Weight Watchers. Silly me, I never knew they had a cookbook. I must add it to my list and bookmark this post.

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