- Diet & Weight Loss
Calculating Weight Watchers Points
Get the Old Points Out of Your Head!
So much has changed when it comes to calculating Weight Watchers® points, with the introduction of Weight Watchers' Points Plus®...and now the 360° program. Best advice to all those experienced with the old Weight Watchers plan is to forget it. Erase your memory banks and avoid frustration and confusion. Tackle Weight Watchers® 360° like a brand new program that you’ve never seen before. Start fresh. You're going to love it!
The problem is that veteran Weight Watchers have pretty much memorized the points in everything! We could look at a plate full of food and instantly know how to count what it would cost us. While this new program is superior in nature, it has maintained a keyword that make us want to compare it to its predecessor: "points". Points are no longer points! They're different. Plan to re-learn them. The quicker we can forget the old, and put on the new, the more we will enjoy this weight loss adventure
What Has Changed?
Daily point allotments are new. In the Weight Watchers® 360° program you get 26 daily points, or more.
Bonus points are very different from the classic version. In the 2001 and 2013 plans, they are a very exciting 49 points! That keeps eating out and enjoying it a real possibility!
CALORIES are not in the equation. You can stop reading that part of the nutritional labels. Retrain your eyes to look for four things: protein, carbohydrates, fats and fiber.
There is no SLIDING SCALE. Weight Watchers leaders tell us that it wasn't possible to make one that would handle the new system, though their best designers tried. You'll find that the points are listed in the new Points Planner or can be calculated using a Weight Watchers Points Plus® Calculator, WW Points Tracking Apps or as a Weight Watchers Online Tool. Weight Watchers Apps are available for Ipad, Ipod, Verizon, Blackberry and Android, to name a few.
Zero points? We've always loved our zero point foods, haven't we! Get this: now nearly all fruits and vegetables are ZERO points, unlimited quantities. Yes, FRUITS!!! Even bananas!
Make a Cheat Sheet
The Weight Watcher's Online program has a "favorites list" function that will do this for you but you may want something in-hand. Make a cheat sheet of the foods that you eat in your diet often, even daily.
Keep the list with you for a quick reference. Eventually these points will become the ones you'll remember and the old system will be a thing of the past!
Weight Watchers is a Plan Built on Success
Weight Watchers is tried and true. Each month there are new success stories on their website and in their magazine to encourage you.
Go to a meeting and you'll find that real testimonials there in your midst. Every leader has lost their weight and kept it off!
The beautiful and talented Jennifer Hudson, spokesperson for Weight Watchers, is a living picture of what is possible with patience, perseverance and Weight Watchers!
Take a look at the latest commercial showcasing Jennifer Hudson alongside, yes, hereself: Jennifer Hudson! What a stunning exhibit of "before" and "after"!
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Sinea Pies is a freelance writer for a popular parenting magazine, professional blogger on her own website Ducks 'n a Row.