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Weight Watchers Food

Updated on June 20, 2013

Weight Watchers has been synonymous with weight loss success for over 40 years. In fact, US News & World Report ranks Weight Watchers #1 of the top 20 weight loss plans in America!

Yes, Weight Watchers is known for weight loss but Weight Watchers is also known for something very important--FOOD! Yes, Weight Watchers embraces a key-factor in staying on any diet plan: people have to enjoy the food they eat and get enough of it, or they'll quit. That's just how it goes.

The Weight Watchers Points Plus™ program allows you to eat whatever food you like to eat. They have combined expert nutrition and weight loss know-how, coming up with a plan that can work for anyone. Young, old, healthy, not-so healthy...anyone! And with an excellent advertising campaign in place, featuring the beautiful and talented Jennifer Hudson, Weight Watchers is now more popular than ever! "It's a new day!"


Weight Watchers PointsPlus

The latest version of the Weight Watchers is PointsPlus™. The key is to manage food portions while tracking fats, protein, carbohydrates and fiber. It sounds complicated but it's not.

To help you, Weight Watchers has created a pocket-sized guide and an electronic calculator to do the work. There is even a free version of the calculator right on their website. Just enter the amounts from the nutritional labels on your food and it does the computation. Note that you will not hear "calories" mentioned any longer. With this new system, the calories take care of themselves.

Quick Look at the Points: In most cases, a person is allotted a base of 29 points per day. In addition, another 45 points per week is available to be drawn on as a bonus. That way you don't have to say "no" to every dessert, or pizza, or going out to eat. See? Weight Watchers is about food!

Another thing to consider is portions. This is very important. Learn portion sizes and measurements. Use a food scale to help you out until you can "eyeball it". Weight Watchers helps to bring food volume into balance.

Weight Watchers Zero Points Foods

Zero points foods are an exciting feature in the PointsPlus™ Plan. They tend to be high in nutrition and lower in calories (though calories are not counted in the WW Points Plus™ plan). They also add volume and variety to your daily regimen. All fresh fruits and most vegetables are zero points! Yes, even bananas and watermelon! So, use your imagination and have fun with the long list of Zero Points foods--all you have to do is count any points in the add-ons.

Add-ons would be:

  • If you have all zero-points vegetables but saute′ them in oil, count the points in the oil. It's an add-on.
  • If you put yogurt on your fresh fruit, count the points in the yogurt.
  • Salad dressings, meats, cheeses, croutons, beans on your salads all have points values.


Weight Watchers Smart Ones frozen entrees are so easy and they taste great!
Weight Watchers Smart Ones frozen entrees are so easy and they taste great!

Weight Watchers Food Products

Weight Watchers is not only a program of great variety but convenience. Sometimes you just don't have the time to prepare the special dishes you may like to. At those times, Weight Watchers has done it for you.

Here are some of the products that carry the Weight Watchers name. Each has the Weight Watchers point value per serving on the label for you, making it easier than ever to stay on the plan.

DAIRY: Cheese--singles, shredded, sticks and wedges--cream cheese and yogurt. The huge variety of yogurt flavors include the classic black cherry, blueberry, vanilla, strawberry, peach, raspberry and strawberry-banana. Then there are the gourmet (they call them "indulgent") flavors like Amaretto Cheesecake, Apple Pie Ala Mode, Berries ‘n Cream, Carmel Spice Cake, Cherry Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, Lemon Cream Pie, White Chocolate Raspberry

Smart Ones® -- Breakfasts: Breakfast Quesadilla, Canadian Style Bacon English Muffin Sandwich, French Toast w Turkey Sausage, Ham and Cheese Scramble

Smart Ones® -- Lunch/Dinner Entrees: there is a plethora of Smart Ones® meals to choose from to meet every taste and desire. Italian food, Mexican cuisine, Asian, old fashioned "meat & potatoes" down home cooking. Just a few are: Pasta w Ricotta & Spinach, Slow Roasted Turkey Breast, Three Cheese Ziti Marinara, Teriyaki Chicken & Vegetables, Traditional Lasagna & Meat Sauce, Lasagna Florentine, Macaroni & Cheese, Creamy Rigatoni with Broccoli & Cheese.

DESSERTS & DELICACIES: Cookies, Cakes & Muffins: Weight Watchers is always coming up with new products to tickle the palate. These delicious desserts include chocolate crème cake, coffee cake, lemon crème cake, carrot crème cake, brownies, soft oatmeal raisin cookies, soft chocolate chip cookies, and blueberry muffins.

Frozen Desserts: Delightfully creamy ice cream cups and bars, frozen fruit bars, ice cream sandwiches, vanilla and chocolate ice cream cones, and mini ice cream desserts.

Chocolate Candy by Whitman's: Yes, Weight Watchers chocolate candy, made by the famous chocolatier, the Whitman Chocolate Company, defies you to ever think it's "diet". Everything's covered in rich, creamy chocolate! Peanut Butter Cups, Chocolate Mousse, Pecan Crowns, English Toffee Squares, Mint Patties and more.

Weight Watchers Praline Nut Cluster Bars  2 POINTS
Weight Watchers Praline Nut Cluster Bars 2 POINTS

Available @ Weight Watchers Meetings

Many, many Weight Watchers® products are available in local grocery stores and online but some are exclusively available at Weight Watchers sites.

Attend a Weight Watchers® Meeting and you will find snacks, smoothies and my favorite: the Praline Nut Cluster Bar. It is only 2 points per bar and totally satisfying. It tastes amazing! Stop by a Weight Watchers® meeting and get a box.

Weight Watchers Entrees @ Applebee's

Applebee's Restaurant has made it so easy to get an amazing meal out and stay on track. With the points listed right on the menu, Applebee's has introduced "Delicious Choices"--three additions to its already great Weight Watchers endorsed menu.

The three new items are:

  • Chipotle Lime Chicken (PointsPlus™ value 13)
  • Steak and Potato Salad (PointsPlus™ value 9)
  • Spicy Pineapple Glazed Shrimp & Spinach (PointsPlus™ value 8)

Weight Watchers Endorsed Products

It is totally possible to be successful on Weight Watchers® without buying any special foods at all. However, the ease of use of the Weight Watchers® and Smart Ones items, along with other endorsed products, makes it all the more inviting to do so.

Other products officially endorsed by Weight Watchers® for use with their program are: Jolly Time Healthy Pop Popcorn, Progresso Lite Soups, Green Giant Just-for-One Vegetables, Jell-O Snacks and Boca Meatless Products.


Weight Watchers Recipes

Weight Watchers offers lots of variety. That's what keeps people interested enough to stay on the plan. Remember, boredom or hunger on a regular basis is a setup for failure.

For those who enjoy experimenting in the kitchen, Weight Watchers cookbooks, the monthly Weight Watchers Magazine and their official website are all readily available with a multitude of recipes for practicing the culinary arts. Recipes of every kind from appetizers and soups to breads, main fare and amazing desserts are in great supply.

When you join Weight Watchers and attend their meetings, you also will be given new printed materials every week to help you stay on task. These pamphlets and printouts include new recipe ideas and even coupons for money off on the prepared Weight Watchers food products.


Enjoy a Smoothie!

Strawberry/Banana Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries, trimmed
1banana, cut into 2 inch slices and frozen
1 cup fat-free milk
2 T sugar
8-10 ice cubes

Preparation

1. Place all the ingredients in a blender.
2. Blend until smooth.

Points per serving: 4 Makes 2 servings

U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report

Top 20 Weight Loss Plans

Weight Watchers tops the list of the 20 most effective weight loss plans in America according to U.S. News & World Report.

About the author...

Sinea Pies is a freelance writer for a popular parenting magazine, professional blogger on her own website Ducks 'n a Row. Facebookers, stop by and "like" her Facebook page!

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  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    You're singing my song, Minnetonka Twin. Bought the latest WW magazine today, got out my points plus calculator and I'm getting back on track! :)

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    Linda Rogers 

    6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks for a really informative hub on Weight Watchers Sinea. I'm a life time member because I hit my goal many years ago. I really want to start eating healthier again. I am a total believer in weight watchers. Thanks for pumping me up to get back on track.

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    7 years ago from Northeastern United States

    That is wonderful. I also have a friend who has done very well on Medifast.

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    James A Watkins 

    7 years ago from Chicago

    My good friend lost 248 pounds using Medifast over two years time. She is a brand new person. Thanks for the informative Hub.

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    nikkiraeink 

    7 years ago from So. Cal.

    I personally prefer their cookbooks. I like real food. Great hub. Voted up and interesting.

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    Susan Zutautas 

    7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Great info on Weight Watchers. I have been on the Slim Fast Diet now since May and have been slowly losing weight but I am really tiring of the diet. Weight Watchers just may be another ways to go for me.

    Up useful and interesting.

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