in the news: weight watchers points plus

I’ve been hearing a lot about the new and improved Weight Watchers PointsPlus Program. Without doing much research, it sounded like it was focusing on real foods, which of course, I always appreciate.

After looking into it a bit, I must say that it sounds pretty impressive. From the Weight Watchers website:

…we needed a program that recognized that calories are most definitely not created equal…

…taking a stand for unprocessed foods…taking a stand for fruits and vegetables…

While the point values aren’t all that different, instead of being primarily based on calories with a penalty for fat and bonus for fiber like they used to be, they are now focused on whole, real foods with an emphasis on protein and fiber. I am a huge protein & fiber person and feel that it is that duo that helps keep you full and satisfied.  I do wonder if they’ll start to clean up their line of products to fit the new program better…

Always one who appreciates images – here is a comparison of two breakfasts with the same number of calories each:

The medium croissant with pat of butter has 270 calories and 7 points;  the poached egg, 1 slice of whole-wheat toast with pat of butter and 3 oz ham has 270 calories and 6 points. Sure they only have a 1 point difference, but a point is a point (and probably a small snack) and I would bet the 2nd breakfast is one that would stick with you much longer than the croissant. But what I’ve always liked about Weight Watchers, is that if you were really craving that croissant, it is still something that you can fit into your daily points.

Are you familiar with the new Weight Watchers PointsPlus system? What are your thoughts?


    • Emily says

      Well from what I know, it was some sort of formula that you would enter in calories, fat and fiber and then it would give you the points value. So all of the 100 calorie snacks were very few points…but obviously have no nutritional value. It sounds like they are on the right track.

    • Emily says

      Yes, it’s hard because science tells us that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie… but I don’t think that is the case either :) Maybe that’s why I don’t like science…

  1. says

    This is the 1st I’ve heard about this but it sounds great! I always wondered about some of the foods – even if it was just the right amount of points for someone. I definitely think it’ll be a nice change to promote eating more unprocessed foods!

  2. says

    I still think it’s difficult for busy and/or nutritionally uneducated folks to steer clear of packaged/processed foods in order to accurately calculate their points, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction!

    • Emily says

      Kristin, That is an excellent point that I didn’t even consider! I know a lot of times you have to plug in cal/fat/protein into a conversion to figure out points and a vegetable doesn’t have a nutrition panel! Although, I think fruits are free, so maybe vegetables are too..? Hmm…I need to find someone in the program!

  3. says

    hm. i don’t know much about the new systems but based on what you have written, it sounds like a change for the better. and i really like what you wrote about the crossiant. if you really want it, you can work it into your point budget.

  4. says

    I started on the program a month before the new system came out. I love that it focuses on real foods and takes into account fiber & protein now. It’s given you 29 pts instead of 22. Fruit and veggies are 0 pts too. Encouraging ppl to eat more unprocessed goodies, but fill up on fiber foods too.

  5. Emily says

    I started WW to shed the baby weight after baby 2 about 4 months ago. Now that they switched to Points Plus, I am not great about tracking but I do like the change. Almost all fruits and veggies are 0 points. If you include the website in your membership, you get their eTools which calculates all your points for you and has great recipe ideas. For me, the meetings and weekly weigh ins keep me on track!

  6. Andrea Breiholz says

    Hi Just found this post, but wanted to comment. I lost 50lbs on the old WW points system and then after having twins I returned to my last weigh in weight before I found out I was pregnant, with no effort. So I think that even the old points system taught me how to eat and helped me to maintain my weight rather than pile on the pounds later.
    That being said, I still had another 40lbs to go from that weight. I just started the new points system 5 weeks ago and am REALLY impressed. I have lost 2+ pounds every week and I feel great eating more of a high protein, low carb diet. But I still get to eat carbs! There is still ZERO deprivation. I love it. I am exercising 5 days a week, that might account for the 2+ lbs/week, but were supposed to do that too right!! It’s an awesome program. Just wanted to share.

    • Emily says

      Hi Andrea,
      Thank you SO much for sharing your success story! Congratulations on your weight loss and I’m so glad to hear that the new program is working well for you! I’ve been tempted to go into a meeting just to learn more details about it!

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