Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Weight Watchers Revamping

We all know that fruit and vegetables are essential in our diet and a popular weight loss program has now just reiterated this importance by revamping their program.

I have had a lot of success on the Weight Watchers plan and wanted to discuss it because of this new plan.  If you are familiar with Weight Watchers, you know that they calculate points for each food item.  If you are not familiar with the program, points are calculated by figuring how many calories an item has, how much fiber, and how much fat.  These three things allow you to calculate the points on a food item and then you have daily points based on your current weight.   Weight Watchers PointsPlus Program gives fruit and vegetables zero points.  That means an apple is zero points, grapes zero, cherries ditto.

As you can imagine, lower calorie foods with high fiber and low fat are lower points and vise-versa.  In the past even fruits had points though but thanks to the new plan, fruits and vegetables do not count towards your daily points.  From personal experience, I think this will add more sound nutrition to the program.  People will be more apt to eat fruit and vegetables since they will be "free" on the program which will actually encourage a healthy lifestyle.  

According to Weight Watcher's PointsPlus press release, " While calorie counting is still important, the new plan takes into account the energy contained in each of the components that make up calories - protein, carbohydrates, fat, and fiber- and it also factors in how hard the body works to process them."  This new program also encourages people to eat "real" food and not processed ones.  This means more fruit,  vegetables, and lean protein.  

So I encourage you to try and eat more fruit and vegetables each day and if you want to know more about the new Weight Watchers' plan, check out the above web site or the below link from Yahoo about the program.


  1. OMG! this is great info. Thanks so much!

  2. My sister is a weight watchers leader and she said there's a lot of backlash because now all the members have to buy all new member kits and calculators. I think the new plan is better. You get more points during the week, but the focus is on better food choices rather than food choices that are not necessarily that good for you.

  3. I wish I could stick to a healthy eating program. Your post makes me want to try!

  4. Janet, I cannot believe they are making them buy the new materials. They used to give them to you but it is still a great program.



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