What You Should Know
The Weight Watchers PointsPlus program is the first overhaul of the Weight Watchers plan in more than a decade. Dedicated dieters flocked to the first morning meeting to buy the new materials and start on the new journey to weight loss. PointsPlus is a bit different because whole foods are given more weight and fewer points compared to processed foods. Some point totals increased for foods and others dropped to zero. Most fruits and vegetables now have a Point value of 0. While there have been positive reviews for the program, there is a huge downfall to the new Weight Watchers PointsPlus program.
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Weight Watchers Points program with new Point calculations.
When Weight Watchers started, points were based mainly on fiber and fat. New studies in diet indicate that protein, carbohydrates, fat and fiber are all extremely important during weight loss. After many years with the same old Points scale, Weight Watchers PointsPlus arrived.
Dieters were given new daily Points total and 49 free points to use each week. Exercise above normal movement results in extra points added to the week. None of the points roll over so the dieter cannot save points for that big Thanksgiving dinner.
The official website for Weight Watchers PointsPlus offers very little information on the plan. Weight Watchers fans; however, detail the plan with more than enough information for the dieter to decide whether or not PointsPlus is a good fit. The kit comes with four pieces, PointsPlus Tracker, PointsPlus Weight Record, PointsPlus Getting Started and PointsPlus Pocket Guide. The kit costs about $40 (Deluxe Version), even for people who are already on the plan.
PointsPlus promotes an increase in fiber and protein and a decrease in fat and carbohydrates. It sounds almost like a low carbohydrate diet, but most low carb diets support high fat intake to promote ketosis. Weight Watchers PointsPlus is not a ketosis plan.
For dieters who do not want to count points, there is a Simply Filling plan. It resembles the old Core Weight Watchers plan with a list of Power Foods. Dieters eat from the Power Foods list until full and then stop.
- Takes fiber into consideration when calculating points.
- Supports high protein diet.
- Limits carbohydrate intake.
- The new material is expensive.
- Dieters now have more points.
- Some foods have calories but count as 0 Points.
- There is a plan that allows a dieter to count no points at all.
The Weight Watchers PointsPlus program is new and exciting, but dieters are given too many options to eat more calories than the body needs. Weight loss is likely slow and may stall more frequently thanks to the extra 49 points each week.