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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Losing Weight with the Weight Watchers Points Plus Program

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If you haven’t looked at Weight Watchers lately, then now may be the time to do just that, especially with the New Year approaching. The new weight watchers points plus program has a number of advantages (and a few drawbacks) but overall, I believe it is a sound way for a lot of folks to lose, especially people who have hit plateaus with their dieting!  Doing a new program is fun, and this is basically a new program – I think that a lot of people who may be “stuck in a rut” with their current program or even with the weight watchers diet itself may find that this program will force them out of that hole they’re in because the program requires that recalculate everything instead of relying on memorized point values for food or simply guessing (which ends up being a bit too convenient some of the time). So in that way, this new points plus program is perfect for jump-starting your new diet – particularly if you have grown tired of the old weight watchers program.

Bear in mind that it is now a bit more difficult to calculate points, which is sort of a downfall to the new points program.  You will have to remember four numbers (and one of them is not calories), so this is somewhat of a pain. Calories are made up of fiber, protein, and fat, so it may be a bit more complicated than it really needs to be, which is a bit of a bummer. Also, since the calculations are a bit complicated (and don't include calories), it makes it somewhat more difficult to eat out. 

There are some foods that are higher in points now, on the new points program, while some are less and a few have stayed the same.  It will take some time before the foods that you buy in the supermarket are up to speed with the new points program as far as packaging goes (since they’ll want to get rid of their current stock before putting out the new stuff), and your weight watchers cookbooks are a bit obsolete now…but in the mean time, I have found that the WW mobile app goes a long way toward doing those calculations and figuring out just how many points are in what.  So, having the app really makes a positive difference.

On the flip side, however, you can always reach for a piece of fresh fruit or some veggies, which should encourage healthier eating – and these foods are now zero points!

I posted an article on common points plus questions last week and will do another posting on some points plus food values very soon. Also, please let me know if you have any questions or if there is anything in particular you want to see in the points plus food value posting.


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