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You may choose from the following daily if desired: What is the purpose of the weekly FitPoints "Goal" that each member is given? You simply adhere to your allotted points. I do things that I never dreamed were possible like running races, lifting heavy weights, and completing a sprint triathlon. If a squad of scientists had come up with the concept, it may not have caught on.

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I have a question, I have recently lost 20 pounds on the new ww points plus without attending meetings! After how much weight loss or is it after a month? Great job on the weight loss! Hi, Here is a webpage where you can calculate your points allowance free http: Actually you recalculate about every lbs.

I have lost 16 lbs. You need to recheck your points everytime you lose weight, so each week if needed. Then also check it once you have a birthday, as you get less points the older you are. Lori — most fruits and veggies are 0 points. Starches potatoes, corn, some peas are excluded. Bobby Jo — WW actually measures your weight every week and your daily alowance tends to change with every pounds lost. Every birthday counts against you too.

I am really excited, but also really scared…. I have battled forever and cannot seem to stick with anything long enough like 4 days one week at the most!! I am hoping I can talk with people and read these posts for encouragement.

I love healthy food, but I am sorry sometimes hot peanut butter cookies and ice cream are just really hard to pass up!!! Thanks for all of the info and this great site with all of the perks. I have seen results in other people and they are amazing. I am super anxious right now and hoping for a different outcome than all others! I do the best on the weeks that I make a big pot of veggie soup zero points. Also, have lots of good fresh fruit on hand and prep your veggies ahead for easy snacking!!

I believe on the Points Plus plan, there are 49 flex points for the week no matter what your weight. I thought it was 35? This was from a few years ago. Awesome, thanks so much! I do have one question; I am breast feeding my 9 month old.

I think I would be fine with the 7 extra, although I just switched from the old system to the new points plus this morning lol. You really want to use all of the points allotted so as not to affect your supply. And one more thing! The points balance for my current and goal weight is the same, how can that be? My goal is only 5 pounds less than I am now, but still… TIA again! Thank you so so much!! You just saved me a ton of work. I just finished my 3 month subscription with WW.

Not while pregnant, of course. This info is going to save me so much time! I have been doing ww for a while and there is some changes coming. I and a lot of members at my meeting think they are changing things for pregnancy. Keep an eye out for the changes. Is this calculator set on maintaining or losing weight?? Thanks for the free info! I cannot find it for the life of me. I got steel cut oats as it said the regular would be too mushy and now I cannot find the recipe!!!

I dont think they actually had granola in them, but you made the oats in the crock pot and then put them in a pan wax paper lined and baked them. Please oh Please if you know of this recipe please let me know!!!! Ive been doing weight watchers for a couple of months now and I can confirm that the numbers I get from the links posted here are pretty darn close to the ones from weight watchers.

A point is off here and there. Couple of cool things to know though are: Do it at the same time and try to wear the same clothes…or none at all! I guess thats the glory of doing it at home — Most fruits and veges are free ie: Use your judgement I suppose.

Weight it and measure it and I mean everything. Little sips and tastes can add up. Have you lost weight on the WW program? I do not have a problem with the points idea, I just cannot get my weight to budge like everyone else can. I guess it is my being 42 or something, but I gained 20 pounds in a few months and did not do anything to encourage that and now I cannot budge it.

Any advice would be appreciated. Sorry, what exactly do you mean by staggering calories? Yep, that is totally a typo — sorry! Staggering calories has been known to help bust you out of a plateau: Make sure you eat enough protein. Keep an eye on your sodium intake too. I am 42 also and have noticed that the weight comes off slower that when I was younger. Keep working at it and you will lose the weight!! One of my friends got stuck — took her 6 months to lose 16 lbs. The 2nd 6 months she lost 50lbs.

I have done Weight Watchers online for 2 years and am now in maintenance. Just FYI… there is a phenomenal meal planning service that gives you breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and dessert every week with PointsPlus calculated. I use it and recommended it to my friend who is cash crunched. She loves it too. Website is shrinkingonabudgetmealplan dot com not sure if I can post links here.

Can you give me your email address? You said you have a link for the special? Sample meal plan on the site looks really good though. I would hugely appreciate it if you could do that for me. My email is jillfiredup on yahoo and I just checked. I do have a working link to that special. I am on the WW Point plus and used the calculator as well and it was off. Im not sure if that will help anyone but I have lost 41 points in 6 months on this plan and its awesome!!

I do it online and pay Good luck to all!! Hi this is great! I was hoping you had something for the old weight watchers though? If not I may try this again: Hi, i have never done weight watcher before.. I am slow at understanding..

Lolli, Most of your fruit and veggies are zero points. Then to figure out the points in food you need to know the calories, protein, fiber and carbs in the item. You put that into the Points Plus Calculator and viola you know how many points in that item.

Also, you can google the item to get the nutritional info. The higher the fiber and protein the lower the points value. Hi carbs raise the points value. Hope that helps you!! I just found this on Pinterest, and I am sooooo happy!

I was just thinking about how in the world I was going to come up with the money to join Weight Watchers. Thank you so much for doing this. What am I doing wrong?

Everytime I enter a food into the points calculater the points part reads NaN. Thank you so much for posting this!!! I actually pay for the service and your calculators are significantly off. Thank u so much for this! I too am a full time breastfeeding mama of 2 and although I have lost 52lbs already w hard work and nursing, I still have about 30lbs until I am at my healthiest weight.

I am hoping this program will help get m there. Can anyone tell me how to calculate the number of daily points if I am on maintenance using the plan? Just please be mindful of not depriving yourself. I just wanted to report my friend has been doing Weight Watchers simply by using tools found on this post. She just could not afford doing Weight Watchers online right now. I double checked her PointsPlus with my online tools and the PointsPlus she was given matched what the calculator said.

She has already lost 7 pounds. It is shrinking on a budget. My problem is that i realy like sweetys, and i cant stop snacking: My recommendation would be to check out some of the links above like SkinnyTaste and the like. Um, I need help with the second link to calculating the points of your food. What info do you enter here? Is it food label info? If so, how do you get the points of chicken, pork, etc?

I would really like to lose about 15lbs just for health reasons. Thanks for your help. Yes, you enter the food label info into the food point calculator. For foods without a label like meats, fruit, etc. I knew that as long as I made healthy choices, I was on plan. The points were more of a jumping off point: Googling something is never my first thought!!! Guess my age is showing! Does anyone have a list of all kinds of foods, their point value and serving size?

I did ww along time ago and their books of food really helped. Does anyone have access to the charts we would use to keep track of our daily and weekly intake, also the weigh on charts? Thank you so much for this info! I joined WW last year and lost 26 lbs in 5 months. I then got pregnant with my 2nd babe and had to stop. I know how it all works but needed to know the extra points for breastfeeding. She is still nursing pretty full time but she does get formula and has currently started on rice cereal.

I am going to start with the 7 points and add the other if needed. I wanted to let those know who are looking into this that it is all pretty accurate. I found when I was on the system last year and attending meetings I was still eating what I normally ate but was eating less and the weight started to come off. I entered my info on the link Ashley provided, it gave me 26 points. But again, portion control as well as moving more, you will see a difference in the scale!

Would you happen to have a link or something with the recipe builder. I make this killer granola and want to know how many points it will cost me!

Not sure I can give it up just yet: I really appreciate this page. Hopefully reading these comments will keep me encouraged. I cant afford weight watchers and I thought I could do this by myself but Im extremely inconsistant when dieting and working out.

You can so do it! I had success twice with WW many years ago and would love to do it again but have a couple of questions please. I checked and my points are 39 per day but another link on here said 26 for daily target what is that? Also how do you know how many points the foods are for example a cup of mashed pot or a chicken breast etc. Thank you for any help you could provide. I wanted to ask if you know of a place that has a free recipe builder that will either calculate the points plus value, or provide you with the combined nutritional info so you can then find the points plus value?

I googled, and this is what I came up with: I would always just calculate each ingredient separately, then add them together: It is so customizable and the options are endless. FYI — I have nothing to do with the company. I just love the software. I can use in a day etc…I much prefer to have a set amount of numbers to work with…easy peasy!!!

Sue, There is a website which you can access on your smartphone browser namely: I use it all the time and I think you will find it useful! Thanks for sharing as I just had my 2nd baby and cannot afford the program. I calculated my points based on the old program and it is How can iI find out how much would it be now with the new program. Is this even possible at all?

Also, if I follow the older version with the older point system, is the points for the food now the same? When I was on the program, is used this nifty site when eating out.

I just bookmarked it on my smartphone. I just started last week and have not seen any changes as of yet: I have been going over my daily allowance but use the extra points from exercising to go back to my allowance… Thoughts? You can do it: If you have an iPad there are some great apps for free or very inexpensive that will do all that for you, they even have scanners to scan bar codes that give you the points right at the store before you even buy the food, that has been truly valuable.

Now if only someone would come up with an electronic tracker that is free life would be so awesome!!! It tracks your daily, weekly and activity points. You can even search foods and their pp values on there and look for restaurants. I was bouncing between three different android apps trying to keep it all together. My thumbs also thank you: Hi I would also like to get a pp value for foods. Is there an app I can purchase. Can I down load it on to my PC? Or does it have to be on downloaded on to a phone.

What about the additional 49 points each week? I worked for WW for 18 years. It works great, if you stick to it! I too lost 60lbs in on WW, I had all the supplies and I knew someone that went to the meetings, so she bought me the calculator, however, that was for the regular pts.

WW is such a great program!! So, when figuring out how many Points Plus you are allowed daily, do you put in your current weight or do you put in your target weight? You enter your current weight. With each 10 pounds you lose, reconfigure your daily Points Plus allowance: I have a couple of questions though! Now if you work out then do you get extra points for working off so many calories?

Now the only way to caculate the food is with the points calculator right? For instance if I had small spinch salad and turkey burger for lunch how do i know how many points that was all together? Once again thanks so much: Yes, you do get activity points for working out.

Also, for calculating points in recipes, I would always calculate the point value of each ingredient, then tally them up. Hi Ashley, How do you calculate homemade items. I just made some vegetable beef soup? Also how do you go about figuring out points on earned and what type of things does that include. I calculate home made foods by first calculating the individual ingredients, then totaling them all up at the end: I have a question on the points calculator do I put in my current weight or my goal weight?

Thank you sooo much for posting! I am super excited! I am confused on one thing though. I used the calculator above and it says I need 39 points a day. I used a calculator from another website WW calculator claim and It says I need 32 a day. I would like to do it the right way. I was on WW in and my daily points allowance for my same weight was 24points according to your calculations I should be eating 27points??

Why is their a major difference now? When the plan changed to Points Plus, the daily targets went up, so did many points values especially higher carb foods. The new plan gently pushes you in the direction of making more healthy and satisfying choices. Mine went from 21 to There is an actual calculator that you could buy through Weight Watchers, or possibly eBay or Amazon. Just gotta search around: You can find a location close to you on weightwatchers. As a life time member of weight watchers there are some things that you need to know before embarking on this journey without the help of the weight watcher staff.

The daily point value that you are supposed to eat is not acurate. The minimum daily point value for everyone regardless of the amount of weight to loose is No one should be eating less than 26 points per day. You need to make sure you have 2 tsp of healthy oils as well and eat from the 4 food groups every day plus lots of water. Weight Watchers is an awesome program that helps you loose weight the healthy, safe way. I recommend it for everyone and you can eat everything you want just calculate the point values.

Its not a diet but a life style. Good luck on your journey! Thank you so much for posting these tools! I lost 30lbs on weight watchers a couple of years ago and am excited to get started again!

Do you happen to know of a recipe builder like tool so that you can put in a recipe and find the point value? New Weight Watchers Freestyle Program. Remember, the goal is not to eat only zero point foods, but rather to incorporate them in your weight loss meal plan.

Skinny Pasta Italian Mix 9. It sure is helpful to have a list handy to give you ideas on those days when you want to save your points for a bigger meal or treat. Incorporating these foods on a regular basis will also keep you satisfied and keep hunger to a minimum. What are your favorite Weight Watchers Freestyle zero point meals and snacks? Share your ideas in the comments below. Weight Watchers Crustless Pumpkin Pie. Click here to read Sara's amazing pound weight loss story.

Feel free to send Sara a message here. Cheryl, here is the exact recipe for the dip — https: Are we all working with the same packet of dry ranch mix or do they make different ones do you think? I know they make a couple types and there is also a generic option. For the vegetables with dip snack-what dry ranch mix pack are you using because the hidden valley one is 7 points.

Points plus, smart points or freestyle. I had more success with points plus, for example. Hopefully this new program will still work for me. Hi Shasta, I totally agree, they would keep so many members and happy ones at that if they gave the option, I for one think they have the technology and money to do so..

I wish you had a print link so I could print it without all the dratted advertisements. Thank you for the info and your feedback, I will continue to track as it has kept me focused in losing 17 lbs. This change will keep me even more focused on what I need to do for me. I also truly enjoy your website, thanks for your efforts. Dear Drizzle ……I am so grateful to you for posting this and thankful for your honesty. I have only started back on WW 6 weeks ago and things are going good.

After reading your comments I am willing to give this new program an honest try. Please reach out anytime. Thank you for being honest about this change. I was vegetarian for 10 years and have tried to add back eggs and some meat since starting WW.

With this new plan I lose 9 points per day and there is not much on the free food list that I can add back. Wish me luck and best of luck to all out there!! Please reach out anytime you need support.

I have been a weight watcher member for 46 years. I actually like the new freestyle program. I am a faithful tracker and even on vacation and traveling. Please give the new freestyle program a good try. Good luck to all the weight watchers of the world. Thanks for your feedback. Im also a picky eater and allergic to fish and shellfish. My meeting is tomorrow. I will keep and open mind. Thank you for saying it out loud and mostly for your fabulous recipes.

They have helped me so much along the way. I was wondering if you like pork. I eat lean pork and think it should be right up there with chicken. Hi Nancy, so glad your looking forward to the new plan.. Thanks for the update. You have a casually clear writing style that is easy to understand. Appreciate the downloadable zero points list too. I also think this plan update could cause concern with some people like me who tend to overeat.

Tracking all food and adopting daily personal limits for things will likely be key such as I had to do dealing with free bananas. Yes so very true, people who struggle with over eating need to be mindful of portion control and I definitely think they should still track..

I wish the App could show us our estimated calorie intake including these new zero point items, it might help those who struggle with when to stop.. Good luck to you on your journey! As a vegan, I am very excited to learn of zero points for tofu and beans! I am enrolled in the online program. When will my app update? So maybe 28 sounds a little better? The beauty and sometimes curse of WW is that it works for everyone in different ways.

We all have to make the plan work for our life. Best of luck and thank you for the honest feedback. Thank you for your comment Sara.. I completely agree…I am going to give it a shot, but there is a reason I was never able to stick to Simply Filling for more than a few days at a time.

I feel like the flexibility of WW has been altered dramatically with this change because of the lower points. I am going to give it a shot until the 1st of the year and then make a decision. So, I am trying to approach the Zero pt list with the same thoughts in mind.

Sure, I hate chicken breast weird, but true , but maybe I can learn to like Lentils and Beans. I learned to like Butternut Squash. I remember how hard my first few weeks were on WW. They were a disaster. Despite going into the tripe digit negatives and not tracking everything, I still was eating better than I had been before the plan. So, are the next few weeks going to be tough? I do wish there was more support for people who are concerned and who are not sure about the plan.

I will not be changing. Going to stay with smartpoints plan. In another two years they will be changing the plan again. The new plan sounds alot like the Adkins diet. Hi Barbara, your very right.. Ty for your honest, touching post. Was so excited for FreeS that when it was leaked I started three weeks early. Feeling penalized for already eating lots of protein, ie recipes will go up but I lose 7SP a day?

I adore your recipes and am looking forward to them to help me get thru this. They definitely will not go up.. I hope you can find a balance.. Thanks for your forthright comments on the new Freestyle program.

I am also a lifetime member and will have to see how this new approach impacts my ability to maintain my weight if at all. Am willing to give it a try and am hoping for the best outcome. Good luck to you Sue.. Remember to do what works for you even if that means making small adjustments. One egg a day. No added sugar besides one Dove chocolate a day.

Walking about 3 miles almost every day. Wow, that seems crazy considering all you did.. Are you sure you were eating enough? I started WW December I have lost 15 pounds and am maintaining that 15 loss. But I am struggling to go down any more because I have a HUGE household 10 people and the adults are all picky eaters!! I cannot wait til they move out. LOL In all honesty. I love them all.. I hate chicken but already ate it once a day for points. People are going o overlook that….

Forcing me to eat what i like w in 23 points will b calorie deprivation. Chevk out ibites from google play. Not as good as ww but works and flat fee of 2. I just went back to the old WW Flex Points.

I feel in control tracking that way. I keep a notebook and that way I can see my eating patterns. So happy you know what works for you Sue, that is the most important thing.. I did PP after my first kid. Lost 40 lbs I think it was, and then left the program and got on with life. Well, after kid two I came back and it was now SP, and I feel so hungry all the time, deprived. Then researched the changes and realized how penalized I was for some foods.

I think things like nuts and avocados are healthy and important, but the points are so high on those! It will be so nice to grab a hard boiled egg for a snack and not lose points on it. Recipes will be better, too, because these free point foods will take the overall points down.

The points will be so much lower with free point beans. Another example, nonfat yogurt mixed with a banana and strawberries, and either spend a few points on a bit of sugar or use some Stevia, and wow, what a low point snack or breakfast! Maybe it will lead to some creativity in food choices, though, and more experimenting.

Steamed they are gross, but pan cooked or roasted they are delicious! Hi Kelly, I am so happy for you that you are excited for it and I think most are..

I can assure you it is not the way it is prepared.. Good luck on your continued journey. Very well said I am also a picky eater, I just need to apply myself to pay attention and plan to make this work. Dear Drizzle Me Skinny, I am glad to hear your thoughts about this new program.

I have followed the WW Flex plan in the Uk and gained twice on it. I was hungry in the evenings too. This is not healthy and does not encourage a wide variety of food choices. It makes it harder to eat with the family or outside unless you cook from scratch each time. People are complaining they are sick of chicken and eggs all the time. If I did not need the discipline of a weekly weigh in and pep talk, I would leave WW.

SmartPoints worked for so many people and taught moderation. This new plan does not. WW should have given Flex as a third option only. It is restrictive and although some are saying they love it, it has only been a couple of weeks here in the UK. I will be interested to now how things pan out in 2 or 3 months tme. After all, there are only so many things one can do with minced turkey breast! My weigh in day is Friday so I have a little time to start making adjustments.

On the note of not liking the new zero point foods so the change feels like a punishment, many people walk into WW not liking the SP zero point foods. The zero point status is a nudge to go with the better choice. How many of us came into this loving veggie noodles? No one signs up because they have a weight problem rooted in grapes or shrimp.

I appreciate your input.. Those who like all these zero point foods just want to tell people to suck it up and eat a turkey burger and a can of tuna lol.. Thanks for your honest opinion, Kate! I successfully lost on points plus a few years back. But then smart points rolled out, I felt stressed, restricted and annoyed. The changes felt so restrictive and the constant problems with the app was annoying. I quit after one month. Earlier this year, I signed back up for weight watchers on a three month trial.

I only followed plan for less than a month. Carbs are my weakness so I was cutting out my protein to hoard points for baked goods, processed crackers and other non nutritional foods that I was craving. If these protein options are now points free, then If I fill up on them, maybe I can finally have portion control with my snacks?

Gotta give it time for the crashes etc to resolve! Thank you for your honesty, you have given me a lot to think about! Hi Sherrie, I definitely say give it another try, if you enjoy the higher zero point proteins such as chicken, turkey and eggs then I think you will be just fine.. Good luck to you! I am still using ordinary points, attens regular monthly meetings as a LTM and maintain my goal weight. A regular eating pattern works for me.

Thank you SO much for taking the time to share your insight. I usually try to stay away from whole eggs only eating egg whites , and strictly limit my bean intake, so I am a bit nervous about this new plan. I will give it a try, and If I can truly lose weight, while eating those 0 point foods, I will be one happy girl!! If not, I will not give up altogether, I will just find something, or someway that works for me.

Thank you so much for this article!! Thanks for your words of wisdom and encouragement!! I promise you are not alone! I have lived through ALL the changes, and never liked any of them. This is the first time I decided to give it an open-minded try.

I think the connect community is the factor that is making me think it will be doable. Best wishes to you! Thanks Michele, glad you found me and I hope you find some recipes you enjoy.. I will admit it sucks.. I can easily overeat one salmon, chicken and eggs!

Thank you for always being a wealth of information! I turn to you and other well established sites for information, more than I do Weight Watchers itself!! Just be mindful of portion sizes and you should be ok.. Thank you for all of this, it is very helpful and well put. I started my WW journey over 30 years ago returning this year, got back to goal and am maintaining.

What I have found over the many different programs is that you have to give it time. I love smart points and hopefully will enjoy this program just as much. I agree with you on some of these points! I have become so used to eating egg whites, that the whole egg does not taste as good to me! I will most likely stay with my egg whites which were originally zero points!

I do not eat any kind of fish with the exception of tuna. I do not like or eat beans or yogurt. I think this will be a big change for me. That being said, I do not see myself eating too much of these new zero point foods. I hope I will be satisfied on this new program.

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