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Old 12-02-2010, 07:22 PM
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WW Points Plus program

The new points are called Points Plus and they do NOT count calories anymore. Instead, they take into account the amount of protein, carbs, fat, and fiber and how they are processed by your body. Basically, the better the food is, the lower the points will be. A donut and a plate of whole-wheat toast with an egg may have the same amount of calories, but the donut will cost more points because it is less healthy and less filling.

The daily points have increased as the points values of foods has also gone up. For example, I used to get 21 points per day, now I get 29. I think that the weekly allowance is now 49 (up from 35).

Weight Watchers Power Foods: an easy way to focus on the best-for-you-foods. Power Foods are evaluated on their ability to fill you up, on how much of a points bargain they are, and their impact on health. The ones that rank the best are deemed Power Foods. Similar to Filling Foods before, I believe.

Fruits and veggies are 0 points now! ALL fruits and MOST veggies are free. Potatoes, peas, and corn (high starch veggies) are not free.

Activity level is NOT a factor anymore for determining your daily Points Plus values. However, they are used for earning extra Points Plus values. It's based on current weight, amount of time spent moving, and intensity of efforts...this is activity above your current daily activity level. There's a little chart in the pocket guide. If somebody doesn't have access to the e-tools (I think that's what it is?) or the in-meeting material, pm me and I'll try to help determine the points you'd get for activity.


It seems like a lot has changed, but if you did it before, I think it will be easy enough to make the switch. I think the biggest thing is relearning what all the points values are of the stuff I eat every day! I had it all figured out.

I'll try to go through my materials more later on, maybe this weekend, and get some more info out. It's still kinda confusing for me too. If anyone needs help w/ points values or anything, just pm me and I'll try to help.
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Old 12-02-2010, 08:31 PM
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christina, this seems like a great summary. i cant believe all fruits and veggies (minus the starchy veggies) are free/zero pts. that is great! and so let me see if i got this right.. i used to get 21 too and so now i bet i will be 29 since we are similar. but if you work out depending on intensity/time moving, you get to add a point or two to the 29 for the day? or do i have that all wrong?

also, i used to think of one point as about 60 calories. is that still the same or totally different bc of figuring protein now more into it? before it was a lot more to do with fiber/cal/fat iirc. i have done it off and on after having babes, etc. and find it's very functional and easy to "live with" ... i dont feel so limited.

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Old 12-02-2010, 08:39 PM
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I'm not too sure Amy. My bro finally made it here () so I'll check it out tomorrow morning and let you know.

I would bet that you are probably at 29 points too. The points are all different though. For instance, I have a bowl of Cracklin Oat Bran every morning with 1/2 cup of skim milk and it was 5 points before, now it's 7 points. It's not just 50 cals per point anymore, in fact, cals aren't even factored into point calculation.

Okay, gotta get back to chatting w/ bro.
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Old 12-03-2010, 02:56 PM
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Thanks for posting. My online subscription expires 12/17 but I plan on doing WW again. I basically gave them $60 for nothing this time around
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Old 12-03-2010, 07:32 PM
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I have been reading more about the Power Foods and will have some more info to post tomorrrow.
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:14 PM
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Okay, more about the Power Foods:

Guidelines for ID'ing WW Power Foods--

Fruits:
Included--
-Canned fruit in its own juice (drained)
-Fruit salad--mixed fruits w/ no added sugar
-All fresh, frozen, or canned fruit w/out added sugar

Not Included--
Dried fruits, fruit juices

Vegetables:
Included--
-All fresh, frozen, or canned vegs w/out added sugar or oil
-Potatoes--white, red, or sweet

Not Included--
-Veg juice
-Vegs prepared w/ ingredients that are not WW Power Foods (ex: corn in butter sauce, dried tomatoes packed in oil)
-French fries
-Sweet pickles
-Plantains
-Avocados
-Olives

Whole Grains:
Included--
-Pasta, whole-wheat or other whole-grain varieties
-Brown rice
-Wild rice
-Whole grains (such as: barley, buckwheat, bulgur, cornmeal, whole wheat couscous, quinoa)
-Cereals, hot, w/out added sugar, dried fruits, or nuts (100% bran, grits, oatmeal, cream of wheat, cream of rice)
-Cereals, ready to eat, that are: whole grain, w/out added sugar, dried fruits, or nuts AND have 4 grams of fiber or more per serving.
-Popcorn that is air popped or 94% fat-free microwave popped

Nonfat Dairy and Dairy Substitutes:
Included--
-Fat free milk and beverages made w/ fat free milk (such as: cappuccino or latte, sugar free)
-Fat free cheeses (such as: cubed, shredded, grated or sliced cheeses, fat free cottage and ricotta cheeses)
-Fat free sour cream
-Fat free plain and light yogurt
-Soy products, unflavored and plain (such as: calcium-fortified soy mild, soy cheese, unflavored soy milk, plain soy yogurt)

Lean Meats:
Included--
-Lean beef, pork, veal, lamb, chicken, and turkey, trimmed, all skin removed
-Ground beef, chicken, and turkey, 93-95% lean
-Game meats (buffalo, elk, venison, ostrich)
-Organ meats from beef, lamb, pork, veal, and poultry
-Most fish and shellfish, fresh, frozen, and canned
-Meat substitutes (such as: tofu, most veggie burgers)
-Eggs, whole, whites, and fat free egg substitutes
-Dried and canned dried beans (such as: canned black, cannellini, kidney, and white beans, refried beans)
-Dried peas (split peas and black-eye)
-Lentils

Not Included--
-Processed meats (such as: hot dogs, sausages, luncheon meats--other than fat free)
-Fish or shellfish, canned, packed in oil
-Meats, poultry or fish w/ breading or added fat

Plus.....
Included Breads--
These are whole grain versions of the products listed below that make the best choices!
-Reduced calorie (light) breads
-Light English muffins
-Light hot dog and hamburger buns

Included Soups--
-Broth and bouillon
-Onion soup, dehydrated and prepared w/ water
-Some broth- and tomato-based veggie soups

Included Desserts--
-Sugar free gelatin

Remember, Power Foods aren't necessarily "free", but they are:
-The lowest in Points Plus values
-The most filling
-The healthiest since they are low in sugar, saturated fat, and sodium
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Old 12-29-2010, 07:05 PM
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Wow, thanks for the info! I am thinking about joining WW and your summary is very helpful!
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I joined WW today! I am excited to get some of this weight off that I haven't been able to lose after my 2nd baby...who is a year old now.
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Old 01-09-2011, 02:40 PM
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^ Good for you! It's a big step!
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I rejoined last week because my friend decided to do it and I thought we could support each other. It's going good so far. I like the points plus program and I've lost a pound in this week. She lost 8 pounds. She does have more to lose than me, but dang I want to lose 8!!
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Old 01-10-2011, 01:55 PM
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I think that's a great start, Steph, for both you and your friend! I like the points plus too. It seems like I get more food, and I can actually eat fruit without wasting my points on it.

I'm trying to lose a pound this week. I've been trying to make sure I get all of my water and fruits/vegs in every day. Also trying to actually track what I eat, but I've only remembered about 1/2 of the days this past week.
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have you all heard of Figwee it's a site that helps you keep track of your daily eating habits, and it's got this portion control thing that you adjust to show how much you ate - and it tells you the calories. I find out about it a year ago when I had a health class and was trying to keep a food journal
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wow, I meant to post this in a different thread....lol sorry
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