Friday, January 27, 2012

Weight Watchers Points Plus: a little info for you.

What are the points?
Using Weight Watchers Points Plus, you calculate the points of everything you eat.
The points are based on the nutritional content of the food. Weight Watchers considers the fat, carbohydrate, fiber, and protein content of each item of food and assigns a point value based on those numbers. High fiber and protein, with low fat and carbohydrates, will be the least amount of points. For example, an item with 1 gram fat, 1 gram carbohydrates, 10 grams fiber, and 10 grams protein would have a value of 0 points. An item with 10 grams fat, 10 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, and 1 gram protein would have a value of 4 points.

Some good "point" (pun intended! haha)

One of the biggest strengths is that the points values cause you to be more conscious of the quality of the food you are consuming. You're going to have to decide if it's worth 5 points for the candy bar, with no nutritional value, or if you'd rather have some healthy fats, and eat half of an avocado. It's better to use your points for the food that is actually good for your body.

I also love that most fruits and vegetables have a points plus value of 0.

How many points should I eat in a day?
Points are based on your gender, age, height, weight, and physical activity. The lowest daily point allowance is 26 points (it used to be 29, but that changed with the new points plus 2012). If you are taller, younger, male, or do hard physical labor, you get more points. Also, the more you weigh, the more points you get. As you lose weight, you get less points. You also get 49 flex points to use throughout the week for extra snacks or special means. You can still lose weight if you use those points. I have used them and not used them, and it didn't make too much of a difference. Some people need to eat them to lose weight, others can't lose weight when they eat them. You have to see how it works for your body.

If you have any other questions about the program, feel free to comment and

I will attempt to answer to the best of my knowledge.

If I don’t know the answer to your question, I will do my best to find out.

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