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Weight Watchers Momentum Program

I am curious if any long time WW members have had a chance to get started on the momentum program. Seems to be a good step in the right direction, and am very interested to hear what you all think.



Tue. Dec 23, 10:45am

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cool - I will check this out :)


Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 10:58 AM

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this is something I found on the new weight watchers momentum plan:

"The new aspect of this plan is the Filling Foods List. The concept is that if you choose foods that are higher in fiber and water content, they will keep you fuller for longer than if you eat other foods. There are studies that have found that people will eat the same volume of food every day. The actual SPACE that the food takes in your stomach might have more to do with how full you feel than the calories, fat, or protein."

Joel Fuhrman has talked about this exact concept for years- that volume of food in your stomach helps you feel full. The other interesting thing is that high water content is in foods that grow- meaning plants. My guess is that beans are high on this list.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008, 5:50 AM

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Weight Watchers Advocating A Near Vegetarian Diet?

seems like this new momentum program is basically a fruit, vegetables, greens and beans diet. The concept of filling foods does mean a whole lot of stuff that comes out of the ground.

I look forward to their "SUPERCHARGE" program next year where they TOTALLY copy what McDougall and others have been preaching for years. Maybe they build in a little of the Joel Fuhrman nutrient density points system.

Is is pretty cool, I don't mean to be cynical. It just does appear that someone has figured out how to successfully market a plant based diet.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008, 3:55 PM

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Copying The Beck Diet Solution

In addition to taking some great ideas from Fuhrman, they also are incorporating many ideas from the Beck Diet Solution. They call this "helpful habits"

Here is what I found googling helpful habits:

"The Helpful Habits section is another new aspect of the Momentum Plan. They have tracked down the eight things that successful Weight Watcher members do:

* Ask for help
* Learn from experience
* Manage your environment
* Manage your feelings
* Manage your thoughts
* Monitor yourself
* Prepare yourself
* Take care of yourself

There is a training segment for each of these that will help you learn these habits for yourself. These aren’t a simple replacement for the Tools For Living. They are habits that you can teach yourself to keep on track."

Friday, December 26, 2008, 9:04 AM

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From what I've heard, it's making core and flex one plan. The core foods are now filling foods. Basically, it's teaching you more of the basics of what foods are good for you but if you slip, you still have your points as a backup. I guess it's also to make things easier, you now only have one choice. Unless I'm wrong, it's not like there are three choices now, when you sign up for weight watchers, you're signing up for the one program, the momentum program.

I have two friends that swear by weight watchers, say it's the only thing that has worked.

Friday, December 26, 2008, 9:14 AM

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Weight Watchers Momentum Program

I have been on the WW program since April, and am now doing the Momentum Program. I have just completed my Team Profile for Bootcamp and intend to jump-start my diet to get me out of this plateau!


Friday, December 26, 2008, 9:57 AM

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karen- what is bootcamp? what do you learn?

Friday, December 26, 2008, 5:22 PM

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I am sort of confused. On their web site they seem to be promoting new foods, but when you go to the weight watchers boards it seems like everyone thinks that this new program is just like core, no real difference.

Do you see any new foods on the filling foods list?

Monday, December 29, 2008, 11:45 AM

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Were Vegetables Always 0 Points?

I noticed on the weight watchers website a recipe with olive oil that was 0 points. Was this always the case? Does fruit still count as a point or are they now 0 points as well?

Monday, December 29, 2008, 2:28 PM

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This is a link to some other discussions of Weight Watchers on the site. As we learn more about Momentum we can update it.



Monday, December 29, 2008, 3:17 PM

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Free Assessment Tools

on their site they offer three tools which are useful

BMI Calculator- tells you exactly where you stand and what your specific health risk is

Healthy Weight Range- shows you where you stand and can help you get some more motivation to get started

Readiness Calculator- the vast majority of people are not ready to lose weight, and it is important to get a sense of what your mindset really is.

This link takes you to those three tools


Tuesday, December 30, 2008, 10:16 AM

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Review Of Weight Watchers Momentum Program

it looks like this is not just a cosmetic upgrade. They seem to have done a ton of work on their recipes and overall approach to the diet advice they give out.

They used to be a strong advocate of dairy- so much so that people blame them for contributing to lactose intolerance. Now they are advocates of things like avocados and hummus.

And it seems that the points system has changed in a real way and that if you re-join they are going to have to really explain the program to you.

We have detailed discussions of the feedback here, but the overall response seems to be very positive.


Thursday, January 01, 2009, 2:22 PM

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There is a new concept with the Momentum Plan that I am waiting to learn about. The new book has some foods that have two point values, the regular points and then a SETPoint value. I am not sure what the SETPoints are all about since the details are in Week 5 and we aren't there yet. But the SETPoints value is sometimes higher and sometimes lower than the regular point values.

I had salmon the other night and a 6oz fillet is listed as 9 points, but only 5 SETPoints. Does anyone know what that's all about?

Friday, January 02, 2009, 4:28 PM

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I heard the same thing about the SETPoint system. I love the tennis analogy btw. These guys really seem to know what they are doing.

Friday, January 09, 2009, 9:33 AM

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has the points system changed?

Thursday, March 05, 2009, 1:15 PM

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I am in week 3 of combining WW Momentum with Eat to Live. As a former frustrated WW member I am LOVING this new way of eating as the food selection is about freshness and nutrition instead of how many 2 point sugar carb bars I can eat a day. My cravings for refined carb poisons has almost entirely disappeared and I'm finding myself giddy about vegetables. Go figure! Ideally I want to drop 60 pounds picked up over the last 5 years and with Peertrainer, WW Momentum and Dr. Furhman's work I actually see this as feasible. Stay tuned for more updates. Oh and one more plus for WW - they're mobile Application for tracking food and exercise rocks and makes the easiest yet to keep journaling food and exercise.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010, 10:35 AM

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related article on the new Weight Watchers Momentum Program:

Thursday, September 16, 2010, 2:45 PM

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