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Weight Watchers Points Plus Program

looks like Weight Watchers is making some changes in their points system. No longer will a calorie be a calorie. Some calories will be more equal than others!

Will be interesting to see what the real effect of this will be...

Thu. Nov 18, 5:21pm

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seems like ww is making a big deal about something that most of us already know- a serving of spinach is a much better choice than a slice of low carb bread. how is this new or different from what we all know?

Friday, November 19, 2010, 8:20 PM

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I went to Weight Watchers meetings for over a year and people did not seem to know this! I'm really glad to hear that they are making these changes because I just couldn't keep going to the meetings as they talked about getting in your servings of dairy and olive oil, let alone the processed garbage they are selling to people as food.

Thursday, November 25, 2010, 3:33 PM

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 8:08 AM

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VERY disappointing to learn the details of the new Weight Watchers Points Plus. They summarize the program by saying increase protein and decrease carbs and fat. This is Atkins lite. We know that Atkins works in the short term but is terrible for your health in the long term.

What they SHOULD have done is had a big arrow that pointed people to greens. This is an obvious $$ move because people like to do things like Atkins (lose weight by eating steak!!) and have a harder time eating greens. So this will definitely help them sell more programs.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 11:55 AM

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A calorie isn't a calorie as your body metabolises macros, not calories, and the macros determine the hormonal response for either fat, carb or protein, as they are all different.

It's a far cry from Atkins light.I find most people who throw out the word Atkins as if it's a bad thing usually haven't actually read the book at all.

The fact is that it's those carbs that require the most insulin and keep your blood sugar high, leading to diabetes. Atkins done properly doesn't damage your health- quite the contrary. Pretending to do Atkins only on weekdays, or failing to appreciate the carbs in food is what damages your health- high fat, high protein, high carb- that's the standard American diet and that's what's causing obesity. I know people on Atkins who eat more veggies than vegetarians.

If anything, it's probably closer to south beach. Classic diet advice is 60% of your calories from carbs, and South beach advocates 40%- which to many doesn't make it so much 'low carb' as moderate carb.

I find it odd though that veggies and fruits are unlimited regardless of either their GI or carb count... It's about time though that someone is suggesting that 100 cals of potato chips shouldn't be chosen over 100 cals of a whole food.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 2:51 PM

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I had a chance to look at their brochure- what is disturbing about the new Points Plus is that Weight Watchers has these huge arrows. One arrow pointing up to Protein and Fiber and another pointing down to carbs and. There may be some hidden benefit somewhere in there- meaning that maybe the protein in greens are promoted in someway because they are high in protein and low in fat-- I HOPE!!--
but the average person can only digest so much information at once, and the vast majority of people fail at Weight Watchers long term. So- in their mind, they are going to only think "protein good"-- which is really a license to eat Atkins. Too much meat is really not good- according to what I have read you want your meat consumption to be about 10% of your total calories.

Looking forward to more input, hope that I am wrong in my assessment. If I am correct, the new WW system could be a nutritional disaster in terms of the unintended consequences of their advice.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010, 11:28 AM

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Disagree re Atkins Lite

I think the carb watching idea stems from the fact that it's easy to fill up on non-nutritive or low nutrient carb items (cereal, cereal bars, snack bars, etc) versus eating whole high-nutrient foods. This isn't a license to fill up on pepperoni and cheese and mayo (a la Atkins).

I think it's a good idea and I'd like to learn more. You can still eat as healthy as you like! We should all be avoiding all kinds of carb-loaded pre-fabbed "diet" and "health' foods anyway.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010, 11:58 AM

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Vaggies carbs

Just read that veggies aren't "counted" towards your carb count. If this is true, you can eat vegetables all day long! Clearly this isn't ATkins at all--this is an effort to get people away from the processed crap and point them towards foods with higher nutritional value.

And I TOTALLY agree with the PP who mentioned that 100 calories of broccoli isn't equal to 100 calorie snack pack. Glad WW is paying attention to current nutritional thinking. These silly snack packs are just making people heavier and less healthy.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010, 12:02 PM

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Free Fruits

I heard that the new program makes most (maybe all?) fruits free. This is cleary not Atkins.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010, 6:58 PM

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they are paying lip service to fruits and vegetables. Who does not know these are good for the? Nobody. The core of the new Weight Watchers Points Plus are "power foods"- which include lots of meat and dairy.

These power foods are considered the "healthiest" by the company. The problem with this is that people already get plenty of meat and dairy. You don't need weight watchers to encourage you to eat more meat and dairy.

This is a license to eat Atkins for the 95% of people who will start and stop Weight Watchers. All they will remember is "meat and dairy are powerfoods"

This will KILL people in the long run- more heart attacks and disease. That may not be Weight Watchers intention, but it will be the result because WW is not taking human psychology into consideration.

Thursday, December 02, 2010, 8:29 PM

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