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Counting points vs counting calories

Any opinions on what works better. Assuming I know to focus on high fiber and healthy eating, cant I just count points and work each day on a caloric deficit? Or does WW trick me into eating less?

Sat. Jul 15, 10:06am

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If you really know how to eat healthy, either one will work. It's definitely possible to do either one while eating "junk" food (it may be low calorie or low fat, but it isn't doing anything for you nutritionally).

Saturday, July 15, 2006, 12:34 PM

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1 point = 50 caloris so its the same..or there abouts

Saturday, July 15, 2006, 4:56 PM

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Don't points also take into account the nutritional value of the food as well as the calorie count?

Sunday, July 16, 2006, 9:45 PM

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They also include fiber and fat content of the food.

Monday, July 17, 2006, 12:23 AM

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It is true that the general rule of thumb is 1 pt=50 cal. however, 50 cal. of french fries, dougnuts, potato chips, etc. are not the same as 50 cal. of green beans, carrots, strawberries, etc. That is why they have the points, the points take into effect fiber and fat.

Monday, July 17, 2006, 9:02 AM

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If I remember right, the formula for points is something like:
points = (calories/50) + (fat grams/10) - (fiber grams/4)

So if it has lots of fat, it makes the points higher, and if it has lots of fiber, it makes the points lower. But fiber grams only count up to 4, and after that, you still count it at 4. (You used to be able to count up to 10 g of fiber -- but that changed 4 or 5 years ago, much to my chagrin!)

I find it easier to keep track of points because it's easier to ballpark. I know that one slice of normal bread is around 2 points, even if its 80 or 100 or 110 calorise.

Monday, July 17, 2006, 9:54 AM

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