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Weight Watchers points system FAQ

Hi, can someone explain to me the pros and cons of the points system? I understand how it works in principle, but am curious to hear what others think.

Wed. Jan 10, 3:40pm

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I'm a fan of weight watchers

I lost 30 pounds on weight watchers seven years ago. The point system, to me, was much easier that counting calories. But some people prefer that. It really is up to you.

the points in Weight Watchers are calculated based upon the serving size, number of calories, number of grams of fat and number of grams of fiber. You are allocated a number of points per day based upon your current weight. As your weight goes down so do your points for the day. In addition you get 35 "flex" points to use as you like during the week. You could add five points per day for food, or you could save your 35 points for a special occassion.

Add to that you have points used in exercise daily and that increases the number of points you can consume.

For example, if you weigh 175 pounds you get 24 points each day, plus 35 points for the week. that's your points allowance. Now, if I weigh 175 pounds and do 30 minutes of a high intensity workout I have 4 exercise points that I can add to my daily points and eat them, or not add them in and increase my weight loss.

If you want to know what the foods you eat are in points there is an on-line calculator at the URL I've posted.

One thing weight watchers does is really force you to pay attention to portion/serving size. It's amazing how much we eat because of what we think a portion is. A restaurant may serve 10-ounce steaks all the time, but a serving of beef is three ounces.


Thursday, January 11, 2007, 9:59 AM

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WW points

I did weight watchers a few years ago with my mom, it worked and the point system was easy but I found myself doing alot of calculating and memorizing point values for food. Eventually it became easier to say "thats one point and thats three" but I was still looking at calorie and fat content to determine that anyways. Now I simply glance at the nutritional value on the packaging of most foods and judge wether or not I should be eating it and how much I should eat. Doing that along with some pretty good exercising I lost 40lbs. So counting points can make some foods that you eat alot easy to count, but other foods are more difficult with a point system. I suggest just simply counting calories, it cuts down on calculating points.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007, 7:02 PM

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Either that lable

I agree, either way works. The main thing is that you start reading labels. I know when I binge, I do not want to know the truth. However, when I am in my right mind and care what I am doing to myself, reading labels lets me know it this food is going to help or hurt.

Friday, June 01, 2007, 8:52 AM

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The points system is basically another way of counting calories that takes into account grams of fat as well as fibre. For some reason, I find it easier to count my points rather than calorie-counting even though it's a very similar idea. The fact that the fibre can take away points is nice because it encourages you to eat more fruits and veggies.

I've lost 70 pounds counting my points since march 2006

Friday, June 01, 2007, 9:28 AM

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I agree with the last post. I count calories and loosely follow WW points - my log (in Excel, so it automatically calculates everything for me) includes calories, fat grams, % fat, grams of carbs and fiber so that I can track this all easitly (my mantras: don't get more than 30% of calories from fat, eat 25-30 grams of fiber, count calories to stay below X per day and try to eat no more than 30 WW points per day).

FYI the WW point calculation if you want to do this is
P = (C/50) + (F/12) - (R/5),
where P=points, C=calories, F=fat grams, R=fiber grams (cap the fiber at no more than 4 grams). You get negative points for exercise - negative 1 per 100 calories burned.

I've found it an effective way to lose - just 5 lbs to go!

Friday, June 01, 2007, 1:24 PM

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have they changed the system at all recently?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 1:36 PM

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WW Quiz

I thought I would add this because I saw the post of 175 and 24 points, I guess it is possible but I am in the 190's and 24 is the new info...

WW Quiz

1. Are you
female?- score 2
Male?- score 8
A nursing mom?- score 12

2. How old are you?
17-26- score 4
27-37- score 3
38-47- score 2
48-58- score 1
over 58- score 0

3.What do you weigh?
Enter the first two digits of your weight in pounds.
(for example, if you weight 199, you will add 19 to your score)

4. How tall are you?
Under 5’1- score 0
5’1-5’10- score 1
Over 5’10- score 2

5. How do you spend most of your day?
Sitting down? score 0
Occasionally sitting? score 2
Walking most of the time? score 4
Doing physically hard work most of the time? score 6

Now add them all together and that’s your daily total.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 2:47 PM

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WW Points Calculator

I have found your points calculator to be extremely helpful. That is exactly what I was looking for. Where did you find the calculator. Have you actually joined weight watchers, or do you do it on your own?? I need to loose about 30 pounds, and want to do the points system through weight watchers, but my thing is that I am finding weight watchers to be very expensive since I am on a limited income. If you have anything else that can be helpful or encouringing, please let me know. Thanks again for the points calculator.

Thursday, November 29, 2007, 4:22 AM

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I've lost 45 pounds on WW and am ecstatic. I counted points, which can be tedious at times, which is why some people choose to do the core plan. It didn't bother me, though!

Thursday, November 29, 2007, 6:35 AM

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losing the weight

on average how long did it take for you to notice that the weight was coming off? I have a goal to lose between 40 &48 pounds about how long do you think it will take?

Thursday, January 17, 2008, 10:00 AM

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