Weight Watchers has been one of the largest weight loss programs in the United States for many years.
According to USA Today, in 2018 there were 4.6 million people signed up for Weight Watchers meetings or online for recurring-billing programs.
In September 2018, Weight Watchers, the program founded in 1963 by Jean Nidetch, changed its name from Weight Watchers to WW.
The change was made to better reflect a focus on overall wellness, rather than just weight loss.
And in November 2019, the brand underwent another name change.
WW restructured its program into the myWW program, an assessment-based program that places members into one of three different eating styles—Green, Blue or Purple.
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Based on a 2019 survey of 500 doctors who recommend weight loss programs to patients.
People following the myWW program can expect to lose 1-2 lbs./wk.
In a 6 month pre-post study, 88% of participants reported that myWW is an easier way to lose weight compared to when they tried to lose weight on their own.
With the Points Diet, myWW gives all foods and fat/calories content a point value.
Dieters are weighed on a weekly basis and then advised on how many points they should aim to consume per day for the coming week.
Dieters are also provided with a list of everyday foods and their points value, as well as a chart giving a points value for fat and calorie contents for foods that are not on the pre-pointed list.
This allows them to quickly and easily ‘point up’ all of the food that they eat on a daily basis and make a note of the food and the total points they have consumed each day (this is done using a ‘food tracker’ which all weight watchers are advised to use in order to log their daily food consumption).
As everyday food has already been pre-pointed by myWW , dieters are able to get on with concentrating on their daily lives without having to worry about reading food labels and calculating fat and calories.
How does Weight Watchers work?
myWW starts with a two to three minute personal assessment based on your age, weight, height, sex and physical activity.
From there, you will get a personalized SmartPoints Budget based on your responses, and myWW will match you to an eating style that fits you best—Green, Blue, or Purple.
Each color has a unique balance of SmartPoints and ZeroPoint foods that you track and should stick within for your best results.
How many points can I have on Weight Watchers?
Depending on which plan you select, the points differ:
Green: Green has a sizable SmartPoints Budget and 100+ ZeroPoint foods (fruits and non-starchy veggies).
Blue: Blue has a moderate SmartPoints Budget and 200+ ZeroPoint foods (fruits, veggies and lean proteins). If this eating style looks familiar, that’s because it’s the same as WW Freestyle.
Purple: Purple has a modest SmartPoints Budget and 300+ ZeroPoint foods (fruits, veggies, lean proteins and whole grains).
What foods should you avoid on Weight Watchers?
No foods are explicitly forbidden on the Weight Watchers.
However, every food and drink has a SmartPoints value that are determined by calories, protein and sugar.
Calories establish the baseline.
Protein lowers the SmartPoints.
Sugar and saturated fat increase the SmartPoints.
According to WW, the reason for this is that numerous studies have confirmed the benefits of eating less sugar and saturated fat, and more protein—not just for weight loss, but for other health reasons as well.
What are the best foods for a Weight Watchers diet plan?
When it comes to food, everything is on the menu with WW.
But foods high in protein and low in fat and sugar will give you the most bang for your buck.
Besides veggies, which are zero points, here are some additional foods that might be staples on a successful Weight Watchers diet:
Best Lean-Protein Foods for Weight Watchers:
- Greek yogurt (nonfat)
Check out this 1 week meal plan: smartpointsmeal
Weight Watchers Weight Range
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