Weight Watchers PointsPlus: Evaluating the New System


Eight years ago when I really decided I needed to lose some weight and it was now-or-never time, I went on Weight Watchers with a friend. At that time, Weight Watchers was a success for me and I really loved the Flex Points system. I kept most of that weight off for quite a few years, but did find it a struggle to go back to the system when I only had 5 or 10 pounds to try to lose, instead of 50 or more.

Last year Weight Watchers introduced PointsPlus, which was the first major change to the Points system in many years. I published a detailed analysis of the changes in PointsPlus, examining the Weight Watchers PointsPlus formulas to see exactly how the calories in Points had changed, and how fat, fiber and alcohol played into the new system.

Like many others who had “less to lose,” I found myself struggling and that PointsPlus wasn’t working for me. I looked into this with my article “Weight Watchers PointsPlus: The Problem of 29.” Anecdotal evidence along with mathematical analysis leads me to believe the system just doesn’t work well for those starting Weight Watchers at the lowest end of the PointsPlus scale, 29 daily Points.

Maybe I’m just not meant to lose those 10 pounds…I don’t know. I used to be a huge Weight Watchers advocate and it did work beautifully for me once, but as a foodie I guess I just have to find a better personal balance between diet and indulgence. Weight Watchers at the low end of the Points OR PointsPlus scale simply feels like too much of a straight-jacket on my eating habits.

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