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Weight Watchers Announces New PointsPlus Program

WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTSPLUS PROGRAM EXPIRED DECEMBER 2012. PLEASE REFER TO WEIGHT WATCHERS 360.

The most successful healthy living program, Weight Watchers, just made a huge announcement today about their Points program. In fact, this is the biggest change that the company has made in its Points program, since it started 13 years ago.

The new PointsPlus™ program replaces the Weight Watchers Momentum program. According to Weight Watchers, “the PointsPlus™ program is the new way to lose weight developed by the experts at Weight Watchers. We’ve combined the latest nutritional science with the proven Weight Watchers approach to develop an effective system for making healthy, satisfying choices. All this gives you an edge that can help you reach your weight loss goals.”

So exactly what does the new PointsPlus program mean for you?

Keep in mind that the PointsPlus™ values are different from POINTS® values, which are now expired. The PointsPlus™ values are calculations that consider protein, fiber, fat and carbohydrates, not just fiber and fat. In addition, the new system features what are called special Power Foods that aren’t just healthy, but also filling, so that you’ll feel satiated and temptation-free while noshing.

Weight Watchers New PointsPlus program

Here is how the PointsPlus™ program works: When you sign up for Weight Watchers, you will receive a daily PointsPlus™ values goal, which you use along with the PointsPlus™ values of foods to make sure you’re eating the right amount for weight loss. Your daily PointsPlus™ value is personalized to you.

For those existing Weight Watchers’ members, what you’ll find are many of the same foods, but some of them now may have a higher Points value assigned to them based upon their revised nutrient profile. The PointsPlus™ program does not restrict food categories, and strongly promotes eating tons of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, including vegan protein options and whole grains.

You can use the PointsPlus program whether your dining in or eating out. If you’re a Weight Watchers Online or Weight Watchers eTools subscriber, you can use the PointsPlus™ values calculator to find the PointsPlus™ values of restaurant foods, and you can also consult the Eating Out Guide. Weight Watchers Meetings members can also use the A-Z food list found in the Pocket Guide, or purchase the Complete Food Companion, and the Dining Out Companion to help them plan for your night out.

The PointsPlus™ program is a more robust and comprehensive way to categorize foods and provide you with more nutrient-rich options to eat whether you’re losing weight or eating to maintain your healthy lifestyle. Currently, it is only available in the U.S.

November 29th, 2010