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Weight Watchers Announces New PointsPlus Program


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

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Carole Coons

How does a Weight Watchers lifetime member use Weight Watchers online? I am also a Lifetime Member of Weight Watchers (took 3 tries) from 1977. To me it is the best diet ever because you can eat anything just keep track of the Points. I lost 30 pounds in less than 3 months. I would like to keep up with WW Online but how much do I need to pay. I would like a copy of the New Diet Plan as I have not been able to attend any classes because of the long drives I would have to make.

posted Mar 16th, 2012 10:15 pm

Nita Whisenhunt

I was on the old weight watchers,I weight140 am 5' many points do I get a day?

posted Feb 7th, 2012 1:02 am


im 50 years old weight 180 5feet one inch how much weight should i lose i need help

posted Jan 19th, 2012 3:17 pm

Brenda Jeter

Is there a Weight Watchers plan for lap-band users? Pretty sure I would not be able to use the standard point value based on The new point plus program

posted Jan 17th, 2012 3:42 am

donald e doyle

i would like the points plus # values of all foods. thank you

posted Nov 7th, 2011 1:10 pm


I am a returning to W.W. after several years of being away. I am confussed about the new name Points Plus. If this just a new name given to the program?

posted Sep 22nd, 2011 2:12 pm

Ann Arsenault

Can I buy the points plus book without joining weight watchers? i need to loose about30 lbs and want to try the points plus book. do i have to join to buy it?/

posted Jul 30th, 2011 6:37 pm


I was on WW years ago and lost 25 lbs. I need it again, mainly to keep track of what I eat. It can EASILY be a life long change and it isn't hard at all. I always felt very satisified. I just got off track. If you try it y

posted Jul 20th, 2011 11:53 pm


How many points per day can I have? I'am 69 weigh 205 I,am 5'9

posted Jul 9th, 2011 9:10 pm


How many points on the whole program do I get on Weight Watchers PlusPoints? How many point on the whole program do i get on Points plus? I'm 58 years young 6'1 285 over weight exercise some

posted Jul 8th, 2011 1:35 pm


I have not used the Points Plus method but have used WW before and have been satisfied.

posted Jul 4th, 2011 1:53 pm

Eugenia Sheppard

How do you start, what is healty for someone that is a diabetic How do you start weight watchers online. What is healhy for a woman with diabetices?

posted Jun 8th, 2011 2:28 pm


carbs on weight watchers I have less then tolerable reaction to carbs. I can eat veggies that are not too starch, but as for bread and pasta I have a bad time with. Can I do weight watchers?

posted May 31st, 2011 11:06 pm

liz Wenzl

As a lifetime member, how do I sign up for the on-line program? Weight Watchers lifetime membership

posted May 27th, 2011 12:54 pm


I started WW on feb 14th 2011. I have lost 25 lbs since then. I use points plus program online and i love it. A lot of the frozen dinners (not just WW dinners) have the pts values on them and so does the skinny cow ice cream. I love WW. It was the best thing i ever did for myself.

posted May 24th, 2011 9:01 pm


Been on WW since 4/19/11 and I have lost 5 lbs. I love this program and the support that is offered to me. Good luck to all. I love that this is getting me back on track to a life style change!!!

posted May 11th, 2011 1:28 am


does anybody know how many daily points for a male age 47 5'10' 223lbs

posted Apr 2nd, 2011 1:12 pm

nieves dole

I likeit.

posted Mar 24th, 2011 1:36 pm


I want to join ww online- I believe I was a lifetime member- how do I go about finding out and how to restartWas a member 10 years back. Lost weight. Then started traveling overseas with new job, couldn't commit to weekly weighins. want to restart and do the program online. Can you help me out and send info asap. thanks much.

posted Mar 17th, 2011 1:20 am


I started Weight Watchers on February 1st 2011, I never went to a meeting but I did buy the WW Points Plus books. Within 4 weeks I had lost 10 pounds with the help of exercise and counting my points daily.

posted Mar 16th, 2011 9:45 pm


Weight Watchers works! If you are a busy person and not always having time to purchase the 3 month program I recommend buying the weight watchers point plus calculator. It is so small and I keep it with me in my purse to calculate non WW foods and keep track of my daily points intake. Best thing ever invented! If you want quicker results, exercising along with keeping your daily point intake is the way to go! Good luck to all!

posted Mar 12th, 2011 2:00 pm

Shirley Hapner

Do the frozen dinners have the new or old points on them?

posted Mar 5th, 2011 4:05 pm

Beverley Hyde

How would this program work for a person with irritable bowel syndrome accompanied by "scary" diverticulosis? Most of the food items that agree with my intestines are loaded with carbs. I have gained 40 pounds.

posted Feb 23rd, 2011 10:26 am

Cheryl Grunow

I have two of the little gray, square weight watchers point guides that I used to use in the store. Are you saying I am not going to use that or it is obsolete now? I just want to know wether to keep them or not if I join on line. Thanks

posted Feb 17th, 2011 2:56 pm


I use to be a weight watcher member. I stopped because I could not get to the meetings all the time and when I did go. I had to also pay for the week that was missed. Is this still the case? I've been receiving literature asking me to rejoin with free membership, but it's only free if you sign up for 3 months. Money is tight right now with working for the state. Are there any other options. I am very much interested. I have doing the old system since the 17th of January and have lost 12 pounds but would like to know more about the fruits and veggie intake. Can you help?

posted Feb 17th, 2011 1:25 am

Rose Valdez

I want to join WW online. Can you please
help me get started.

posted Feb 11th, 2011 1:10 am


What is the cost of the program online and how do I pay for it?

posted Feb 10th, 2011 10:01 pm


I have lost 12 pounds in 3 weeks on the new program. I think it is easier than the old program. Plenty of healthy choices if you get hungry.

posted Jan 29th, 2011 1:39 pm


I have never tried WW and need to lose around 40 lbs. How does it work?

posted Jan 28th, 2011 5:40 pm

Dorothy Bagby

How can I sign up for the on line Weight Watchers PointPlus program.

posted Jan 26th, 2011 12:56 am


need help how much the new point plus value 1 point what the old what the new

posted Jan 22nd, 2011 6:38 pm

Debra Smith

I'm excited

posted Jan 19th, 2011 2:55 am

barbara alaimo

I would like to know how online ww works and how points plus works

posted Jan 14th, 2011 3:25 pm

Pam Anderson

I have had my thyroid removed 5 years ago and since then I just keep gaining weight. My Dr recommended WW. I need to lose 80 plbs by Nov for my sons wedding. I have tried other programs and they don't work. I have already lost 7 lbs just really watching what I eat and walking. Can oyu give me an idea of what the diet might look like( food wise)
Thank you for any information that you can provide.

posted Jan 13th, 2011 5:42 pm


cindy, i had my gallbladder out oct 2009 and i had a baby 2010 so i needed to lose weight after the birth so i joined ww and i have now got 1 stone down and hoping to lose another stone at is an easy diet to stick to. i jst started the pro points plan last week and my weigh in is 2morro so pleez god il be down another couple of pounds. hope this helps

posted Jan 10th, 2011 10:25 pm


I had my gallbladder removed appox 2 years ago and was told that since having it removed I would not be able to lose weight--is this a true statement? Will weight watchers put me back on track--I have 30 more lbs to lose?

posted Jan 4th, 2011 5:11 pm

geraldine colbeck

i need to loose 70 lbs. not a young person. i am 66 years of age. is there suggestions you can give seniors. i am not in to walking too much and do not do any kind of exercise. can i still lose wt. just by cutting down on my intake.

posted Jan 4th, 2011 2:38 am

Marjeanne King

I'd like to get more information

posted Jan 3rd, 2011 7:08 pm

darla maris

I need to loose 70 pounds

posted Jan 2nd, 2011 1:36 pm


I like

posted Jan 1st, 2011 8:47 pm

Gwen Hughes

I want to join WW online but I have been a lifetime member since1991... how does it work?

posted Dec 29th, 2010 9:13 pm


I need to lose 75+ pounds. I realy need support

posted Dec 29th, 2010 2:22 am

lynn jones

I can.t wait to try this i had the weight lost surgey. seven years ago i gain 30 lbs i need to lose this my doctor want me to lose this so i want to try this diet so i can keep it off

posted Dec 27th, 2010 4:57 pm


Can you use the frozen meals on a daily basis?

posted Dec 6th, 2010 2:58 am

Myrtle Beach Loser

Day three and it's a good program. I've been on ww for 12 weeks and have lost more than 12inches and 11lbs so the old program was good but this new one is definitely built with more health values to it and will cut the unhealthy snacking out. I've already lost in just the few days and am looking forward to the next week's meeting!

posted Dec 3rd, 2010 3:23 am


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