How Does Weight Watchers Work? The Weight Watchers Points Plus Program
The new Weight Watchers program called Weight Watchers New Points System is a great way to jumpstart your weight loss. Having completed the program a few times after having our children, I can attest that the program works. Previously, Weight Watchers had two programs: Weight Watchers Flex Plan, which was based on the old Weight Watchers Points system, and the Weight Watchers Core Plan. These programs are no longer supported; instead a new program, the Points Plus program is advocated.
There are two ways to use the program: go to a Weight Watchers meeting near you or join www.weightwatchers.com. For first-time users, I recommend attending meetings. The cost is about $10 per meeting; the joining fee usually is on promotion for free. At the meetings you are privately weighed in and your weight is recorded. The meeting usually lasts for about 30 minutes and is based around a topic. Tips and advice are given as well as help in reaching your goal weight. This support system can be extremely valuable and helps keep you motivated and accountable. Resources are also given, and cookbooks and snack foods can be bought at the meetings.
I recommend joining Weight Watchers online if you are already familiar with the program and don't need the assistance provided at the meetings. You could also join online if you wanted to use the online services in addition to the meetings. The online service provides you with recipes, stories, a community, food ideas, and a point tracker system. Once you have joined Weight Watchers Online, you can download the free iPhone, iPad, or Android app. The apps are very well-done, allowing you to:
- record your points
- use the points calculator
- check out cheat sheets
- find a meeting
- read articles
- look at recipes
- read success stories
I highly recommend the apps for those that are on the go.
Need a Little Points Help? Check out the WW Points Plus Calculator
Jennifer Hudson: Official Spokesperson of Weight Watchers
Jennifer Hudson Interview on CBS
Write Down What You Eat
In the times that I have been able to lose weight, the key for me was writing down or journaling everything that I ate. Weight Watchers recommends this, but I can't say enough how important it is to your weight loss. For moms and dads, I think it's even more important. The reason is because we are constantly feeding our little ones and a bite of this and a bite of that--if you are doing the same, that adds up. When you write down every bit of food that goes in your mouth, you tend to eat less--I know that I do! If you want to write down your points, I recommend the 3 Month PointsPlus Tracker Journal. You can buy it from Amazon or from the Weight Watchers site. For those that are also dealing with emotional eating, a journal is a great way to express how you're feeling as you lose weight and during those times that you "cheat." Going back and looking over what you have written can be extremely powerful.
The New Weight Watchers Points Plus System: How Is It Different?
The new PointsPlus System is different than the older Points system in a couple of ways. First, the new system no longer uses calories in the Points equation. The older system used fat, fiber, and calories to calculate a point value for a food. The new PointsPlus system uses fat, fiber, carbohydrates, and protein to calculate a point value. Because of this, you are given more points per day under the new system. The other bonus is that most fruits and vegetables are given a zero point value. Under the older Points system, only vegetables were given a zero point value.
The one similarity with the old Points program is your weekly allowance. Weight Watchers still gives you a little wiggle room to splurge with 49 weekly points to use as you please.
What Points vs PointsPlus Uses to Calculate Point Value
Vegetables = 0pts
Fruits and Vegetables = 0pts
Weight Watcher Food Guidelines
|Foods||Recommended Servings per Day||Nursing Mom Recommendations|
Fruits and Vegetables
5 servings per day
Milk Products (low fat or fat free)
2 servings per day
3 servings per day
6 glasses per day of non-alcoholic beverages
1-2 servings per day of cooked meat, fish or poultry of 2-3 oz.
Healthy Oils: Olive, sunflower, safflower, flaxseed, canola
Choose whenever possible
1 per day
At least 30 min a day for 5 days a week
at doctor's instruction
Sugar and Alcohol
Limit intake: women no more than 1 alcoholic beverage a day, men should have no more than 2
What are Weight Watcher Power Foods?
Power Foods are foods that have a lower PointsPlus value and help keep you satiated for longer. The table below goes through different categories and Power Foods within those categories. Remember, most vegetables and fruits are power foods with zero points!
Weight Watcher Power Foods List
|Fruits||Vegetables||Whole Grains||Non-Fat Dairy||Lean Protein||A Few Others|
Cappuccino made with fat free mik
Beans -refried, fat free
Bread- reduced calorie, whole wheat
Gelatin, sugar free
Couscous, whole wheat
Muffin, english - light
Boysenberries, fresh or frozen
Corn on the Cob
Rice - brown, wild
5 Things You Should Know about the PointsPlus System
More Information about Weight Watchers PointsPlus Online
Weight Watchers for New Mothers
I have three girls and I used Weight Watchers after having each of my babies. It was a great program to get you back on track fairly quickly. If you are nursing, make sure that you follow the nursing mother guidelines. Your body needs more calories than if you weren't nursing. There were times when I knew my body needed more, and I listened to my body's cues. I think this system is great for new moms and helps you lose that baby weight quickly. Coupled with nursing, I was able to lose my baby weight with Weight Watchers.
The Old Weight Watchers Core Plan
The Weight Watchers Core Plan was created to serve participants that didn't like counting points. Certain foods are listed in the Core plan that participants can eat until satisfied, not full. All of the food groups are incorporated plus a bonus of 35 non-core points for added treats. Success with this plan is dependent upon portion control.
Here's a list of the Core foods:
- Vegetables and fruits
- Non-creamy Soups
- Whole Wheat Pasta, Brown Rice, Potatoes and Grains
- High Fiber and other cereals without added sugar
- Lean Meats, poultry, fish and eggs
- Fat-Free Milk Products
- Healthy Oils
- Coffee, Tea and sugar-free beverages
The Old Weight Watchers Flex/Point Plan
In the Flex/ Points plan all foods have a point value depending on three factors: calories, fat and fiber. You are given a number of points a day. The number of points allotted depends on: age, current weight, height, gender, and amount you exercise.
You are then given extra points, Weight Watchers calls it Flex Points, to use at your discretion throughout the week. The old Points system had a different Flex plan where you banked points throughout the week to use. More points were given each day and those points that were unused could be transferred to another day for special occasions or treats.
The point values per day based on your weight are as follows:
- Less than 150 lbs: 20 pts
- 150-174 lbs: 22 pts
- 175-199 lbs: 24 pts
- 200-224 lbs: 26 pts
- 225-249 lbs: 28 pts
- 250-274 lbs: 30 pts
- 275-300 lbs: 31 pts
Flex Points: 35 extra points a week to use as you choose.
Exercise: added points are given depending on your exercise time, activity and intensity.
*Above values are not for growing teens or nursing women*
P90X2 Workout Plan
P90X2 is a fantastic workout plan for women. It's hard, but the amount of core work that is involved is amazing. P90X2 coupled with Weight Watchers is a win-win situation.
A great starter kit for exercising
health-harvard on August 22, 2020:
You have shared very nice and useful info thanks
Ladyj on March 22, 2012:
I am joining today. I don't have a lot to lose but I am not comfortable with myself where I am. I will be attending the meetings to stay motivated each week. I tried WW online but It didn't work for me. Wish me well this time. I will let you guys know how things go.
WayneM on March 11, 2012:
I am a 65 year old disabled veteran and walk only with great difficulty. I use a cane so exercise is out of the question. Since my back injury, I have gained 50 pounds. I a 5 feet 7 inches and weigh 220 lbs. Is there hope for me? What would be my desired points per weeks to lose weight?
Leah Lefler from Western New York on February 27, 2012:
Great hub, Robin! I know there is a decent amount of controversy regarding the new points system - my cousin absolutely hates the new system, and likes the old Weight Watchers point values. I have other friends that absolutely love the new system. This is a great summary of the changes to their point-counting method!
Carol on February 27, 2012:
Cannot seem to lose on new Points Program. Want to go back to old points, 19. Where can I find old points values?
Diana Fox on February 05, 2012:
Enjoyed the meetings a LOT more when the leader showed her before photo. This was the most encouraging thing I ever got out of the meetings. You can see actual results right in front of your eyes. Why on earth would you take this away?
Emily on January 30, 2012:
when I go to a meeting I would like a pep talk or a story that will get me through the week,I don't want to talk about recepies, or what someone is eating . we all know what we need to eat.
sorry if I offended someone.
KMCD on January 26, 2012:
I am a weight watchers member and I would like to know how much 250 grams of uncooked shrimp weigh when they are cooked. I am adding them into other ingredients in a wok and it is not that simple to weight them before and after. Is there a formula that I can use? Thanks
Nikki on January 26, 2012:
I have done ww on the old point system for a little while and then got pregnant, i don't mind counting points. can any one give me a list of foods that are low points. breads, cereal, yougurt, ect...
Helen J Lasto on January 19, 2012:
I have a lifetime. membership (02392244) that goes back too the exchange program. I would like to know how to convert labels on food to go along with the point system
Jean on January 14, 2012:
26 is the lowest amount of points that you can have - because it's ideal for you to get in all of your healthy checks (fruits, dairies, proteins, etc) and you need those 26 points to get in those requirements for the most part. It may seem like a lot but trust me it works :)
Barbara Reinking on January 14, 2012:
When I signed up with WW I said I weigh 145 lbs and I DO.Yet this list on this page gives me 26 plus poins which is designed for someone (per the info) that weighs considerably more than I. SO, AT 5'3 AND I WEIGH 145, WHAT ARE THE CORRECT NUMBER OF POINTS. IF I AM STARTING THIS, I NEED TO START OFF WITH THE CORRECT # OF POINTS.
Liz on January 13, 2012:
Can diabetics use the New Point system. I know we can't eat fruit without our blood surgars rising. Can you still do the Flex diet.
Kim on January 07, 2012:
Thanks for the complete Power Foods list - searched all over etools for it, couldn't find it. Googled it and found you. Keeping the list on my refrigerator and will refer to it daily.
Sue B on January 07, 2012:
I am a life time member and have put 15 pound back on. Do you recomend this new program or the old one. If I want to join is there anything I need to do being a life time member?
Robin Edmondson (author) from San Francisco on January 03, 2012:
Tina and Sheryl, I recommend talking to your doctor if you have throid problems in regards to the Weight Watchers program. Thanks for reading!
Thanks for the comment smarter4ever. Best of luck to you. That's good news that you are already eating most of the power foods. For me and my weight, it's all about my diet. Just writing down what I eat everyday really helps me stay on track. Cheers!
Tina Dickey on December 26, 2011:
As Sherry Angel question re: Thyroid issues
I too am asking the same question?
sherry angel 2 weeks ago
would the weight watchers program help for people with low thyroid problems, thanks!
smarter4ever from Wisconsin on December 23, 2011:
This is a great hub. I was not aware of the differences between the old and new program. I was glad to see you provided a list of Power Foods. I was even happier to see I eat many of these items already. I've been working on trying to lose about 30 pounds. I recently found out about a health issue I have most likely had for years, and that contributes to weight gain. With my new knowledge from that and reading this article, I think I can finally lose the extra pounds (and feel A LOT better in the process). Thanks!!!
sherry angel on December 11, 2011:
would the weight watchers program help for people with low thyroid problems, thanks!
Robin Edmondson (author) from San Francisco on November 22, 2011:
Thanks, Claudia! I updated the Learning Center. The links that I had provided before were outdated so I had to delete them. I appreciate the catch! ;)
Claudia Tello from Mexico on November 21, 2011:
Hi Robin, I came to this hub from a link on your "Value of High-quality Outbound Links" learning center hub, where it says that this weight watchers hub is an example of a hub that puts a group of helpful, related links at the bottom for interested readers who want to learn more. Nevertheless I don't see any related links at the bottom????
Joey Levin on November 10, 2011:
For some reason, after being a Lifetime member for YEARS, the pounds are inching back up at an unsettling rate since Points Plus..I believe calories are VITAL..Fruits are NOT zero unlimitedly..
Joyce Oglesby on November 08, 2011:
I have not been able to get e-tools. My leader said to call the number on the back of my monthly pass, but there is no phone number.
billy on October 11, 2011:
I am trying to work out how many points I should be on a day.
I am 29, 165cm & 170kg
ArtistMom on October 07, 2011:
Hi faithstarlite, you look fabulous. I have been with WW for 2yrs now and I have lost 40 lbs, it was 44 but keep going back and forth and over the summer I have put on a few pounds and now it is only 38 lost but I am determined to make this happen for me. You have inspired me to get to my goal which is another 15 pounds to go. I do know what you are talking about regarding days when we were heavier and carrying all that extra some pounds around. Thank you for sharing your photos and keep it up girl! You look fabulous!
ro327 on October 01, 2011:
7 hours i week i think she said actually
ella on September 30, 2011:
Do points go up or down as you lose weight?
Elke on September 29, 2011:
Hi, I am 53 and suffer from fibromyalgia,and arthritis just like Paula. I have also been through chemo and other treatments for breast cancer. Wii with fitness plus and balance board works for me.Check it out on youtube to get an idea of what you can do with it.
mona thompson on September 27, 2011:
Could you tell me how to bring up the food list and all the points each one is. My e mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
paula1235 on September 27, 2011:
i have lost 13 pounds and now stuck at 153 i want to loose more. i have fibromyalgia bad and lots of arthritis so exercise is really hard. i'm 53 years old anyone have any ideas
carolann on September 25, 2011:
do u have to eat all ur points daily for it to work
Ali Kittredge on September 23, 2011:
how many points plus in a cup of roasted pumpkin seeds????
Maria L. on September 16, 2011:
PLEASEEEEE BRING WEIGHT WATCHERS IN GREECE!!!!!!!!!!
Janet on September 13, 2011:
I have the ww points plus calculator but no manual and need to change my weight . I hit the wrench then used the arrow keys to get to weight then hit the clear button and put in the correct weight And hit enter but it won't change . Can I buy a manual anywhere?
Teresa on September 11, 2011:
If you have a smart phone or devise where you can get Google apps there is an app called Ultimate Points Calculator Plus. It's great! It $3.00, but worth every penny. My sister goes to Weight Watchers meetings so she has all the information and I was able to compare it to the official plan. Its exactly the same. It has a calculator, a daily diary to enter your food, you can save favorites, there's a food diary list you can search and they recently added the ability to search online too. It tracks your weight and measurements, healthy choices and exercise points and its exactly the same as Weight Watchers! It saved me because I can't afford to join weight watchers right now but I know they work because I've lost weight with them before in the past. They change the name of the app every once in awhile but right now its called Ultimate Points Calculator plus and has a picture of a red heart with a calculator inside it as its logo. I've lost 28lbs using it. I just can't believe you can get it for such a low price. Just wanted to let people know about it.
Dawn on September 10, 2011:
The points posted above are from the OLD plan, not the new one. Try http://pointspluscalculator.com to calculate the # of points you'll need daily and to figure out how many points a given food is worth. You can even track your food intake. An awesome FREE site. Good luck!
shelley on September 09, 2011:
hi i signed up for weight watchers and i had wanted to print of the food list and the points for each but i couldnt figure out how to do it being i dont have the internet at home and would have to go to the library every time i needed to know food and points.i wanted to have the list avaiable to me.how can i get a list of the foods and the points for each.could you email me and let me know how i can do email@example.com
thanks you so much for you help
Love WW on August 30, 2011:
I've been very successful in the past losing 26 lbs, but need to do it again. Was disappointed that WW changed their plan but understand their reasoning. I don't want to buy all new books, join their meetings, or enroll online. I'll continue on their old flex points plan.
Vmcelr on August 29, 2011:
It's a good article. Too bad all your points information is wrong. I am at 159, I have the lowest # of points availalbe @ 29points plus(PP)/day 45 weeklies (WP's) and as many activity points (AP's) as I can earn.
PiaC from Oakland, CA on August 26, 2011:
This is wonderfully informative. After my trip back to India this summer, i feel fatter than i have ever been! It's time to hit weightwatchers again! I've been curious about how they new program works and this was very helpful in answering my questions.
Ouida Pye on August 26, 2011:
I am trying to locate the general food point plus plan. All I wanted was the cream cheese value for an ounce of cream cheese. Not fat free. I've spent 30 minutes already.
elham on August 25, 2011:
hi i want to know howmany point i have aday
i am 37 , 162 cm , 63 kgr
hollieAnne on August 25, 2011:
I like the old points system of weight watchers, I have lost 41 lbs. However, that new plus point system doesn't work well with me as I am a diabetic. I don't have a lot of problems with the veggies,as I do with the fruit. Being a diabetic, fruit and me don't mix and I gain 10 pounds on the new system sadly to say. I did return to the old points system and the 10 pounds I gain, I have taken back off.
Lela Bryan from Alameda, CA on August 18, 2011:
Thanks for the information here Robin! Wow the girl in the video was exercising 7 hours a day--amazing
Amie on July 27, 2011:
New mom, son is 14 months. thought that i didnt care what i looked like anymore because i had my baby and my husband. but although i try to convince my family of that...i am thinking I only try to convince them so that i may actually be convinced myself. Would like to try the point system....anyone know where i can get a book? Limited on funds so was hoping to follow system on my own
Merita Taylor on July 27, 2011:
How well does points plus work for older people , like 60. I have been overweight for a while and don't do much exercise. I tried the gym, but didn't lose any
Andrea G. on July 16, 2011:
hey S87 i wanted to know if you found the point plus system online for free? ifu did please tell me? thank you
S87 on July 08, 2011:
Hey everyone today (July 8th '11) is my first day on the diet. I have decided to use Internet sources to figure out how many points items are.
One quick question I have is about fruits and vegtables. I was told my someone who is on the WeightWatchers Diet that all fruits and Vegtables are ZERO pts. so you can eat as much as you want but I have read online how some fruits/Veg. are between 1-3pts. What is correct? Please let me know because Im trying this diet on my own and I am relying on online info. Thanks!!
Kayla on July 02, 2011:
I have been doing the weight watcher points plus program since the 6 th and june... i have lost 23 pounds :) i am so proud of myself i love the new points plus. Great program
Rebecca on June 27, 2011:
Hi Brenda Sewell
My fiance wanted to lose 30 pounds before our wedding... he is a big/tall guy so he couldn't just stop eating the quantity he was used to. What we did was fill him up with this flaky fibre drink that you can buy at your local health store. It comes as a coarse powder and you add water to it and drink it. It slowly swells in your stomach - therefore filling the gap - but since it's all fibre, it goes straight through you and you don't gain weight from it! (obviously the bad thing about eating too much fibre, eek!!)
See if you can find it - it comes in quite big bags where you can make about a month worth of meal/drinks out of it!
p.s. my hubby did lose the weight with me as a strict nutrition and exercise coach!
brenda sewell on June 05, 2011:
i started weight watchers yesterday 4th june i am hoping i can understand how it work,s i am a big eater so if anyone has any tip,s on how to fill up at this early stage i would be gratefull for the advise thank you.
K0502 on May 17, 2011:
I did the old plan last year and lost 20 pounds in 2 months... then got back on weight watchers this year... and have been trying the new points plus plan and havent last a think in 3 months - any tips?
lillian neder on May 12, 2011:
I'm 5'7 and I weight 165lb only25ys I want to get on weight watchers can anyone send me a copy of the book? Braveheart5686@yahoo.com. I see the chart posted here with the points and ur weight but I will need more options them jut the finds listed PLZ help thanks
Polin on May 06, 2011:
My friends lost 20 pounds for 2 months. It encouraged me to try. But today (my third day) i ate 13point from extra 35 before i went to bed. So sad:O( but not hungry any more then!!!! Hooray!!!
I Will sleep well and tomorrow will try again.
brenda migues on May 04, 2011:
i am a life time member,this is my third time i return to weight watchers.i went back in january and i have lost 15 pounds. i love the new points plus program it works for me.i am on way again to my weight lost.thanks weight watchers to a great program.
Emma from Houston TX on March 17, 2011:
Useful information and am in love with the diet you short listed here,thanks for wonderful piece of advice you shared in here.
Heather on March 10, 2011:
Jennifer H. Looks great. I am doing calorie counting which is just weight watchers in a round about way, but you can't deny the results. But points plus is out now.
Alicia on February 06, 2011:
If you use all of the flex points, is it likely that you will still lose weight?
Turbo jam reviews lover on January 25, 2011:
I have tried weight watchers and i have significant changes in my body. It's really good :)
Glemoh101 on January 08, 2011:
Thanks for this great hub.
cartloop from Sacramento on November 23, 2010:
Nice one I love this diet it makes a lot more sense to me than some of the other ones out there.
Angus on September 21, 2010:
I have very good things about weight watchers. For weight loss healthy eating and exercise is not always the answer, this doesn’t always work for everyone. Some people have medical conditions which prevent them eating particular foods and prevent them from exercising. Often we crave food we are allergic too.
weightlossin on July 22, 2010:
The articles is great,i lose 30lbs in 2 months.
Tryinagain on July 04, 2010:
Hi newbie, I am just starting the ww journey again today after being off the wagon for 5 years! I do not have a thyroid gland...years ago i had Hashimotos desease which is an autoimmune disease that destroyed the gland...and it was removed later. Anyway, I was successful five years ago when i lost 48 lbs after 7 months on WW..but I found that I had to stick with the daily points target and NOT have the extra 35 points each week. I walked everyday starting about 20 minutes a day up to an hour near the end...got disillusioned that the weight would not continue to come off as i still had 50 pounds to lose and then i gave up. It was stupid and i regret it now. I should have stepped up the exercise and hung in there...even though it is harder with a slow thyroid or no thyroid it can be done...good luck!!
Medley on June 18, 2010:
I am a newbie, I have been on WW for 1 week and my weight is exactly the same, no loss. I have an underactive thyroid, can someone comment who also has an underactive thyroid and tell me about your weight loss on WW.
feeling a little discouraged, was hoping for a small weight loss. Does it matter what you eat while doing the point system? as long as you stay within your daily point allottment? I feel like i am consuming too much bread....but I am not eating more than my daily points..
gkussa on May 19, 2010:
how many points do chips have 1med portion?
Jen on April 12, 2010:
This site is great! I lost 30lbs on WW and never gained it back. Now 2yrs later I want to lose 50lbs more, thanks for the site!
mzoghori on January 06, 2010:
This is a really great hub.God bless you Robin for sharing such information. I too have something to share. Have you tried acai berry suppliments combined with exercise. You will be suprised at how fast you will loose weight. The Acai Berry comes with lots benefits other than just weightloss. It has high levels of antioxidants, more than apples, bananas and even blue berries. Antioxidants are the body's fuel for fighting off radicals (nasty little molecules that come from cigarette smoke, pollutants, pesticides etc).Studies are still under way to proove if these high antioxidants levels in the Acai Berry can help in fighting cancer cells.
sweetblitz on September 08, 2009:
I lost 30 lbs doing the Point System and have listed some food finds on my blog/hub that have helped me also - this was THE ONLY diet that ever worked for me - i did not allow myself flex points though, strictly kept to the points allowed and didn't add in for exercise
Lourdes Cartagena from New York on September 06, 2009:
I love weight watchers, I lost 40 pounds on weight watchers, I love it because it does not deprive you of your favorite foods to eat, nevertheless, eating healthier!
JoanneTheMom on August 12, 2009:
Another point list with recommended daily point intake can be found at
Samantha Goodman from Australia on July 25, 2009:
Hi Robin, thanks for your hub. Weight Watchers has a good reputation for providing sensible and healthy weight loss plans. I agree with you that it is best to attend the meetings if you haven't done Weight Watchers before. Some people are easily tempted to use up all of their points on just the 'treats.' However, they then find it hard to stay on the plan because they are constantly hungry and depriving themselves of healthy whole foods.
michelle.dragon99 on July 25, 2009:
great hub robin...i think we have same thoughts and determination on weight loss....based on your analysis....keep up the good job!:)
RicherR from England, Essex on July 05, 2009:
The points system is slightly different in the UK. The amount of fibre is not taken into account when calculating the number of points food has. They also change the name of the programs, but the basic concepts are the same.
nvfff on June 05, 2009:
just to let you know . your points for the weight are wrong.
Janet21 from New York on May 14, 2009:
Weight Watchers is the best. I gained over 50lbs w/ each of my pregnancies and lost it each time afterwards using the Weight Watchers plan. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to lose weight. Great hub, too!
Lisa on May 01, 2009:
Hello everyone! My name is Lisa. Close to a year and half ago I was at the heaviest weight I have ever been in my life! Due to stress from a relationship and "eating my emotions" I had gained several pounds. I am 4'9 so didnt look so healthy. I descided to give weight watchers a try especially from hearing such good things about it and actually seeing the results from others. I weighed in my first time in feb of 08 at 172 pounds. Through the course of year I continued to drop the weight by watching what I ate and following my points. I am now at 123 pounds and cant believe how good I feel. Its an amazing feeling! Just wanted to tell anyone that is looking into the plans or feeling a little down about themselves that this is a wonderful opportunity. It takes time but if your paitient and willing you will loose as I did an many others.
MS.J on April 01, 2009:
HI - I tried weightwatchers and it does work. The important thing is to stick to the program. Make it a lifestyle change, and not just a diet, that way you dont gain the weight back. I've tried diets before, they worked for my friends not for myself. So I think each person has to find whats best for them self. I would definetly recommend ww. If your having problems calculating points you can go to the website www.webmilhouse.com/pointcalc.php . Although you want to lose weight, keep in mind its always a wise decision to lose the weight, and more important to keep it off, have a healthy diet, and excersise. May God Bless you all - hope you get where you want to be!
Lynn Winfield on March 28, 2009:
It's not dutchess, its duchess.
NEWBIE on March 09, 2009:
Hi, would anyone know where I can find a coupon to get a reduced price or free registration. I am going to sign up on Wednesday. Today is Monday. Oh, I am going to meetings, not the online program.
perfectweight on February 12, 2009:
Great information. Your explanations were very helpful.
Russell on February 04, 2009:
Scroll down from the top of this page and you'll find the number of points you can have per day. It's according to your weight. I am using the old system which allows me 28 points per day but I can eat up to 33. I CANNOT eat less than 28 and NO MORE than 33. Just look at the scale and match your points to your weight. Just remember to eat your minimun points every day and drink 6-8 glasses of water every day. Many people try to cut back points to loose more weight but it doesn't work that way. This minimum points raise your motabolism and keeps it to a max in order to burn burn fat. You also need to exercise after the third week or so. You really need to get a point scale from weight watchers and two booklets (Dining Out, and Complete Food Guide) these will help you through the process. Best of luck.
Kathy Almond on January 30, 2009:
I really need to know how many pionts I can have a day or calories. See I have no money to go to the meetings and to put it as it is I'm FAT. I would like to lose about 70 lbs. If and member can help me please do. I guess I should not think that I'll hear from anyone but there is always hope. PLEASE HELP ME......
Russell on January 29, 2009:
I tried Weight Watchers a few years ago and lost 35 pounds in 8 weeks. I stopped and gained it all back. I started again because of diebetes and high blood preasure (I was 273 lbs.). 8 weeks later I am at 249 and my doctor has taken me off the blood preasure meds and cut my sugar meds in half. I also cannot afford to go to meetings, although I need to for encouragement, but the plan still works. I'm using the old points plan, but I'm currently looking into the flex plan. I AM GOING TO LOOSE FIFTY POUNDS. Mark my words.
Jules on January 19, 2009:
I started my own diet 4 weeks ago..I lost twelve pounds in 3 weeks on my own. I started weight watchers on Friday. Today is Monday and I have gained 3 lbs back...what the hell?
Hendrika from Pretoria, South Africa on December 26, 2008:
Hi Robin, looking at your example points made me aware of some of the horrible stuff I consume! Thanks for an inspiring Hub.
Rebecca Graf from Wisconsin on December 23, 2008:
It is great that they recognize the consumer's desires and created a separate plan. I know that when my in-laws used it they lost a ton of weight. Unfortunantly, they turned a lot of people off of it by trying to force everyone else to do it and criticizing our own plans. Weight Watchers is one of those companies that will be around a long time because they are flexible to the needs.
Thanks for another great article.
patti on November 14, 2008:
My office started Weight Watchers about (3) weeks ago. We are doing Weight Watchers at home. We keep each other honest and weight first thing every monday morning at 8am. There are three of us currently following the program. We have lost 43 pounds together. I'M A BELIEVER!
amich on November 05, 2008:
the point ssystem does seem to be very flexible and generous in the amount you can eat - basically as long as you eat healthily you will never go hungry.
jazzdrive3 on October 03, 2008:
Great hub. You may want to check out http://wikiweightwatchers.com for a great resource on points.
SanDiegoGeorge from San Diego on August 14, 2008:
I just became a WeightWatchers Life Time member last month. I've been on this journey for 4 years. I went from 210 pounds to 170. Thanks for the HubPage
eugie17 from online (everywhere) on July 29, 2008:
I agree that weight loss is importantbut some people go too far starving themselves
Thanks for the information.
Paul Edmondson from Burlingame, CA on July 17, 2008:
@tcnixon, Interesting. I've been thinking of trying WeightWatchers, but I felt like it wasn't enough food for me. Maybe I'll take another look.
tcnixon from California on July 11, 2008:
One caveat for people only reading this now: Weightwatchers has changed the points formula that they use for men. Men now get more points (because their bodies, not surprisingly, are different).
Michelle on June 12, 2008:
Hi there, I am trying to do the weight watchers flex plan without signing up as I don't have a lot of money. I have decided to invest in a gym membership and try to figure out the rest of it on my own.
I am wondering how you calculate the points you get back for exercise. I can find lots of recipes and stay within 22points (which is what I need) but I am concerned that if I work out, I will plateau if I don't calculate that part correctly as well??
If anyone can get back to me at firstname.lastname@example.org it would be appreciated!
beth on April 28, 2008:
I'm new to hub pages and I'm finding so many fun and useful things to read. Thanks for the great intro to WW. Would you get in trouble with WW if you posted the formula for calculating points on your own?
Medical Alert Calling Systems on April 15, 2008:
Very useful information. Great hub!
solarshingles from london on April 14, 2008:
It helps, it is very motivational!
Drew on February 19, 2008:
I've lost 26.4 pounds sense the new-year!! The freedom to eat what my body likes has been a tremendous advantage!!!!
highwaystar on January 23, 2008:
thanks for sharing, i guess since you're talking baout points as rewards etc, the name weight watchers is kinda questionable and then the concept of counting points is just as funny, but then again if it gets results who can argue with that!