Have you heard the news about the changes to the Weight Watchers dieting programme?
Weight Watchers has had a Points system since 1995, where everyone is assigned a certain number of points that they’re allowed to eat each day, based on their weight and height. All foods were assigned a points value, based on the number of calories and saturated fat in the food. No foods were exactly banned, as long as you didn’t go over your daily points allowance.
Many dieters have thrived on Weight Watchers and found the points system worked for them, as there was no calorie counting to do. But despite people’s success with the diet, amazingly the Weight Watchers dieticians have decided that times have changed and dieting should now be less about counting calories and more about feeling satisfied from eating filling foods.
The New Weight Watchers ProPoints Diet System
So Weight Watchers have abandoned their old points system and introduced a new ProPoints system instead. Dieters still get a daily allowance (around 29 ProPoints) but also an extra weekly allowance of 49 points for extra treats, like chocolate, alcohol, chips or eating out.
For those that are already following the diet, it means there’s a whole new system to learn. Weight Watchers are of course keen to emphasise that it’s bigger and better than the previous diet, but it’s still taking people a while to adjust.
The science behind it does seem to make sense though. There were a few weird anomalies under the old points system, whereby foods such as a chocolate bar had the same amount of points in them as healthier foods – so given the choice, it’s no surprise that people were often tempted with the chocolate! The emphasis is now on eating foods that make you feel full for longer, which in turn will hopefully make it easier for people to stick to the diet.
The 49 extra points per week is an interesting addition and ever so similar to the flexi syns that Slimming World allows. I like the idea that it recognises that we’re only human and need a binge every now and again – by doing so in a controlled way, it shouldn’t wreck your diet and should encourage you to get back to it the next day.
I’m not following the Weight Watchers plan, but have been hearing information from friends that are. If you’re doing it, what do you think about the new ProPoints plan?