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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?

Written by Delilah | Date: November 10, 2010 9:48 am | Category: weight watchers program

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  1. by LizNo Gravatar December 3rd, 2010 10:11 pm

    Right now the most frustrating part of the new program is lack of materials. I reluctantly accepted that my old printed materials and points calculator were now obsolete and I would have to repurchase the “new” tools. However, there seems to be a huge shortage of what I consider to be essential tools. I visited 4 Weight Watcher centers and tried the Online store but they are “out of stock” with no E.T.A. on when when they might be available. Although I had never used the Online Community @ WW Online, I thought this might be a good resource. Surprise!!! Instead of support or ideas I got some very dismissive and even snide commentary in return. Apparently I’m some sort of “dinosaur” that requires these “unnecessary” tools as all the info I need can be found online. I have to say they are correct! Most of the info can be found online and is great for anybody who has either a smart phone application for WW or has time to stop and go to the computer every time they need a new point value. As for me, I’m a dinosaur without essential tools to work the new program successfully. After losing 40 lbs on WW, this new development disappoints me. At this stage all I can do is continue with the old points program and cancel my Online membership. :(

  2. by DelilahNo Gravatar December 8th, 2010 12:18 pm

    Oh no, that sounds really frustrating, Liz :-( I have heard from a few people who are having similar problems and it’s not much help when you’re trying to lose weight.

    Good luck with continuing with the old points program.

  3. by MinookNo Gravatar December 15th, 2010 12:01 pm

    I’ve found the new Weight Watchers system to be a brilliant program for me. I love the Pro Points system to help me keep track of what I eat – it’s so systematic and has really helped me regain control of my life.
    I’ve also found green tea is a fabulous way for speeding up my metabolism. I favour one called Cho Yung Tea and it has sped up my metabolism hugely. I’ve lost an average of 3 lbs a week through a combination of Weight Watchers and Cho Yung Tea.

  4. by DelilahNo Gravatar December 19th, 2010 11:30 pm

    Thanks for the comment, Minook, it’s great to hear that Pro Points is working so well for you! That’s very interesting about the tea too, I may have to try it.

  5. by ChristieNo Gravatar December 6th, 2011 6:18 am

    What is the new Weight Watchers points formula? What are the differences between the new and old system?

  6. by obdiiNo Gravatar November 20th, 2012 10:24 am

    I’m still learning from you, but I’m improving myself. I definitely liked reading everything that is written on your blog. Keep the information coming. I liked it!