The Weight Watchers Points Plus plan can be tailored to you. It typically allows you around 26 points worth of food per day. It sound like a nightmare – trying to calculate the point value of each food per day – but it’s fairly easy thanks to the internet. You can Google almost any food (including candy and restaurant dishes) and come up with point values.
Another simple way to get point values is to actually join Weight Watchers. When you join, they give you a cool little book with point values in it so you can get started right away. They will also sell you a point calculator (for $10, I think) that is very easy to use or you can use their free on-line calculator. Weight Watchers is a pretty cool program – it seems to do a lot of things right. They make you attend a weekly meeting – the meetings are educational, motivational, and provide you a chance to make diet buddies – but their offices aren’t open all the time so it can be very inconvenient to actually get to the meetings. They also weigh you each week. This sounds intimidating but it isn’t. They’re very discreet and are nice to you even when you gained weight that week.
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Doing it on your own can work. Be sure you have a diet buddy – it really can help.
Here are the general rules for the Points Plus program:
- You can eat 26 points per day. In fact, you need to be careful to eat exactly the amount of prescribed points per day – don’t fall short. A lot of people think WW got it a bit wrong and that you should only eat 24 points per day. Pick one and stick with it.
- All vegetables = 0 points. If you dip them in something or cook them with butter they are no longer free.
- All whole fresh fruits = 0 points. This does not include juices.
- You get an additional 49 "floating" points each week. Use them as you please.
- It is imperative to record every food item you put in your mouth regardless of its point value. This is very, very important. You can get an app for this or simply write it down. If it’s easier for you to have a sheet of paper to track it, here, we made a food tracker for you. I'd suggest copying it a Word document and putting a few trackers on each page.
- Weigh yourself once a week. Preferably at the same time of day. Record you weight somewhere so you can track your progress.
- If you exercise, you can earn extra points for the day.