Sunday, November 28, 2010

Weight Watchers PointsPlus is Here!

For those that are doing the Weight Watchers plan, you know all too well the anxiety that has followed the announcement that the plan was changing. This anxiety of the unknown is compounded by the fact that we've been doing the regular Points plan for what seems to be forever. We know the point values of most of our foods. We stick with it. It's habit. . .and then we are told it's all changing! OMG!!!

Well, I'm happy to say that the new plan looks FANTASTIC! Ease your minds, those that are waiting for a meeting later in the week, it is going to be great!

I was surprised slightly by the increased daily and weekly pointsplus point allowances - but it all balances out as some of the pointsplus point values on foods increased also. From what I'm seeing, the old "1 point" foods are the new "3 point foods" - but when your daily points allowance has increased nearly 20 points per day - that works out just fine!

The greatest, most wonderful, fantabulous surprise of this morning . . . FRESH FRUITS ARE FREE!!!  Yep, just like our fresh veggies, our fresh fruits now have a pointsplus value of ZERO!  Isn't that exciting?

The biggest difference is how the points are calculated.  Gone are the days where only Calories, Fats and Fiber are used to calculate the value. Now emphasis is on all the macromolecules which make up our food.  Lean proteins get more bang for their buck on the new plan. High fiber, whole grains carry less pointsplus values than their refined, bleached cousins and well fat is pretty much the same - fat!

My advice to fellow weight watchers is don't get sticker shock when you see some of your favorite foods have a point value of 3 rather than 1 - remember - YOUR POINTS BUDGET HAS GROWN and you're no longer charged for your fruits and your lean proteins "cost" less.

If you haven't been to a meeting in a while - what are you waiting for? This week is the week! If you haven't tried Weight Watchers, you may want to - I can't sing enough praises about their program.

I absolutely love it!!!  I can't wait until next week to see how well my body likes the changes!

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