Just after Thanksgiving, and right before the December holidays and guilty January, Weight Watchers has introduced a new point system. For the millions who have already memorized the points of their favorite dishes and snacks, this may cause a bit of a headache.
But after 13 years with the old system, WW felt the time was right for a new program.
What you need to know:
This is a great move. Weight Watchers is a huge and much loved brand. But despite tens of millions of members, the average weight of Americans is still going up.
Perhaps the reason is that limiting calories is not enough. The consumed calories must be from real food, and preferably fruits and vegetables.
The scientific team at WW revised the points system to encourage consumption of high fiber, high antioxidant produce simply by making them free! Most fruit and vegetables don’t cost you any points. So if you are hungry for a snack, this system nudges you to whole unprocessed fare, not 100 calorie packs of fillers and artificial sweeteners.
What to do at the supermarket:
The most important thing to note, whether you are counting calories or counting points, is that they all address a single servings. The actual portion you consume may be two servings or more, which obviously would change your whole count.