What's up with Weight Watchers?
At the end of November, Weight Watchers switched up its popular weight-loss system, moving from the 13-year-old Points program, wherein every food was assigned a value mostly according to the number of calories it contains, to the new PointsPlus program. What's the diff? Under PointsPlus, points are assigned according to a formula that takes into account not just calories but the mix of key nutrients a food contains and other, harder-to-quantify values.
PointsPlus takes into account a food's protein, fiber, carbohydrates and fat content, along with the extent to which the body has to work to convert it to energy and also the extent to which it makes you feel full and satisfied. Weight Watchers is also using its new formula to help "nudge" users toward more healthful food choices in general; it favors "natural" foods over processed ones that have lots of added fat and sugars, for instance. And, as I write in this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column, under PointsPlus, fruit (and most vegetables) is fair game, costing no points at all.
As a failed Weight Watcher myself, I'll be watching with interest as my colleague Joe Yonan, The Post's food editor, uses Weight Watchers to drop some weight he wants gone before he begins a book-promotion tour in a few months. Inspired by my "Me Minus 10" journey, Joe's embarked on his own "Me Minus 23" campaign. I'm sending him all my best vibes and encouraging thoughts.
Have you tried Weight Watchers? How did it work for you? Have you used PointsPlus yet? Do tell us all about your experience, good, bad or in the middle.
Jennifer LaRue Huget
| December 21, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories: Me Minus 10, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, Weight loss
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