Are you wanting to follow the new Weight Watchers Personal Points program, but need some more information before you sign up? Then read on!
The new WW plan, PersonalPoints, is launching in November 2021 and is the most personally tailored plan that Weight Watchers has ever offered its members ... and I'm very excited!
The Point system (that is already loved by Weight Watchers old & new) will continue, but PersonalPoints will be individually tailored to you in a way that WW has never done before.
An exciting addition to the PersonalPoints plan is that you will be able to earn extra PersonalPoints by adopting healthier habits - like being active (be that jogging, dancing, walking the dog or chasing after your children!), by drinking more water or by snacking on non starchy vegetables.
So want to learn more? Then read on!
The New WW plan?
The new WW PersonalPoints plan comes into effect in November 2021. For a more comprehensive look take a look at The New WW Personal Points Plan or continue if you just want the basics for now.
As people who have previously followed a Weight Watchers plan will probably know, WW tends to change its plan every couple of years to keep up to date with the changing scientific knowledge on healthy eating etc.
Most years there is a small change to the plan, but every couple of years there is a big overhaul to the program .... and the PersonalPoints plan is one of those!
Rest assured, whatever changes WW have made to their program, it will have been guided by the latest nutritional research & science. Nutritional science is always advancing ... and so is Weight Watchers!
What are WW PersonalPoints?
The new WW PersonalPoints plan is tailored to the individual. Each member will have their Point budget customised to their particular tastes.
Member will be given a Point budget to use on the foods that they love plus they will be given a list of Zero Point foods that they can use how they want.
Calories (kilojoules) will continue to be an important factor in the Point value of a food but it's not just calories, it is so much more than that.
The Points value of each food is now worked out on a combination of nutritional factors such as how much fibre a food includes, the saturated and unsaturated fat content and how much added sugar it contains.
Basically, foods that contain higher amounts of protein, healthy fats and fibre and that are lower in saturated fats and sugars will work out as lower in PersonalPoints!
Foods with little or no fibre or protein but which are high in added sugars and unhealthy fats will be higher in Points.
How many PersonalPoints will I be given?
The amount of PersonalPoints that you will be allocated will be very unique to you - this is because you are super unique! Remember that ☺️
When signing up to Weight Watchers for the first time, or when switching over from the old myWW plan to the new PersonalPoints plan, you will be asked to answer a series of questions that will determine a little more about your current lifestyle.
The answers that you give to these questions will determine the amount of PersonalPoints that you will be allocated. You can use these points on all the foods that you love.
But bear in mind that foods with high added sugars and unhealthy fats will have much higher Point values.
This is WW way of 'nudging' you towards picking a healthier alternative.
Of course, that is not to say that you can't have that donut you crave - it just means that it will cost you more points and therefore you will need to adapt the food consume for the rest of the day to balance this out!
What Zero Point foods are available on the WW PersonalPoint plan?
Like your PersonalPoints allocation, your Zero Point food list will be customised to your tastes & those foods that you can't quite live without. There are foods such as brown rice, wholewheat pasta, almonds, avocado and eggs that are on people's Zero Point list that may not have been on previous plans.
How do I earn PersonalPoints?
So, with the WW new PersonalPoints plan, members will be able to earn PersonalPoints! Not so many that you will eat more than you can loose, but enough that you can balance a healthy lifestyle with a healthy appetite!
So, you can earn Personal Points by being more active - be that dancing around your living room, running after your children or going for a 5km jog!
You can also gain Personal Points by drinking more water or by choosing non starchy vegetables to snack on!
It's a win, win situation really!
For more information on the new PersonalPoints plan, sign up for Weight Watchers on their website if you haven't already. The new Weight Watchers PersonalPoints plan is currently rolling out and will available to all WW from November 2021.
The information below provides the basics of the old 'myWW™️' program, also known as the Green, Blue and Purple plans! Although the WW program has now changed to the 'PersonalPoints™️' plan, some people may still want information on the old plans, so I have included it here.
The Old myWW plan (Blue, Green & Purple)!
In November 2019 WW (formerly Weight Watchers) launched its progam to the myWW plans.
Following on from the success of the Freestyle program, WW looked at what was working well with that plan and developed it so that there are now 3 separate plans under one umbrella program.
They have called this program myWW.
WW recognise that people are different and therefore their needs are different! This is especially true when people are trying to lose weight and are trying to keep to a healthy eating plan.
You can see these differences in action if you join any of the WW Facebook groups.
When there was just the one plan, there was often 'lively' discussions between people about how SmartPoints should or shouldn't be eaten. What is good for one person is not necessarily good for another! It leads to some 'interesting' discussion!
So WW now recognise that people are different and for the first time ever are offering more than one way to follow their program.
There are now 3 individual plans that you can follow whilst being on the WW program. The Blue plan (same as Freestyle plan), the Purple plan & the Green plan.
All the plans use the SmartPoint system.
So What are SmartPoints?
Like the Freestyle program, the myWW program uses the SmartPoint system.
SmartPoints are calculated by using the calorie content, protein content, saturated fat content and sugar content of foods.
Foods with more protein and less sugar and saturated fat are going to have a lower SmartPoint value than foods with little protein and high sugar and fat!
The SmartPoints system is just a really simple way of guiding you towards making healthier food choices.
The myWW basics?
So when you join WW online or go along to a local WW workshop, you will be given an allocation of SmartPoints (personalised for you based on your weight, height, sex, age etc).
This SmartPoint allocation can be used on any foods that you like.
You are given a SmartPoint allowance to use daily and you are also given a weekly SmartPoint allowance that can be used throughout the week (known as weeklies) to top up your daily allocation.
Alternatively, you can use your weeklies in one go, so if you like to go out for meals or like a few drinks at the weekend you can use your weeklies then!
You will also be given a list of 'ZeroPoint' foods that you can eat without needing to dip into your SmartPoint allocation. These Zero Point foods don't need to be measured or tracked.
Your SmartPoint allocation and the list of ZeroPoint foods that you can choose from will change with the plan that you decide to follow.
If you want a bigger list of ZeroPoint foods, you may want to choose the Purple plan.
If you want a larger number of SmartPoints you may want to follow the Green plan.
If you want a good mix of the two, you may want to follow the Blue plan.
It is possible to swap between the plans, but WW suggest that you give it 2 weeks before you change to a different plan.
The WW Green plan
On the myWW Green plan you are offered a small list of foods that are Zero SmartPoints (including non starchy vegetables and a good selection of fruits).
You are allocated a larger amount of SmartPoints than any of the other plans. You can use these SmartPoints on any of your favourite foods - there are no 'banned' foods.
For a more detailed look at this plan take a look at 'The Weight Watchers Green Plan'.
The WW Blue plan
If you have been following WW for the last few years, you will be familiar with the myWW Blue plan as it is basically the same as the Freestyle plan.
You are given an adequate SmartPoints budget that you can 'spend' on any foods you like.
You are also given a list of over 200 Zero Point foods including fruits, vegetables and lean proteins that you can use to build your meals around.
For a more detailed look at this plan take a look at 'The Weight Watchers Blue Plan'.
The WW Purple plan
People following the Purple plan are given a list of over 300 Zero Point foods to base their meals around. These include fruit, vegetables, lean proteins and some pastas, rices and grains.
If you follow the Purple plan you will be allocated a smaller amount of SmartPoints than any of the other plans.
For a more detailed look at this plan take a look at 'The Weight Watchers Purple plan'.
Can I swap between Weight Watchers plans?
It is possible to swap between the myWW plans, but WW suggest that you give it 2 weeks before you change to a different plan.
If you have been following the Freestyle program and are unsure about the new myWW plans, just follow the myWW Blue plan as it is exactly the same as the Freestyle plan!
So Which Weight Watchers plan is the best?
It is impossible to say which myWW plan is the best!
That all depends on you! What is the best plan for one person will not necessarily be the best for someone else.
If you are happy to build your meals around the Zero Point foods, you may be happier with following the Purple plan.
If you would like more SmartPoints to use on your favorite foods (that aren't on the Zero Point list) then you may prefer the Green plan.
The Blue plan gives you the best of both worlds!!
You can read more in this post 'What is the best Weight Watchers Plan (for me)'.
Can you 'rollover' SmartPoints?
If you don't eat all of your daily SmartPoints one day they will 'rollover' and be added to your weeklies. You are only able to rollover 4 SmartPoints per day.
Does Weight Watchers really work?
Yes! Next question 😀
Seriously though, Weight Watchers (WW) does work. It has been running successfully since the 1960's and has helped many, many people lose weight and adopt healthier, happier lifestyles.
Unlike some of the fad diets that are about, no food is off limits. It teaches you how to make healthy, informed choices about what you eat.
Since being on my WW journey, I have very seldom felt like I have been on a 'diet'. I still eat pizza, I still eat dessert, I just now know moderation and what to do to offset that pizza and dessert so I'm not putting on weight.
If you are still umming and ahhing about starting the WW plan, why not just give it a go. Try it for a month or even a couple of weeks and see what you think. I'm betting that you will see results 😀
To find your nearest WW workshop or to sign up to WW online visit Weight Watchers official page. If you are in the UK you can visit the Weight Watchers UK site here.
Can you eat too many zero point foods on Weight Watchers?
Yes! In my opinion (& experience) it is possible to overeat Zero Point foods.
Zero Point foods don't have to be tracked or measured as they are generally foods that will fill you up and are less likely to be over eaten.
However, in my experience (& from others that I have spoken to) it is possible to overeat Zero Point foods.
Yes, you may still lose weight if you eat loads of fruit and yogurt etc but maybe it will take a little longer than if you eat Zero Point foods more sensibly.
Good examples of this are these Spiced Chickpeas and this Fluff .
They are Zero SmartPoint on the myWW Blue plan & myWW Purple plan. Although technically you do not need to track them, eating multiple servings of them during the day would probably not be sensible if you want a consistent weight loss!
What foods should you not eat on Weight Watchers?
Technically, you can eat any food on the WW programs.
No foods are off limits.
You just need to work out their SmartPoints values and work them into your daily or weekly budget.
So how do these changes affect the Pointed Kitchen recipes?
So, it is a mammoth task to add the SmartPoint calculations for the myWW Purple plan and myWW Green plan to all of the recipes on Pointed Kitchen.
If you are following the myWW Blue plan, you are sorted as the SmartPoint values are the same as they were when WW were doing the Freestyle plan.
I am working through adding the myWW Purple plan values and the myWW Green plan values.
Thank you for clarifying the 3 choices. I have been totally confused.
I am glad that it came in useful!
Arlene Stack says
I am on the blue plan,however on the new plan, corn is not listed anywhere. Can you please explain why, I was eating tin corn as it was free,
I think corn is considered a starchy vegetable so that is probably why it is no longer on your zero point list.
I'm just guessing though! For specific questions about your personal plan, why not reach out to WW themselves through the chat function on their APP - I have found them very helpful.
Camilla Jacobs says
I'm confused too as I never used the three color plans. I don't see any questionnaire here. Is there a booklet with lists of foods, etc that I can get?
You need to head on over to the Weight Watchers website to do the questionnaire etc. When you sign up to them they will provide you all information that you need to follow their plan. I hope that helps.
I find weight watchers totally confusing. Have tried to join 3 times and feel the counselors so not take enough time to explain the programs. I go home and try it on my own and give up from lack of understanding the plans.
Sorry to hear that M.
Is there anything in particular that you are struggling to understand ... or is it the whole lot?
Let me know if there is anything that I could do to help.
Do try & stick with it as WW really does work.
Best of luck
K Carde says
It is extremely difficult as there are nomore meeting within 50miles here. And, starchy 0 point foods will make a women gain...
Evelyn P says
No, I used the the plan with the free starchy foods and I lost a lot of weight. It really just depends if you stay consistent on not eating too much of anything! I think especially the fats - because fat has 3x the calories of carbs!
Jean Angell says
I am following the blue plan. My ww app. showed a particular weigh-in day of Thursday. And gave me 35 weeklies. I changed my weigh-in day to Friday. Now I only have 23 weeklies! Why did this happen?
I am sorry but I am unable to give you any advice about this. I would suggest that you contact WW and ask them - they should be able to sort it for you.
Best of luck with your WW journey
Thank you! I finally understand the plans. I’m on green.
I was on WW a year or more ago when the only plan was all the zero point foods. I kept gaining weight. I was having food sensitivities and Hashimoto/ hypothyroid issues and was advised by my doctor i wasn’t eating the right combo to heal from the thyroid storm. I needed more fat and less sugar (I was eating 0 point fruit and fat free chicken and turkey)
I’m wondering if this new plan with 3 options would work now. Is there someone I could call and talk to before trying to join again? I’m in an area where they no longer offer meetings so I would have to do it online.
Vanessa B says
Thanks for this! I’m restarting weight watchers and was assigned purple on my quiz. It was sort of a shock to see the low point allotment. I lost about 45 lb (don’t worry - I found it!) using the Points Plus system back in 2011 and 2012 - my how things have changed!
Do you have a plan that uses all ww products (frozen etc) as I do not cook at all anymore?
I am really sorry Elaine, but I don't. Perhaps you could ask at one of your meeting or give WW a ring to get more info on that.
victoria blackadder says
over the last 12 months due to complete isolation due to the pandemic I have gained huge amounts of weight and due to very cold weather and health issues have not engaged in my usual activities.
I am 75 years old, with allergic reactions to Gluten and some other foods as well as underlying health issues
I have concerns that any of the programmes would not be suitable, yet need to be challenged in losing this weight
Darlene meyst says
Hi I am a lifetime member of weight watchers since 2008 I am also 75 As I have gotten older I have had to customize my foods to what my body could handle while still maintaining the right nutrients I need to stay healthy. I have maintained my weight by adjusting my food plan as I got older. Some foods I could eat years ago are no longer on my plan I have found that staying flexible while planning my daily menu has really helped I make sure to include servings from the basic food groups and watch my portion size very carefully Remember we all mess up from time to time just get right back on the plan with your next meal and keep smiling. It really helps !
What will the new pricing be? Especially those of us who are older and have limited income?
I'm sorry but I really don't know what the new pricing will be.
MARK GOLDBERG says
What is the closest plan to the existing Blue plan, that's what all recipes are based on point wise
All the details will be announced by WW next week.
Until then I really don't know how the new plan relates to the Blue plan.
Sorry I can't help more.
Margaret clontz says
I have been on weight watchers off and on for many years and have been very successful but in the last few years it has changed and I like the old method alot better. I am no ot susecessful in using my phone to keep up with anything. I guess I am just old school.
Judy England says
Really want to lose this weight look forward to information