Weight Watchers announces huge changes to its weight loss programme

By Victoria Chandler

If you’ve ever followed the Weight Watchers plan you’ll be all-too-familiar with the SmartPoints system, which gives members a daily allowance of points that they can use to construct their meals and snacks.

Foods that are higher in sugar and saturated fat are higher in points value, while leaner meats have lower points values and most fruit and veg are zero points (foods that do not cost you any of your points budget).

But now they’ve introduced WW Flex, a new programme that apparently gives members ‘more freedom to enjoy food’ by expanding that zero Points food list. And by expand, we mean they’ve now added foods to it that would have been a higher points value in the old programme. Hooray!

So how does it work exactly?

Like the old programme, WW Flex gives users a points budget but it now has more than 200 zero points food to choose from. This includes eggs, all fresh fish and seafood, skinless chicken and turkey breast, fat free plain 
yogurt, beans, peas, sweetcorn, lentils and tofu.

And that’s not all, up to four unused points from each day can be rolled over into a member’s weekly bank to be used another time, something you weren’t allowed to do previously.

“WW Flex expands our range of zero Points foods to guide members toward a healthier pattern of eating,” says Zoe Griffiths, Head of Programme and Public Health at Weight Watchers.

“It offers the freedom and flexibility they need to make significant lifestyle changes that have positive benefits beyond just weight loss. The results are the best we’ve ever seen for a Weight Watchers programme in a clinical trial.”

Will Hawkins, a nutritionist from Push Doctor does stress the importance of understanding portion control however…

“These are foods that should be promoted in every staple diet, so it’s good to give people more freedom to work them into their diet. Of course, we can assume that by choosing this diet, your main goal is weight loss. To keep that target achievable, ensure that when you eat these foods, you stay in control of the quantity on your plate. As far as poultry and fish goes, I’d recommend a portion around the size of your hand.”

This revamp of the programme is big news for Weight Watchers members, and will hopefully give users even more freedom to pick and choose healthy meal options. For more info, you can head to the Weight Watchers website.

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