Weight Watchers 2016 Program Changes include new point calculations called SmartPoints and FitPoints. Say goodbye to PointsPlus and Activity Points, the new program calculates them differently. Today I start my journey using the SmartPoints program and I’ll share what I’ve learned as we go. After much research and review of the new materials, I’ve created this Weight Watchers Smart Points Review and 2016 program changes update:
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What are Weight Watcher Smart Points?
Instead of Points or Plus Points, you’ll start counting SmartPoints. Smart Points are intended to get you to eat more filling foods and less empty calories, similar to the Simply Filling option they’ve had in the past. I’m adding more ideas for SmartPoints snacks and recipes to my blog as I continue in this journey and you can find them here.
Calculating SmartPoints Values: SmartPoints are calculated based on calories, protein, sugars and saturated fat. No more counting total fat, fiber and carbs. Point are calculated with calories and decrease as you ad protein and increase as you add saturated fat and sugars.
Weekly SmartPoints Allocation: You’ll start with at least 30 SmartPoints out the gate, so if you were eating less PlusPoints, you’ll get more! The 49 weekly points are gone and you’ll get extra depending on the results of your assessment.
Protein: Protein without much fat yields low point values. In fact, lean meats are often 1-2 points less per serving than they were on the PointsPlus program. This is great for turkey, tuna and chicken breast lovers.
Fruits and Vegetables: Fruts and Veggies are still zero SmartPoints, which is awesome. Calories in recipes still count, but they’re not counted in the SmartPoints value. However, if you’re having juice or a smoothie, you’ll need to add those points. Weight Watchers wants you to eat the good stuff in the fruit. Not just drink it.
Sugar and sweets: You’ll get hit hard when it comes to snaking on this program. Most sweets are a few points more per serving on the new program. This is why I’ll be successful on this program when I stick to it. The freedom to eat anything is great, but I always falter at sugar.
Smart Points Review
I personally think that if you find a system that works for you, you should stick with it. Companies like Weight Watchers change all of the time because that’s how they make money. Let’s face it, if they continued to stay with the Points program, there wouldn’t be any excitement or reason to re-up your membership or purchase a whole new set of cookbooks just because the SmartPoints aren’t included in the previous versions.
Weight Watchers exists to make money for its shareholders and they do it by changing the program and saying it’s the most significant change in 50 years! Next year it will be the most significant change in 51 years.
I’ll give Weight Watchers SmartPoints the thumbs up, mostly because it’s focused on the right things: healthy, filling foods combined with exercise. This hasn’t changed in years and won’t change until more science demonstrates that it doesn’t, which will cripple the industry; so don’t hold your breath.
I like variety, so I’ll continue with the SmartPoints program until I get bored and need to switch it up. Every year, like most people, I feel energized to take hold of my weight loss efforts and start January off with a bang. The SmartPoints program will give me the variety I need to start the year off great! As I see the weight decrease, I’ll be even more engergized. The challenge for me has always been March and October. If I can get past those months this year, then I’m set for at least a 25lb lost this year—which is my goal for 2016.
Weight Watchers got a much needed promotional boost as Oprah Winfrey purchased a 10% stake in the company and is now promoting it throughout her network. The company hasn’t grown much in the past few years despite multiple new offerings including personal coaching and online chat functionality introduced in 2015. I can’t wait to see how this program works for Weight Watcher members.
Are you going to try the new Weight Watchers SmartPoints program? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
Update – There are a few comments about finding an app that has the old Plus Points program on it. To find an app for the old weight watchers program, you can search on your phone…but the easiest way is to search on Appcrawlr. I searched for old weight watchers app and got these results. So if you’re going back to the old program try searching for a sample app and then locate the name of the program on your Android, Windows or iPhone device. I hope this helps!