Weight Watchers Freestyle Program

Happy (almost) 2018, my Weight Watchers friends! New changes are coming as I mentioned in my former blog post: the Weight Watchers Freestyle Program, promised to be simpler, more beneficial, and more true to life. So what’s the Freestyle Program all about?

What is the New Weight Watchers Freestyle Program?

Freestyle is the latest incarnation of the Weight Watchers program, an ever-improving organization with nutrition and member success at its heart. Each participant is given a certain number of SmartPoints based on four factors (gender, age, height, and weight). Armed with these points, participants shop and plan their meals accordingly, budgeting their points for the day. In this way, members can expect to lose a healthy 1-2 pounds per week.

How is the Freestyle Program Different?

Here are some of Freestyle’s positive changes promoting choice, flexibility, and FREEdom (hence the Freestyle name!):

  • Expanded list of Zero Point foods
  • Many foods decreased in SmartPoints; none increased
  • Rollover Points
  • Participants’ daily points will be recalibrated and often lowered
  • Fresh encouragement and resources for getting active

Weight Watchers has kept their time-tested SmartPoints system, but now it is promised to be even easier to implement in everyday life, beginning with more Zero Point foods.

Over 200 Zero Points Foods in Weight Watchers Freestyle

All your favorite whole foods from the old list, now expanded to include a larger variety of healthy choices. And they may be foods you wouldn’t expect! Hello unlimited seafood, chicken, eggs, non-fat yogurt, beans, corn, fruits, veggies, and so much more. 

Foods on the Zero Points list form the foundation of lifelong healthy eating, so it makes sense that these get a free pass. We should all be making the shift toward choosing more vegetables, fish, chicken, and fruit, and no point counting is a terrific incentive.

Grilled salmon garnished with lemon juice and sea salt . . . an enormous egg and red bell pepper omelet . . . sautéed chicken breast with snap peas and curry . . . all these dishes and any others you create are available to you without needing to track any of them. So put away your scale and enjoy!

On the Freestyle program, the Zero Points Foods are truly free. You have the freedom to enjoy as many and as much as you like, with the goal of feeling happily satisfied.

Rollover Points for Flexibility in Your Week

Based on current nutritional science, the SmartPoints system assigns every food a value that makes it both easier and more meaningful than counting calories. With both sensible, steady weight loss as the goal and every food and drink still on the menu, it’s a win-win.

Now enter even more flexibility into the SmartPoints system with Rollover Points.

When it comes to eating, most of us have a day-to-day routine that gets happily interrupted with dates, girls’ nights out, weekend barbeques, Sunday potlucks . . . and the list goes on!

But not to fear – Rollovers give you the flexibility to use fewer SmartPoints one day and roll over up to four into your weekly budget for a day when you need them.   

So if your Daily SmartPoints Budget is 28 and you only use 24 on a particular day, you’ll be notified that evening that you have four extra SmartPoints (the maximum allotted) added to your weekly budget. Hooray! This gives you the reigns to eat leaner one day and relax a bit the next, all with the same goals and same fantastic weight loss record shared by Weight Watchers participants.

And really, this mentality best reflects real life, doesn’t it? You’ll still lose weight and have added peace of mind, much thanks to Rollover Points.

On weigh-in days, SmartPoints are reset, so it’s important to remember that rollovers last for one week only. And if you’d prefer your Weekly Bank not reflect SmartPoints rollovers, you can simply opt out in Settings.

Freestyle Activity and Physical Fitness

We all probably know that healthy eating coupled with physical activity is a winning combination to losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight thereafter.

But how to start exercising? How to choose activity that really makes a difference in my weight goals and a routine that fits with my lifestyle?

If you’re not already hitting the gym or climbing mountains on the weekend, there are new resources when joining Weight Watchers that will help get you motivated to begin a routine that works for you. After all, finding meaningful, enjoyable activity and incorporating it successfully into your lifestyle is how healthy habits are formed.

And if you’re already movin’ and shakin’, Weight Watchers Freestyle will further assist you in setting measurable goals and discover new challenges to keep you motivated and making progress.

It sounds like, despite the challenges of working with fewer daily SmartPoints, overall the Weight Watchers Freestyle is full of positive change. Let’s embrace it! 

How to Get Started with the Freestyle Program

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Weight Watchers Lunch Ideas

Here are my seven favorite Weight Watchers lunch ideas. These are quick to make and filling too. New to Weight Watchers? To learn more about Weight Watchers and the recent changes, read my review here.
weight watchers lunch ideas

7 Weight Watchers Lunch Ideas

If you’ve been trying to lose weight for a while, you’ve probably heard all the hype about the best way to make it happen. While some of the ideas may work, temptation can end up derailing our efforts. I know that’s what was happening to me.

Tips like “train your brain to fight temptation” and “how to increase your self-control” may work for some, but facing a cafeteria filled with fattening choices, or reaching for a quick food fix, was hard for me to resist. Fortunately, I’m happy to say that I finally found a way around the temptations and it was actually a no-brainer. I came up with healthy and TASTY Weight Watchers lunch ideas. Makes sense, right? Check these out.

Tuna Salad

2 SmartPoints™

Talk about easy – just put Starkist Tuna Deli Style on a bed of lettuce with other veggies. This combo packs a lot of healthy protein and nutrients and best of all – it tastes great.

Protein Shake

2 SmartPoints™

Need Weight Watchers lunch ideas that you can enjoy on the go? Protein shakes are a great choice. My favorite is Premier Protein drink – it’s filling and tastes like dessert -the perfect combo. Protein drinks are handy for people who spend a lot of time in their cars or need a quick hunger beater after working out.

Egg Omelet

2 SmartPoints™

Whip up a delish egg omelet using egg whites (0 smart points for 1). Add 1 oz. of ham and 1 tablespoon of cheese and you have an egg omelet and it’s only 2 smart points!

Cheese Sandwich

2 SmartPoints™

You can make a cheese sandwich using a low-calorie bread like Sara Lee Delightful (only 45 calories per slice) and a low-calorie cheese like Laughing Cow Cheese (1 wedge). This combination makes a filling lunch. 1 slice of Sara Lee Delightful whole wheat bread and 1 wedge of Laughing Cow cheese comes in at only 2 SmartPoints™.

Taco Salad

3 SmartPoints™

This taco recipe was a labor of love as I came up with a version that came in at 3 SmartPoints™ instead of 22., a full day’s allowance. On top of that, it’s amazingly easy to make, taking only 5 minutes to cook! Click here for the recipe.

Trader Joe’s Pork Gyoza with Cauliflower Rice

1 SmartPoint™ per Gyoza

I love, love, love Trader Joes! They always have interesting food options to try out, many that are Weight Watchers friendly. Two of my favorite finds are their pork gyoza and cauliflower rice, bought separately. I don’t know about you, but I love Asian food and the cauliflower rice has 0 SmartPoints™ as opposed to 6 SmartPoints™ for a cup of white rice. Trader Joe’s Pork Gyoza is 1 SmartPoint™ per piece. As Weight Watchers lunch ideas go, this is one of my favorites.

Turkey Meatballs on a Bed of Zucchini

3 SmartPoints™ per Meatball

When it comes to Weight Watchers lunch ideas (great for dinner too) I love Trader Joe’s juicy, plump turkey meatballs – you’ll never want to buy beef versions again! Serve them over a nice bed of zucchini (spiral cut is best), and you have a filling, healthy lunch.

By making some of the Weight Watcher lunch ideas listed here part of your daily routine, you’ll be able to avoid weak moments when temptation hits. By replacing fatting options with wholesome, nutritious, and yes, satisfying foods, I found that I didn’t feel sluggish and enjoyed a more productive, efficient day.

There are so many delicious, weight loss friendly options available. I’d love to hear your Weight Watchers lunch ideas in the comments below.

What is Weight Watchers Simply Filling?

Weight Watchers Simply Filling is a  technique that’s an alternative to counting points. It appeals to people that want to lose weight and gain a healthy mindset without going crazy trying to remember to write down what you’re putting in your mouth. I usually use it when I have a super busy week and I know I’m going to be too busy to track my Smart Points.

what is weight watchers simply filling

I’ve attempted to summarize the Weight Watchers Simply Filling technique in this post, but the best place to get the most up to date information is from the horse’s mouth, Weight Watchers that is. To get the best rate on any Weight Watcher’s plan, click here to register for Ebates using our referral link. Ebates is a free program that gives you a cash rebate when you shop online, and I use it all the time.

No Counting on Simply Filling

Simply filling requires you to choose from a list of power foods such as veggies, fruits, non-fat dairy, whole grains, and lean proteins. You may eat them in any quantity throughout the day. You may use your weekly Smart Points allowance to indulge in foods, not in the simply filling plan. But once they’re gone…they’re gone. So use your weekly allotment of Smart Points wisely.

Eat Real carbs

You also get to fill your tummy with real carb- carbs that come from whole grains rather than foods that are overly processed and stripped of their nutrients. Some of the carbs on the Weight Watchers Simply Filling plan include:

Whole grain cereals with1 gram of sugar or less and 3 grams or more of fiber in each serving

    Cooked hot cereals

    Wild and brown rice

    Whole grain pasta and wheat    

    Quinoa

Eat what you want in portions that you like

Weight watchers have included a huge list of foods that you can take without obvious restrictions found in many plans. Many people find it hard to fight cravings since they already tained their minds to believe that they need certain food to stay thin and feel healthy. Thus, they starve the bodies.

With the Simple Filling plan, you never go hungry. You can eat different foods until you feel satisfied. You do not underfeed or overeat. There are no predefined eating frequencies, and portion controls that mess with your day.

Weight Watchers Simply Filling Plan

The Weight Watcher’s Simply Filling plan is an easy to follow the plan with amazing results. It debunks the myth that you have to restrict what you eat to lose weight and stay healthy. In fact, your body stays healthy if you eat what you need and when you need it. Forget about calories, portions and restricted food. Eat what is healthy and live happily.

Most of us have tried every weight management and healthy eating fad that comes around, from counting calories to crash diets. We end up getting frustrated if the method doesn’t work or it becomes impossible to follow over time. Sometimes we just want to throw in the towel. The Simply Filling technique allows you to reduce the headache and just focus on you.

In my next post, I’ll share the simply filling food list as well as my favorites.