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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