Weight Watchers Free App Review

In this review, I’ll share what I like about the Weight Watchers Free App as well as what I don’t. I’ll also include some tips and an app that might save you a monthly fee if you’re willing to spend under $5. Actually, let’s do that first.

The Best Weight Watchers App for Budget Conscious Weight Watchers

weight watchers free app itrack bitesMy favorite app for Weight Watchers is iTrackBites app by Ellisapps Inc. This app has everything the Weight Watchers Free app has except chat functionality and the price is so affordable. While it used to be free, the developers have put a lot of effort into it so the $3.99 price tag is affordable especially compared with the hundreds you’ll pay Weight Watchers in the course of a year.

When I purchased the app, I also purchased the recipe builder. You can also purchase the app for your iPad. If you are an android user, you can also purchase this app in the Google Play. If you purchase this app, I recommend adding the recipe builder for another $1.99. I love that there is only a one-time fee instead of having to pay monthly. Don’t get me wrong, I still pay Weight Watchers for many reasons, but sometimes when months are tight, I go to my trusty ITrackBites app.

The ITrackBites has SmartPoints tracking as well as the older Weight Watchers tracking functionality. It has a recipe builder and a community as well. Basically everything that the Weight Watchers free app has, but without the chat functionality and price tag. Click here for more information:
iTrackBites Plus – Smart Weight Loss Tracker & Points Calculator for Diet Nutrition Watchers – Ellisapps Inc.

Weight Watchers Free App

weight watchers free appThe Weight Watchers Free app. Isn’t really free. The app is available to download for free, but you must have a subscription to Weight Watchers to login and use it.

Chat Functionality

My favorite thing about this app is the 24/7 chat support. Just click the button and wait for a few minutes depending on the chat volume and you can begin chatting with experts immediately. I love the chat functionality especially when my friends and I are debating on what’s allowed and what’s not on the program.

Community

The community on the Weight Watcher’s app far surpasses the ITrackBites community. It works just like most social media apps. Post a status update and include a picture to get the most feedback from the group. You can follow other weight watchers, comment on their picture, and glean helpful tips.

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The tracking functionality works amazing. I haven’t had an issue with scanning foods, tracking my SmartPoints and logging my weight. My favorite part about the weight watchers free app is the ability to scan my foods fast. I don’t have time to track, so the fact that they made it easy makes me happy. Yay.

Recipe Builder

The app also has a recipe builder and finder. It’s nice to be able to enter or find a recipe on the fly. Then simply add the points to your daily tracking and you’re done. They’ve really made it easy with this app.

Overall, the Weight Watchers free app is fantastic! Especially if you’re paying the fees for the program. If you have a tight month like I do sometimes, it’s nice to have an alternative. That way you can keep on program while you get through that season.

5 Pasta Alternatives to Help Weight Watchers Lose Weight

There are may pasta alternatives out there. Some are even zero smart points!pasta alternatives

Why are most of us such big fans of pasta? Because it’s a delicious, comfort food, that’s hard to resist. The problem is that traditional pasta can cause weight gain. Pasta is also loaded with carbs that have a negative effect on blood-sugar levels and can cause your overall health to suffer. That said, the following five pasta alternatives are good for you, can help weight watchers lose weight, and they’re tasty too!

1. Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is a low fat (0.5 grams of fat per cup) winter squash that can be transformed into pasta-like strings. Think thin-sized spaghetti here.

Spaghetti squash contains about 92% water weight, which accounts for its amazing lack of calories. Just scrape out the spaghetti like strings and top with your favorite pasta sauce. Spaghetti squash boasts a wide variety of vitamins as well. Just 1-cup of spaghetti squash contains 5.4 mg of vitamin C, just about 10% of the recommended daily intake.

Just half it, take the seeds out,  add some water to a bowl, and cook it in the microwave until its soft. Then take a fork to the squash and scrape away. You’ll have spaghetti squash noodles in no time!

2. Zucchini Noodles

Because of the high water content in zucchini, it’s low in carbs, calories and sugars. Zucchini is also high in essential nutrients like manganese, potassium and antioxidants like vitamin A and C. Julienned, shredded sliced into ribbons using a spiralizer or peeler, this low-calorie pasta alternative delivers a great veggie boost when topped off with your favorite pasta sauce.

Zucchini noodles are often referred to as Zoodles. My favorite thing to do with them is spiral them into fettucini noodles and add a little low-calorie white sauce and chicken to the meal. What a wonderful, quick and easy chicken fettucini dish. My kids like it too! This is the one that I have:

3. Shirataki Noodles

These noodles are basically made of fiber and contain zero calories or fat. Shirataki noodles don’t have any real taste, however, similar to tofu; they absorb flavors. Shirataki noodles can be served right out of the package. However, the packaging recommends draining, rinsing then boiling them. Shirataki Noodles are typically found near the section of the store where tofu is displayed. Due to their popularity, these noodles can now be found in retail grocery stores.

I personally can’t stand these noodles. Probably because when I first tried them, they smelled like fish. I’m sure they’re better now, but I’d rather have a zoodle.

4. Whole Grain Pasta Alternatives

When it comes to healthy pasta, Barilla tops the list, carrying several pasta varieties, including ProteinPLUS and other versions containing white fiber, whole-grains, veggie and gluten-free. Barilla’s ProteinPLUS line incorporates egg whites, legumes, barley, flaxseed (adds Omega 3s) and spelt (a hulled wheat) to increase the protein content. A 2-ounce serving has 190 calories, 10 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber and tastes great. Another healthy pasta alternative is brown rice pasta which is also a great source of magnesium and protein. Brown rice pasta is also a good option for those who need a gluten free pasta option.

5. Soba Noodles

This Japanese noodle alternative is packed with protein and fiber and has a nice, slightly nutty taste. The buckwheat flour used to make these noodles come with a number of health benefits and is also a gluten-free grain. Buckwheat flour is also heart healthy, helps prevent heart disease and is rich in phytonutrients, antioxidants that can prevent a variety of diseases.

These pasta alternatives will help satisfy a pasta fix without packing on the pounds. They’ll also leave you energized and feeling light instead of bloated and tired. They’re the perfect pasta alternatives for weight watchers who love pasta.

In all, my favorite pasta alternative is zoodles and spaghetti squash. Mix them with a bit of marinara sauce and some meatballs and you’re good to go! Which of the above alternatives is your favorite?

Healthy Eating – Why Weight Watchers Need to Eat Healthier

While healthy eating isn’t always easy, committing to it is one of the best decisions you could ever make with it comes to quality of life.

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Why? Because not only does eating healthy help make you feel and look better, it can extend your life and even save you money. Here are five reasons why weight watchers need to eat healthier.

Healthy Eating Purifies Your Body

Avoiding bad for your food choices will help purify your body, not only helping you lose weight but to feel more vibrant and energetic. Foods that cause health problems include processed foods, soda, greasy fast foods – basically anything that’s high in calories and low important nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

A study published 2014 in the British Medical Journal discovered that eating at least five servings of fresh (or frozen) vegetables and fruit a day was associated with lower risk of death due to a health-related causes. Another study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that a healthy eating plan filled with fruit and vegetables, combined with exercise, extended the life expectancy of women in their 70s.

Relieves Stress

Eating healthy also reduces stress, which is one of the top causes of health related issues. When someone deals with chronic stress, the body ends up breaking down protein in order to fight its effects. Eating healthy, protein-rich foods can help moderate the body’s level of the stress hormone Cortisol. Studies have shown that consuming foods that are rich omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium can reduce Cortisol levels. Consuming healthy, protein-rich foods, including dairy and fish can help replenish the protein that the body needs to thrive.

Improves Your Mood

What we eat actually impacts the brain, along with the areas that regulate mood. Even though there isn’t a specific food that works as an antidepressant, sustaining stable blood sugar levels by consistently consuming proper nutrition can help boost your mood. Nutrient-rich foods like whole grains, vegetables, and fruit have been shown to lower the risk of depression overall, as have foods like fatty fish and nuts that are rich in omega-3 fats. Eating healthy foods increases energy, helps you sleep better, decreases joint pain and can make it easier to focus – all benefits that can’t help but improve your mood.

Regulates Your Weight

The sad fact is that over half of Americans today have weight problems that include obesity, which contributes to almost 1 in 5 deaths. According to the Obesity Action Coalition, reducing your body weight by making healthy food choices improves cholesterol levels, lowers blood pressure and decreases the risk of getting Type 2 diabetes.

Save Money on Life insurance

If you’re considering getting life insurance, it’s important that you know that the rates are based on your health and age. Life insurance companies will more than likely require that you have a medical exam and request permission to gain access to your medical records. If you’re in poor health, you could end up spending twice the amount for your life insurance.

Switching to a healthy eating plan, along with maintaining a healthy weight prior to applying for a policy can substantially lower your costs. But don’t wait on insurance. If you need life insurance now, then buy it. You can always get a new policy later.

While health insurance premiums can’t be based on health-related factors, many health insurance companies reward members for living a healthy lifestyle. Check with your provider to discover if you’re eligible for discounts on co-pays, reduced gym memberships and other special programs.

Remember this saying – “Garbage in Garbage Out”? This pertains to your body too. If you treat it like a trash can you’re going to experience negative, life-shortening results. Making healthy food choices will change your life for the better and it’s one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family.

Ready to get started on a Weight Watcher’s plan? Read my 2017 update and review here.