I have done a few different eating plans in order to lose weight. The only thing that holds a lot of people back is the money needed to participate in programs like Weight Watchers. I knew that there had to be resources online that I could utilize, so I went out in search of them! Now, I’m sharing the tools that I found.
I do not claim ownership of any of the calculator links. I cannot vouch for their accuracy. These are simply links and tools that I have found, and I’m passing the information along to you. If you want to follow Weight Watchers, please visit a center to gain more information.
*NOTE: Be smart, guys. Get cleared by your doc first to make sure you are a-okay to set out on a weight loss journey. I ain’t an MD, so this is just informative!
How many Points Plus can I eat in a day?
Start off by finding out how many Points Plus are you are allowed in a day by using this online calculator. You enter your current age, weight, and height into this calculator, not your goal weight. There is a minimum and maximum points allowance. The minimum is 26 with the max set at 71. Recalculate your points plus as you lose weight — probably every 5-10 pounds or so. Also, each time you have a birthday, recalculate! You get less Points Plus as you get older.
What if I’m breastfeeding? Like the calculator says, you will add 14 points for full time breastfeeding, 7 for part time.
How do I know how many Points Plus are in foods?
You’ll need to know how to calculate the Points Plus value of foods. Here is a calculator where you’ll enter the protein, carbs, fat, and fiber of your food. Everything you eat has a value — here’s how you figure it out!
What if my food doesn’t have a label (like produce)?
Well first, fruits and veggies are all 0 points plus! Freebies! You can eat them until you are SATISFIED. But if you find a food that you don’t have a label to go off of, I’ve found great luck in searching for the food on My Fitness Pal, then calculating the Points Plus based on the nutritional information that MFP gives me.
…but what do I eat?
The Weight Watchers Points Plus plan calls for you to follow the Good Health Guidelines that are listed below.
Extra Weekly Points Plus Allowance
Each week, you get 49 extra Points Plus. This resets each week, and are there as a cushion. Don’t use them if you don’t have to!!! I don’t use them if I can help it. If you need to go over and know that you’ll be eating more than your daily Points Plus allowance, then use your activity points!
Anyone wanting to lose weight knows that being active is a huge part of getting fit. You can earn extra Points Plus by exercising! Use this calculator to determine how many Points Plus you’ve earned on your walk, swim, jog, dance, or whatever activity you do! You can either eat these points or not — it’s up to you! I recommend that if you’re going to go over points, that you earn a few back by doing some exercise before you dip into your weekly points.
Now, stick to the plan. That’s the hard part, but I know you can do it! Use my free printable daily food log to keep yourself on track! Bite it, write it!
Old Weight Watchers Plan
Want to follow the old plan? Here’s how you can calculate your daily point allowance:
Female- score 2
Male- score 8
A nursing mom- score 12
2. How old are you?
17-26- score 4
27-37- score 3
38-47- score 2
48-58- score 1
over 58- score 0
3. What do you weigh?
Enter the first two digits of your weight in pounds.
(for example, if you weight 198, you will add 19 to your score)
4. How tall are you?
Under 5’1- score 0
5’1-5’10- score 1
Over 5’10- score 2
5. How do you spend most of your day?
Sitting down? score 0
Occasionally sitting? score 2
Walking most of the time? score 4
Doing physically hard work most of the time? score 6
Add all of your scores together and that’s your daily points allowance. (via)
Restaurant Point Lists
Heading out to eat? Don’t go off plan! There’s so many things you can order that won’t break your point bank. Before going out, look up the menu online and decide what you’ll order before hand. Here is a site that lists tons of restaurants and the Point/PointsPlus values.
You can also follow my healthy recipes board on Pinterest to get meal ideas! I love to use SkinnyTaste as a springboard for my meals. Gina makes it easy since she calculates the Points Plus values for you!
You can read more posts about weight loss and my journey here.
Have you had success losing weight, no matter what the program? Share your success stories!
This site is not affiliated with Weight Watchers International in any way, and Weight Watchers has not reviewed this site for accuracy or suitability for WW members. Information on this site for restaurant nutrition and points is based on data gathered from individual websites and not the Weight Watchers Dining Out Companion. Food Points values for restaurants and recipes and the formula used is not the exact same formula as provided by Weight Watchers.
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