New Weight Watchers Program?

New Weight Watchers

November 8, 2017   51 Comments

Guess what? Weight Watchers is going to announce a new program. How do I know?

UPDATE 11/15/17 - CHECK OUT MY POST New Weight Watchers Flex FOR THE LATEST ON THE NEW PROGRAM.

Every couple of years, they change things and they are due for a tweak or a major overhaul. I have been getting e-mails from readers asking me if I know what is up and I will tell you right now that Weight Watchers has not briefed me.

But, I have heard some rumors so since no one will die if I share them – here I go.

  • Weight Watchers Fresh – Taking a page from Jenny Craig, WW may introduce meals to help their members stay on track if they don’t have time to cook. If these are packed with vegetables and are tasty – I think this is a great idea!!
  • There may be a new formula and no more Smart Points – perhaps they will call it Smarter Points but I know everyone who has books, calculators, and experience with Smart Points is going to be seriously annoyed (count me in that group).
  • More zero point foods! I hear it could be protein in this group like chicken breast. Hurray!
  • It will be called Weight Watchers Freestyle (I guess this means that you will feel free and have style).
  • You may be able to roll over points that you haven’t used from one day to another (that sounds like a good idea if you are saving up for a party or something).

I have written so much about WW through the years. Check out Weight Watchers Review and Weight Watchers New for 2017? for my latest posts and comments like this one from Dolly:

Weight Watchers in my opinion is great. I joined about 6 years ago lost about 20 pounds without feeling deprived. Decided I could do it on my own. Did fine for awhile but now I am 30 pounds heavier so I finally decided it was time to go back to what works. SP is a little bit different from PPs but definitely doable. I've lost almost 10 pounds in 3 weeks without feeling deprived.

Some people still like Points Plus (PP) more than Smart Points. I know members were hoping for a choice between the two programs.

I do think it is bad juju to make everyone buy new tools every couple of years to do the NEW program. Seems like if you were on SmartPoints they should give you everything to make SMARTER Points work for you.

Ahh well.

UPDATE 11/15/17 - CHECK OUT MY POST New Weight Watchers Flex FOR THE LATEST ON THE NEW PROGRAM.

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Need to loose 30 lbs fast. Help

on November 9, 2017

Have you looked at Spark People! It's free! I love it.......lots of support!

on November 9, 2017

WW is constantly changing things because things constantly change. I believe they're doing the research/studies, etc. to figure out what's working and what's not working. Why not pass along their findings to their loyal membership? I for one appreciate the work and effort that goes into what they do. I couldn't manage my own stock portfolio on my own - a financial planner does a much better job because they have the staff and the tools to do the research and advise me for the best result in the long run. WW does the same thing - for a small weekly meeting fee I get to take advantage of all of their hard work - all I have to do is pay attention and take their advice - or not. And I have to ask others - how's it working for you? For me it's working...and has for over 10 years...I keep making the modifications they suggest and by golly I'm far better off for it. It's an investment in my health and longevity. Is it perfect? Maybe not. Is it a work in progress? I think so - but then again so is my portfolio - changes need to be made along the way in order to maximize results.

on November 9, 2017

I reached my goal and loved Points Plus. I didn’t feel deprived or guilty eating my carbs within my points. By the grace of God, a great leader & terrific women in my group (& weekly attendance), I’ve maintained at goal since sp - but never felt the same enthusiasm about WW. To me it’s a DIET- a very healthy diet- but not one I can live on. I had to accept then that WW is a business, and these changes keep the new & returning people coming in. I feel like they’re pushing us closer and closer to the Keto style of eating. Again, something I couldn’t sustain in the long run. Thanks Lisa for the info!

on November 9, 2017

I am a lifetime member and I have stopped counting points because I found it annoying, even though it did help me lose the weight I needed to. For me going to the meeting and keeping it 90% healthy has kept the weight off. One of the reasons I joined is because it was changing to more healthy eating. I hope it goes even more so.

on November 9, 2017

I should have known. WW has had their Smartpoints cookbooks on sale for some time now, and I just bought the Smartpoints food scale and calculator at a reduced price. Ugh!

on November 9, 2017

I am a ww member Smart Points are here to stay, they are just tweaking the plan as from 12th November.

on November 9, 2017

I've been a lifetime member of WW for several years, and I believe in the program; but I also believe that they have a panel of people who's sole job is to find a way to keep make acting members have to spend more money. That's why they keep changing the programs. It sucks. Greed, greed, greed.

on November 9, 2017

I agree with a lot of what Vicki wrote. I lost 150+ pounds on the points plus program, and have struggled quite a bit with the SP program. Like I gained 30 lbs on SP following it to the letter. With that kind of setback,it's difficult for me to stick to. I find this curious, is it just the emphasis on sugar/carbs or is there something about my body that responded well to the PP formula?

I would embrace a program that eliminated counting and made cooking easier. I would like to feed my family in a way that doesn't feel like dieting and emphasizes easy healthy meals, healthy attitudes, and helps recognize/eliminate emotional eating. Especially for my young daughter. I remember my mom plowing into a chocolate bar when stressed or sad, and I picked up those same behaviors.

Change would be welcome from this struggling member!

on November 9, 2017

I'm so excited for the changes. I love when they change things. I heard eggs will also be zero points, but that we will have less daily points to use because of the zero points. Being a vegetarian, I hope they take into account beans and legumes. As an avocado lover, I hope they take the healthy fat into account too (though I understand why it probably won't be 0).

I think because of the new 0 point foods, some of the recipes will have to be recalculated, but I never mind that. I also change recipes anyway. Cookbooks and scales are still useful. I still have a PointsPlus scale. I use it for grams and ounces, just for weighing. Even when I was doing PointsPlus.

Anyway, so exciting for the changes! I love jump starting like a new member. In Canada, the new program is coming the week of Dec 3rd. But if it's coming out earlier in the UK, I'll definitely be searching the changes.

on November 9, 2017

I lost weight on the original points system. They then changed it up. I happened to see a news report around the same time that WW stock was down. Then everyone had to buy new calculators etc. and I thought that was very interesting.

on November 9, 2017

Not a fan of SP. I did so well on PP - simply my own fault for gaining back after goal. SP like others said is a DIET like any other. No more snacks - ice cream, popcorn etc. So high in points. I starve all day and skip meals so I can have a sweet at night. Never felt deprived on PP but am now. Even food portions are smaller. Im always hungry and on PP couldnt finish meals I was so full. Not paying them or Oprah to get rich off the name WW made when doing the right things for years. Done with WW.

on November 9, 2017

I did both PP and SP. I lost 30lbs. Like you, I decided to give it a go on my own. Well, I found that 30lbs. I lost. I'm excited to hear about the new plan. I despise writing down everything, and counting points. I'm hoping there are big changes. I know that WW works. All their plans have had success. I bet the new plan will be as successful.

on November 9, 2017

Furious x Just spent a fortune again..on calculator and stuff..WW should be ashamed xx if at first you don't succeed Buy! Buy! Buy! Was going to join but stuff it..Slimming World for me..no gimmicks xx very very disappointed. .So much for Oprah and her endorsmental. .terrible x day light robbery

on November 9, 2017

I refuse to get suckered in to buying everything again. Points Plus worked for me - when I worked it that is!! It's about reducing portions and being conscious of what we put into our mouths. I have a ton of WW cookbooks and any recipe with nutritional values can be calculated to PP. I have a friend that just paid for membership for a year under Smart Points. She is going to be so mad!!!

on November 9, 2017

Selling food is not new to W.W. However, I'm glad they may be starting that again. So much easier when you have to cook for one - take it out of the freezer and you have dinner.

on November 9, 2017

I'm surprised nobody mentioned exercise! I think it would be very difficult to lose weight relying on diet alone. Diet and exercise go hand in hand, and neither can do the work of the other. Exercise not only burns calories, but speeds metabolism, lowers LDL,raises HDL(the good cholesterol), tones our muscles,
returns calcium to the bones etc. I am not familiar with WW, but have read many diet evaluations that claim it to be one of the healthiest and safest ones. As a retired RN I know that many health problems are a direct result of obesity. I salute WW for helping people to lose the extra pounds that are hurting their health. Just add exercise for faster results!

on November 9, 2017

It needs an overhaul. Not sure if I like the zero point food option . I know foods have different nutritional values but nothing is free!

on November 9, 2017

My WW online plan expired, and I won’t rejoin until I’ve seen the official unveiling of this new plan (with an affordable promo price!).

Please keep us posted with details - thanks!!

P.S. I lost 80+ on PP, regained 30+ on SP. ☹️

on November 9, 2017

Every time WW “updates/revises” their program my weight loss staggers. For instance like others here the PP program I lost 2-3 lbs a week. With SP I lost 1-1.5 lbs/week.
I had a friend say that when members were losing too much they change the program to slow your weight loss to keep you coming and extend your membership plus the new “tools” you must buy to track. Very similar to video games where every new model requires new games.
If WW truly wants to succeed adapt like Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem and add a diabetic class to your program. Many diabetics do well on other weight loss programs because carbs are already counted.
I stopped going because the classes aren’t convenient time wise to my work schedule and online didn’t work for me. I too went to Spark And a gym and it’s working
for me. Slowly I am changing habits and staying with low carbs (I am T2D) and more water. I needed a lifestyle change not a diet program. I didn’t get it with WW if you have congratulations stay with what works for you.
This is what I like about snack girl her opinions are honest and thought through. I’ll be interested in your opinion of new WW program.

on November 9, 2017

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