Tuesday Newsday – Some Unhappy with Weight Watchers New Point System

January 11th, 2011

Seriously, have you SEEN Jennifer Hudson’s new silhouette?? I have. And now no matter where you turn in my kitchen, there’s the before and after shot of her plastered on boxes of crackers, cookies, Kraft mac n cheese. Let’s call it motivation. A subtle hint that watching what you eat can really make a difference. Damn woman. You look good.

Ms. Hudson’s one of the 750,000 people pointing to Weight Watchers’ point-system for life-changing weight loss. I’ve actually been on in the past. It helped me lose the 70lbs (!!) gained during pregnancy.

So things are groovy, right? Wrong. Seems WW is finding itself in a diet dilemma, running into controversy regarding its new point system. Seems wine shouldn’t be treated the same calorically as grapes. Duh. So not everyone is thrilled about the switch.

Weight Watchers has overhauled its points system. And not everyone is happy about it. The new system’s ‘PointsPlus’ values has stunned the many devoted members who have sworn by the old points method for weight loss since it was introduced 13 year ago. For the 750,000 Americans on Weight Watchers, the new program will require some adjustment in how they choose their foods. Read more…

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5 Responses to “Tuesday Newsday – Some Unhappy with Weight Watchers New Point System”

  1. Chase says:

    I haven’t read the article but I am hugely in favor of the new points plus program. I feel like its so much healthier than the old program. I recently went back to WW because of it. But I think Jennifer Hudson’s pic on their homepage is photoshopped to make her look slimmer, compared to pics I’ve seen in magazines. Hmmmm…

  2. While it sounds like the new WW program is better than the previous one, I can understand how current members would be upset that they paid for the original plan and now it’s all worthless. It’s my understanding that they have to pay again to get the new points … if that’s correct, then yeah, I’d be a little peeved too!

  3. Kathryn says:

    This will be and interesting adjustment for WW. They sell A LOT of processes prepackaged foods under their label. I would assume that now the points value of those foods now goes up.

    Honestly, this is something that they should have done a long time ago. Before they had the option of the Core Plan which allowed one to eat a lot of real food with no points. I suspect this new plan largely incorporates that philosophy.

  4. Becca says:

    I started WW last week to help a friend with motivation and to drop a few pounds. Were it not for these new changes, I wouldn’t have considered it. So far, so good. And, so far, the points allocated per food make sense to me.

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