What is the Weight Watchers Program?
The Weight Watchers Program (now known as WW) is one of the most widely used healthy eating programs in the world. They have over one million subscribers globally. Do you follow a Weight Watchers points program? Over the past 15 years, Weight Watchers has had three meal programs: Points, PointsPlus, and currently Smart Points.
There are three diet plans now, all using the WW ZeroPoint Food plans, The Green Plan, Blue Plan, and Purple Plan. The one you choose depends on if you want more variety, then your Smartpoints budget will be smaller, want more Smartpoints, you’ll want to go with the Green plan with fewer ZeroPoint foods.
How Do Points Work in Weight Watchers?
Under Weight Watchers the food and drinks are assigned a point value. Healthier foods have fewer points, sugar and high-fat snacks have more points. In Weight Watchers followers have a daily and weekly allowance of points they can redeem. The goal is to use more points than allocated. there are three-point values that are central to the Weight Watchers program – daily, weekly, and activity points.
Daily Points – Each person has a personalized allowance, the lowest being 30 (under SmartPoints). Your daily points goal is personalized based on several factors, including height, weight, weight, gender, activity level, and desired weight-loss goal. The daily points are reset every day.
Weekly Points – Dieters also receive a weekly “buffer” of points which they can save for a special occasion or add to their daily allowance. Under PointsPlus, everyone received 49 points; now the value is personalized. The weekly allowances also reset.
Activity Points – The participants can earn extra points for exercising, for example walking 3,000 steps earn 3-5 points (based on weight), and dieters can choose to trade activity points for food.
How Do You Calculate Your Points?
For example, if you wanted to have breakfast, you could have an egg (2 SP), bacon (5 SP), and 1 oz of cheddar cheese (1 SP). You would use 8 SmartPoints. Suppose your allowance was 30, you would have 22 points for the rest of the day, it’s that simple.
with Barley, Pepper & Tomatoes
Takes 35 minutes to prepare this dish with 11 green SmartPoints per serving, 10 blue SmartPoints per serving and 6 SmartPoints per serving. With 600 calories or less per serving
What Foods Can You Eat?
The reason Weight Watchers has been successful is because no foods are forbidden. You can eat and drink whatever you want, even my favorite chocolate cake! You just have to track your food.
Weight Watchers rewards healthy eating, when you fill up on healthy foods like fruits and veggies, they cost fewer points than the sugar foods like soda, which might cost you 10 points, but 3 ounces of chicken breasts only sets you back 3 points.
If you stay within your allowance you can enjoy your favorite foods, even dessert, and wine.
What is The (WW) Weight Watchers reimagined?
In 2019 Weight Watchers introduced new quick-prep meals, chef-inspired, nutritionist-approved, and ready to eat in 10 minutes or less. They rolled out more than 200 stores across the Midwest.
The meals are perfect for seniors because are nutritious and can be put together quickly. You don’t have to spend any time prepping or cooking.
WW Fresh meals serve 2 people and range in price from $14 to $20, all the ingredients are pre-prepped with the proteins pre-cooked, you or your caregiver simply combine the ingredients, heat, and eat. Here are six meals that rolled out in their launch.
- Beef Baja Bowl with Fire-Roasted Corn and Black Beans – Mexican-inspired meal with beef and veggies like green/red peppers, beans, onions, corn with pico de gallo, and tortilla strips, uses 6 SmartPoints value per serving.
- Grilled Chicken Tacos with Roasted Chipotle Sauce and Pineapple Slaw – With a roasted chipotle sauce and lime salsa, these chicken tacos come with sweet slaw on the side that tastes great topping the tacos! These will “cost” you 5 SmartPoints value per serving.
- Two Cheese Butternut Squash Rotini with Bread Crumbs – A healthy version of mac-n-cheese with butternut squash, cheddar, parmesan, and a crispy panko bread crumb topping (12 SmartPoints value per serving)
- Dragon Bowl with Thai Peanut Sauce – Nutritional vegan meal with quinoa, butternut squash, and baby broccoli with a bold spicy-sweet peanut sauce and squeeze of lime. These are 8 SmartPoints value per serving.
- Creamy Cavatappi with Parmesan, Chicken, and Mushrooms – Chicken breast, mushrooms, and asparagus paired with a classic Alfredo sauce cost 7 SmartPoints value per serving.
- Lemon, Chicken & Kale Salad with Parmesan and Almonds – This is a layered dinner salad complete with chicken, cherry tomatoes, and carrots, honey-lemon dressing with parmesan and almonds are finishers. This is 7 SmartPoints value per serving.
If you are staying inside or don’t live near a location that carries these meals, you can get Blue Apron to deliver them to your doorstep via their meal delivery service partnership.
If you’re a first-time customer, you’ll get a $60 discount on your first 3 boxes.
Weight Watchers Shop
They have a nice menu with categories like Breakfast, Snacks, Coffee, desserts, Pancakes, Pasta, Chocolate, Popcorn, all kinds of Snacks – meat snacks, puffed snacks, snack bars, Smoothies, chips, crisps, and crackers.
They have interesting filters like – sort by special diet whether you are on a gluten-free, high protein, vegetarian, low carb or high in fiber, looking for dairy-free, sugar-free, kosher, or vegan choices you’ll find something here. If that doesn’t pique your interest, sort by taste – Sweet, Salty, crunchy, chocolatey, fruity, cheesy, creamy, crispy, savory, and spicy!
They’ve expanded into kitchen and lifestyle products as well. They have their signature collections of products. Weight Watchers has a shop with all kinds of stuff including cookbooks, food, and drink containers and kitchen tools and utensils even small appliances. You’ll find scales and books gifts and sets, supplements
The ShopCash program rewards you with extra points rewarding you for shopping, you earn and redeem the ShopCash coupons during certain periods.
Blue Apron’s partnership with Weight Watchers offers Seniors a Meal Plan Delivered to Their Door.
Blue Apron’s WW service is a meal kit delivery service that Blue Apron runs in partnership with the new WW (formerly weight watchers) that meets WW’s wellness and nutrition standards, the WW menu offers a weekly rotation of 6 WW-approved freestyle recipes that costs the same as Blue Apron’s existing two-serving meal plan: $59.94 per week which includes shipping, which is 3 recipes, 2 servings each or $9.99 per serving.
What is the Blue Apron Weight Watchers plan?
WW approves up to three of the recipes designed by nutritionists that they indicate with their WW Mark of Wellness. These recipes with the WW contain vegetables, low calories, low in saturated fats, and low salt and sugar.
How does the Blue Apron Meal Delivery Service work?
- You visit the Blue Apron website and choose up to 3 recipes.
- You’ll get the meal kit recipe, step-by-step instructions, and pre-portioned ingredients in an insulated and cooled box.
- You follow the directions to prepare the meals, which takes less than 10 minutes to make with no grocery stores or meal planning!
Additionally, Blue Apron offers non-WW approved vegetarian, Paleo with quality ingredients and carb-conscious, diabetes-friendly meals on their signature menu. These are better for people who wish to lose weight and eat healthier.
They offer an intuitive app called Digital for your smartphone that will input your Blue Apron recipes with the simple use of a barcode: when you get your recipes, using your smartphone and scanning the attached barcode plugs all the info into your WW app. Scan the barcodes and find out what foods fit in your personal weight loss goals or maintenance goals, they are visually tracked by your myWW color. To use Digital for the private members-only community, 5-minute coaching audios, meal plan and
Keep in mind that meal kit companies aren’t in business to save you money, they’re in business to provide convenience, the companies come up with the recipes and put together high-quality healthy meal plans, sends you all the ingredients, this makes it easy to avoid grocery stores and still get access to meal options.
What is the Blue Apron WW Freestyle Program?
Subscribe to a meal plan with new recipes and meal kits added each week.
You can choose recipes between 4-15 WW Freestyle points which offers a good variety of items to choose from. For example, if you eat most of your points during the day, you could choose a 4-point salad or something more filling like a 12-15 point pasta or rice option.
If you prefer a Mediterranean diet – one that includes no pasta, no sandwiches, no flatbread, 0 point proteins, high-quality vegetables, and a grain combo with an interesting sauce, you’ll find 4-6 options to work with your plan.
The best thing about choosing a Weight Watchers meal from the WW Freestyle menu over HelloFresh is they don’t have a subscription model.
Customers who have tried using WW points with companies like Chef’d before they shut down and restarted under the company True Chef, have found that they needed to reduce the portion sizes to achieve the point values. Maybe they weren’t thinking about how to make those meals more filling by maximizing the zero and low-point ingredients. In contrast, those same expressed delight with alternative Sun Basket and Green Chef.
Does Weight Watchers Help You Lose Weight?
There have been several studies to suggest that Weight Watchers does help you lose weight. Here is a review of 39 studies showing that following the Weight Watchers diet program, for 12 months lead to a 2.6% greater weight loss than those who were less educated.
In this large study of people partly funded by WW, who followed the program for 1 year lost twice as much weight as people who received self-help materials and 5 minutes of non-tailored education.
A study of over 40,000 people was shown that regular meal planning was associated with a lower risk of obesity.
You can check out the menu here.