Weight Watchers modified the Smart Points system with the new Weight Watchers Freestyle Program, announced December, 2017. When you follow the Weight Watchers program, changes are exciting and at times a bit scary.
- Will the changes be helpful?
- Will weight loss be better or stall?
- How easy will the new program be to learn and follow?
Read on to learn about the new Weight Watchers Freestyle Program and what the changes mean for you.
Why the Weight Watchers Program Changes?
If you have participated in the Weight Watchers program for any length of time, you know that changes are normal. Some years the changes are minor and others they are more drastic.
Weight Watchers continues to research and learn what works best for members to have optimal weight loss.
Members requested less tracking and more free foods. Weight Watchers learned the foods that are high in protein and least likely to be overeaten, and many of those foods are now free.
People have suggested the new Freestyle program is like a combination of Smart Points and the Simply Filling program.
What is Different with the Weight Watchers Freestyle Program?
If you are currently following the Smart Points program, what is different about the new Freestyle program?
The following foods are now free (0 points):
- Skinless chicken breast
- Skinless turkey breast
- Vegetables (including corn and peas)
- Nonfat plain yogurt
Your daily Smart Points budget is determined by your age, sex, and gender. Generally, your daily points allowance goes down by 7 points with the new Freestyle system, in order to balance out the free foods.
With Smart points, my daily points budget was 30. With Freestyle, my daily points budget is 23 points. This sounds like a drastic change but keep in mind the list of foods that are now free.
The Weekly Smart Points budget of flexible points to use (or not) as needed will continue.
In addition, with the new Freestyle program, up to 4 unused daily points can be rolled over to use the next day or later in the week. These unused points can be “banked” and used in addition to the Weekly points budget. Points start fresh each week. Weekly Smart Points plus up to 4 banked points per day allows for a large amount of points potentially to be used on special occasions.
What is a day on the Weight Watchers Freestyle Program like?
Here is a sample day on the new program. For a sample day on the Smart Points program, click here.
2 eggs (0 FSP)
Vegetables (0 FSP)
Stir Fry with Edamame (0)
Soy sauce (0)
2 T peanut butter (6)
1/4 cup shredded cheese (4)
Whole Wheat dinner roll (4)
Halo Top ice cream – 1 cup (5)
20 Freestyle Points
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Weight Watchers Freestyle Program Tips and Tricks
If you are using the current Smart Points program, try not to be overwhelmed by the changes.
Change is hard but it’s also exciting! When Weight Watchers first allowed free fruit, and if you were following the program then, you may have worried it would affect your weight loss, but overall it’s been a positive change. The new Freestyle program takes the concept one step further by focusing on satisfying, high-protein foods.
After all, few of us are walking into the doors of Weight Watchers because we binged on chicken breasts. Yet by focusing on these foods, you will be satisfied and able to save your points for extras.
Get creative with free foods. Here are some ideas that work especially well with the Weight Watchers Freestyle program:
- Salad with additional protein from chicken, turkey, or beans, may be free or only the points for the dressing.
- Make a free soup or chili with beans and/or 99% fat free ground turkey breast.
- Large vegetable omelets are free if made with only eggs and vegetables.
- Edamame is a wonderful snack that is now free.
- Try making a chicken or egg salad with fat free Greek yogurt in place of mayo. Free!
- Hard boiled eggs are free and make a great high-protein snack. Deviled eggs made with non-fat Greek yogurt are free.
- A Mexican Chipolte-style bowl with cauliflower rice, corn, black beans, grilled chicken breast, lettuce, and tomato is zero points.
Have fun with the changes and please share your additional ideas in the comments.
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