WW Personal Points System is the new weight loss program Weight Watchers is introduced November of 2021 and will use through 2022 and 2023. Members take a food assessment quiz to determine their personal points allowance.
Are you wondering how many points you will get each day on Weight Watchers with the new program or how to adjust your zero daily points and zero point list? Read on to find out.
- New Weight Watchers Program for 2022: WW Personal Points
- How Personal Points is New and Different: Unique to You
- How Does the New WW PersonalPoints Assessment Work?
- WW Food Questions for Personal Points – Personal Points Quiz
New Weight Watchers Program for 2022: WW Personal Points
Weight Watchers launched a brand new program called PersonalPoints. The program launched in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom starting the week of November 8th, 2021.
Click here to read detailed information about the PersonalPoints plan.
How Personal Points is New and Different: Unique to You
The new Weight Watchers PersonalPoints program is based on a personalized assessment that creates a plan that is unique to you and your needs.
According to WW:
A plan that’s yours – and only yours. No two people are alike, so no two plans are alike. When you join WW, we’ll ask you a series of questions via our PersonalPoints Engine, then we’ll design your unique PersonalPoints Budget and ZeroPoint™ food list.-WW website
How Does the New WW PersonalPoints Assessment Work?
Are you wondering how many points you will be allowed in a day with the new Personalized Points program? How will WW determine your weekly flex points and which points are your zero point foods?
While the WW system is a proprietary system (meaning we won’t know exactly how the calculations are done) we can get a helpful idea of how the weight loss strategy works based on the questions and results from people who are currently using the program.
I encourage you to join WW now so that you can take the assessment yourself and have your own personalized plan that just right for your weight loss needs.
WW Food Questions for Personal Points – Personal Points Quiz
Here are what the W W program quiz questions look like. (Remember, we encourage you to join WW to get the full benefits of the assessment for yourself. Your assessment might be somewhat different depending on the country in which you live and how you answer the questions.)
Q: Before we dive in, a quick (but important) Q – are you living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes? (Not including prediabetes or gestational diabetes)
Q: All that personalization we’ve talked about? Time to put it into action. Now your personal preferences (and our most revolutionary program ever) come together to create your unique food plan! Let’s start with the basics. How often do you enjoy eating vegetables? (FYI, “most days” means more than half the week.)
Q: How often do you enjoy eating fruit?
Q: We want to make sure your Budget has plenty of room for your favorites, so answer honestly (this is a no-judgement zone). Which of these do you enjoy eating most days?
A: Select all that apply, or tap “next” if none.
Full-fat dairy (milk, cream, cheese, yogurt)
Beef, pork, lamb
Refined grains (bread, crackers, cereals)
Fast food (burgers, French fries, pizza, sandwiches)
Q: Now let’s take a look at some protein-rich foods. Which of these do you like to eat most days?
A: Select up to 3 (must select at least 1 to continue).
Low-fat yogurt and cottage cheese (plain, unsweetened)
Fish & shellfish
Chicken and turkey breast (skinless)
Beans, peas, and lentils
Tofu & tempeh
Q: Okay, last question about food. Which of these do you enjoy eating most days?
A: Select up to 1. (Or tap “next” if none.)
Potatoes and sweet potatoes
Whole grain pasta and noodles
Brown rice & quinoa
Corn and popcorn (plain, air-popped)
Tips for Taking the WW Food Assessment
Here are helpful tips for taking the Weight Watchers assessment:
- The diabetic plan allows the most protein choices, with no option for whole grains or fruit to be zero points. This is a lower-carb WW plan.
- Remember you can re-take the quiz as often as you’d like to change your daily points allowed and personal zero point foods.
- There are 14 categories of zero point foods. Choose the foods you enjoy and eat most often in order for those to be your zero point options.
- If there were certain foods that worked well for you as zero points on previous plans, be sure to choose those in the food assessment.
- Remember that you’ll be earning additional points for water, eating veggies, and activity, so if one of your favorites now has points, this will balance it out.
How Weight Watchers Determines How Many Points You Are Allowed A Day – WW Points System Explained
Here is some information we know about how the WW points quiz determines your unique daily points allowance and weekly flex points:
- People who are diabetic are assigned points for carbohydrate servings and fruit. These foods are not included in their personalized food list.
- If you choose the max amount of servings of protein, you will receive more zero point protein servings but your daily points will be lower.
- The more treat foods you choose, the higher your daily points allowance and you will have fewer zero point foods.
- Your one carbohydrate choice will be zero points for you and other carbohydrate servings will have points.
- Expect that your points will be somewhat lower than on the Blue, Green, or Purple plan. For example people who had 23 points on Blue may have 17 points on PP.
- Expect that your weekly flex points may be lower on PP than they were on Blue, Green, and Purple. Some people see a reduction by 3-4 points and some people see a reduction by a half or more.
- Keep in mind that you can earn extra points for exercise, drinking water, and eating vegetables to make up the difference.
Answers to FAQ about Weight Watchers Points
Here are answers to questions we receive most often about W W Points and the new WW Personal Points program.
For years, the WW points system has been leading people to lose weight in a healthy way. As someone who is maintaining a 100+ pound weight loss with WW, I know the system works! The Personal Points system will be an adjustment for members who are used to a previous method, but I believe WW will give us the tools and resources to adapt to these changes.
How do you feel about the new WW PP program? Share in the comments below.
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Gina N. Bailey says
I hate the new plan…loved the previous flexibility…
Will the little WW hand help calculator still work with the new program?
Ellen Delaware USA on Connect says
You have done a fantastic job in presenting all the information you have acquired. I find this all very interesting and am looking forward to beginning the new program next week. I intend to continue eating the way I do, on the Purple plan. Track all my food, water and activity. Let the points fall where they may and then see where I want/need to make adjustments. There are a lot of people that are freaking out about this and I believe they are making way too much of it and getting all stressed out unnecessarily. We live and learn. That’s life.
So I noticed the first question says “not including prediabetes or gestational diabetes.” I thought I heard somewhere that the diabetes (lower carb) plan was going to be available for someone with prediabetes. Is that not going to be an option?
Although it says “not including prediabetes or gestational diabetes”, you can still choose that plan. The only categories of foods for zero points will be non-starchy vegetables and proteins. Everything else will have points.
I have TONS of recipes with the points all figured out. Will i have to refigure all of them?
Wow, there is so much negativity in the comments.
I’m excited for the change- there were somethings that didn’t make sense to me about the old program (how healthy fats were so many points and how sugar-free “Frankenfood” was 0 points). And I think it’s brilliant that you can earn points by building healthy habits.
Thanks for sharing what you know. I’m looking forward to Monday!
Pam Davis says
I love sharing recipes and this system seems like that will be very difficult. I am worried about that.
AS someone who hasn’t done WW since the 80’s but was looking at starting it again, I am extremely confused and wondering if it will be worth the cost! The questions are strange to me as I don’t “enjoy” healthy food but that doesn’t mean that I won’t eat it as much as necessary. Conversely, I “enjoy” unhealthy food choices, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t understand and will choose not to consume them “mostly.” So how exactly am I supposed to answer? I also have been diagnosed with diabetes, however, it disappears when I make healthy food choices and exercise… so do I say I am or I’m not? If I am confused by the questions, it makes me wonder if I will be confused by the new program. As basically a first timer, I’m now wondering if this is the right pathway to a healthy lifestyle for me. Suggestions please???
I’m with you. I can make the right choices. I don’t eat anything “most days”,
Hi Muriel! I’m not starting this new system until next week, but I assume by the phrase “enjoy eating most days” they mean that you eat that food or food group 4 or more times a week. Not that eating it gives you the greatest pleasure! I use regular half and half in my coffee several times a day (And do enjoy it lol) so will choose that i enjoy whole fat dairy most days. I *think* that means half and half will be zero points instead of 2 points i use for each cup of coffee. Which makes me happy but a little nervous!
I lost 75 lbs this past year on WW. I started on Blue and switched to Purple. I love Purple and am on maintenance now. I find Purple allows me to eat more whole foods and seems very livable to me.
I will try the new plan but I do have the thought of doing Purple on my own if the new program doesn’t work out. It seems this new change may be a way to make it harder for people to do WW on their own for free. People will no longer be able to follow someone else’s program or to look up WW plans and follow them on their own. Just a thought.
Thank you Sarah for sharing all this information with us!
Sounds horrible! I love purple. So I only get a few zero foods and less points. I only get one carb! What difference does it make if I eat brown rice one day and oats another day! Doesn’t make sense. So restrictive
Agree restrictive is the key word imho. Ive joined itrackbites you can keep purple! Loads of nice people. Its way cheaperper too!
How do you keep purple on itrackbites?
Theresa Mactutus says
I agree Linda. I love Purple and am upset about losing my zero point foods. I am sure I am getting less dailies as well so I don’t see how this is good!
Less points? Really? Not sure how I can have less points than I do on purple now… I only have 15 daily points to use. I love the purple plan and it fits with my lifestyle well plus I’ve had really good success on it. However, I’m open to change and I’ll reserve any judgment until all of the facts are presented and I see how it works for me.
Thanks Sara for keeping us updated with the information that is available about the new plan.
Kimberly Schmitt says
I’m really really peeved over this change. I’ve done extremely well on the current plan. Averaging 10lbs. loss a month since this past May 26th equalling 63lbs. I say what Isn’t broke why change?
I think we should have a choice of staying on the current plan or switching to the new plan. Also, if you switch to have the option to go back to the color plan. LIke we have with the blue, green,, purple plans.
This new plan scares me. I do not like change. They’re messing with what the formula that works superbly for me. I’m discouraged and mad.
Joyce Molloy says
This new plan sounds very confusing! I hope I can learn it…. I really like the plan WW has now…. I hope I don’t end up quitting! That’s the last thing I want… I’m kind of scared….🥺
Hi come over to itrackbites! You can keep your plan. Lots 0f nice folks and its way cheaper.
Thanks for sharing the questions and explaining the carb, protein, and treats choices. I’ll likely choose the diabetic option as I don’t eat a lot of carbs and liked it when fruits were points on the old system.
I frankly cannot wait for the change! I need motivation. And the diabetic (low carb) diet will really help me since I am over 50 and just past the change and every bite of pasta sticks on me for weeks! I am all in….
Purple has worked so well for me. I’d be fine with 10 points a day and the ability to keep all my purple zero point foods. I’ve never eaten healthier than I have on Purple. With Green I worked the system to live off junk. Now it feels like restriction city again.
I’m paid six months ahead, but after that I’ll probably go to iTrackBites.
I’m a purple person too. I’ll try the new one but I still will follow purple to see where the points fall.
I hate it. Totally hate it! I am lifetime so why in the wor l d should i be limited in somd food areas. People will lie to get extra points. I joined itrackbites where i can keep my zero purple foods. Totally absurd.
This is where I’m headed.
What plan on itrackbites is similar to Purple?
How do they work Lifetime there?
If you get extra points, then you get fewer zero points. It balances out. There’s no way to cheat here.
Susan A Huff says
Just when a program becomes second nature, WW changes it . . . . . urgh!!!! One can still stick to the Green/Blue/Purple plans, but online tracking will not work with these; I rely on it a lot, to keep me “honest” and for historical reference. As others have mentioned, adapting to the new plan will be time consuming and difficult for members to work together toward establishing and maintaining desirable weight and ovrall wellness.
Please, WW . . . . . give us established members a choice!
Amen that would be too easy for them. Come over to itrackbites!
I am a retired lifetime member however currently paying, wondering what the monthly cost will be for me and ugh…learning a new program during the current stay at home situation as I am still not comfortable with going to meetings. With everything else going on it seems like too much, but I will give it a try….maybe
Lifetime membership is $14.95 per month. Weigh in once a month under goal…it’s free. I attend a workshop when I can and also virtual zoom meetings. I’m over goal so I have the payment paid once a month as a monthly pass.
I’m excited to try the new plan. I lost 30 lbs on the plan for Freestyle and then tried a bunch of other plans that did not work as well.
Pam Jennelle says
I’m really flabbergasted at all the “I quit” “this is stupid” “but my recipes” messages! I’ll rebuild recipes in the recipe builder if necessary, and I’m certainly not going to go back to being fat because WW is changing their plan.
I agree Pam…..change may be hard but not impossible. Give it a try everyone!
Linda Rice says
I’m new to the program and still learning the current system. My roomie and I are both blue. The change will make meal time a pain. I’ll probably drop out of WW.
Rachel C says
Giving up on yourself sounds like a great response to a change…#yikes
Not sure what to do now. My husband and I are doing WW together, we both are on blue. Personalized plans will make it very difficult for me to meal plan,cook and shop for the both of us. Not to mention all the cook books I own that I have bought in the last 6 months that will be useless. I am VERY disappointed ☹️.
Same here! I have to figure his points on the meals that I cook and that is difficult now when we both have the same points. I am unhappy about having different points on foods. I talked him into switching to WW so that we would be on the same system, plus I just purchased two WW cookbooks. I am very disappointed too.
Susan A Huff says
I learned, years ago . . . . don’t buy WW cookbooks, because plans change regularily. The good news is, there are many recipies online, and not just through WW membership.
All the WW recipes on the site will revert to your specific plan choices with the current plan you choose. discussed this at studio this morning.
I recently (during Covid ugh) gained some weight back after being a lifetime member for over 2 years. Just now had to start paying again. I’m excited to try the new program to jumpstart my WW excitement again.
Yvonne Beacom says
WW member under goal weight in Dublin, Ireland.
Debra Ottway says
I am in Australia. I havent committed to change over to Personal Points just yet ( I have a week to decide). Your explanation about choosing Treats or Proteins or Carbs helps tremendiously. So far my WW friends and I cannot get the same start points etc as we had on Blue or Green so are finding it daunting to start. We loved working with each other and sharing recipes. the new personal points makes this harder.
I’m upset about not being able to share recipes also
I think this is ridiculous. I am just learning the other program. I am not spending my valuable time learning a new program. And I am certainly not spending my money on yet another cookbook. What happens to people who cook together/live together and can no longer share the same program? At the very least they should give each of us a new cookbook. Time to get money back.
same here and it’s going to make it hard with the husband. He is always asking me how many points is this or that and now I can honestly say, I don’t know.
If you have an established recipe on the site it will revert to the current points. They discussed this at a studio meeting today.