Weight Watchers is launching a new plan in 2021 called the WW PersonalPoints plan. What is this new plan like? Read on for information about the new Weight Watchers plan for 2021 and 2022.
Updated November 10, 2021.
- WW Personal Points Launches in the United States, Canada and UK on November 8, 2021
- How are Personal Points and Zero Point Foods Determined?
- How Does the Daily Points Budget Work?
- Track with Emojis – Just for Fun
- When Will My WW App Switch to the new Program?
- What Will My Points Be on the New Plan Compared to the Old Plan?
- Free Printable Personal Points Zero Point Foods List
- What Counts as Water to Earn Personal Points?
- Which Vegetables Increase Your WW Food Budget?
- Can I Retake the Food Assessment?
- Is Avocado Zero Points on the New WW Plan?
- What is the new WW Diabetes Program?
- Weight Watchers WW PersonalPoints Plan Launches in New Zealand and Australia in October
- Personal Points – Live the Life You Love. Lose the Weight You Want
- How Do Recipe Points Work with Personal Points?
- Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions about PersonalPoints
- How the New Program Will Work for You
- Ways the New Weight Watchers Plan Will Help You Lose Weight
- Earn Addition Points 3 Ways
- WW Focuses on Healthy Habits
- New WW Program Information
- WW Personal Points Plan – Information from Weight Watchers International
- More WW Points for You
WW Personal Points Launches in the United States, Canada and UK on November 8, 2021
The new Personal Points plan is now live in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom. If you are a WW member, your app will update with the new plan shortly, if it hasn’t already. (Be sure you have updated your app to be the latest version.)
When your app updates, you will be prompted to take the Personal Points quiz. This takes just a couple minutes and the WW engine will generate your unique daily and weekly points budget.
How are Personal Points and Zero Point Foods Determined?
While each person’s personal points budget is unique, there are basic principles that apply to everyone.
Points are based on calories. From there, a food goes up in calories when it has more sugar or saturated fat. A food goes down in points when it has fiber, protein, and unsaturated fat.
Your WW points allowance is determined by the following:
- Your age
- Your weight
- Your sex
- Your height
- Your food preferences
Each person gets a unique set of zero point foods based on the food assessment (quiz) you take when you start the WW program (or as a current member, when your app updates to the new program.) Some of the options for zero point foods are avocado (a new choice!), brown rice, chicken breast, tofu, eggs, and oats.
Now for the first time, members can earn additional points by:
- Eating non-starchy vegetables. 1 cup of non-starchy veggies = 1 personal point added to your daily budget. These are unlimited per day.
- Drinking water. 60 oz of water each day = 1 personal point. Limit 1 per day.
- Being active. Number of points varies depending on your activity as well as your age, height, sex and weight. Unlimited per day.
As a WW member, if you have questions, can attend an in person meeting or any of the many virtual meetings which you can access through the website or app. You can also use the 24/7 chat option to speak with a coach anytime day or night.
How Does the Daily Points Budget Work?
Here are the basics of how the WW points system works. Join WW for full details and a complete list of food points.
- Every food has a WW points value. These values are determined by the calories, fat, fiber, and more nutritional information in a food.
- Every member has a daily PP budget. This number is unique to you and based on your age, sex, height, and more.
- Each day, track what you eat in the app. You will lose weight by staying within your daily points budget most of the time.
- If you go over a little, that’s okay! You also get Weekly points. These are an extra cushion you can use if you choose do so.
- If you go a little under your budget, that’s okay too. Up to 4 points each day can be rolled over into your weekly points so they can be applied another day that same week. (Weekly points do not roll over from week to week.)
- The app does all the calculation for you. This makes tracking easy and realistic.
Track with Emojis – Just for Fun
Just for fun, you can now track on your WW app with emojis and the food choices will come up that match the icon.
When Will My WW App Switch to the new Program?
If you are a current WW member and your app hasn’t switched to the new program yet, be sure your app is updated. Then be patient the changes will roll out starting at midnight on November 8 2021. If your app hasn’t shown you the new plan after November 9, contact WW through their chat or 1-800 number for further assistance.
What Will My Points Be on the New Plan Compared to the Old Plan?
You won’t know exactly how your points change until you take the personal assessment, but here’s an example of mine. I logged today’s points last night (pre-tracking) and took a screen shot of my day on the purple plan, then switched to the new plan this morning so you can see a comparison.
Remember that no two plans are alike so your shift in points might be somewhat different. Also remember that if your points are lower, you can earn additional points by drinking water, eating more vegetables, and tracking your activity points.
Free Printable Personal Points Zero Point Foods List
Do you want a handy free PDF of the new zero point foods? Get a printable WW Personal Points zero point foods list here.
What Counts as Water to Earn Personal Points?
The following items count as water:
- plain, flat water
- sparkling water
- hot or cold water
- sugar-free flavored seltzer
- unsweetened sparkling water
The following items do NOT count toward water:
- unsweetened tea
- black coffee
- diet beverages
- water with flavor boosters (Crystal Light, Mio)
While these items work toward hydration, they are not water.
Which Vegetables Increase Your WW Food Budget?
The following vegetables increase your PP allowance, with 1 cup earning 1 additional point:
- Baby corn
- Baby peppers
- Bamboo shoots
- Bok choy
- Broccoli rabe
- Broccoli slaw
- Brussel sprouts
- Canned pimientos
- Cauliflower rice
- Coleslaw mix
- Collard greens
- Frozen stir-fry vegetable mix
- Frozen vegetable mixes
- Hearts of palm
- Herbs (fresh, any type)
- Lettuce and leafy green mixes (any type)
- Nori (seaweed)
- Pea shoots
- Pickles (unsweetened)
- Pico de gallo
- Pumpkin puree
- Salsa (fat-free)
- Snow peas
- Squash (any type except acorn)
- String beans
- Sugar snap peas
- Tomato puree
- Water chestnuts
- Wax beans
Can I Retake the Food Assessment?
Yes! If you are a WW member and you already took the food assessment, you can retake the quiz as many times as you’d like to adjust your zero point food choices and daily and weekly budget.
To do so, go to Settings (in the upper right corner of the WW app or online), then Food Settings, then Zero Point Food Settings.
Is Avocado Zero Points on the New WW Plan?
Yes, depending on how you answer questions in the personal assessment, avocado is an option as a zero point food. This is brand new for WW. Keep in mind that not every member has avocado as zero points.
What is the new WW Diabetes Program?
The new WW program for Diabetics is the diabetes-tailored program that is unique to you and your needs. The plan is revolutionary because your personal ZeroPoint™ foods list that takes your unique food preferences and diabetes into account.
When members take the food assessment quiz, the first question they are asked is if they have diabetes. For those that do, the WW algorithm engineers as plan that is appropriate to both their preferences and medical needs.
According to WW:
These recommendations come backed from the American Diabetes Association and International Diabetes Federation, and are carefully selected with diabetes in mind. In addition to veggies, your ZeroPoint foods list could include chicken, fish, and even avocado.WW website
In addition, the plan automatically adjusts so that members choose items that are lower in carbohydrates.
Foods that are higher in carbohydrates—like fruit, whole grains, and dairy—will not be on your list of ZeroPoint foods. And that’s OK! Because everything is on the menu here, and you can still have them using your PersonalPoints Budget. The program is built to guide you away from added sugar and toward choices higher in fiber, protein, and healthy fats.WW website
Weight Watchers WW PersonalPoints Plan Launches in New Zealand and Australia in October
Weight Watchers has launched the new PersonalPoints plan in New Zealand and Australia as of October 25, 2021.
The new plan will launch in the United States on November 8, 2021 both in the app and at meetings. Keep in mind that the following information is being shared from the NZ and AU programs so there might be some variation in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.
Stay tuned and we will update you with the latest WW information when the plan is officially released. Be sure to join Weight Watchers yourself and get the latest plan information at your next meeting and on your Weight Watchers app.
While the WW program changes might be somewhat different in the US and Canada, I can share that in previous years the programs were almost identical with only slight variations.
Personal Points – Live the Life You Love. Lose the Weight You Want
The new Weight Watchers PersonalPoints program is based on a personalized assessment that creates a plan that is unique to you and your needs.
New members will take the assessment upon joining and returning members will be guided to the new assessment on the day that the new plan rolls out for them. (Current members, be sure to update your app so that you get the quiz.) Click here for more information about the questions in the WW food assessment.
From the WW AU website:
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: Weight Watchers Reimagined, AU
Science, Simplified. Based on groundbreaking nutritional and behaviour-change research, WW rewards you for healthy habits so you stick with them! For the first time ever, you’ll earn Points for doing healthy things—like eating veggies, drinking water, or moving more.WW: Weight Watchers Reimagined, AU
Zero Deprivation. Cook your favourite meals. Go to brunch, happy hour, and parties. With our new program, nothing is off-limits, and there are no restrictive rules—just balance. Simply track, live, and lose the weight you want.WW: Weight Watchers Reimagined, AU
How Do Recipe Points Work with Personal Points?
Recipes are adjusted to your unique points allotment in the WW app. Each person’s points for recipes will be unique to them based on their personal plan.
Recipes you have previously entered will now reflect your new personalized points, as well as earn you additional points if they included complete servings of vegetables.
Recipes will be listed with a range of points based on all the possible combinations of options.
Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions about PersonalPoints
According to the WW AU website, calories and complete nutritional information are taken into account to create a food’s PersonalPoints value. You can earn additional points (for the first time ever) by making healthy choices like drinking water and eating vegetables.
You can eat any food on Weight Watchers, including the new PP plan. No food is off limits. Processed foods and foods high in fat and sugar have more points, while whole foods that are lower in fat and sugar and include protein and fiber are lower in points. Every person has a unique list of zero point foods that has been customized to their tastes.
The plan includes hundreds of vegan and vegetarian options and recipes.
No. Calories are factored into the points system, but other information is included too like fat, fiber, and protein.
The WW app includes meal plans, recipes, WWConnect (a social platform), information about virtual meetings, 24/7 access to chat with a coach, and much more.
Yes, you can still earn a blue dot on the new Personal Points plan.
Yes, it’s likely that you and your family members will have unique daily points and it’s possible that recipes will have varying points with the new system.
Yes, depending on how you complete your personalized assessment, avocado is one option as a zero point food.
With the new assessment, members have the choice of zero points foods but not all previous foods (such as with the Blue or Purple plan) will be zero points.
Yes, you can sync your fitness tracker to automatically track activity points.
No, you cannot turn off tracking activity points (as you could with previous plans). However, your activity points are added to your weekly points allowance and remember that weekly points are available to use any way you choose. You don’t have to use them for food if you don’t want to.
Depending on how members answer questions in the personal assessment, avocado is one possible option as a zero point food.
How the New Program Will Work for You
Here’s information about the PersonalPoints program from people who are already using it:
- The WW personal assessment askes questions like, “How often do you eat fruits and vegetables?” and “How would you like to track your exercise?” giving options for regular workouts or tracking steps per day.
- You are given the option to choose from your favorite starches such as brown rice, potatoes, and avocado. (Yes, avocado is now an option of a zero point food!)
- You are given the choice to choose from a list of proteins you eat most often, such as chicken, beef, pork, tofu, lentils, and yogurt.
- Some categories you choose 1 option and some you choose more than 1 favorite.
- You will then be given your own personalized list of zero point foods. The foods are similar to the current Blue or Purple plan with foods you eat and like the most, like eggs, chicken, sweet potatoes or corn being zero points for you.
- You can earn additional points for eating vegetables, steps, exercise, and water intake. (This is new! Be sure to track vegetable intake and water intake if you aren’t currently.)
- One of the changes with the new plan is that higher fat but real foods are lower in points. With this member’s personal assessment (and remember yours might be different) avocado is 4 points for half a medium and 2 points for a 1/4 medium. Almonds, 10 whole almonds is 2 points.
- The assessment also asks if you drink alcohol and consume sweets regularly.
- Recipes will be adjusted based on your personal points.
- You will be given a daily step or physical activity target.
- One member shared at the new plan gave her 17 daily points and 41 weekly points.
- Another member shared that on the previous plan she got 23 points on Blue and 35 weekly points, now she gets 19 daily points and 28 weekly.
- You can retake the assessment when needed, like if you change the foods you eat seasonally.
- Some foods are higher in points on the new plan such as bacon and white bread.
- If you previously entered a recipe into the WW app without including the zero points foods, the new points for that recipe might not be accurate since those will change per individual person.
- Your age, current weight, and amount of weight you need to lose will also be factored into your points allowance, which is similar to previous plans.
Ways the New Weight Watchers Plan Will Help You Lose Weight
Here’s how the new WW plan will help you lose weight, according to WW AU:
- PersonalPoints are tailored to you. No need to change your lifestyle—your unique Points Budget and ZeroPoint™ foods list will be customised to the foods you love and can’t live without.
- Complex science = one simple number. We use the latest nutritional research to guide you toward foods higher in healthy fats, fibre, and protein, and lower in added sugars and saturated fats. Just eat and track—how easy is that?
- You’ll earn Points—for the first time ever! You can now add to your PersonalPoints Budget by eating non-starchy vegetables, drinking more water, or carving out time for activity. Building healthy habits has never been more rewarding!
Earn Addition Points 3 Ways
The new W W plan allows you to earn points three ways:
- Eating non-starchy vegetables. Vegetables like broccoli, carrots, asparagus and beets are included. For every 1 serving of vegetables you eat, you earn an additional point.
- Drink (and track) water intake. Drinking 1.5 liters of water adds an additional point to your daily allowance.
- Move more. Earn points for physical activity or step count, which will be added to your daily points allowance.
Are you concerned that these additional points will lead to weight gain? Don’t be! The new system has been tested and proven to help you lose even more weight.
WW Focuses on Healthy Habits
As in the past, Weight Watchers will continue to include components of the program that are about overall wellness, incorporating:
- Food choices – An easy to live with food plan that makes it so you don’t miss out on foods you love.
- Mindset – Keep the big picture in mind and smooth bumps in the road with a mindset toolkit.
- Sleep – Get healthier sleep advice. We all make smarter choices when we aren’t tired. Build a better bedtime with calming music, a sleep tracker, and helpful tips.
- Physical activity – Find activity you enjoy and be rewarded for doing it. You’ll learn ways to move that you actually want to do more of.
New WW Program Information
If you are currently a Weight Watchers member, the new plan will launch for you the second week of November automatically and you will receive information about the program changes.
Here’s the information about the program launch:
- The program launches the week of November 7, 2021 and will continue into 2022.
- WW says this is the most cutting edge, comprehensive and personalized weight loss program they’ve launched so far.
- The whole nutritional label will be taken into account when figuring points for foods: calories, protein, fiber, fat and sugar.
- Your personalized points will take into consideration your activity level, water, fruit and vegetable intake, and other healthy choices.
- Each person’s points allowance will be unique to them.
- Your zero point foods will take into consideration the foods you like and eat most often.
- Because of the personalization, no two plans will be alike.
Click here to learn more about the WW program changes coming for 2021 and 2022.
WW Personal Points Plan – Information from Weight Watchers International
Instagram Pandemic Points also shares this information taken from a WW survey:
Introducing WW’s most cutting edge, comprehensive and personalized weight loss program ever.
Cutting edge because it takes the entire nutrition label into account. Calories, protein, fiber, saturated fat, unsaturated (healthy) fats and added sugars are all included in this new points formula. No other system seamlessly reduces all this complexity into one simple number.
Comprehensive because it isn’t just a food system. It’s an entire ecosystem that takes the whole you into account – incorporating your activity levels and water and vegetable intake, allowing you to grow your points budget and earn points for all the healthy things you do. It’s one complete system that takes in all into account.
Personalized because, for the first time ever, with WW’s guidance you determine your own individual plan, based on the foods you like and eat most often. These foods have zero points, and your plan is unique to you. With thousands of possible combinations, virtually no two plans are alike!”WW Survey, Fall, 2021
As WW launches the new program, stay tuned and we will include information here about the new plan.
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