Hi Everyone! It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!! LOL, you know I had to say that as today was my first chance to see the new Weight Watchers Freestyle Program when I picked up my materials at my Weight Watchers meeting. I am pretty excited to see that most of my initial assumptions were right, but, actually, the new Freestyle Program might be better than I thought. They are essentially combining the best of both worlds encouraging everyone to make Simply Filling choices while following the SmartPoints Program.
Here is what you need to know about what’s new to Weight Watchers in 2018.
- Your WW App will update on your weigh in day – mine is set for Sunday so I received everything today. Any of your meals and/or recipes built on the app/online, will automatically update with the new zero point foods.
- The SmartPoints Formula is NOT changing – there are just new zero point foods being added.
- The new lowest Daily Points Target is set at 23 SmartPoints to compensate for the zero point food additions. Your Weekly Points Allowance does NOT change.
- Don’t fret though (I’ll show you why this is awesome below), you now have “rollover” points – meaning, you can carry over up to 4 unused points each day.
- The Blue Dot Challenge still exists!! The new range based on 23 Daily SmartPoints is 13-28 (basically -10/+5).
Not too bad, right? Now, let’s get into the good stuff.
If you show up to a Weight Watchers meeting this week, you will get all the materials. You may have to ask for these two items that are not directly handed out as they are encouraging everyone to use the app and their website.
You totally should get the pocket guide so you can geek out over all the new zero point foods in blue. Hello fat free refried beans……bean & cheese burritos or dip!
If you are a new member, you will get your materials throughout your first month. You get these first.
Then, this Move for Pleasure guide on the 4th week and the Shift Your Mindset guide on our 5th week.
First and foremost, I think it’s awesome that Weight Watchers is actually listening to their members. The Freestyle program was created as a result of the number one challenge members had – Tracking! Some people are awesome at tracking while others truly struggling and feel “tied to their trackers”. The new Zero Point foods not only encourage you to make better choices, but, it frees you to focus on tracking just those items that have points (just like the Simply Filling Technique.)
The new foods are based on the foundation of a healthy eating pattern, are less likely to be binged on and should only be eaten until you are satisfied, not stuffed. It’s entirely up to you whether you track your zero point foods or not, but, if you are on a time crunch, it’s nice knowing you can stay the course on zero point foods and only track the absolute bare minimum items that add points.
This picture is a great summary of all Zero Point Foods. But, you can find a detailed list of the over 200 zero point foods by clicking here.
Vegetarians are totally going to dig all the beans, tofu and edamame being zero points too.
Excited yet?!? You all, let’s think about the possibilities……
Zero Point Eggs – scrambled fried, boiled, casseroled or quiched!!
Zero point 0% Greek Yogurt – leaving you room to add delicious toppings to your yogurt.
Building a salad with chicken, egg beans, veggies…..all zero, then, you get to layer on the “fun stuff” like nuts, avocado, cheese, or real deal dressing!
Corn and peas are now zero too…..meaning, you do not have to count Corn on the Cob!
But, let me put this in perspective even more. You can now have a zero or very low point bowl at Chipotle! Lettuce, fajita veggies, beans, corn salsa, fresh tomato salsa – all zero….then, add points for the things you want like chicken, guacamole, cheese.
The possibilities are endless and Weight Watchers really is making it easier when you need to come up with low or no point meals to plan for a night out or save up for a weekend celebration.
The new guides offer some fantastic new recipe ideas that I cannot wait to try. Feel free to swap out items to make the points lower like subbing chicken breast or shrimp (both zero) for beef.
To help you get even more ideas, they provided a shopping list with all zero point items in bold.
The one thing I am focusing on this week on the new program – Eating Mindfully!
And I am totally following WW 5 Take It Slow recommendations – anyone want to join in??
They have a new cookbook, a few new snack 2 point protein bars in chocolate/peanut butter and a cookbook/bag/pasta bundle out.
Totally buy the bundle if you want to cookbook it’s currently $21.95 ($34.35 & you get a $5 off coupon for the cookbook). The cookbook alone is $19.95 so buy the kit then give the cookbook to one of your WW friends. The cookbook is truly beautiful and reminds me of the Oprah book last year.
I will not be going back to update any of my recipes for the Freestyle adjustment to SmartPoints (unless it’s a Flashback Friday). However, I will make sure I add the new Freestyle SmartPoint adjustments for any new recipes going forward.
What do you all think of the new SmartPoints addition ~ WW Freestyle?