The WW Freestyle System assigns food a set number of points based on calories, saturated fat, sugar, and protein. Typically, members receive 23 daily SmartPoints as well as weekly points.
Please note: this is NOT an official WW (Weight Watchers) calculation tool. Please join Weight Watchers to obtain the official SmartPoints for foods and daily allowance.
Weight Watchers Freestyle is similar to SmartPoints in that it still uses a point-based system, but Freestyle is more about making healthier food choices. With the Freestyle program, points are based on the following 4 items:
Each of the above nutritional values has a different weight when applied to food. Sugar and saturated fats have a higher value than calories or protein. This means that foods high in sugar and saturated fats will cost you more of your points than foods that are higher in protein or calories.
Proteins, however, have the exact opposite effect. Foods that are high in proteins will rank far lower and cost fewer points than high sugar foods.
For example; 2 chocolate chip cookies will cost you 6 points for a snack, however, 3 ounces of flat steak will cost you only 5 SmartPoints.
This should encourage people to consume more protein and less sugar, resulting in a healthier diet.
This is perhaps one of the biggest changes that the Freestyle program. Previously, Weight Watchers only allowed fresh fruits and vegetables as costing zero points, but with the Freestyle program, there are more than 200 foods that can be considered zero points.
This means, for example, that you could have 3 ounces of grilled chicken breast, steamed veggies, and a half a cup of unsweetened applesauce and it would cost you zero points!
If you don’t want to eat those unused points, you don’t have to. The Freestyle plan is designed to get you to eat healthier, with more choices and options, so you don’t ever feel like you are “stuck” on a diet!
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