Welcome to myWW!

Many of us have been rocking the WW Freestyle program (Weight Watchers). But, the truth is, not everyone is in love with it. While the added freedom may be really helpful for some, others find it difficult to find success when so many foods do not count for points (200 foods!). It can be a little too easy to overeat and have an overall caloric surplus for those who do not focus on calorie totals.

So, if Freestyle hasn't exactly been your favorite, and you find yourself wishing you could use old plans instead, we’ve got some great news! According to WW, “Our newest program, myWW, takes everything we've learned from over 2 years of extensive research [1] with over 20,000 members across the globe and turns it into our most customised, groundbreaking program ever.” [2]

The myWW 2020 program comes with options to help better tailor the program to each person’s individual needs and style. Loving Freestyle? Great. You can keep doing exactly what you’re doing on the new WW Blue Plan.

Missing the way WW worked for you with the Beyond The Scale SmartPoints program? Never fear, you can once again a very similar program called myWW Green Plan.

And finally, if you yearn for the structure created by the old Simply Filling program, you can find an updated version of it in the new 2020 plans, now called the Purple Plan.

How SmartPoints Work

As with the Freesyle plan, SmartPoints (calculator) is still the same with all myWW plans. However, each member will get a customized allotment of SmartPoints for daily use as well as extra weekly SmartPoints to use as needed.

On top of that, you still get up to 4 daily rollover points that automatically join your weeklies when unused. Remember that weeklies are use or lose though. So, if you know you’re having an indulgent day over the weekend, you’ll need to plan accordingly throughout the week.

Your SmartPoints are still calculated based on metrics like age, height, weight, and sex. Your SmartPoints budget is intended to work in balance with your personalized choice of zero points foods.

If you choose to be on the Purple plan for example, you’ll have the largest selection of ZeroPoints foods and also the smallest budget of SmartPoints. Likewise, Green plan users will have the shortest list of zero points foods but the largest SmartPoints budget to play with. The choice is yours.

myWW Plans

So, what exactly do these new plans look like? And how do you determine which one is right for you? We’ve got your answers here.

The Blue Plan

As mentioned above, if you’re loving Freestyle, the Blue Plan changes absolutely nothing about it. You can continue on your current course and continue to find success.

Highlights

  • 200+ ZeroPoint foods including fruits, vegetables, eggs, chicken breast, turkey breast, fish, shellfish, beans, legumes, tofu, tempeh, and non-fat plain yogurt.
  • 23 Minimum SmartPoints, 71 Maximum SmartPoints
  • 35 - 42 Weeklies and Fit Points

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Ample freedom with over 200 ZeroPoint foods. Great for those who like eggs, chicken, and seafood. SmartPoints help you focus on eating foods that are low in sugar and saturated fats.

Cons

  • If you struggle with overeating zero point foods, you may need more structure.

The Green Plan

The Green Plan is a modified version of the original SmartPoints program, Beyond The Scale. The Green Plan offers you some of the flexibility of ZeroPoints foods while balancing your daily point totals. ZeroPoints foods consist of whole fruits and vegetables and do not include foods like eggs and chicken breast like in the “freestyle” or Blue Plan.

Highlights

  • 100+ ZeroPoint fruits and non-starchy vegetables.
  • 30 Minimum SmartPoints, 93 Maximum SmartPoints
  • 35 - 42 Weeklies and Fit Points

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Provides the most structure for those who need more accountability. Works best for those who struggle with self-regulation.
  • SmartPoints help you focus on eating foods that are low in sugar and saturated fats.

Cons

  • You have to count every point, similarly to calorie counting.

The Purple Plan

The Purple Plan, or the Freestyle Plus, reminds a lot of the Simply Filling days. You get an extensive list (300 foods) of ZeroPoint foods that you don’t have to track at all. Many of us who love the freedom of freestyle will be stoked to have even more freedom with the Purple Plan.

Coupled with this extensive list of freebies is a modest SmartPoint budget to use wisely on foods you enjoy the most. While this plan is the least restrictive, it may also prove to be the most difficult to find success on if you struggle with self regulation.

Highlights

  • 300+ ZeroPoint foods including fruits, vegetables, eggs, chicken breast, turkey breast, fish, shellfish, beans, legumes, tofu, tempeh, non-fat plain yogurt, whole-wheat pasta, grains, and potatoes.
  • 16 Minimum SmartPoints, 50 maximum SmartPoints
  • 35 - 42 Weeklies and Fit Points

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Provides the most freedom with over 300 ZeroPoint foods.
  • Best plan for those who are aiming for maintenance and are good at self-regulation.
  • Helps users with a life-long understanding of healthy eating.

Cons

  • With foods like pastas, rice, and potatoes included on zero points list, users may find it too easy to overeat on these free foods.

How to Choose a Plan

While choices can be great, there’s nothing like choices to make it impossible to choose. How do you know which one is best for you??

Luckily, ​my​WW will kick off with an assessment to be taken by new users (it's optional for current members).​ If you are brand new to WW, you'll start with a more thorough evaluation.

You will take a science and behavior-based assessment (a short quiz about you) answering questions like what your specific food preferences are, your expected activity level, your general lifestyle, and how you tend to approach weight loss. Based on your responses, WW will match you to an eating style that fits you best and assign you either the Green, Blue, or Purple plan.​

This assessment will give ​my​WW the chance to guide you toward the plan they think will bring you the most success.

MyWW Questionnaire Assessment

Curious about what the assessment will ask? We’ve got you covered on that front too. Now you can really spend some time thinking about your answers before clicking ‘submit’.

The Assessment

Ranking what is most important to you; choose from:

  • Measuring and tracking your food
  • Having lots of food choices
  • Having an extensive list of go-to foods
  • Limiting the amount of measuring and tracking necessary

What type of meals are you interested in? (Home cooked, Ready-made, fast foods)

When are you most likely to get a little off-track ? (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, late at night, between meals)

How important is activity to you? (Not very, A little, Very, Unable to be active)

Eating Habits

How often do you…(never, rarely, some days, most days)

  • Drink alcohol
  • Eat salty snacks
  • Eat sweet snacks
  • Eat refined grains
  • Eat beef, pork, or lamb
  • Consume full-fat dairy
  • Eat brown rice, quinoa, and whole grains
  • Eat fish
  • Eat chicken or turkey breast
  • Consume fat-free dairy
  • Eat eggs
  • Eat tofu
  • Eat beans and lentils
  • Eat fruits and vegetables

You can easily see why answering these questions (and more like them) will result in an obvious choice of plan for you. But, you have to be as accurate as possible or you won’t be doing yourself any favors.

Do you have to choose the plan your assessment chooses? No. But, if you’ve self-evaluated and answered honestly, there’s a good chance you should at least give it a try. You can always change back to another plan if you don’t feel your assessed plan is working for you.

WW recommends giving your assessed plan at least 2 weeks before switching. This 2 weeks give you a chance to fully understand your new lifestyle and eating habits. Once you’ve completed 2 weeks, if you feel you need to switch plans, simply do so using the WW app/website.

So, Now You’ve Got Your Color Assignment…

One thing that definitely seems to be taking off is a bit of tribalism when it comes to your colored plan. Team Green, Blue, and Purple facebook groups are popping up and many people are noticing divides between the groups. WW is known for its community connections where users can seek advice, receive coaching, or simply share recipes and anecdotes.

However, with straws drawn, teams selected, and green, purple, or blue jerseys on, can we expect division and rivalry among the colored plans? Chances are, these things are all in good fun. We love a bit of rivalry and banter, but we also still want everyone to find success.

The good thing about myWW is that you have the ability to choose which way you believe you will find success. If that means shortening the list of community members who are in the exact same boat as you, so be it. Everyone still has the end goal of living a healthier lifestyle that meets all their nutritional needs without being on a “diet”.