(12/6 – Details on SmartPoints and Beyond the Scale from my meeting on 12/6 and from the program materials.)
I posted earlier about the new Weight Watchers program. We have known for awhile that Weight Watchers trademarked SmartPoints. And, with the new calculator online asking us for the amount of saturated fat and sugar in food, it wasn’t too big a leap to figure out that Weight Watchers was going to use those numbers to calculate points. And, the assumption was that foods with high saturated fat or high sugar would be higher points. Weight Watchers has billed its new program as the “biggest change in 50 years.” I wasn’t sure if that was hype when I first saw that, but I am starting to be a believer.
Since posting about new program, I’ve had time to look a bit at the calculator and to see how big the changes will be in how points are calculated. Based upon what I’ve seen the changes are major. And, I like them.
I wanted to give some my first impressions but with two huge caveats. First, I am sure that there are tons of things about the new program that I don’t yet know. We know a little bit about the general overview of the program from the Australian Weight Watchers site. And, more information can be obtained on the U.S. site by changing the date on your computer to a later date after the new program comes out. From that, I was able to play with the new calculator to see the SmartPoints value of various foods and compare them to the current values. The thing is that since the program has not yet been released, it is possible that what we are able to see through this method isn’t the final information. For that reason, I’m not going to post a bunch of numbers for specific foods. Values could change when the program if fully implemented.
Second, there isn’t much information about FitPoints which is apparently the new name Weight Watchers has given to what is now called Activity Points. It is unclear to me how FitPoints differ from Activity Points or even if they do. I’m sure there are other changes that exist that don’t really show up in the limited information available.
What all of this means is to take my first impressions with a huge grain of salt. The actual program when fully implemented and live may differ. That is why I don’t want to give specific SmartPoints for particular foods. I think, however, I can talk about the broader concepts.