This to answer questions about the Weight Watchers Beyond the Scale Program as well as regarding SmartPoints and FitPoints.
Are fruits and vegetables still 0 points?
Basically, if it was 0 before it is still 0. There may be some exceptions, as I haven’t compared every food, but that is the general rule. Obviously, there are foods that fit in these categories that were never 0 points, such as avocado or potatoes, etc. Those still aren’t 0 points.
However, fruits and vegetables added to recipes via the recipe builder are now counted as 0 if they would be 0 when eaten alone. In the past, when you added them to recipe builder, these 0 point foods would be counted and contributed to the point count. Now, they don’t.
But, there is an exception to that as well. If they are blended or processed then they are still counted. So, if you use your blender to make a smoothie there will be points. But, if you make a salad in the recipe builder, then your fruits and veggies will still be 0 point.
What about alcohol?
I don’t actually drink alcohol so I don’t really know. But others have reported that it hasn’t changed. Again, maybe some of them have changed, but the feedback I get is that at least most of them have not.
What food products did they have at the meeting?
There were a number of gluten-free type chips. There were potato crisps and hummus chips. Also some garlic sticks. There were some cheddar twists which I was disappointed to see had refined wheat in them. All of these were 2 SmartPoints. There was a toffee snack bar that was 5 SmartPoints (130 calories). It had refined wheat flour in it and 6g of sugar. I thought it was kind of high in points for what I want to spend on a snack. There may be other things, but that was what I noticed at the center I went to. Oh, someone pointed out they are new coffee creamers that are 0 points. I think all of these are on the shop page at the Weight Watchers website. (Obviously, these products are those in the U.S. market).
What is in the starter kit?
It had a collapsible bowl, a cutting board with built in measuring cups, a cookbook, a nice looking journal and some coupons worth I think $30 (but I don’t know what each coupon is for). It costs $39.95. I didn’t need most of the things that were in it, so didn’t buy it. The cutting board is really small, but I really liked the built in measuring cups.