With Weight Watchers Beyond the Scale program, one of the first decisions to be made is whether you will eat your FitPoints. Or, to put it in Weight Watchers language, whether you swap your earned FitPoints for SmartPoints, thereby giving you more SmartPoints to eat. The way it works is this. The activity we engage in earns us FitPoints. If we choose to, we can trade 1 FitPoint for 1 SmartPoint allowing us to effectively eat that FitPoint. The default online setting is that you do not swap FitPoints for SmartPoints. But you can, in fact, go to your settings and flip that choice on. You can either swap FitPoints before Weekly Points or after them. I swap them after.
So, should we be swapping FitPoints? For once, I am going to give a clear and direct answer. Maybe.
The point is that there is no one size fits all answer. I like that we have the choice to do what works best for each of us. Some of us will do best swapping all FitPoints, some will do best swapping none of them, and some will do best swapping some of them.
Is it Against Weight Watchers to Eat FitPoints? Aren’t We Supposed to not Eat Them?
Shortly after Beyond the Scale came out, I did a post about earning FitPoints. Most of what I said there is still the case, so I suggest reading that post and then coming back here. However, a month and a half later there are some things that have changed. The biggest area of change is in what Weight Watchers in the United States says about swapping FitPoints. Back then, Weight Watchers was discouraging the eating of FitPoints. Now? Not so much. [Read more…]