It is almost a year since SmartPoints and the entire Beyond the Scale Program debuted. This is a good time to ask: Good or Bad? It is time to assess the new program (well, not so new now).
When the new Beyond the Scale program started I was favorably disposed to it. I liked that SmartPoints discouraged eating sugar. Lots of people liked the changes. Others hated them. In fact, during this year one of my post popular posts which has gotten a lot of search traffic is What To Do If You Hate SmartPoints.
During the past year the SmartPoints part of the program has stayed the same, but there were some changes to how FitPoints were used. Initially, Weight Watchers discouraged swapping FitPoints for food. You could do it, but the powers that be didn’t really want you to do it. Then, a few months in they changed to a more neutral position on swapping FitPoints. They also instituted a baseline before you could swap FitPoints for food. Basically you were supposed to earn about 3 FitPoints (roughly 3000 steps) in a day before you could swap additional FitPoints for food.
So, 11 months into the new Weight Watchers program – is it good or bad? [Read more…]