As I’m sure most of you have already heard, Weight Watchers announced the latest update to their SmartPoints plan today. The new update is called the Freestyle Program. As one of the Weight Watchers Ambassadors, I’ve been following the new program for the past few weeks and LOVE it!
For my post today, I’m going to break things down into four sections. First, I’ll cover the new Zero Points food list. The second topic I’ll cover is the new Rollover Points. Third will be answers to some commonly asked questions. Finally, I’ll close out my post with my personal thoughts about the new program and the results I achieved while following it the past few weeks.
New Zero Points Food List
Yes, *some* of the rumors you’ve been seeing online are actually true, but not all of them. All meat is NOT 0 SmartPoints now, nor is Halo Top ice cream. Although, I think we can all agree that would be amazeballs if true! LOL
The Zero Points food list has been expanded to include some lean proteins. Please just remember that while these foods are now zero SmartPoints, that doesn’t mean they are “eat all you want until you’re stuffed.” Let your hunger be your guide. Eat until your satisfied, not stuffed. If you’re concerned you might overeat on these new foods, try sticking with the portion sizes provided in the Pocket Guide. For skinless chicken breast, that’s 3 oz. If you’re still hungry after eating your meal, you could get a bit more.
I know a lot of people have been freaking out because they heard the Daily Points Target is being reduced. Yes, that part is true. Members who were at 30 SmartPoints on the Beyond the Scale program will now have 23 SmartPoints on Freestyle. I now that sounds like a huge drop, but it’s pretty amazing how quickly you can make up that 7 SmartPoint deficit when things like chicken, fish, eggs, beans, peas, corn, and nonfat yogurt are now all 0 SmartPoints!
If you’re already a member, you won’t see the updates until your weigh in day. If you would like a little bit of a sneak peek, you can find a PDF copy of the new Weekly brochure here. You can also get a sneak peek of the new Zero Points food list here. You can also find lots more information on the updated Your Plan page.
All About Rollover Points
Another new feature of the Freestyle program is the introduction of Rollover Points. With the expanded list of Zero Points foods, there may be days where you don’t reach your Daily Points Target. If that’s the case, the program will automatically roll four (4) of your unused daily points into your Weekly budget. This gives members more freedom than ever to plan for special occasions or big events.
Rollovers will not be triggered on your weigh-in day since SmartPoints cannot rollover into a new weigh-in week. (In other words, weeklies are reset on the weigh-in day, including any unused rollovers.) If you don’t want your extra daily SmartPoints rolled over into your Weekly bank, you can opt out in the Settings.
Answers to Commonly Asked Questions
Q: Will recipes stored in the recipe builder reflect the lower SmartPoint values?
Q: Have anySmartPoint values gone up?
Q: Is the Simply Filling plan going away?
A: No, Simply Filling is still available for members to follow if they choose.
Q:Will the option to change my weigh in day be enabled again?
A: Yes, it will be available again next week (Dec. 10).
Q: What’s the new blue dot range?
A: -10/+5 points from your Daily Points Target
Q: I can’t see the new Freestyle changes in my app, why?
A: Freestyle will show up in your app on your next weigh-in day this week! So, if you weigh in on Saturday, you will get the Freestyle changes on Saturday, December 9.
Q: Have points gone down for Hummus?
A: Hummus uses tahini which is not a zero Points food. That’s why hummus isn’t included on the list.
Q: Why did you get early access?
A: As an Ambassador, occasionally Weight Watchers invites me to try new products and/or programs early. A few weeks ago they invited me to try out WW Freestyle and I decided to give it a go and LOVE it!
My Thoughts on Freestyle
As I mentioned, I’ve been on the new program for the past five weeks or so. I won’t lie. I was a bit hesitant about the new program at first. I was worried I might gain weight with so many foods being on the Zero Points food list now. My fears were all in vain though because I had amazing success on the scale during my test period. I dropped a total of 12 pounds in five weeks**! I can’t even imagine having to go back to the previous program now because I love the Freestyle program that much!
Even if you think you absolutely hate the program right now (and I know a lot of you do based on comments I’ve been on Facebook and Instagram LOL), I really want to encourage you to give it a fair shot. When you get the new program this week, commit to following it 100% the first week and see how you feel about it. Once you get used to the new changes, I think you’ll love it just as much as I do!
Until next time …
**People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose an average of 1-2 pounds per week.
Disclosure: I’m a member of the Weight Watchers brand ambassador program. I am not paid for my participation, but choose to participate because of my belief in the Weight Watchers program and the impact it has had on me personally. I may receive exclusive brand access (e.g. trying a new product before it’s released, appearing in brand advertising, free swag, etc.), or a prize. As always, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.