Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Weight Watchers Plan

So, yesterday, Weight Watchers changed their points system to go to this new Points Plus.  I'm honestly not sure what to think about this right now.  In some ways it is nicer in that they are finally taking Protein and Carbohydrates into account along with Fiber and Fat.  It also means there are more daily points to work with as well as weekly allowance points.  But at that the same time, calories no longer matter in their equation.  From everything I've ever heard or read, calories make the most difference in weight loss, so how could they possibly remove them?  It seems crazy and completely counterintuitive.  After years of dieting, I've gotten pretty good at guessing calories in an item.  When I joined WW, even if you didn't know the fat and the fiber, you could be pretty close on getting the points value right if you knew the calories.  None of that matters anymore.  The other frustration I am having with it is from a purely "selfish" viewpoint.  Whenever there is no points value for something in their system, you can create it.  You just had to plug in calories, fat, and fiber.  Over the almost 2 years I've been a member, I've created literally hundreds of items.  All worthless now.  It asked me today if I wanted to edit them.  Well, how the hell am I supposed to do that??  At the time, I had the packaging in front of me.  I no longer have a clue what their FFPC counts are.  This is going to be quite a headache for the next several weeks going back to look at all kinds of packaging to create a food in the database.  I'm hoping it's just going to take a little while to get used to this new system.  So far, WW has never steered me wrong, so I'm going to keep trusting them.

On a completely different note, I just finished watching The Biggest Loser.  I LOVE that show!  I'm not completely on board with their whole notion of a week is worthless if you haven't lost 10 pounds (which I just don't believe is ever healthy), but the inspiration it gives me is just awesome.  This year, the contestant who tugs at my heartstrings the most is Ada.  I just feel for that girl.  I've never been in her type of situation, thank goodness, but it breaks my heart to think of the way her parents have treated her and how she just cannot yet seem to grasp that she is worthy of good things.  I was so happy that she made it into the final four.  I was so hoping Brendan would go home and I'm still glad he did, but he finally seemed to show a bit of humility and not be so darn obnoxious when he went under the Red Line.  For a split second, I was sad to see him go, but it passed quickly.  I am glad to see that he's done well at home.  I would never want to see any of them revert back no matter how obnoxious I may have found them.  Here's hoping for Ada to be the next Biggest Loser....

1 comment:

  1. I'm a Biggest Loser fan as well, although I was a late bloomer in starting to watch - just last year. But now I'm hooked! I love Ada, too. No matter what happens to her, she gives it her all, and she's so strong! Her "family" sounds awful - not really a family after all. Horrible.

    Interesting about the changes in the new WW plan...I had points written into all of my cookbooks next to the nutritional information. It's surprising that you can't work out the values for the foods anymore...hmmm.

    I hope things become clearer with WW as time goes on!