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Beyond Points


I want to start with a disclaimer just to keep anyone from getting in a tizzy and jumping to the defensive: I think Weight Watchers is a great program. It helps a lot of people lose weight and keep it off. That’s wonderful. We have a serious issue of obesity in this country and I am happy to see something that helps people move in a positive direction.

I have noticed that everything lists Weight Watchers points on it now. Everything. You can look up food online or pick it up in a store and even pick up many restaurant menus and see the number of WW points for each item. This, of course, helps those who utilize WW to stay within their point range and ultimately lose weight (ideally).
But any calorie restricted diet can cause you to lose weight. It really is about calorie in and calorie out. There are many factors involved on more levels but the basics is that: burn (a specific number) more calories than you consume and you will lose weight. Weight Watchers is great at facilitating this and keeping you on track.
But I can get the points for anything. Anything. Twinkies! Three points. If your goal is simply to see a smaller number on the scale and the tag of your pants then by all means just add up points, no matter what the food. But are you really getting healthy? You can calculate the points in diet coke (0), McDonald’s fries (5 in a small), and a Quaker Chewy Dips Granola Bar (3 for the Chocolate chip). But are you looking at what is IN these foods? Do you actually know what the ingredients are? What they do to your body?
Do you want to be thin or do you want a healthy, well maintained body?

What we put into our body is paramount to its longterm health and function.  I am not saying to trash the Weight Watchers if it is working for you. Keep at it.  But if you are truly wanting to get healthier (and not just skinny) then I suggest you look beyond points and dig a little deeper into what you are eating.


Author: leangreenmommy

Hi, I'm Sonia! I'm the mom of 4 wonderful daughters and wife to one amazing man, trying to live a healthier life, care for the earth and just survive the day. When I'm not cooking up new recipes in the kitchen or shuttling kids to soccer, volleyball and lacrosse I run an in-home daycare and am a freelance writer.

3 thoughts on “Beyond Points

  1. You’re right to argue that WW, by allowing people to eat what they want, enables them to eat less-than-healthy foods. But here’s the catch. You discover fairly quickly that stuff like Twinkies takes up valuable points and leaves you feeling hungry. So you gravitate to other foods that fill you up and are healthier for you. I don’t think WW is for everyone by any means but it does compel you to move into a healthier lifestyle.

    • Thanks for your thoughts! I’m glad to know that there are people who learn to eat healthy while on it. I think WW is a great program. It is more the “user error” I worry about. I see people eating whatever as long as it is in their point range. I am also pretty particular about what I consider to truly be healthy food! Weight Watchers brand packaged foods do not meet the requirements for healthy food in my eyes either. My hope is that those who start WW are spurred on to an all-around healthy lifestyle and are moved to eat whole foods most often. 🙂

  2. I agree about their packaged foods…too processed for me and expensive too. So…like many things in life…WW has its good and its bad.

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