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Friday Five:  Weight Watchers Tools and Treats

About every six months or so, I scour Amazon and the Weight Watchers website to see what new products and tools they have come out with. It is a great way to find new ideas, new tools to help me stay on track, and sometimes is great inspiration for things I could be cooking, using, eating, or playing with. And for me, it is a great way to stay on track. Having a new toy to play with is (sadly) motivation for me. Here are some of the latest products, tools, and treats form Weight Watchers.

Also, given I only do this every six months or so in fear of how much money I would spend if I did it more often, some of these products might not be as new to you as they are to me.

And one more thing – who has tried the new Weight Watchers ActiveLink? I just ordered mine and can’t wait for it to arrive but would love to hear from folks who have tried it.

1. Weight Watchers Activelink Activity Monitor Brand New
Much like the Body Bugg and other electronic fitness bands on the market, the new Weight Watchers Activelink measures your activity and automatically links it and includes it in your online WW tracking. Whether you are walking, jogging, or in a fitness class everything will be recorded, linked to your account, and automatically tracked in your activity points. Pretty amazing. I can’t wait for mine to arrive in the mail.

2. Weight Watchers New Points Plus Electronic Food Scale
Although this scale is a bit pricey, it is pretty amazing. Not only does it electronically weigh your food ensuring proper portions, when you enter the nutritional info it also calculates the points plus values for you. No more running between the scale and your computer or trying to hold your points book open while measuring out portions. Definitely makes things easier. Also according to the reviews you can buy these cheaper at meetings, but they weren’t available at the one I attend.

3. Weight Watchers Points Plus Kitchen Oil Sprayer
If you are anything like me, counting how many seconds you can spray olive oil and determining the correct number of points for it, is like a game of roulette. I am fairly certain I am never accurate. This handy dandy sprayer helps you ensure you are portioning out the right amount and not adding unneeded points or calories to your meal.

4. Weight Loss Boss
If you have ever been curious about the business behind Weight Watchers, this is a pretty interesting read. It was written by David Kirchhoff, the current CEO of Weight Watchers, and includes his own personal journey with weight loss as well as tips and tricks for making WW work for you. I was incredibly shocked by how much I loved this book and how honest and funny it was. A really great read.

5. Weight Watchers Popped Zesty Cheese Crisps
These snacks are addictive, and a bit expensive, so beware before buying – but they are delicious. Perfectly popped delicious cheese crisps, similar to a pop chip. They come in 2 points plus pouches and make a great afternoon snack and also are great for dipping, or stuffing between bread in your favorite sandwich.

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7 Response to Friday Five: Weight Watchers Tools and Treats

  1. Jenni on August 3, 2012

    The ActiveLink Activity Monitor looks amazing! Only thing I’m not crazy about is the $5 monthly fee. I am thinking about the FitBit that doesn’t require a monthly fee . . . although it won’t automatically give PointsPlus values . .

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    • Laurie on August 18, 2012

      I have both. I couldn’t decide between the two & figured the only way to really know was to have both and compare. Bottom line is I find the ActiveLink to be more motivating. ActiveLink records ALL movement not just steps. I like that it is in sync with the WW program and that it assesses your activity and gives goals to work towards. I like the graphs better than Fitbit. I too was hesitant about the monthly fee but figured I never pay for gym membership and in reality the $60.00 yearly fee is a small price to pay for better health.

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  2. Bobbi D Dougherty on August 3, 2012

    I can’t wait to try the active link, but is it waterproof? i swim for my activity. i guess i will go check it out
    thanks!

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  3. Jess on August 3, 2012

    I have had ActiveLink for 2 or 3 weeks now and it is awesome!

    The first week is boring, because it’s just an assessment, but once that’s done it’s really cool. the lights will light up when you lay it down flat and show you how close you are to your activity goal for the day (which it sets for you after the assessment). I find myself becoming suddenly motivated to hit the gym or go for a walk when I look at it and find I am not close to my goal.

    I’m hoping that the end result will be to aid my weight loss and help me keep it off once I’m at goal by being a reminder to be active and helping me form better habits.

    And yes, it’s supposed to be fully waterproof even for showers and swimming – going to be testing that this weekend actually!

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  4. christina coghill on August 4, 2012

    I have been using the activity link fot two weeks now. I love it. You have to have a weight watchers online account to use it. It is waterproof but I haven’t tried it in water yet. I found that I had to change the wearing position depending on my activity

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  5. kim on September 8, 2012

    So far I don’t love it. I understand the concept but I feel out of control to track my own activities. I practice bikram yoga and the activitylink doesn’t seem to measure it appropriately. Also, it doesn’t seem to measure activity in real time. I can go for a run in the morning and nothing really registers until the evening. I am going to stick with it but I am having a difficult time with all these new changes to WW. I feel like since the change to points plus and now this… I’ve been gaining. I hope to get the hang of this but it feels like a lot more work than the old program.

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  6. Amanda on October 24, 2012

    I am curious how you are feeling about the ActiveLink after using it. I just started weight watchers today and saw this at the meeting and it looked interesting. What do you think?

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