New Weight Watchers Plan: myWW

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Everything you need to know about myWW™, the new Weight Watchers 2019 plan! Learn about the new purple, blue, and green plans plus info about points, daily allowances, and more.

Updated! There is a new Weight Watchers plan coming called myWW. Here's everything you can expect with the plan including the new plan options, points information, zero point foods, and more. 

Right now there is a lot of buzz about the new Weight Watchers plan that's launching November 11, 2019. Like many of the plan changes in the past, this has WW members nervous, myself included. Today we will be sharing everything we know about the new myWW plan slated for 2019 and 2020. 

Let's start with the name. The new plan will be called myWW. This new plan gives members more options than ever before when it comes to losing weight. Like all WW plans, it is based on the latest science and research. Weight Watchers is always working to improve their plans and every couple of years, there are updates. This is no different. 

Now for the question everyone is asking, what about the points? How will they change? The simple answer is, they don't have to. For anyone who is using WW Freestyle and having success, you will still be able to use that plan. In the new myWW, this will be known as the Blue Plan.

In addition to the blue plan, for the first time ever, WW is adding two other options. Interestingly enough, neither of these plans is brand new. Weight Watchers is bringing back the Beyond the Scale Smartpoints program that was used before Freestyle.  Under the new program, this will be called the Green plan. They are also bringing something similar to Simply Filling, which will be called the Purple plan. 

For more detailed information and FAQs, check out our Ultimate Guide to the New Weight Watchers Program.

New myWW plan logo with three profiles for dieters.

(This image comes from Weight Watchers Australia)

What's myWW and what's new in Weight Watchers 2019/2020?

With the new WW, there will be three options for all members. Members will be asked to complete a personal assessment that will match them to the best plan for them based on lifestyle, preferences, and goals. This will be the Weight Watchers suggested plan, but members can choose any plan they believe will work for them.

  • Blue Plan (formerly known as Freestyle Smartpoints plan): This option is basically the exact same as the Freestyle Smartpoints plan that most people are using now. There are over 200 zero point foods including fruit, non-starchy vegetables, chicken breast, turkey breast, fish, shellfish, legumes, nonfat dairy, tofu, and tempeh. There is a minimum daily points allowance of 23 points, which will adjust up based on weight, lifestyle, and activity. There will also be weekly points and Fitpoints. Essentially, if you choose the blue plan, you are choosing to use WW in the same way it is now.
  • Green Plan (similar to Beyond the Scale Smartpoints): This option brings back the Smartpoints from the previous Weight Watchers plan. On this plan, there are less zero point foods. It mostly includes fruits and non-starchy vegetables. With this plan, the daily points allowance is higher. It will start at 30 Smartpoints daily. This plan also comes with weeklies and Fitpoints.
  • Purple Plan (similar to Simply Filling/Core): This plan has the most zero point foods, with over 300 including chicken breast, turkey breast, eggs, seafood, shellfish, tofu, tempeh, legumes, fruits, vegetables including potatoes and corn, and some whole grains including whole wheat pasta, brown rice, and oatmeal. However, it has the lowest amount of daily points. The minimin is 16 points and will be higher based on weight, goals, and lifestyle.  This also includes weeklies and Fitpoints.

Why the change?

After the switch to Freestyle Smartpoints, some members found that they were having a much harder time losing weight. Some even found they were gaining weight. The main reason was that people were overeating the new zero point foods.

WW added lean proteins like eggs, chicken breast, ground turkey, beans, and lentils to their zero point food list, but this didn't mean that those foods don't have calories and fat. Some people found that they were eating way too many zero point foods, which led them to see minimal weight loss or even weight gain.

For example, this Zero Point Taco Soup, clearly shows how this can happen. Although this soup is zero points on Freestyle, it still has 306 calories per serving. If you eat too much of that soup, or any zero point food, you will gain weight even though you aren't using your points. 

At the end of the day, this plan worked great for some people, but not for everyone. That's why WW decided to bring back some of the previous options. For people who struggled with Freestyle, they may prefer the Green Plan, which has fewer zero point foods and a lower likelihood of eating too many calories since fruits and vegetables are naturally lower in calories and fat.

Weight Watchers Taco soup in a bowl with beans, chicken, and cheese.

What foods are zero points with myWW?

With the new version of the plan, zero point foods will change depending on which plan you follow In general, the Blue Freestyle plan will include fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, eggs, and legumes. The Green plan will include fruits and vegetables. The Purple plan will include fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, legumes, eggs, and some whole grains.

All plans include some zero point, low calorie condiments like vinegar. 

What is my daily points allowance with the new WW?

This will depend on the plan that you choose, current weight, current height, weight loss goals, age, and lifestyle. The specific number is calculated by Weight Watchers. However, here are some general guidelines:

  • Blue Plan: Minimum 23 SmartPoints plus weekly points and Fitpoints
  • Green Plan: Minumum 30 Smartpoints plus weekly points and Fitpoints
  • Purple Plan: Minimum 16 SmartPoints plus weekly points and Fitpoints

Do I still get weekly Smartpoints?

WW is keeping weekly Smartpoints around and you will be assigned a weekly Smartpoints balance based on your weight, activity level, age, and other lifestyle factors. Those weekly points can be used if you run out of daily Smartpoints. Additionally, you can swap Fitpoints (after 3000 daily steps) for Smartpoints if needed.

Can I switch plans?

It looks like you will be able to switch between the three options whenever you want. They are recommending to give any plan at least two weeks before changing.

How does this work for recipes, tracking, and the app?

Everything you see within the app will be based on your choice. For example, if you choose to use the Blue plan, then the points you see for foods will be based on that plan. If you switched to purple, you would see different points amounts. 

When it comes to recipes, you will see three different points amounts for all recipes. There will be purple, green, and blue points shown so you can track accurately. 

For those curious about Slender Kitchen, we will be working to include all three points options with our recipes, but it will take us some time to get everything updated.

Are there rollover points in the new WW plan?

All three plans will allow you to rollover up to 4 unused Smartpoints daily to be added to your weekly points. For example, if you have a low point day on Monday, you can use 4 of those unused points a different day that week. This can be a great strategy when planning for a special night out.

What This Means and Thoughts

Honestly, I am really excited about the new options and I always think it is a good idea to let people choose an option that will work best for them. Many people I know struggled with the freedom of the Freestyle plan, so I think having a more "restrictive" zero point food list will be a good option. I also know that many people loved the previous program so it's great that it is officially coming back.

My main concern about the new myWW is about logistics and how the different point values will be shared within the app. I am curious to see if all the food items will show a points amount for blue, purple, and green programs. I hope this doesn't get confusing as we navigate between programs.

Weight Watchers is also rolling out meetings to share information about the new programs next week, so I am excited to hear more about everything above.

What have you heard about the new plan? What are you looking forward to? What are your dreading?

New WW plan with points, daily targets, plan options, and myWW information.
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Nicole
November 15, 2019 - 17:22
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I was apprehensive about the changes at first, but now I am so glad to be on their green plan. While I lost on the Freestyle plan in the first 4 weeks, I began to gain as I was eating way too many “zero” point foods like eggs and salmon. With the green program, these foods now have points, as they should, to help curb over-eating!
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Julie
November 12, 2019 - 13:59
How do i figure out which an is best for me and my weight loss journey
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Kate Greven
November 11, 2019 - 11:23
Do you have a ink to the quiz? I'm relatively new & would like to check out the other options.
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Joni
November 11, 2019 - 10:44
I'm really looking forward to the new plan as the freestyle plan was not working for me. As a vegetarian my protein choices were mostly carb heavy. I ate a lot of beans, lentils and tofu. While my friend had a multitude of low carb fish choices, for instance, I was eating lentil soup that was free on freestyle but used to have 6 points on the old plan. So I have high hopes for the new plan.
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Rebecca
November 11, 2019 - 09:41
I have gain a few from the freestyle plan. Switching to green, which is familiar to older version, has me already looking at points and keeps me eating less. ( I was eating zero point foods and staying within my points- but gained) First day, feels like I will be reaching my goal.
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Ben
November 10, 2019 - 14:24
Glad they kept Freestyle as an option. I lost over 110 lbs on it and just became lifetime a couple months ago. I find it very easy to follow and as someone who eats out several days a week it gave me a lot of good options so I didn’t feel I was terribly restricted.
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Marcia
November 10, 2019 - 13:17
I think it has more to do with the fact that WW has tanked on the stock market and the company did not meet its financial goals. They are offering more options with a goal to get more people to the workshops.
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Lynn R
November 10, 2019 - 09:39
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Will there be a change in price with each tier?
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Marsia
November 11, 2019 - 09:15
Today I got the WW email. No change in pricing.
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Judy
November 10, 2019 - 08:01
I was hoping to see a keto program with ww, it looks like these new programs are just the older ones coming back
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Amy Wolfe
November 9, 2019 - 19:22
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Will the app update for the new changes?
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Marsia
November 11, 2019 - 09:17
According to the WW email today, once you pick a plan the app automatically changes. So I'm going to research which will be best for me before picking one.
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Penny
November 9, 2019 - 16:10
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Happy to see that WW is adding more plan options. Older plans worked better for me.
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Shirley
November 9, 2019 - 11:02
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I have been a lifetime member for 19 years and kept my weight off the whole time until they changed the program, I moved and threw out all my old books that I kept for 20 years I figured WW plans have always worked for me whenever they changed and started a new plan boy was I wrong this past year I have gained back weight and am not happy with the plan and even stopped going to the meetings, I happy to hear they are going back to some of the older plans that really worked for me, so I will be going back to meetings so I can get the new (old ) books and get back on track
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Helen Woolley
November 12, 2019 - 08:43
I too have been a ww member for over 30 years and i still follow the plans which were out then , I need a cut off point all this free food is nonsense in my opinion ...
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Enid
November 8, 2019 - 14:51
I have lost 16 pounds in over a year. It has been very slow going and I’m hoping another WW option will work better for me.
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Carla
November 8, 2019 - 10:13
Any info regarding rollover points? I really liked having those for planning special occasions.
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Marsia
November 11, 2019 - 09:18
Still get them.
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Mary
November 7, 2019 - 11:05
When something works. Leave it alone .
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Frances Davis
November 6, 2019 - 18:52
I was not pleased with my weight lost these few months so maybe the changes will make a difference.
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Suzanne Deasey
November 6, 2019 - 18:43
I am glad that they have changed to these plans , especially the Green Plan. This present plan in my opinion has been a bust!!!
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Grace
November 6, 2019 - 10:26
Thank you for the information...very much appreciated....I think that they should have 3 different apps for the 3 different options...it makes tracking food more easier...
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Nancy Green
November 6, 2019 - 07:07
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In the paragraph beginning "at the end of the day" you stated that the. purple plan has the fewest zero. point foods, and actually it has the most.
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November 6, 2019 - 09:31
Thanks ! Just updated it :)
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Karen k
November 6, 2019 - 06:01
Thanks so much for this info. Freestyle does not work for me. Green is my plan! Can’t wait to get it back
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Cathy
November 6, 2019 - 06:02
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How do I change my phone back to Smart points. I don't like free style.
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Theresa
November 6, 2019 - 06:04
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Wow thank you for all this info! So many options! I wonder how the more senior ladies who follow WW will feel about all the options... like you said, sounds like it could get complex!
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Marsia
November 11, 2019 - 09:20
Today's WW email says when you pick your plan of the three, your account will automatically change.
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November 6, 2019 - 09:32
Hopefully, it will be really easy to choose your plan and stick with it. I am also a little nervous about this!
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November 6, 2019 - 09:31
The official changes come out on the 11th so look out for the changes in the app on that day.
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November 6, 2019 - 09:31
It will be so nice that Weight Watchers will start providing these different options.
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Gail Emerson
November 6, 2019 - 04:16
Thanks for this! I have absolutely loved your recipes & when I heard there was going to be a change, I thought about this site. I’m assuming you will calculate the recipes for the new plans?
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November 6, 2019 - 09:33
As soon as we know what the rollout looks like, we will work on getting everything updated here to match the new options. Not sure exactly what it will look like, but that's our plan :)
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November 6, 2019 - 03:43
My studio was part of the pilot several months ago. Can't wait for the official change!
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November 6, 2019 - 09:33
So fun!! Can't wait to see it all.
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Judy
November 5, 2019 - 21:04
I'll take the quiz.
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M Caroline
November 5, 2019 - 20:31
Why are you rolling out this information and not letting WW share it first
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November 6, 2019 - 09:34
We had received lots of questions since there is so much information out there so we wanted to put it all in one place. However, that's why we stated at the beginning that this was just what we've heard and we will update it after the official roll out.
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Laura
November 10, 2019 - 06:39
I really appreciate you sharing early. The more information the better! Thank you very much!
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Tara
November 5, 2019 - 19:05
I wish they would bring back points plus. I lost the most weight on that plan. I think it's great though that they're giving us options.
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November 6, 2019 - 09:35
I am hearing that from lots of people!
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Heidi Filippi
November 9, 2019 - 08:42
I’m a 15 year lifer, I actually lost my weight with fit and fiber! I found that maintaining was a breeze with points plus and now I struggle every month to maintain my goal weight.
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Yvonne Travers
November 5, 2019 - 18:06
Thank you for this information! I don’t know which plan I will follow. I will decide on Sunday. Love your recipes!!
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November 5, 2019 - 18:21
Thanks Yvonne! I feel the same way. I am tempted to stay with Freestyle because it works well for me, but I will probably take the quiz and see what it suggests.
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Renee
November 5, 2019 - 17:41
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Thanks for sharing this!!! Do you happen to know whether there will be now different point values for the same recipes found on the WW And recipe blogs?
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November 5, 2019 - 18:20
That the biggest question I have right now! Waiting to see what rolls out on Sunday and we will follow suit here on Slender Kitchen.
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Cynthia
November 5, 2019 - 17:12
Curious to know how are wellness wins will coincide with the Purple plan as you only need to track what counts and may not be an actual meal. Or maybe they will do away with wellness wins.
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November 5, 2019 - 18:21
Interesting question - I hadn't thought about this!
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Connie Hicks
November 5, 2019 - 16:22
I have been off and on WW since the ‘60s and have always been successful- the FreeStyle really was hard for me and I did not renew because I wasn’t living any weight. If I join now will I get benefit of one of the new programs and are costs all the same?
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November 5, 2019 - 18:22
I haven't heard anything about the costs changing but you never know.
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Gillian Alderson
November 5, 2019 - 15:21
I always thought that zero points sent the wrong message. It’s calories in and out with exercise as a complement. Some foods are better than others and should be highlighted.
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November 5, 2019 - 18:22
At the end of the day, that's what really matters. With that said, I think the points system is a great tool to make better choices and stay accountable. That's what makes it work for me.
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Nadia
November 5, 2019 - 15:14
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I’ve managed to make freestyle successful but with many struggles in the beginning. I had just gotten down to 30SP when they switched to freestyle. Not sure what I’ll want to do. I tend to be an overeater with the free foods but I don’t know if I want to start counting my eggs and yogurt again. But I think it’s great they’re bringing back the old program, I knew a few people who just couldn’t get on board with freestyle. Thanks for sharing. And I love your recipes!
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November 5, 2019 - 18:24
I hear you! It feels like when you finally get the hang of something it changes. I also am not looking forward to counting zero points foods and since I was losing weight with Freestyle, I may just keep that up. We'll see.
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Jeri Kerns
November 5, 2019 - 14:48
Based on our training with WW... the purple plan and green plan are switched in this email.
We were instructed that purple is 300 zero point foods and 16 SP ... has there been a change in which color signifies which plan? I’m currently using purple and have 300 zero point foods with 16 SP for my day. Please clarify???
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November 5, 2019 - 15:04
Just updated! I had the green and purple reversed. After checking a number of other places, the Purple should be Simply Filling and Green should be the Smartponts Beyond the Scale.
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Shannon
November 5, 2019 - 14:39
As an employee of WW I have to say you have a lot of the details but you do not have all the info. You do t have the colors right for one... and I appreciate you aren’t creating negative thoughts about the changes. But Sunday will be here soon enough for everyone to get all the correct info. By the way... I love your recipes !
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November 5, 2019 - 15:05
Thanks for the kind words! I just updated the color information and can't wait to see all the info on Sunday.
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Tania
November 5, 2019 - 14:31
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Happy to see that I can keep on with the Freestyle plan. It worked for me. Started February 2018 and by the end of the year lost 67 pounds and maintaining. It will be nice to have options for others to try.
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Judy K Getch
November 5, 2019 - 14:32
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Thanks for all the information. I am really happy to hear that we will be able to go back to Smart Points. I had lost 66 pounds on the Smart Point program and have struggled since we went on Freestyle. I have been really frustrated the past year and now feel I can get back on track with the Purple program.
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Sarah G.
November 5, 2019 - 11:21
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This is so helpful to know what Weight Watchers will look like in 2019 and 2020. I was nervous since kept hearing about changes but hadn't seen anything. Personally, Freestyle has been working great for me and I will probably stick with it. I love that it gives me more freedom and I haven't been overeating. Lost over 20 pounds this year.
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November 5, 2019 - 11:27
Congrats on the weight loss! To me, this speaks to why they are keeping Freestyle but adding some more options. It is working great for some people (like you!) so it is great that you will be able to stick with it.
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Pam
November 5, 2019 - 10:43
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I have tried WW 4 times and each time I haven't lost any weight. Maybe with the new programs I will lose weigh, The 16 point sounds interesting
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November 5, 2019 - 11:24
I think with all the new options, it will be more important than ever to choose the right plan. I am interested to see the assessment. Personally, I feel like the green plan will be best for people who don't want to spend all day counting points and have good self control to not overeat zero point foods. The Blue plan will be for those who want something in between, and the Purple plan will be for those who want something more controlled since they will be counting almost everything other than fruits and veggies.
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Z Mac
November 4, 2019 - 22:41
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This is why I quit Weight Watchers you're always changing it I gained on the last one freestyle there are confusing to me can't they just have one and just leave it alone.
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November 5, 2019 - 11:25
I agree it's tricky that they change the plan almost every year it feels like. However, to me, this feels less like a big change and more they are dialing things back to let people choose what works for them. Crossing my fingers that it works and is easy to follow :)
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Terri
November 4, 2019 - 22:39
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Should of brought back the Point Plus program. Weight Watchers went so far in left field last year with name change, not calling meetings meetings, saying not a diet and all the free foods. Any time you restrict calories, it is a diet. Also the meetings went from informative to head games. This is an informative article. I will not rejoin until ww comes back to reality with program and cost. I do love Slender Kitchen recipe and information.
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Michele
November 9, 2019 - 16:23
Should have brought points plus it was the best plan
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Joan Williams
November 6, 2019 - 04:10
To me points plus was the best program. I am 79 n it is hard to lose as we get older n have health problems. I use the simple online ww so I can know I face a weigh in day but since free style I hve not been faithful as use to counting n be acount for all foods. Love your website. Been waiting for the news. I am going back to points plus. Thank you for all info u put out.
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Bette
November 5, 2019 - 15:11
I completely agree. Points Plus was an excellent program that worked well for MANY of us!!
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November 5, 2019 - 11:26
Thanks for the kind words Terri! I think a lot of people felt like this with the plan change last year. Hopefully, this switch will help provide a couple different options so that it works for more people. We'll see in a couple of weeks.