Last week Weight Watchers® introduced the SmartPoints™ Beyond the Scale program and for anyone on Weight Watchers®, it's likely been a bit of a roller coaster as you learn the new system and find out how it works with your eating style and lifestyle. (Here's my original post highlighting the major changes with SmartPoints™.)
Personally, I have experienced some major ups and downs over my first week trying out the new program. One minute I found myself grinning with excitement when I realized a favorite recipe had significantly less points and the next minute I was extremely frustrated that I once again have to look up the new SmartPoints™ values for everything. And I almost felt like crying when I learned that my favorite dessert has almost double the points.
With that said, I have to say overall I am excited about the new direction of the program. The new focus on healthier choices, lean proteins, healthier carbohydrates, and less "empty" calories really aligns with how I like to eat and what I believe is important when it comes to food. While on the previous program it was possible to make a number of "unhealthy" low point choices and still lose weight, I think that the new program is shifting away from that and focusing more on foods that are good for us. While this can be hard at first, I think its a really positive change for maintaining long term weight loss and health.
With that said, here are some of the pros and cons of the new Weight Watchers® SmartPoints™ program that I experienced during my first week.
What I am loving about SmartPoints™ so far
What's been difficult about SmartPoints
How are you feeling about the new program so far? What do you love about SmartPoints?™ What's been difficult, challenging, or frustrating?
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