Activity Points Weight Watchers
Weight Watchers Points Plus
Earning activity points on the
Weight Watchers Points Plus system is as easy as being active. This can
exercising, fun activities or even household chores.
you are a member, then you know
that the foods you eat are assigned a certain value based on the
You also know that based on your age, gender and
current weight, you are given a certain amount of points for your daily
But did you know you can get extra points to use towards
food for the exercises you do? These
extra points are what you earn on Weight Watchers for being active
to lose weight is a key component to success. But exactly
are these extra points for and how do you use them?
part of the WW program, you are rewarded for exercising.
foremost you are rewarded with success as most people will lose weight
when they include exercise.
For the Weight Watchers members, the points
are what you earn when you exercise.
Depending on the intensity level
(more on this later), your weight and the duration of your workout, you
will recieve activity points.
These points can be used towards
food or extra treats for that special event. As stated above, you have
a certain amount of points to use each day.
In addition to the daily
allowance, you also get extra weekly points. In addition, you can now
bank points from your activities to use as well.
Where there is some
confusion is when to use these points on the new points plus system.
Well the decision is really up to you. You can choose to save up these
points and use them during the week only when you use all your weekly
You can also choose to use the activity points
calculator results only on the days you exercise if you need a few
Of course, you can choose not to use them at all. It's
entirely up to you.
The one thing that you cannot do is roll over these
extra points into the following week. These points, along with your
weekly allowance, are reset on your weigh in day..
to start exercising and using the activity calculator, then
will need to know how to measure the level of intensity of your
Since this is a bit subjective, below are some general
guidelines to help you select the right level.
during your workout you can talk or sing, your breathing is regular and
you are not sweating, then this is a low intensity workout.
your breathing is deep and often and you start to sweat after 10
minutes, this would be a moderate workout.
Another measure is if you
can still talk a few sentences but cannot carry on a whole conversation
or sing, then you are at a moderate level.
high intense workout can be measured by heavy breathing and sweating
after 3 to 5 minutes. You may be able to talk briefly but you for sure
could not sing a song.
If this sounds like your workout, then select
the high level on the calculator.
How It's Calculated
you plugged in your details using the activity points calculator and
got the results. You may be wondering how it's determined. The formula
is simple. It takes your weight (in lbs) multiplied by the duration (in
minutes) times the intensity factor.
Bascially, on the original
points system you would earn 1 point for approximately every 100
calories you burned.
Also, on the original method, food points values
were 1 point for approximately every 50 calories.
So exercising to get
the activity points still creates a deficit in calories consumed versus
On the new points plus system food points
values in many cases went up. Good news is the activity points you earn
in many cases also goes up. With the original method you had to burn
approximately 100 calories to earn a point.
However, with the points
plus system, you need to burn approximately 75 - 80 calories to earn 1
activity point. So even though the food points values went up, you can
add more activity points quicker.
All in all, the results are
approximately the same on both systems. You earn points for your
activities to use for extra food.
Since the food points values are
different for the two points systems, the activity points calculator
factor was also adjusted accordingly.
The formula used to calculate the activity points is the same for both
the points plus and the original WW points system.
only difference is the intensity factor used for the two methods. This
is how the plus system gives you more points for your activity.
Below outlines the basic calculation for the original and points plus
Weight * Duration * Intensity
Factor = Earned Points
What Counts for
thing you may be asking yourself is what counts towards activities to
earn points? Some activities are obvious such as a brisk walk, 30
minutes on the elliptical, riding a bike and running around the track.
these are obvious other activities may not be as obvious. For instance,
many people may forget to count their strength training or ab crunches.
Because you may not sweat as much or feel like it is an intense
workout, these structured exercises will burn calories and earn you
some activity points.
items that can earn points are a lot more fun than the aerobics and
weight lifting. Things like dancing, a round of golf, bowling
even playing a friendly game of touch football at the family picnic
will get you some extra points to swap for food if needed.
Additional activities, which may not be as fun, can also earn you
include housecleaning, gardening, yardwork and more.
any physical activity above and beyond your normal daily routine will
earn you some extra points for these activities.
So get up and get moving and
earn some extra points by exercising. Be sure to figure out how many
extra points you earned by using the points calculator
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Download this free spreadsheet to track the points you earn from your
activities. Record the foods points and the spreadsheet will automatically adjust
the allowances as needed.
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Check out the WW points calculators on this site. You will find one for
the plus system and one for the original method.
If you are not sure where to start with exercising, then check out this
article. Adding exercise to any diet plan can help you lose the weight faster.