Points Plus Calculation
Weight Watchers Plan
plus calculation is used to put a points values on the food items you
This new formula came out with the introduction of the Plus System
in January 2011.
In addition to the change in this formula, there were changes made to
other areas of the plan.
and weekly allowances were changed as well as what foods were zero
points. Even the calculation for activity points were changed slightly.
one are, however, that had people concerned, was the new calculation
for foods. In the original method, the nutrition information used was
calories, total fat and dietary fiber.
With the new points plus
method, calories are not used at all. Instead, the nutrition
information required is total fat, carbohydrates, dietary fiber and
Points Plus Calculation
As stated above, the new points plus calculation does not use calories
Instead it uses total fat, carbohydrates, protein and dietary
The value, or weight, given to each of these factors varies.
For instance, total fat has a higher value given than dietary
So an item can have the same values for carbs, protein and
fiber, but if one is higher in fat, that item will have a higher points
Points Plus Calculation =
(Fat (g) / 3.8889) +
(Carbohydrate (g) / 9.2105) + (Protein (g) /
10.9375) - (Fiber (g)
has the calculation changed?
The old method used calories, fat and fiber only for the calculation.
Below is the previous calculation.
Original Points =
(calories / 50) + (fat(g)
/ 12) - (fiber(g) / 5)
Note: only a max of 4 grams of fiber was used. Anything above 4 was not
As you can see with the old method, no consideration was given for carb
or protein content.
In comparing these two formulas, let's take a grilled chicken sandwich
from Burger King. With mayo, this item has 470 calories, 18 fat grams,
2 grams of fiber, 37 grams of protein and 40 carb(g).
value would be
(18 / 3.9) +(40 / 9.2) +
(37 / 10.9) - (2 / 12.5) = 12 points plus
points value would be
(470 / 50) + (18 / 12) +
(2 / 5) = 11 points
Although the difference in this item is not huge, it does demonstrate
how taking into account the carbs and protein, and assigning different
values to the various nutrients has an impact of the points value.
The points values used on this site for recipes and restaurants
do not use this same exact formula.
The above formula is patented by
Weight Watchers International and use of this exact formula on this
site would be an infringement.
Instead, an offline spreadsheet with a
slightly different formula is used and the values presented on the
restaurant pages and recipes may round up or down to a slightly
different value than Weight Watchers points and points plus.
based on empirical data, the values presented on this site are a close
approximation and in many cases may equate to the same results as with
the WW formula.
The differences are generally negligible. Be sure to
check with your Weight Watchers materials for exact values.
points plus calculation shown above is what is used in the United
States and Canada. A different method, called Pro Points, is used in
The new Pro Points
(Fat (g) / 3.8889) + (Carbohydrate (g) / 9.2105) + (Protein (g) /
10.9375) + (Fiber (g)
major difference in this calculation versus the points plus calculation
is how fiber is handled. As you can see, instead of deducting for
fiber, this formula adds for the fiber.
This is based on the
fact that the carbohydrate line on nutrition labels in the UK do not
count the fiber. Therefore, the value of fiber needs to be included in
the total value.
Use this online calculator to get the values of your foods
using the points plus calculation.
Find your favorite place to eat out and view their menu items complete
with nutrition and points values. Both the plus values and the original values are calculated for each
Points Plus for Alcohol
The calculation for alcohol is different than for foods. Check out this
article for a fairly simple way to calculate the points for your
Calculate Original Points
If you are still following the original method and want to learn how to
calculate the food points, then this is the article for you.