The flex plan uses a points system. Each food item you eat has a points value that is calculated using the calories, fat and fiber to determine the points value.
The points you are allowed are based on height, weight and gender. You have daily points as well as weekly points allowance for those special occasions.
Weight Watchers provides tools to help calculate the points values. Additionally, their online recipes shows the points value.
With the core plan, there is no counting calories or points. The core plan is based on a specific food list.
The foods on this list are low in energy density, meaning they have fewer calories per ounce but at the same time will make you feel more satisfied and full.
You can mix and match the food items on the Core Plan food list. Similar to the Flex plan, with the core plan you also have a weekly allowance so you can eat foods not on the core list.
The e-tools for the Weight Watchers Plan include daily food
loss tracking, exercise videos and recipe finder. You can
also add your own favorite recipes and get the points value for the
foods you love. They also have online support in the form of
message boards and success stories.
For the men out there, Weight Watchers has a customized “for men only” weight watchers online and e-tools.
If you are a Weight Watchers member attending onsite meetings, they also have available many tools that are either free or can be purchased.
These tools include a points calculator/slider, recipe books and more.
The on-site meeting prices for the Weight Watchers Plan vary
based on region/location.
To find out prices in your area, click here
and then just input your zip
code. Just select the Prices and Special offers button next to your
preferred meeting location.
To give you an example, meeting prices for my zip code area is $13.00 per week on a pay as you go, 11.41 a week for the 17 week pass (you pre-pay for the full 17 weeks) and only $9.22 average for the monthly pass.
Weight Watchers online costs $17.95 a month with a $29.95 registration fee. If you sign up for the 3 month savings plan, the cost is $65.00 for the 3 months. This equates to just $5.00 a week.
When reviewing Weight Watchers Plan, I found that using their
monthly pass is the best bet for your money. So, If you
you want to try Weight Watchers meetings and use their
e-tools, make sure the check if their "Monthly Pass" is available in
With the Monthly pass, you get free registration, free online tools and unlimited on-site meetings during the month, so if you have a bad day, you can attend an extra meeting. Price per week with a
monthly pass averages about $9.22 week.
In addition to being the best weight loss plan, they also
many freebies on the site. These freebies include some sample
recipes, fitness and health
tips, and success stories.
There are also a couple of calculators to help you determine your "goal weight" and BMI (Body Mass Index). You can also join their weekly email newsletter to get more tips and recipes.
The recipes will show the point’s value, servings, prep and cooking times and (for people like me who are not gourmet chefs), the level of difficulty. If you join Weight Watchers, then you will have access to thousands of recipes on their website.
Weight Watchers Plan has all the right components for a
loss program and all the right tools and support to rate as the best
weight loss plan.
Their support system with the onsite meetings and online tools is the best support system available. Although Weight Watchers is pricier than some weight loss plans, it is still reasonably priced.
In addition to the Weight Watchers Plan, be sure to read all the weight loss reviews on this site.
Daily Allowance Calculation
Ever wonder how they come up with your daily allowance. Check out this article to learn about the formula used behind this calculation.
How to Calculate Food Points Original Method
If you are still following the original Weight Watchers plan, then this is the article for you. You will learn what nutritional values are used to calculate the values for the foods you eat.
Reading Food Labels
Learn how to read the nutritional values on food labels so you can calculate the points correctly.