"Free Styling" new zero point foodsEveryone loves something for nothing and WW Freestyle plan is no different. With over 200 items that are zero SmartPoints, you are going to love this weight loss program.
The list still has the same free veggies and fruits as before, but with a couple of great additions. Items like beans, peas and even sweet corn your choices just got a whole lot tastier.
Not only are there new veggies on the list, there are a lot of protein packed foods. These include chicken breast and turkey breast. These must be skinless and boneless in order to not count towards the points values.
Other protein includes tofu and eggs. In addition to these foods, there are a few other surprises. Now you can have plain, nonfat yogurt without the worry and hassle of counting these towards your daily allowance.
If you want to learn more about the "whys" of these foods being added to the list, then check out this article FreeStyle Zero Point Foods Overview.
Below you will find the complete list of zero point foods in alphabetical order. Just remember that canned items cannot have added oils or sugars. If they do, you will need to use some of your allowance for these items.
So without any further ado, here is the list of the zero point foods.
As with most rules, there are always some exceptions. This list of zero point foods are no different. Here are some things to keep in mind when consuming these foods.
All fruits and vegetables should be fresh (raw or cooked), frozen, or drained canned items. If they are canned they cannot have added sugar or oil.
They cannot be dried fruits or vegetables. If they are dried, they are then placed in the "snack food" category and will have a points value.
The reason behind this thought is that snack foods are more easily over eaten. Because of this reason, if you are eating dried fruits or dried vegetables, remember to calculate and track the points.
When shopping for these items, look for fresh, frozen or canned items that would be included on the zero points foods list. If they are canned with added oils or sugars, they are no longer zero points. Same with items that are marinated as this is added oils and/or sugars.
With any of the poultry or fish items, if they are dried, for instance to make jerky, then they are no longer free points. Just like with the dried fruits and veggies, being dried turns them into a snack item and therefore will require monitoring and recording of the SmartPoints value.
Keep in mind that smoothies have there own rule. If the ingredients are mixed into a smoothie, then all ingredients count towards calculating the smart points value. This is because in a liquid form, you can easily consume more fruits, yogurts, etc. than if you were to sit down and eat these items.
In the liquid form, you can pack in more calories, fats, carbs than just the foods without getting that sense of feeling full versus eating the items.
Some items that fall into the vegetable category did not make the zero point foods list. This includes potatoes (and is the same as Weight Watchers previous plan). Potatoes are one of the foods that people can have a hard time with portion control. Because of the tendency to overeat these, they did not make the list.
Another item that still did not get on the list are avocados. This again is the same as the prior weight loss program. Other items that you might be wondering about are nonfat milk, nonfat cottage cheese and other nonfat soft cheeses. They also are not zero points. You will have to track and record these when you have them with your meals or snacks.
As with any good diet, make sure you are eating healthy, getting variety and using common sense when it comes to portion sizes.
Here's a quick summary from Weight Watchers on the new zero point foods list.
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