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Has the new Weight Watchers Freestyle been discussed yet?

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I got all excited and signed up before Christmas but I cancelled last night. Like the others, tracking makes me feel resentful and led me straight to binge eating and weight gain. I am very rebellious by nature.

 

I should have known better. But at least it got me thinking about my food issues instead of ignoring them.

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I think some things are different. Not positive but I think a glass of red wine used to be 5 and now it is 4.

 

I get 23 with FS instead of 26 on the prvious plan.

 

I have got to get serious. My goal is 15 pounds by May 1. 15 weeks. Totally doable but I can't seem to get motivated. Part of my issue is having to feed these adult men that live with me. Lol.....I do really well if I can mostly skip supper.....but it is hard to skip when I have to cook.

 

I cannot skip dinner.  But I also am aiming for 15 pounds by around May 1st, hopefully more than that, but I will take it if that is all I can do.

 

I guess maybe I should join online for the first month or two, to get used to it, and then use the itrackbites once they add the new program in.

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Tracking has made me realize how out of control my portion sizes were. For me, it really helps to have a way to quantify portion size. Because I am tall and nurse, most portion size guides don't work for me. But WW does. I am a numbers person who doesn't eat fake food, and WW works with that.

 

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I liked no s but would get cranky every day at 4 or 5 no matter what I ate for lunch. I eat a banana and one T peanut butter most afternoons at 4 now.

 

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Oddly, using myfitnesspal or my new favorite, Baritastic, doesn't give me the same anger issues. I think WW may have me getting too little fat for my personal needs, and that might be why I get so angry on it. 

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Oddly, using myfitnesspal or my new favorite, Baritastic, doesn't give me the same anger issues. I think WW may have me getting too little fat for my personal needs, and that might be why I get so angry on it.

This is what I was thinking. I have to have enough good fat or I get wonked out of my mind. Edited by Scarlett

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Tracking has made me realize how out of control my portion sizes were. For me, it really helps to have a way to quantify portion size. Because I am tall and nurse, most portion size guides don't work for me. But WW does. I am a numbers person who doesn't eat fake food, and WW works with that.

 

Emily

My portions are out of control too. On some things.

 

I just had half of an avocado and 5 saltines. I smashed the avocado and measured it..less than 1/4 cup. And that is 2 or 3 points. I could have easily eaten the whole thing with double the crackers....if I just eat the lesser portion and go on I am fine.

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My portions are out of control too. On some things.

 

I just had half of an avocado and 5 saltines. I smashed the avocado and measured it..less than 1/4 cup. And that is 2 or 3 points. I could have easily eaten the whole thing with double the crackers....if I just eat the lesser portion and go on I am fine.

It has taken some tweaking to get it to work right for me. If I keep to the daily points only, I am losing 2 lbs/week and feeling deprived. Instead, I've been using some weekly points every day and that keeps me at about 1-1.5 lbs/week and reasonably happy.

 

I am eating a lot less refined carbs and using my points more for fatty things. I used to eat cheese and crackers and now I might eat cheese and apples. Or I use only one piece of bread and have an open-faced sandwich instead of having two pieces of bread. With turkey burgers last night, I had half a bun. I haven't had more than a few sips of alcohol (not something I love) since starting. I am trying to keep to "real" food, though, so I won't buy stuff like "fat-free half-and-half". One lunch I have a few times a week is 3-4 C of greens with a few eggs and a bunch of salsa on top. There you've got a source of 0 point fat if needed. 

 

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Oddly, using myfitnesspal or my new favorite, Baritastic, doesn't give me the same anger issues. I think WW may have me getting too little fat for my personal needs, and that might be why I get so angry on it. 

KT, it is funny because your positive review early in this thread is what got me seriously thinking about WW. I'm sorry it didn't work for you but I'm glad you convinced me!

 

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I forgot to mention, not only is my husband doing it, but my sister is too. And my sister, sil, and sister's sil are on a group text where we are supporting each other. It's working well for me. Today I made fish tacos. Pan fried the fish with some Pam, so that was free, also cabbage and salsa were free. So only thing I recorded was the tortillas and Sriracha mayo I used. 5pts total and a satisfying lunch. Totally doable.

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I've been on WW for a little over 4 months and I'm down 16 pounds. A pound a week seems to work for me as far as long term lifestyle change. I wasn't eating enough fat when I first started, using points for wine mainly, it ended up. But I learned and I recongnized I wasn't eating enough fats. Now I'm back to flax seeds, real cheese and olive oil on my roasted veggies. Oh and dark chocolate. I think I've found a happy medium.

Weight loss is definitely a process to see what's going to click for you.,

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I've been doing WW since the first and have lost nine pounds. It's hard. I am a serious carb addict. But I feel I can cheat every now and then, and use up my weekly points and I do ok. I've cut almost all sugar out of my diet that isn't fruit. The WW system really does push you to eat healthy foods.

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I've been doing WW since the first and have lost nine pounds. It's hard. I am a serious carb addict. But I feel I can cheat every now and then, and use up my weekly points and I do ok. I've cut almost all sugar out of my diet that isn't fruit. The WW system really does push you to eat healthy foods.

That isn't cheating! That's using the system how it is designed!

 

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My portions are out of control too. On some things.

 

I just had half of an avocado and 5 saltines. I smashed the avocado and measured it..less than 1/4 cup. And that is 2 or 3 points. I could have easily eaten the whole thing with double the crackers....if I just eat the lesser portion and go on I am fine.

 

1/2 cup of avocado and 10 crackers.......hardly out of control.

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I signed up just before Christmas for 3 months (online only) but will cancel when the time is up. My plan was to lose 1/2 pound a week and I've lost more - 5 pounds since Christmas. It's not that it isn't working but I can't see paying the cost. I did download iTrackbites and though I haven't really spent time with it, it looks like there are a bunch of add-ons for $2.99 each. Still, once you buy the extras you're done and it's less then the cost for WW. 

 

 

I tried it for almost a month and all the focus on counting made me focus on food constantly which made me hungrier than normal, plus all the free foods.... I ate a lot more than usual.  Last couple weeks I've instead focused on portions.  Including portions of fat in cooking, portions of the very occasional sweet. How much meat, it it whole grain etc... and I've lost 5 pounds.  

 

I don't feel hungry but do feel like I'm spending way too much time thinking about food. I also feel like I'm eating too much of the zero points food, especially fruit. I too am focusing on portions, which I know were out of control. I don't know that it's actually WW that helped me lose those pounds so much as simply cutting back on portions, especially for treats. I've been having my evening sweet but only a small amount. 

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I liked no s but would get cranky every day at 4 or 5 no matter what I ate for lunch. I eat a banana and one T peanut butter most afternoons at 4 now.

 

Emily

I have a glass of milk or latte in the afternoon most days.

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I'm out. Sigh. For some reason, weight watchers makes me angry. Seriously, I have no idea why counting points makes me so freaking annoyed, when calorie counting, carb counting, etc do not. There has to be some deep seated psychological reason, lol. But it does. And now I'm angry I paid for 3 months of it when I hate it. Back to regular old tracking for me.

I quit too. This points system seems like it’s generated by a magic 8 ball. They penalize all carbs, fat, and red meat regardless of it being healthy type of “good†fat, non junk food carb or lean red meat. I’m back to MFP and much happier and not getting too few calories a day again like with WW which was making me do too much work for what they charge to figure out how many points I did really need to get to 1200 calories. Not to mention their database blows compared to MFP. I’m irritated we spent the money and wish I’d read more reviews of the new system online before I signed.

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I quit too. This points system seems like it’s generated by a magic 8 ball. They penalize all carbs, fat, and red meat regardless of it being healthy type of “good†fat, non junk food carb or lean red meat. I’m back to MFP and much happier and not getting too few calories a day again like with WW which was making me do too much work for what they charge to figure out how many points I did really need to get to 1200 calories. Not to mention their database blows compared to MFP. I’m irritated we spent the money and wish I’d read more reviews of the new system online before I signed.

 

Yup. I also dislike that it says you can use your fit points and weekly points, then penalizes you if you actually use many of them (ok..maybe not penalize, but you don't get that little "you did good" circle for the day. )

 

MFP is less judgmental about me using my exercise calories. 

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Does anyone know when weekly points start over? Is it tied to weigh in day?

 

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Can somebody explain how this is supposed to work? I understand that there are zero point foods you don't have to track, but a person could eat unlimited amounts of those foods and still not lose weight. What am I missing? All I see is that the system nudges a person towards healthier eating.

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Thanks. I am trying to get serious about it.

 

I did great yesterday. I ended up with two points left. For me it takes planning. I need to know when I wake up everything I will eat for the day.

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Can somebody explain how this is supposed to work? I understand that there are zero point foods you don't have to track, but a person could eat unlimited amounts of those foods and still not lose weight. What am I missing?

They aren't generally foods people can eat unlimited amounts of.

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They aren't generally foods people can eat unlimited amounts of.

 

I don't understand. I thought zero points means exactly that: you can eat as much as you want.

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I don't understand. I thought zero points means exactly that: you can eat as much as you want.

I mean, people don't keep eating them. They fill up quickly. Unlike a bag of chips where you really do t get full feeling.

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I mean, people don't keep eating them. They fill up quickly. Unlike a bag of chips where you really do t get full feeling.

 

But the lists does allow all fruit, right? Everybody in my family could gobble fruit all.day.long. I mean, apples and bananas have plenty of calories, so what is the science behind this? I'm glad it works for people, just trying to wrap my mind around why it works. 

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But the lists does allow all fruit, right? Everybody in my family could gobble fruit all.day.long. I mean, apples and bananas have plenty of calories, so what is the science behind this? I'm glad it works for people, just trying to wrap my mind around why it works.

Well they encourage balanced nutrition. I guess a person could eat only the zero points foods and gorge themselves and not lose weight. But if you add in some good fats and good carbs you shouldn't be so hungry you gorge on zero points.

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I don't understand. I thought zero points means exactly that: you can eat as much as you want.

 

They say zero point foods aren't an excuse to overeat them, and that people rarely do the way they would, say, potato chips. That said, if you have an issue overeating a certain type of zero point food, I would pay attention and be careful of that.

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But the lists does allow all fruit, right? Everybody in my family could gobble fruit all.day.long. I mean, apples and bananas have plenty of calories, so what is the science behind this? I'm glad it works for people, just trying to wrap my mind around why it works. 

 

Years ago I asked this same question.  I even went raw vegan for a while, most of my food was fruits and vegetables.  I lost minimal weight.  Now, I did have things like dates and nuts, which added a lot of calories as well.

 

Anyway, on WW several people said they had to play around with the fruit and most agreed that 2-3 servings per day max was all they could eat without stalling or gaining.

 

Now with the fewer points you can get, I am thinking you could go a little over that, but it is trial and error.

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DH has been on it for a month or two and really likes it. You control how you spend your daily allotment of points and can make adjustments as needed, and that works for him. If you know you need more fat or less fruit or whatever, then you can do that.

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I quit too. This points system seems like it’s generated by a magic 8 ball. They penalize all carbs, fat, and red meat regardless of it being healthy type of “good†fat, non junk food carb or lean red meat. I’m back to MFP and much happier and not getting too few calories a day again like with WW which was making me do too much work for what they charge to figure out how many points I did really need to get to 1200 calories. Not to mention their database blows compared to MFP. I’m irritated we spent the money and wish I’d read more reviews of the new system online before I signed.

 

I find that puzzling too. Most fruits and vegetables are zero points but have a little piece of avocado and you use up a chunk of points. Now I know avocados are high in fat and calories compared to other fruits but they're also healthy.  And while whole wheat carbs are fewer points than refined, they still penalize you for eating them. 

 

 

Can somebody explain how this is supposed to work? I understand that there are zero point foods you don't have to track, but a person could eat unlimited amounts of those foods and still not lose weight. What am I missing? All I see is that the system nudges a person towards healthier eating.

 

 

But the lists does allow all fruit, right? Everybody in my family could gobble fruit all.day.long. I mean, apples and bananas have plenty of calories, so what is the science behind this? I'm glad it works for people, just trying to wrap my mind around why it works. 

 

I multi-quoted before reading further and seeing that people answered your first post. As for the second I agree. I could eat apples and/or cuties (mandarins) and melon all day long. Granted, I'm not going to gorge on boneless skinless chicken breast, or beans, or some of the other zero points food, but fruit. Yeah. I could eat a lot of it if I'm not careful. And it's full of sugar.

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But the lists does allow all fruit, right? Everybody in my family could gobble fruit all.day.long. I mean, apples and bananas have plenty of calories, so what is the science behind this? I'm glad it works for people, just trying to wrap my mind around why it works.

Apples and bananas are only about 100 calories apiece. The foods with fiber are always favored by ww, from my understanding. Edited by Sandwalker

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I at 1500 calories yesterday, and I'm breastfeeding, and burned several hundred exercising (walking). That seems reasonable. And yet WW says I went 5 points over my daily allotment. Yes, I can use weekly points, but again, they seem to encourage you to stay in your "healthy range" by staying no more than 3 points over each day. So that's pretty discouraging. 

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Fruits and veggies *do* have points if you drink them (think smoothie) and I know plenty of people who could pop three pieces of fruit in a blender and then drink it. But I've never just sat down and eaten three pieces of fruit (though I have sat down and eaten 300 calories of cookies/latte/chips and dip).

 

Regentrude, I think the fact that your entire family is trim demonstrates, possibly, that people who have a tendency to over-indulge in fruit are already doing things right. I doubt any of the ladies in my group have this tendency. Or, if they do, they have enough other bad habits to prune first.

 

I really do find myself eating more fruits/veggies than I did before, so this nudge is working for me.

 

The book Sugar Salt Fat (I think) talks about how we eat the most if a food has all three. Any food you pair with fruit or shrimp or whatever does have points.

 

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I just joined on the 3rd and I am down 8 pounds...it's not an ideal but it's working right now and I really needed something to make me pay attention to portion size and junk food vs real food. My sugar and empty carb intake is way down, I'm not hungry, I like Connect  for encouragement and to help me focus. I post once a day which I find motivating!

 

I have higher point fats like butter, olive oil, and/or avocado every day and it isn't derailing me! I just count the points. So far I am generally in blue dot zone lol...but I ate my weeklies last week and intend to keep doing so.

 

I like the Freestyle plan better than the old Points plus or Smart points - I can't remember but I've been on 2x WW before and I just like it way better this time!! Then again, it more than the food lists...I never cared for the meetings and last time I didn't have a smart phone so I didn't use the app.

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I at 1500 calories yesterday, and I'm breastfeeding, and burned several hundred exercising (walking). That seems reasonable. And yet WW says I went 5 points over my daily allotment. Yes, I can use weekly points, but again, they seem to encourage you to stay in your "healthy range" by staying no more than 3 points over each day. So that's pretty discouraging.

Does the program account for breastfeeding when determining how many points you get?

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I start tomorrow. I really have 40 pounds to lose and I need to get on it. I gained it nine years ago while on steroids for a really bad asthma flare up(turned out to be mold in the apartment we’d moved into). Even through fertility treatments and three kids, I seem to easily come back to this set point of 40 pounds heavier than I should be.

 

I think my body thinks it’s normal and I need to change that.

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Does the program account for breastfeeding when determining how many points you get?

Yes, they have two levels, either breastfeeding exclusively or breastfeeding but not exclusively. I put the latter, as she is 9 months old and does get solids. 

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Fruits and veggies *do* have points if you drink them (think smoothie) and I know plenty of people who could pop three pieces of fruit in a blender and then drink it. But I've never just sat down and eaten three pieces of fruit

 

Really?

My breakfast today was a fruit salad consisting of a banana, an apple and an orange, and a scoop of yoghurt. If I had kiwi or grapes, I'd throw some of those in, too.

 

 

 

Regentrude, I think the fact that your entire family is trim demonstrates, possibly, that people who have a tendency to over-indulge in fruit are already doing things right. I doubt any of the ladies in my group have this tendency. Or, if they do, they have enough other bad habits to prune first.

I really do find myself eating more fruits/veggies than I did before, so this nudge is working for me.

 

Yes, I can definitely see how making fruit&veggies zero points would encourage people to eat more of them. Which I guess might automatically translate into eating less of something else... was just curious.

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Points are definitely not just calories. They steer you in a healthier direction. Yesterday I ate 17 points and 1700 calories. Today I was at 35 points and 1600 calories. But today 25 of my points were potato chips and a bagel. But that was still only 900 calories. Yesterday, most of my calories were from beans and chicken. Which are zero points.

I'm not sure how it all works, but I do know I tried MFP for 3 months with very little progress even though the calorie deficit was there. With WW, I'm losing slowly but steadily.

Also, you are supposed to eat your weeklies. Somehow they are calculated into your total weekly food needs. There are all sorts of hack ideas on how to use them to your advantage. There is also a big group that don't believe in the blue dots. I don't do blue dots, but I do stay within my weeklies for the week. I usually save my weeklies for days like today, when I need a junk food fix;)

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I can see sitting down to three fruits (in a fruit salad or something) but not, say, ten or twenty servings of fruit. There is, for most people, an upper limit up there somewhere.

 

Fruit, while sweeter and more calorie rich than veggies and a few other things, is still going to be more filling-per-calorie than the vast majority of other common food groups (dairy, meat, grain, processed snacks or sweets). Presuming that one's hypothetical massive fruit intake was filling, there would still be some net-calorie-benefit because of what wasn't being eaten.

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Really?

My breakfast today was a fruit salad consisting of a banana, an apple and an orange, and a scoop of yoghurt. If I had kiwi or grapes, I'd throw some of those in, too.

 

Yes, I can definitely see how making fruit&veggies zero points would encourage people to eat more of them. Which I guess might automatically translate into eating less of something else... was just curious.

Based off what I know about you from these forums, this program would drive you batshit crazy because there is no apparent logic behind the Freestyle point system (at least that I could riddle out and I spent way too many hours doing nutritional comparisons to points assigned). It does not seem to adhere to current nutrional wisdom in many ways either. I’m curious to see how long lived this iteration is.

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I don't understand. I thought zero points means exactly that: you can eat as much as you want.

You're still supposed to watch portion sizes and eat to satisfaction, not full or stuffed. I was very leary at first, but I am getting to like it. I find I eat whole foods, minimal refined anything, and very clean. I really like the new program.

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Based off what I know about you from these forums, this program would drive you batshit crazy because there is no apparent logic behind the Freestyle point system (at least that I could riddle out and I spent way too many hours doing nutritional comparisons to points assigned). It does not seem to adhere to current nutrional wisdom in many ways either. I’m curious to see how long lived this iteration is.

Other than the zero point foods, the smart point calculations have remained the same. I think it'll be around for awhile. It's not for everyone, but it works if you work it. I'm a fan.

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I think the idea is that very few people become obese eating nothing but bananas and apples and chicken breast. 

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So, I'm trying it again...since I already paid for it. And my husband's aunt is doing it too,a nd I adore her. I'm going to tweak it though and count any lean meat as free, not just chicken breast. For variety sake. And work on making sure I get enough fat...so no fat free half and half (I hate myself for even buying it), etc. Using regular half and half in my coffee, and will use regular cheese, etc. And ignore that stupid blue zone thing. We shall see. If anything, I was losing too quickly when I was sticking to it strictly, so lets see if allowing some lean pork, etc works. And using up my weekly and fit points as needed. Without shaming myself for using them!

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You're still supposed to watch portion sizes and eat to satisfaction, not full or stuffed. I was very leary at first, but I am getting to like it. I find I eat whole foods, minimal refined anything, and very clean. I really like the new program.

I like it, too. I was a little irritated this morning because I made that overnight refrigerator oatmeal and it ended up to be 11 points. I was like, I ate almost half of my entire points allowance for breakfast. And it was a healthy breakfast. But, I made southwest Chicken and barley soup for lunch and entered the recipe and it was only 1 point per serving, so now I am where I should be. I like the program because it does push me to healthy eating - a mandarin orange or half a banana for snack instead of something starchy. And I do use regular half and half in my coffee. Edited by KrissiK

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