If you are an active Weight Watcher, you’ve probably heard the hubbub about their new Points program that’s being launched for 2011 — it’s called the PointsPlus Plan! Now, I don’t really know a whole lot about it myself yet, as Weight Watchers is being really hush hush about it, but based on the UK’s version of it, which is called the Weight Watchers ProPoints Plan, here’s what we know so far:
* Instead of calculating a food’s Points on calories, fat and fiber, there will be more of an emphasis on the quality of the food. Brown rice will have fewer Points than white rice. A 100-calorie pack of cookies will have more Points than 100 calories of chicken breast, and so on.
* To encourage better food choices, fruit and most vegetables will have zero Points. Starchy vegetables, such as potatoes, corn and peas will not be in the free Points list.
* The minimum amount of Points assigned to people will be 29 Points, but they’ll also be given a weekly allowance of 49 Points as “Real Living” Points to be used on fun foods.
So that’s the scoop thus far. As I learn more about the program, I’ll make sure to keep you all posted. Some of you have asked how I’ll handle the calculation of my “Point Total” based on the new Weight Watchers Plan. What I will end up doing is including a Point Total for the new plan, but I’ll still include my regular Point Total as well, so those of you who remain on the old Weight Watchers Points plan, can still use the recipes. As for all my old recipes, I HOPE to go back and add the new Point Totals to each of those recipes in time, but first I will need to learn how Points will be calculated with the new PointsPlus Plan, and see how time consuming it will be to revamp all those old recipes.
For now, until I’m fully onto the new Weight Watchers Points Plus Program, I’ll still be posting recipes with my regular “Point Total”.
More info to come as I get wind of it!! Keep reading, and get ready and excited for a new year!!!!