All You Need to Know About the Weight Watchers Freestyle Program!

It’s finally here!! 2018 is less than 48 hours away, and I know that many of us, myself included, are planning to get back on the wagon after weeks of holiday indulgences. Well, there’s no better time to make that New Year’s resolution, because Weight Watchers has launched their new Freestyle Plan! Here’s all the info you need to get informed about it, and to be successful.

HOW WW FREESTYLE WORKS

The new Weight Watchers Freestyle Program is really only a bit different than the Smart Points program. It’s essentially the same plan, but with a few upgrades and benefits. The core of the program is still the same. Food points are still calculated using the Smart Points calculator. But now, there are a few features to make the program a little easier…

  • There are a lot more foods that are 0 Smart Points (YAY!!) The same foods that were 0 Smart Points before, are still 0, but the list has been seriously expanded. Including foods like eggs, chicken, fish, beans, corn and more (see the list of foods below).
  • You no longer need to track foods that are 0 Smart Points. This makes journaling a lot faster!
  • You now have Point rollover flexibility. This means that if you don’t use up all your Smart Points one day, you can now have up to 4 extra Points rolled over into your bank of weekly Smart Points for more flexibility later in the week.
  • Your daily Points allowance will change. In order to accommodate all the new zero point foods, your daily points will be recalculated (still according you your age, height, weight, and gender)

Here are the 0 Point Foods in the Freestyle Plan:

  • corn
  • peas
  • skinless chicken breast
  • skinless turkey breast
  • fresh and frozen vegetables (except starchy ones like potatoes), and those canned without added oil or sugar
  • fresh and frozen fruit (except avocado and coconut), without syrup or added sugar
  • beans and lentils
  • tofu
  • eggs and egg whites
  • fish and shellfish (without skin or added fats and sugar)
  • nonfat, plain, unsweetened yogurt
HOW WILL THIS AFFECT THE RECIPES ON LAALOOSH?

As of January 1, 2018, I will now be including ALL the nutritional data for each recipe, in addition to the Smart Points. In time, I plan to go back to my old recipes, and update them with the new Freestyle Smart Points AND include all nutritional data, not just the data needed to calculate Points. Most of my old recipes will NOT reflect the correct Smart Points value because of all the new 0 Point Foods. This will take me a lot of time to do, so I thank you in advance for your patience! I will update this post on my progress. :)
One important thing to note…..the Weight Watchers recipe builder does not count points for zero point foods. Because of this, the Smart Points that you calculate using the recipe builder will not always match the Smart Points you get by entering the nutrition information for a recipe into the WW points calculator. 0 point foods still have calories, carbs, sugar, saturated fat, and the nutrition information will reflect this.

Overall, I’m really excited about the new WW Freestyle Program, and I think it will offer a lot more freedom and flexibility. If you are a Weight Watchers member, check in with your leader and/or the Weight Watchers website to get more info and get any questions answered. I am a member myself, will be following the program, and have access to all of the online tools, meeting materials, and recipe builder.

Thank you all for reading my blog and following along on all my culinary adventures! I’m really looking forward to a great year with the new Freestyle program, and can’t wait to start getting some new Weight Watchers recipes out to you!

xoxo,
Wendy

30 Comments

  1. Hi, I love your site! Do you know how I can figure how many points I get on the new plan? Is there a calculator?

    • Wendy Reply

      Hi there! Thanks for reading! To answer your question, your daily points is calculated by Weight Watchers and based on your current weight, height, age, activity level, and desired weight loss. Unfortunately, there isn’t a calculator or tool that would help you figure out your daily Points allowance on your own. You’d have to actually be a paying WW member in order to find out exactly what your Points should be.

      • I didn’t join WW and I bought the Smart Points calculator off Amazon for $20. I also bought the shopping grocery book which lists points. This is for the Smart Points program (not the Plus program). Best $20 I ever spent!!! You put in all the details; sex, height, age, weight and it tells you how many points you need. It’s fantastic!! I didn’t want to pay for a weekly meeting or online fee when I could use this. Works for me!

  2. I still follow the points plus which seems to work for my husband and myself. Just wondering if we should try the freestyle. We are lifetime members but do the program at home now. Been really good at keeping our weight down this last year but the last few weeks for some reason have been tough to get motivated again. Love your site and all your help.

    • Wendy Reply

      That’s great that you and your husband have been so successful with Weight Watchers! I truly believe that it’s a great program and really teaches balance and lifestyle change. If you are considering a switch over to the Freestyle program, I would say to maybe go to a local meeting where you can ask more about it and hear about other members’ experiences. You could always try it for a month or two and then switch back to Points Plus if it doesn’t work for you.

      As for my own personal opinion, the things I really like about the Freestyle program is all the new 0 Points foods. They really help you focus on eating good, clean, unprocessed foods – which is not just good for weight loss, but also for optimal health. What I find challenging about the Freestyle program is that “treat” foods like breads, cheeses, sweets and desserts all have higher Points, and it’s hard to incorporate them into your daily eating without going overboard. Though, I think that’s what Weight Watchers wants – for people to focus more on the better foods. But if you like your treats, it can be tough!

      Best of luck to you guys and thanks for reading!!

      Just my 2 cents. :)

  3. Thanks so much for all you do. The recipes you share are awesome! Love the simple explanation of the new program

  4. Does anyone know how many point for a male. Weighting 260 6 foot tall. 60 years old I just started and thought it would be fun to track my husbands food also.

  5. Judy Libertelli- Bolton Reply

    I LOVE your recipes. Thanks to you i try many things i swore i never would. Thanks so much. Happy New Year!

  6. I ENJOY YOUR RECEIPES AND I AM STILL LEARNING ABOUT WW, THANK YOU VERY MUCH

  7. Wanted to make sure you knew how much many of us appreciate you and enjoy your recipes and thank you for the work you are starting in converting recipes to the new freestyle smart points!

  8. karen lovely Reply

    does anyone know how to recalculate the smart points. I was allowed 30 smart points per day last January

    • try this link http://pinterest.com/pin/710583647428312375/?source_app=android
      First chart is to calculate daily points

  9. karen lovely Reply

    does anyone know how to recalculate the allowed smart points. I was given 30 points per day last January.

  10. Just want to thank you for your wonderful recipes ,I just got an air fryer and a insta pot for Christmas hope you can come up with some great recipes for us, to use in our new products
    again thank you for helping stay on our weight watcher adventure peggy

  11. I started Freestyle about 3 weeks ago and HAD lost 8 pounds!! Christmas was a little challenging and I gained 1 1/2#. I’m back on track and it is WITHOUT A DOUBT, the easiest WW plan I’ve ever done…and in my 60 years I’ve done several. Love Laaloosh recipes and look forward to seeing the “new points” recipes! Good luck all….you’re going to love it!!

  12. Thank you! I do so much better when I use recipes like yours than when I just cook single items like grilled chicken, steamed veg. ?

  13. Maria Haines Reply

    Thank you Wendy! looking forward to more of your delicious recipes.
    Happy New Year!…….Maria

  14. I just had my 3rd weigh in and I’ve lost 9.8 lbs.
    Just remember zero does not mean free. You should still watch your portions.

    • LaaLoosh Reply

      EXCELLENT point, Laurie. And congrats on such an amazing weight loss!

  15. Thank you so much for your recipes and willingness to update your old recipes! I really love many of your recipes!!!! You are very helpful!!!!

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