So we've discussed Classic Points, Points Plus and Smart Points. Now it's time to discuss the current Weight Watcher plan - FREESTYLE.
First, anything you need to count a point for is calculated the Smart Point way; so there's not new points to learn.
Weight Watchers took a look at what everyone was eating, took note of the filling options and created FREESTYLE.
Freestyle is a step between points and their Simply Filling plan. Freestyle is an AWESOME plan and despite my dislike of Smart Points; I can overlook that part.
Freestyle gives you a list of 200 foods that you do not have to count points for; that list consists of vegetables, fruit, beans, chicken & turkey breast, seafood and eggs with a few exceptions. Weight Watchers says to eat these foods until you are full, not stuffed and you don't have to weigh, measure and track them.
Right, you don't have to weigh, measure or track them.
Let's back up here......just because you don't have to, doesn't mean you can't. If you don't trust yourself, by all means weigh, measure and track. Also remember, just because you don't have to count it (or count it as 0 pts) doesn't mean the food doesn't have calories, carbs, fat, sugar, etc...
Don't confuse 0 pts as 0 calories - it doesn't work that way.
The biggest complaint I hear about FREESTYLE - is that "if I knew how to stop eating when I am full, I wouldn't need Weight Watchers". You are just like me! So knowing that....you need to weigh, measure and track it. Yes the tracker will show 0 and that's fine; but at least you'll know serving sizes. Sometimes you have to do what you know you need to do and stop blaming the program.
Side Note: I once saw a post where a WW member was complaining about just this. I offered the advice above to weigh, measure and track. They thanked me and said they'd give that a try. A few hours later (yep, just hours) they posted again complaining that if they had to weigh, measure and track then they really aren't doing Freestyle.....why can't they have the choice to go back to Smart Points.
Yeah, I shook my head and laughed too! You were given advice...and without even giving it a try..you came up with another excuse of why the program won't work for you. First the excuse was you needed more structure, then when you were told well you can do that, you came back with well that's not really doing the program is it? Actually, yes it is! Notice the name FREE in the program - you're free to make it your own!
Obviously this was a person who just wanted Smart Points back but was failing to realize that on Smart Points they'd be weighing, measuring and tracking........so why can't they do it on Freestyle?
Don't get hung up on only eating the 0 pt foods either. The next biggest complaint? I am so sick of eating eggs and chicken. Ummm.....why are you eating so much of it? Why aren't you using those points?
If you only eat off that list, you are depriving yourself and will get bored very easily with this plan. You need to use those points. Plan ahead....if you want burgers or pasta one night; fill that into the tracker and then work the rest of the day around it. The points are there to be used....use them.
This is also in line with the people who accuse WW of forcing them to only eat certain foods - "they're trying to tell me what to eat"......again, you do not only have to eat the zero foods - use the points! And no WW isn't forcing you to eat certain foods......they are nudging you towards healthy choices. There's a huge difference.