I love that WW (formerly Weight Watchers) is now giving us a choice….making this the most personalized program I have seen in my many years as a member of WW.
This week, WW is launching the new program—My WW. And I am excited. Why? Because there is choice! Weight loss, weight maintenance and healthy living have never been a one-size-fits-all way of life. Every person is different. And what works for one may not work for another. So, we find what works for us. Any food/exercise/health plan needs to fit into our lives so that it is livable. If the food plan is not livable will we be successful….maybe in the short run but not for the long run. And the long run is what makes us healthier for life!
WW realized this and implemented the new program this week, offering a choice of three food plans so that members can choose the one that will work for them in their life. Every couple of years WW changes the program, and the changes are always backed up by science. And as you probably know, science changes, we learn new things and adjust. In the past, the program changes meant getting rid of the old, even if it worked for members and moving everyone to the new plan. There was never an option to stay with the previous plan, the tools all supported the new plan. There was no choice.
Not this year! Not this change! With the introduction of My WW and the offer of 3 food plans to choose from, WW is also providing the tools for each plan. We get to choose what works for us, which makes much more sense to me, because the only person who really knows what works for me is me! And now I have the support of WW and the tools to go along with my choice.
Before I get into the changes and the choices I want to talk about what is staying the same— the things I loved about Freestyle—freedom and flexibility. That comes from the weekly extra points budget and roll overs. Those are NOT changing. I love that the rollovers are staying. Those rollovers give me a lot of flexibility. The option to save some of my daily budget for holidays, weekends, my birthday or anytime I need a little extra. And that provides me with less guilt. I can enjoy an indulgence without the guilt because I have planned and saved for those indulgences. Those weekly extra budget points also allow me to enjoy going out to eat with family and friends and they will give me the freedom to enjoy a piece of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving.
There is also no change in how food points are calculated. The points are still smartpoints and take into consideration calories, saturated fat, sugar and protein in assigning point values to food. No change there! And, no change in how we figure our daily smartpoint budget—it is still based on age, height, weight and gender.
Fitpoints earned for activity and exercise is not changing either. And the ability to choose whether or not you swap those Fitpoints for smartpoints is not changing—we still get to decide whether or not to swap and that helps us to personalize our plan. I love to earn Fitpoints, but I don’t like to swap them. My choice. And one that works for me!
So, then what is changing?
We now have the choice of 3 food plans—Green, Blue, and Purple!
Green is equivalent to the old smartpoints, Beyond the Scale plan…the plan before Freestyle. On green you get a higher daily smartpoint budget (the minimum is 30 daily points) and there are fewer 0 smartpoint foods. Fruit that is fresh, frozen or canned in its own juice is 0 smartpoints and most vegetables are 0 smartpoints (starchy veggies are NOT 0 sp—think potatoes, corn, peas, legumes, etc). If you need more parameters—tracking, portions, points—then Green is for you.
Blue is equivalent to the current Freestyle plan. On blue you get less daily smartpoints for your budget (23 daily points is the minimum) and there are 200+ foods that have 0 smartpoints. Blue means less tracking for those who don’t want to track everything. If Freestyle worked for you and you loved it, then Blue is for you! You do not have to change anything!
Purple is, in my opinion, very close to the old Simply Filling or Core programs. On Purple you have the least amount of daily smartpoints for your budget (16 is the minimum daily points) and there are 300+ foods that are 0 smartpoints. There is less tracking to do which gives some that sense of freedom. If you like that freedom and can eat to satisfaction and stop, then Purple is for you!
All three plans still allow rollovers and give you your weekly extra smartpoint budget. With all three food plans you only “have to” track the foods with points but can track everything if you want to. These plans all give us freedom and flexibility so that we can live our lives, our way and still lose weight, maintain and get healthy. Which one you choose is completely up to you!
I am sure you can guess after my last blog post which plan I am going with— Green. Why? Because the parameters of points and portions gives me control. I don’t have the ability within me to cut-off food, to know when I am satisfied vs stuffed. Less tracking and less foods with points means I could eat as much as I wanted of those because they were 0 points and then eat my daily points too and most weeks my weeklies. That didn’t work for me. I need guidance. I need the safety net of portions and points. I need to know that ALL foods count! So, for me it is Green. That is not to say that one day I may be in a place with my relationship with food that I could try blue or purple….. and let me tell you purple appeals to me because Potatoes are 0 smartpoints! I almost chose purple for those “free” potatoes. But that would be dangerous for me! Right now, where I am at currently in my relationship with food, “free” foods are like kryptonite! So, I am going Green! Because 0 smartpoint foods ARE NOT “free”!! And until I change that mindset I need to count points for most foods!
Mindset plays a huge part in my choice. I know me. I know where I trip up. I know what tempts me and sends me down the hole…… I am choosing Green today because the parameters of points and the accountability of tracking along with portioning all foods takes the control from the food and gives it back to me! I am back in control!
I am really excited for this new plan. My WW is the most personalized plan I have ever seen. I am excited for where this is going to take me, and I am excited to see where others go with this new choice in food plans! Whether you choose Green, Blue or Purple, make sure you choose the one that is right for you, not the one that is right for someone else! Only you know what is right for you!
Let’s take this perfectly imperfect journey together—-after all, whether we are Green, Blue or Purple, we are in this together and we are better together!