Gaining Weight on PointsPlus: Part 2
When I first began this blog, Weight Watchers had just shifted to the new PointsPlus (PP) system. Like many of you, I had gone from 22 daily points + 35 weekly bonus to 29 daily points + 49 weekly bonus. Theoretically, the results should have been equal because the new PP program gave a higher point-value to products that are heavy in carbs.
I had been very disappointed (see Part 1) because my weight loss stopped and I started gaining! I was advised by my leader to cut back on fruit which was now free. Theoretically, this should have made a difference.
But it didn’t. I didn’t gain any more weight, true, but I wasn’t losing weight either.
For a while I went back to the old Points program, but I could see that my paper calculator wasn’t going to last forever, and I was going to have to make peace with the new program.
I decided to track my food and point intake on both programs for a week. To ensure equality between both programs, I also gave a point-value to fruit (see Points Values of Fruits on PointsPlus). The result was “six of one, half-a-dozen of the other.” I was within the total point count on both programs.
So I moved myself and the blog into the PP era, started to really exercise, watched my fruit intake, and figured everything would be fine.
It wasn’t. I’ve been hovering around the same weight for the past two months or so.
Now my leader has suggested I cut my daily points to 26 instead of 29. So I’ve started to do that this week. Will it work? I don’t know nor, apparently, does anyone else.
According to a Feb. 6, 2012 article about Weight Watchers in the New York Times, I’m not alone in this weight-loss problem. Some people yo-yo around a weight as I do, while others report a much slower weight loss than before. The article says that the recent move to 26 points may have been WW’s solution to the problem:
In December, in a move that seemed to acknowledge the difficulty many dieters were having with the new system, Weight Watchers recommended that all members consider reducing their daily food intake, or points allotment, by 10 percent, not counting fruits and vegetables…Although Weight Watchers officials say the change in points allotments was optional — that members could adjust their daily points up or down — and insist that it was not a response to members’ failure to lose weight, many longtime members unhappy with the newer plan say they feel vindicated.
So now I’ll wait and see. I’ll be honest: I don’t like the vagueness around fruit intake and I’m not sure how much I trust the new formula that calculates points. But I still believe that WW is the best weight loss program around.
I’ll keep you posted.