Weight Watchers Freestyle is the latest version of the popular Weight Watchers diet. Learn all about the changes to the plan, new zero points foods, new daily points targets, rollover points, and more.
Change is here! As many of you have heard, Weight Watchers Freestyle is the newest plan from WW and builds upon the success of the SmartPoints plan that was introduced a few years back. This biggest changes to the plan is a new focus on lean proteins, beans, legumes, eggs, and non-fat dairy that will all now be worth zero points. Other changes include new daily points targets, rollover points, and some new zero point fruits and veggies.
If you have been following Weight Watchers for a long time, the new plan shouldn’t feel too different from the old plan since most foods (apart from the new zero points foods) won’t be changing their SmartPoints values and there are still no off limit foods. Just like the previous plan, everything you eat will have a points value based on the calories, fat, carbohydrates, and fiber and the goal is to stay under your daily points limit. However since there are more zero point foods, most people will see a reduction in thier daily points limit.
Now let’s get into the details and dive into the new Weight Watchers Freestyle plan.
How many points can I eat daily on Weight Watchers Freestyle?
The daily points will be based on your current weight, height, age, activity level, and desired weight loss. For current members, when you log into Weight Watchers starting on December 3rd, you will see the updated points target. Many people are reporting that their daily limits are dropping by around 7 points but it can be different for everyone. For example, if you used to have 30 points per day, on the new Freestyle plan you will now have 23 daily points.
The reason for the reduction in daily points is to compensate for all the new zero point foods. Remember that even though a food has zero points, it still has calories and contributes to the overall number of calories you eat in a day. Since people are likely to enjoy more of these higher calorie zero point foods, the overall number of points you can eat in a day has been lowered to balance things out.
For most people who already enjoy these foods (chicken, eggs, turkey, seafood, beans, lentils, non-fat dairy products), this shift shouldn’t be too difficult and many people will find that they actually have more points for other foods. For example,if you usually eat 2 eggs in the morning (4 SmartPoints on the previous plan), 4 oz. of chicken or turkey at lunch (3 SmartPoints), a nonfat yogurt for a snack (2 SmartPoints), and 1/2 cup of beans or lentils with dinner (3 SmartPoints) that’s a total of 12 SmartPoints that you would have had to count on the old plan. On the new plan, you wouldn’t have to count any of these foods. So even though you have 7 fewer points per day, you actually will have 5 extra points to use on other foods that you wouldn’t have had on the prevous plan.
However if you don’t eat a lot of the new zero point foods, this may be a harder change and the Freestyle plan might feel more restrictive since you will have fewer points to use each day.
What are the new zero points foods for Weight Watchers Freestyle?
The new zero points foods are probably the biggest change in the plan. In addition to most fruits and vegetables, there are now lean proteins, legumes, and non fat dairy products that are now worth zero SmartPoints. Boneless skinless chicken, boneless skinless turkey, lean ground chicken, lean ground turkey, thin sliced deli turkey and chicken, most fresh seafood, canned fish, eggs, and tofu are now all zero points foods. Additionally beans and lentils are now zero points as well as non fat yogurt and soy yogurt. Corn and peas were also added as new zero point vegetables.