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Wow...Weight Watchers points to calories


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I have done Weight Watchers a couple of times and it always worked for me (quite qucikly) but I was never able to maintain it once I went off it, so I decided I would try calorie counting instead!

Well out of curiosity I just googled the equivalent calories to 1 WW point. 1 WW point is equivalent to 50 calories. So when I was allowed 20 points a day I was actually only consuming 1000 calories! Geez, not much wonder I wasn't able to maintain it once I went off, I'd basically been starving myself! Surprised

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Not necessarily.  I have been told by other friends that all of your veggies and some other items count as 0 points... well, those are calories and they can add up quick, too.  Yes, in general, the green leafy variety of vegetables are low in calories and high in fiber and other nutrients... but calories are calories. 

1,000 calories is definitely on the low side, though. 

I think april is right, that the extra calories should come from veggies... but if you don't eat them, then you aren't getting those calories (or all the other benefits of veggies).

I'm not a fan of WW mainly because a) it isn't free and b) I have two wonderful people in my life who swear by it (that is, they refuse to try any other method), yet haven't actually had more than temporary success with it.

That's true...I didn't think about the 0 point vegetables! Still, I doubt I would have eaten 500 calories worth of vegetables each day so it still seems low in comparison to the 1,500 calories I've been recommened to stick to on here!

Back when I did weight watchers (and it worked for me as long as I stuck to it, including the maintenance plan), I weighed 220 (at 5'4") and was supposed to eat 28 points a day, which is about 1400 calories, not counting the "free" things WW allows -- pretty reasonable. 

In some cases it can actually be more or less than 50 calories equivalent since ww takes into account fat and fiber.  If you eat a food with no fat but has calories and fiber then 1 point would be less than 50 calories.  If you eat foods high in fat with no fiber then 1 point will be more than 50 calories.  The actual formula for ww is:

Calories/50 + Fat/12 - Fiber/5

(With a limit on fiber of 4, any excess is not counted)

You're also not taking into account the flex points that you may use at your discretion.  I always ate every one of mine!  Personally, I loved WW because it really did steer me in the direction of better food choices and as long as I stuck to it, I lost or maintained.  I think that's true of any method.  It's the "sticking to it" part in maintenance that is key.

Original Post by ashleigh_w:

That's true...I didn't think about the 0 point vegetables! Still, I doubt I would have eaten 500 calories worth of vegetables each day so it still seems low in comparison to the 1,500 calories I've been recommened to stick to on here!

 Yesterday, I had 480 cals from veggies.  Easy-peasy.

Original Post by jenningermany:

Original Post by ashleigh_w:

That's true...I didn't think about the 0 point vegetables! Still, I doubt I would have eaten 500 calories worth of vegetables each day so it still seems low in comparison to the 1,500 calories I've been recommened to stick to on here!

 Yesterday, I had 480 cals from veggies.  Easy-peasy.


Agreed. I think that this statement may be saying more about your inability to maintain than you realize.  Please try to eat veggies!

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