Change is Good–My Thoughts on the New Weight Watchers PointsPlus Plan

On Monday I received this really fun email whilst having tea with a friend:

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Remember That Time I used to Blog? Well, Here’s an...":

Is points plus the reason why you gained? Just curious, I'm wary to start the new program. Why fix what already works?

Great question Anonymous, thanks for asking.

I gained weight for a couple of reasons, none of which were related to PointsPlus. I gained weight because at the beginning of the year I lost a lot of weight; Even to the point of being unhealthy. I was not in a good place emotionally, and was dealing with my feelings by not eating. I had no choice but to gain some weight back, because I was not at an Ashley-friendly weight. After I got back to my Ashley-friendly weight, I was still coping with my new life, lack of consistent schedule and a whole lot of life change, which I found to be very challenging.

PointsPlus couldn’t have come at a better time for me!!

I learned about the new program at an all-staff meeting back in September along with my favourite Lindsays. SANY4570I was feeling really stuck with my weight and knew that while the Points system had worked for me in the past, something wasn’t clicking and I needed a change I had also found that my mentality towards food had changed a lot and the choices of things I was eating (vs. those I had eaten while I was losing weight back in 2006-2007) was very different.

When they rolled out the new program to us, I was actually squealing. Especially when they started talking about 0 PointsPlus values fruits and vegetables – this was a plan that was going to work for me. No longer was Weight Watchers looking solely at calories/fat/fibre as a means to make food choices, but now they were looking at total macronutrient content and conversion cost to determine PointsPlus values and recognizing that not all foods/Points are created equally.  Hallelujah! I immediately got on board with the new plan and after my initial learning curve (and a crazy couple of months) I have so far lost 4 lbs following the new plan and am absolutely loving it.

The new PointsPlus program is the biggest change that Weight Watchers has made in more than 13 years, when Points were first introduced. Members in the clinical trial, those involved in the research and the members in Europe (who have been following a similar program called ProPoints for awhile now) have had great success with this new plan and I have heard nothing but great things from other staff members anecdotally who have been following the new plan alongside me.

So anonymous, no, I didn’t gain weight as a result of the new plan; I have in fact had the opposite result.

And why change things?

Well, why not?

Are you still carrying around the same cell phone that you had 13 years ago, or using the same computer? Has your perspective of anything in the world changed in 13 years? My guess is yes, and I think the same principle applies here. Science has changed and evolved a lot over the last decade, and I’m really excited to be following and leading a plan that has grown and changed over time, and is based on the most up to date science available. Calorie counting is on its way out, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Yesterday I rolled out the new plan to 2 of my meetings, and am excited to do it 7 more times this week. This change has been an incredibly welcome one for me, and I’m looking forward to seeing the continued success of my members too!

“Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become” ~author unknown

Tell me about a time you were resistant to change, but it worked out for the better. AND Weight Watchers members – how do you feel about the new PointsPlus program?

5 comments:

amandalaird said...

Hi Ashley,

I attended your Saturday morning meetings at the Carrot for a short time earlier this year. I lost 40 pounds on Points program and my goal for 2011 is to lose 20 more. I am really excited about the new PointsPlus program and can't wait to get started. It's really encouraging to hear that it's working for you.

Cheers,

Amanda

Anonymous said...

I love the PointsPlus program. It makes a lot more sense to me as it encourages eating whole foods. Great post.

Natasha said...

Hey Ashley,

I lost 28lbs with the old ww system and then just fell off and have struggled to get back on. I dipped into different diets/eating plans and luckily just maintained that lose but nothing more. I just rejoined ww and started the new program Monday and so far I'm loving it. I'm not sure why but I just find it easier not worrying about figuring out fruit and I feel satisfied with all my meals. I'm looking forward to my second meeting to see results. I feel like I'm going to have success this time around. I'm happy ww made the change :)

carrot member said...

I'm happy about the fruit aspect...I guess I'm not happy there's no slider to figure out points. Seems so much easier than poking away at a little calculator...and one that costs money! I think the new program necessarily forces members to fork out extra cash so they can realistically figure out points values of packaged foods they regularly buy. So...I know you said there's no easy way to do a slider for this plan, but it still seems a shame. Makes the program less universally accessible I think.

Hilary said...

I think it's super smart.
I really got int he trap of eating high-fiber nutra-sweet filled foods and found that I wasn't losing.
WELL, HELLO could it be that you're eating crap? Since then I've really changed our diet, that doesn't mea I don't splurge but I'm really focusing on good protein sources, etc. I'm excited for the new plan.
{found you on blogher}