Weight Watchers Flex – how it works

Weight Watchers Flex – how it works

So you may remember that I started Slimming World last year, unfortunately, it just didn’t suit me. I tried with gusto and had no significant weight loss. So now, after licking my wounds I have decided to try Weight Watchers. Little did I know that Weight Watchers had started promoting a new programme. There isn’t a mound of information online so I thought I would answer the question, “how does Weight Watchers Flex work?” So that you can get a bit more background to what is on their website. I couldn’t really work it out until I paid my subscription, so here are the ins and outs.

If you’re not sure which to try, I have compared both plans, click Weight Watchers Flex or Slimming World to go and have a read.

First things first, I haven’t tried Weight Watchers before so I can’t comment on the previous plans. I am clueless about what they offered previously and whether the plans are similar or completely different, I just know that they included…

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Points, Points, Points.

The tried and tested points system is the basis of the new regime. As before, you have a daily allocation depending on your individual situation, for example, if you are male or female and if you want to lose weight or just be healthier. It also takes exercise into account which is a nice added extra, I’ll talk about that in a bit.

Another little tidbit is the fact that any unused points can roll over to the next day!

What is new is the fact that you can buffer your naughtiness with the extra weekly points you are allocated. These are completely separate to your daily points and can be spent whenever you like, but if you don’t use them by the end of the week you lose them.

At the moment I have 30 daily points and 42 weekly points, but this may change depending on my weight loss and I’ve found is quite generous for your daily allowance. My goal is to lose 2 1/2 stone, so it is a massive target to reach.

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Biggest benefit?

What I think is a massive selling point for this is the fact that if you do go a little bit over your points for the day, you don’t have that feeling of failure and the temptation to just forget the day and eat anything until you start again tomorrow. Just take a few points off your extra weekly allowance and carry on with the plan as before. It also means that if you save your extra points you can treat yourself one day of the week on something really naughty.

To put it into perspective, if you wanted a regular sized BigMac meal with fries and a Diet Coke, that would be 27 points. Yeah not that bad when you can take it out of your “naughty allowance” (as I call it).

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What can you eat?

With the points system, every food and beverage is given a value, the wonderful thing about the new plan is that there are 200 free foods available for you to eat unlimited. These include:

  • skinless chicken or turkey breast
  • unsmoked fish and shellfish
  • most veggies (not things like avocados though, unfortunately)
  • most fruit
  • all beans
  • and meat-free substitutes like tofu or Quorn (so it’s great if you are a vegetarian or vegan)

The other foods are easily trackable and you don’t need to haul around the traditional encyclopedia of food just so that you can work out what the points are on a mouthful of houmous. This is all because of…

The app

Oh my GOD, I don’t even know where to start with this app. It’s fantastic and makes life so much easier. You can track your day much like MyFitnessPal (another favourite of mine) and scan in your food’s barcode- it immediately shows you the points value and asks if you want to add it to your food for the day. You can customise the portion size and before you know it you’ve tracked the whole meal accurately with no guessing or underestimating; which is my weakness.

It’s free to download when you subscribe and I think is the crowning glory of Weight Watchers over Slimming World.

Money money money… MONEHH

So at the time I wrote this post the price of Weight Watchers was significantly less than Slimming World, purely because you can subscribe on a monthly basis and won’t have to sign up for three months upfront (like SW does). If you want to go to meetings it comes out at around £4.95 a week with no joining fee, and if you are a stay-at-home gal, like me, it is £2.99 a week, there are promotions for signing up for longer periods but you aren’t obligated to sign up to more than one month. Don’t forget to cancel your subscription though, if you stop as it will automatically continue.

Exercise

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The plan involves something called FitPoints which aims to help you increase your exercise as you follow the plan. If you have a smartphone then you can link the app to your own health data and it will pull through your daily steps taken along with anything else relevant. You have a target of so many to achieve in a week, and it will increase with your fitness. It will also impact on your SmartPoints allowance too, so more exercise means more points for the naughty treats you crave.

The Verdict?

I feel really positive about my change to Weight Watchers. Obviously, weight loss isn’t the only benefit – being healthier is a massive pull to starting the plan. I just love the weekly points allowance and the app makes dieting a whole lot simpler. If you’re thinking of giving it a go, do it. It is reasonably priced and you won’t feel hungry.

Keep your eyes peeled to see how I do on social media. I’ll post updates on Instagram and Facebook as and when I hit a milestone.

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57 Comments

  1. Christine Woolley
    December 3, 2017 / 11:45 am

    This sounds fascinating! But please can you tell me how to work out my daily and weekly allowances? And what about the no count option – has the weekly allowance for that changed, too?

    • Clare
      Author
      December 7, 2017 / 9:46 am

      Your allowances are worked out on the app, it does it all for you. 🙂

    • Lisa
      June 18, 2018 / 1:06 am

      You have to join because when you join, you can download the app and it will ask you your weight and how much you want to lose and it will tell you how many daily points and how many weekly points that you have. Then each day, you will start off with those points and when you plug in what you ate, it will deduct it from your daily points. If you run out of daily points, then it will automatically deduct the points from your weekly points. Your daily points will always start over each day; but the weekly points will start over each week. You set the app to what day of the week, you want your weekly points to refresh each week. I hope this helps.

    • Patricia
      September 28, 2018 / 12:39 am

      Could you please tell me my daily smart point and weeklies thank you

      • PJ
        November 4, 2018 / 9:04 pm

        My allowa
        Fr was written on my class membership card by the WW leader 👍

  2. jackie bishop
    December 30, 2017 / 11:54 pm

    Where are the classes in my area plse de5 3dr

    • Clare
      Author
      January 3, 2018 / 10:28 am

      Hi Jackie, you will need to pop onto the WW website for that, just pop your postcode in and it will tell you.

      Clare x

  3. Antonia Roper
    January 4, 2018 / 10:24 am

    Thanks for the info that’s really helpful!! Good luck ??

  4. Ashleigh
    January 7, 2018 / 8:06 am

    Thank u for this!! Just followed u on IG!! I have been a Sw gal for years but bored of it now! Joining WW ONLINE today!! ?

    • Clare
      Author
      January 11, 2018 / 11:08 am

      Good luck 🙂

      Clare xx

  5. Mary Pont
    January 11, 2018 / 9:59 am

    It’s a pity there isn’t a similar group for those overweight but not able to exercise due to health problems.

    • Clare
      Author
      January 11, 2018 / 11:10 am

      SW doesn’t require you to exercise, they obviously say it helps but it doesn’t give you extra Syns if you do. Perhaps that would suit you?

      Clare x

    • Helga
      February 25, 2018 / 3:01 pm

      I am on WW Flex, and the points are dished out to you every week on the assumption you do NOT exercise. The nice bit for them that can exercise, is that exercise gives you EXTRA points, above and beyond the basic ones every one gets.

      • Ruth Knight
        April 10, 2018 / 6:56 pm

        How many can be transferred as I regularly do 36 or more and only 11 seem to have been transferred

  6. Lydia
    January 15, 2018 / 3:19 pm

    This is very hopeful, I’ve been doing sw for 3 months, followed it religiously even through Christmas and lost 10 pounds altogether but then my weight started going up again even though I am sticking to it still and in 10 weeks I have lost in total 7 pounds. I am so fed up and I am now signed up to WW even though I am still paying for SW so what you write is encouraging.

    • Clare
      Author
      January 16, 2018 / 9:34 am

      Good luck, maybe the change will give you a bit of a weight loss boost!

      Clare x

  7. Louise
    January 17, 2018 / 2:38 pm

    Thanks Clare – this is just the info I was looking for. And interesting to see other people’s comments. I did WW a few years ago and had great success with it, but wasn’t sure how the points worked these days. Chicken never used to be free – 200 foods is brilliant! So decision made – am signing up to WW instead of SW.

    • Clare
      Author
      January 19, 2018 / 5:08 pm

      Wishing you all the best on your weight loss journey.

      Clare x

  8. Sarah
    January 18, 2018 / 12:50 am

    Hi, does the app have all of the foods for shopping/eating out and their values too? So u can plan ahead if you’re going for a meal out say…

    • Clare
      Author
      January 19, 2018 / 5:07 pm

      Yes it does, all takeaways and restaurants have their own section with points value for the whole menu!

      Clare x

  9. Lyndsey
    January 20, 2018 / 1:25 pm

    I’d be interested to hear why SW didn’t work so well for you? I’m currently on it and have lost 1.5 stone but that has taken me 9 months of off-again, on-again weight loss. I just cannot eat as much rice and pasta as they say you can and I’m dairy intolerant too so all the low-syn or free yogurts they recommend are totally off limits for me. I’m basically eating the same 5 meals all day, every week! And I’m super bored and falling off the wagon more than I’d like. Maybe WW is a better way forward as I can spend points on the things I can eat?

    • Clare
      Author
      January 25, 2018 / 10:38 am

      For me I liked to eat a lot of fruit, which with both SW and WW is “free”, however the rice, pasta and potatoes was where I struggled with SW. On WW you have to include them in your points which means I’m stricter with myself.

      Clare x

  10. Ali
    January 24, 2018 / 11:27 pm

    How have you found it so far in comparison to slimming world? I really don’t like slimming world, not sure that I could pinpoint why though!

    • Clare
      Author
      January 25, 2018 / 10:33 am

      I much prefer weight watchers, I find that I’m not as hungry and there is more wiggle room to have meals that I couldn’t account for on SW. The opportunity to have a meal out included in your points makes it so much easier.

      Clare x

  11. Ann marie
    January 28, 2018 / 12:31 am

    I found a free to use app online, which works out individual smart points allowance based on gender, age, height, weight, goal weight and general level of activity. It provides a table which indicates, too, how your smart pints allowance reduces as weight is lost.xx

    • Clare
      Author
      January 29, 2018 / 9:16 am

      That sounds great, do you have a link?

      Clare x

  12. Kerry
    January 28, 2018 / 10:26 pm

    Hi Clare, I’m currently following a 7 day juicing detox and once this is finished I’m keen to follow a plan like ww or sw to keep on track. The juicing plan (which is different to blended drinks as it’s just the juice that’s extracted) encourages you to keep a ‘juice’ a day in your diet. Any idea how many points/Syns it would be or how it would be calculated? I successfully lost weight many years ago with WW but when I’ve tried SW in the past it’s not been good for me so I think now I’ll be keen to try ww again and I certainly like the idea of the app and extra points. Your write up has been very useful, thank you.

    • Clare
      Author
      January 29, 2018 / 9:18 am

      I don’t know for sure, but smoothies have to be used as part of the smart points allowance. Having fresh fruit and veg is different as you have to digest them all rather than just drinking the juice.
      Clare x

  13. Mary Reilly
    February 1, 2018 / 3:37 pm

    I have tried SW in the past but didn’t lose as much weight as I wanted to. Started off well but reached a plateaux. I have done WW several times over the past 30 years and always finds it works well, so long as I don’t cheat, that is. The new Flex programme is the best WW have produced in my opinion. But it is expensive to stay on indefinitely, and I find that I need to continue to watch what I eat indefinitely, because otherwise the weight creeps on again. So I am using an app called Ultimate Value Diary, by Fenlander Software Solutions. This app has a choice of different types of point tracking, including a version which uses calories, saturated fat, sugars and protein, like the WW Flex. The app is not free, and it is not as good as the WW app, but a fraction of the cost. I would recommend it to people who have followed the WW programme, and know what they are doing and want to lose a bit more or maintain their weight loss.

  14. Beverley Lovett
    February 4, 2018 / 8:15 am

    After reading this I am joining weight watchers as the thought of all the meat you have to eat at s.w. puts me off

    • Clare
      Author
      February 5, 2018 / 1:17 pm

      I hope you get on well with it. The meat isn’t compulsory with SW but I do admit you need to fill your tummy somehow!

      Clare x

  15. Bebe
    February 5, 2018 / 3:10 am

    Very informative thank you so much – i have used the weight watchers plan many years ago and lost 2 stone.., i have tried slimming world at least 4 times in the ladt few years but could not get my head around it no result on scales ..
    I now know thanks to your detailed comparison why weight watchers worked before. I am now going to join WW and get this unwanted weight off .. feeling inspired 🙂

    • Clare
      Author
      February 5, 2018 / 1:16 pm

      Good luck, I’m sure this time you’ll crack it!

      Clare x

  16. Steph Etherington
    February 6, 2018 / 11:19 am

    I did ww years ago loved it, tried sw and I lost 4lb in a month!!so back on ww, doing it myself with the old points sytem based on less saturated fats as my cholesterol level had gone up, hence ww!! In 3 weeks lost 7lbs!! Half way there!! Its so easy.

    • Clare
      Author
      February 13, 2018 / 12:10 pm

      I have lost half a stone now and I’ve not really been hungry. Well done on your weight loss so far, keep going for your 1 stone weight loss!

      Clare x

  17. Sarah
    February 6, 2018 / 10:38 pm

    Love this so much. Thanks for all the info. I am a weight watcher of old but did SW last year. I basically weigh the second now. What I like about Flex is the portion control. I joined online last week but couldn’t get 100% around the basics after being out of the habit for so long. Your article helped loads x good luck with flex xx

    • Clare
      Author
      February 13, 2018 / 12:09 pm

      Good luck, I’ve lost half a stone so far, so it does work.

      Clare x

  18. Chris
    February 6, 2018 / 11:11 pm

    Hi Clare,
    I agree the new ww app is fabulous,so easy to use. Been a ww diehard for years,tried sw last year but didnt get such good results and probably ate too much pasta!! Been back on ww for 3 weeks now and have lost 7 1/2lbs well pleased ?

    • Clare
      Author
      February 13, 2018 / 12:08 pm

      Wow, go you! I’ve lost half a stone now, only another 2 to go!

      Clare x

  19. February 12, 2018 / 9:01 pm

    I did slimming world but I the Weight was slow at coming off, so I went back to weight watchers it is still slow at coming off but I feel like I am eating healthier.

    • Clare
      Author
      February 13, 2018 / 12:07 pm

      Me too, good luck with WW.

      Clare x

  20. Karen Loubser
    February 26, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    I am so despondent. I have the weight watchers app and I am increasing weight rather than losing. I love my fruit so eat quite a bit in the day. I am not really a carbs person so find it easy to not eat potatoes and pasta . I cannot afford to gain weight. Any ideas?

  21. Liza
    March 7, 2018 / 9:43 pm

    I’ve joined and wow can’t believe there is so much opoint food 🙂

  22. Anita
    March 24, 2018 / 8:54 am

    This info is exactly what I needed to help me decide to go with WW, thanks Clare! I have PCOS and have been struggling to lose weight for several years to start my journey for infertility. Feel positive that this will work ?

  23. Stacey
    April 12, 2018 / 9:43 pm

    Do you have to go to a class or can you do it all from home? Xx

    • Clare
      Author
      April 13, 2018 / 8:25 pm

      You can do either. 🙂

      Clare x

  24. KJ
    April 16, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Do you need to be a certain weight for this diet to work? I have about 10lb to lose and need motivation. Thanks for the info x

    • Clare
      Author
      April 22, 2018 / 7:33 pm

      I would say it works for most people as it is more about healthy eating than a strict diet.

  25. Helen
    April 18, 2018 / 10:42 am

    Ive just joined ww last night online can you do on own or can I go to any meeting and do you get books etc this is my first time on ww always done Sw before any advice appreciated thanks

    • Clare
      Author
      April 22, 2018 / 7:33 pm

      Hi Helen,

      You only get books if you buy them and if you’ve signed up online you’d have picked either “online only” or “meetings and online”. If you have the latter you can go to meetings, otherwise no. You can go to any meeting if that is the plan you’ve chosen.

      Clare x

  26. Lynda Sambidge
    April 21, 2018 / 10:25 pm

    Will ww flex work just as good if you have thyroid and take medication

    • Clare
      Author
      April 22, 2018 / 7:31 pm

      I wouldn’t know I’m afraid, ask your GP for more in-depth information.

      • Lynda Sambidge
        May 3, 2018 / 6:22 pm

        Thanks

  27. Hayley Date
    May 17, 2018 / 4:44 pm

    Hi, I’ve got ME (you may know it as chronic fatigue syndrome) which has me mainly housebound. I cannot exercise due to the amount of pain I’m in & the amount of payback pain any exercise gives me. I did WW many years ago, over 10 years ago now but have always gone back to my SW ways. I’ve put on a huge amount of weight due to my medical condition but reading all of this I think I may give WW online a go. Thankyou for sharing it all

    • Tanya Reid
      October 30, 2018 / 11:37 am

      I to have ME and been doing slimming world for 5 yrs n only lost 2 stone as I go on and off plan due to health etc. Might give WW ago got nothing to lose. Can I ask how ur doing on the plan now please. Xx

  28. sinead merrin
    August 16, 2018 / 1:12 pm

    I started WW Flex on the 28th March 2018 at 12st 8lb, and today (16/08/18) i am 9st 12lb, a total loss so far of 38lb. I love WW – it’s been easy to follow and incorporate for normal family meal times. WW set me a goal (based on my height 5ft 8) when i went to my first class of 9st 10lb, however i’d ideally like to get to 9st 4lb so i have some wriggle room for holidays and special occasions. I am a class & online member but to be honest i only go to official weigh in once a month and then weigh myself the rest of the weeks at home. Connect (Part of the app) is an amazing support network.

  29. Dawn
    November 4, 2018 / 3:18 pm

    Just wondering how you’re getting on with WW as I’m reading this about a year after you first joined. Hope it’s been going well x

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