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…
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.
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).
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…
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.
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.
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.
* I have paid full price for my membership, I have no affiliation with them – I just want to share the love!
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