WeightWatchers Revises Diet Plan to 'ProPoints' System

WeightWatchers is making major changes in its diet plan, adopting a new ‘ProPoints’ system because “science had moved on” and the previous style of calorie-counting had been proven to be inaccurate and “outdated”, The Grocer magazine reported.

The new plan, which will be announced on Monday, will be based on the amounts of carbohydrate, fibre, fat and protein in food. It will also factor in the energy used in chewing and digesting each particular food. Each dieter’s daily points will still be calculated, based on age, gender, height and weight.

In a nod to the real world, Weight Watchers followers will be granted ‘slush fund’ points, available for eating out, celebrations or a need to be just a little bit naughty.

The plan remains strict with a bottle of wine wiping out 20 of 49 ‘real living’ points. A Big Mac costs 12 points. In another major change, all fruits and vegetables are free points, encouraging dieters to eat them without reservation.

Under the old system, a banana and chocolate carried the same points. The Weight Watchers system remains effective in helping dieters lose weight, primarily by making them mindful and accountable for the foods they eat each day. via Daily Mail