Weight Watchers, for many families around the World, has become a common household name. As a program designed to change body, mind and spirit, Weight Watchers has provided men and women, of all ages, with the guidance and support so desperately needed to lose weight and improve health. In recent times, as scientific data supports, Weight Watchers has changed the fundamental Points program with most recent changes, in the U.S. program, in December of 2006. As a person who is managing weight control or weight loss, understanding the changes in the Weight Watchers program may provide for a more educated decision making process when choosing a comprehensive program.
As recently as the turn of the century, the Weight Watchers Points program allowed for a flexibility in points calculations. In 2000, the Points program provided for a daily range of Points, determined by the current weight of the Weight Watchers member. Under the program, a woman weighing 170 pounds may have been allowed a range of 22 to 27 points per day with a permitted allotment of four points in exercise which could be exchanged for food points. Under this program, many Weight Watchers members were successful with weight loss allowing for a full flex program each day and converting that flexibility into a lifestyle change. Unfortunately, there may have been more who failed due to emotional eating binges on specific days of the week when stress levels were peaked. Faced with emotional eating, binge eaters often found the daily points range was not maintained and, therefore, these binge eaters were not able to maintain the Weight Watchers Points requirement.
A few years later, the Weight Watchers Points program changed. While the daily points value was still based on current weight, the points range was now limited to a stagnant number. For 170 pound woman, the points range was now established at 22 points per day with no range for flexibility. However, to the advantage of the binge eating and emotional eaters, the new Weight Watchers Points program required the limit of daily points but also opened the opportunity for earning unlimited activity points each day and even went so far as to allow the binge eaters with some flexibility through an additional 35 points per week which could be used any day, any time. Under this program, those Weight Watcher members who could manage a points range, with a healthy eating lifestyle of 22 to 27 per day, would simply divide their 35 points and use them over a week, while those who were binge eaters found they could manage the 22 points per day and then consume the additional 35 over two or three days of the week. This method of calculation was successful but, still, there were Weight Watchers Points members who continued to find weight loss to be difficult.
In December of 2006, the Weight Watchers Points program underwent an additional revision and approach to weight loss. Under this new program, it appears Weight Watchers has now combined the new approach to daily and flex points with a new method for calculating Points Allowance. No longer are personal daily Points allowances determined by current weight alone. Instead, the new, revised, Weight Watchers Points program now takes into consideration current weight, gender, age and level of inactivity, or activity, in calculating personal daily Points Allowances. Under this new program, a full range of weight loss clients are now accommodated from those who are active to those who are not. From those who are binge eating to those who are not.
Over the next several years, this new approach to the Weight Watchers Points program will provide for an interesting change to the way in which members continue to lose and manage weight loss. For more information regarding weight loss under the Weight Watchers program, visit www.weightwatchers.com.