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Weight Watchers Announces new ProPoints Weight Loss Plan

By LauraScott on October 28th, 2010 1 comment


I don’t think there is any denying that all women try to loose a few pounds before their big day. So when Weight Watchers got in touch to tell me that they had completely revamped their program, I was intrigued.

I have never been one for diets, its not that I couldn’t afford to lose a couple of pounds, but the idea of constantly having to keep track of every calorie I consume sounds overwhelming, not to mention time consuming. Needless to say I was a bit skeptical about their program at first. However, as the nutritionist walked us through the science behind their new program, ProPoints, I quickly began to change my mind and am even debating giving it ago myself.

ProPoints has been developed around the idea that the way we look at calories is out of date and, well… fundamentally flawed. It turns out for most of us the number of calories we believe we are eating and the number we think we are spending is totally inaccurate. The fact is while the idea of calories in and calories out sounds simple, the calories on food labels aren’t the most accurate way to measure your food or assess its effectiveness for weight loss.

In fact, everything we do to process what we eat, from chewing food to chemically breaking it down in our stomachs, all uses energy from the food itself. Traditional calories on labels only tell us what energy there is in a food before you eat it. This is where ProPoints comes in They tell you the amount of energy that’s available in a food after you’ve eaten it. With this knowledge you can pick food that takes more energy for the body to process, yet will leave you will a greater feeling of fullness than fat and carbohydrates without fibre.

The science side of it all sounded great to me, but the reality is I am not going to give up that glass of wine after work, or that sneaky chocolate bar. This is where they really won me over, guilt free bonus points! Every week you are given an additional 49 ProPoints that you can spend how you like and seeing as a bottle of wine, only has 20 ProPoints values you can still have a lot of fun.

Weight Watchers will be rolling out the plan in the UK November 7th and I have to say I might actually give it a go.

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