The Weight Watchers Points Plus program is not based on a specific list of foods, but instead relies on a formula to calculate the points value of any food based on several aspects of the food's nutritional content. Weight Watchers participants must eat within a limited number of daily points.
The Weight Watchers Points Plus system uses a food's fat, carbohydrate, protein and fiber content to determine the value of a point. This means that even if two foods have the same amount of calories, they may have different points values depending on other nutritional qualities. For example, a 95-calorie cookie is worth two points, while a 95-calorie apple is worth zero points.
The Weight Watchers website provides a list of foods with a points value of zero. These foods are generally fat-free, low in calories and very high in fiber. Most of the foods on this list are fresh vegetables or fruit, such as carrots, blackberries, grapes, melons and strawberries. The list also includes fat-free condiments, such as soy sauce, hot sauce, ketchup and horseradish.
When beginning a Weight Watchers diet program, participants receive a customized daily and weekly points goal based on their weight, gender, age and activity level. Dieters must ensure that the points value of their daily food intake is equal to or less than their daily points goal to successfully lose weight.