Weight Watchers PointsPlus system works by assigning food value points to foods based on nutritional value, instead of calories. Members are assigned daily PointsPlus target goals based on gender, height and weight, which ranges from 26 to 45 points. Members track all of the foods eaten each day by following their allotted number of points. Members are also given weekly flex points, and can earn extra point for exercising.
The Weight Watchers PointsPlus system is based on scientific research that discovered all calories are not equal in value. According to research, the body works much harder to process fiber and proteins than carbohydrates and fat. Weight Watchers has adapted its point system to match how the body changes macronutrients into pure energy. Energy-packed foods are featured at the top of the list. Thus, a high-protein breakfast of eggs, ham and whole wheat toast is assigned a lower point value than a buttery croissant, which is higher in carbs and fat. For example, an apple is given a point value of zero, oatmeal 3 points, and a fast-food cheeseburger is 8 points.
Weight Watchers diet plans allow members to eat regular foods that are satisfying. Foods such as cheese, steak and ice cream are allowed. Steady weight loss is achievable if one sticks to the allowed point limits.