Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Finding incorrect PointsPlus® values when searching or tracking foods?Now you can let us know if you find errors in our Food Data. Simply search for a food from the “I’m looking for” search box at the top of the homepage. If anything seems off about the nutrition, the PointsPlus values, or Power Foods symbol of your searched food, just click on the link (Anything Incorrect? Please let us know) below the food details and let us know what the problem is. Provide as much detail as possible about the data discrepancy. It will help us do a better job at answering your query and to provide a reply within two business days.
Note this link is only for food details that you feel are incorrect. All other questions should go to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Weight Watchers team
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
“Summertime and the living is easy” which means those planned relaxing getaways are soon coming to fruition. But before you board the plane or start packing your car for the intended adventure, consider these tips to help stay on track so your perfect tan, instead of an extra 5 pounds, is all you come home with.
If you’re staying at a hotel find out if they have a gym or swimming pool and schedule in some exercise time each day. Maybe it’s 30 minutes on the elliptical followed by a sauna or a morning swim in the sunshine before breakfast. Many of the bigger hotel chains provide such amenities and they are available to guests at no extra charge.
If tennis courts are provided, step outside to enjoy those mountain views while taking in a game and ask the concierge if there’s somewhere nearby to rent bikes or for recommended scenic walks. Bring your yoga mat and practice your downward dog on the beach. You’ll be so caught up in a new and beautiful surrounding burning those calories won’t feel like hard work!
And when it comes to what you’re ordering from the menu, find out what the catch of the day is, especially in tropical settings, as fish and shellfish will be what most restaurants do best. But if you choose the lobster, leave the melted butter behind and save those Points Plus values for a second piña colada or dessert.
Be daring and fill up on different kinds of fruits and vegetables. Have a slice of guava for an afternoon snack or some black radishes, spicier in flavor to their crimson counterparts, to make your salad sing. It will be a fun and flavorful new experience without dipping into your daily points allowance.
And if you’re really craving comfort foods like cheese or chocolate, find healthy ways to get your fix and keep your portions under control like ordering an appetizer of mushrooms stuffed with ricotta or sharing a chocolate mousse with your traveling companion.
If you’re going somewhere off the map so not likely to find your safe snacks like rice cakes or almonds or even your favorite branded mustard on supermarket shelves, bring along your own supply.
With a little planning you can have a healthy and active vacation resulting in renewed vitality and looking gorgeous in all the pictures you’ll surely want to share in the social media realm!
Now go have fun and enjoy every minute off the clock!
-Geraldine Vincent, Contributor
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Ever needed to search for recipes using that half can of tomato sauce and leftover onion? Or wondered “What’s the best way to chop leafy greens?” Or just wished that more recipes came with a step-by-step guide to making it?
If that’s you, then maybe you haven’t checked out the Kitchen Companion iPad app for a while! Now that we’ve given it an amazing overhaul, we want to give you a breakdown of this app and highlight its fabulous functions:
· Save your favorite recipes
· Set cooking timers in recipes
· Share recipes on Facebook or by email
· Find thousands of Weight Watchers recipes
· Get complete shopping, ingredient and equipment guides
· View cooking primers and technique videos
· Access exclusive recipe collections hand-picked by our editors
· Use the WeightWatchers.com Recipe Builder to create and edit recipes
· Send recipes straight to your PointsPlus Tracker
If you’ve used the app before, you may know it’s been a bit buggy for… OK, way too long. Mea culpa. But, this update has taken care of all the annoyances. So, just what can you expect?
· The technique videos are working!
· The app is now optimized for iOS 7
· An updated look and feel
· A lot more bug fixes to help make cooking fun!
Just a note that the Kitchen Companion app is currently available only on the iPad. As always, we want to hear your feedback so let us know what you think of the app and how you’re using it. There are more updates to come so stay tuned and happy cooking!
Monday, July 07, 2014
Do you have a mantra or motivational quote that you say to yourself that helps you stay on Plan? We know a lot of you do.
Now’s your chance to shout it from the rooftops and help inspire others.
We’re rounding up our favorites for a feature in the September/October issue of Weight Watchers magazine and we want to hear from you. Leave your favorite saying or motto in the comments below!
My weight loss
Monday, June 30, 2014
Those 4th July fireworks will soon be lighting up the sky, bringing all kinds of temptations along with them. But you can successfully toast the celebrations to ensure those fireworks are still going off when you step on the scale the next morning!
Whether you are hosting a BBQ or bringing a dish to a party, consider these POINTS PLUS friendly, easy to make summer recipe ideas, to fill your plate and have dessert too.
For a healthy and flavorful dose of fruits and vegetables, you can’t go wrong with such appetizers, salads and dips and still feel like you’re
Shrimp and Avocado appetizers
Honey and Cheese Stuffed Figs
Mixed Green and Chickpea Salad with Dijon-Tarragon Vinaigrette
Easy Italian White Bean Dip
Grill your meat and fish and make it taste delicious with any one of these palette pleasing recipes. Who needs rich toppings with these options!
Chicken and Steak Kebabs
Bacon and Cheese Turkey Burgers
Grilled Sea Scallop with Spicy Ginger Aioli
Cuban Grilled Pork with Lime-Marinated Onions
And to make the celebration complete, add these classic desserts with a twist to sweeten up the table. Your sweet tooth and your waistline will thank you!
Frozen Strawberry Layer Cake
Key Lime Pie Dessert Shots
Mini Chocolate-Chip Cookies
Black Bean Brownies
By choosing any combination of these recipes and adopting simple tricks like eating on a smaller plate, drinking a glass of water between courses and distracting yourself from going back for seconds by staying socially engaged with your family and friends will be the winning approach to keeping you on plan!
And before you put on your dancing shoes, lace up your sneakers and go for a morning run or bike ride to stack up some Activity Points toward your party time meal. You’ll feel more energized and committed to making healthy choices throughout the day.
Happy 4th July!
-Geraldine Vincent, Contributor
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Some of you may have noticed discrepancies on Weight Watchers Smart Ones products recently. Weight Watchers Smart Ones products are in the process of reformulating many items in their product line. As a result, it is possible for a period of time that that there could be two versions of some items in the marketplace. It is always best to calculate PointsPlus value from the nutrition label if there is a difference between the tracker/scanner and the package. Above all, members should rest assured that the PointsPlus value on the package will always be reflective of the product inside.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
For members that are fans of our push notifications, we’d like to apologize for the bugs you’ve experienced recently. The good news is that they’re fixed! Plus, we’ve added more messages — so you can keep tracking and getting that dose of encouragement along the way.
Push notifications are text messages that you enable on your phone so that you can automatically receive inspiring messages based on your tracking habits. To get them, you must be using our tracking app on iOS or Android. Here is a simple visual guide on how to turn on your push notifications.
How are push notifications different from the existing reminders in the Tracker app? The reminders are set up to appear at specific times that you set up yourself to track breakfast, lunch or dinner. Push notifications are based on your behavior, so they’ll only pop up when you need them the most. (The existing reminders are still available, and you can still set up custom ones,
Now that you know just how awesome push notifications are, go turn them
The Mobile Team
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Our Android team has been hard at work making some great updates to our Mobile app. Socks, prepare to be knocked off.
But here’s the really juicy part: In this release, we’ve added a new section (for Android 4.0+) called “Get Answers” where you can find info on account maintenance, tech help, program information and Lifetime Membership. And if you ask a few questions and can’t find what you’re looking for, you now have the option to speak with a live person!
- We’ve updated the navigation and de-cluttered the Main Menu.
- We pulled out some menu items (notably the Barcode Scanner and calculator) to make them easier to spot in the bottom nav.
- Looking for the Search bar? Just look for the magnifying glass in the upper right corner of any page.
- We heard some frustration over our loading content pop-up, so we replaced it with a spinner.
So if you’ve got an Android device, pop on over to the Google Play store and update to 3.0! (Got an iOS? Updates will be coming your way soon!)
Monday, May 05, 2014
My mother is the most caring woman I know, but here’s the thing, she’s loves to be in control! Though I don’t live with my parents anymore, when I visit and offer to cook, my mom doesn’t allow it since she likes to make my favorite dishes. She’ll go shopping to buy me new clothes since I’m losing weight—46 pounds down, and counting!—but she’ll never treat herself to a massage or even a pedicure. She’ll say she wants to lose a few pounds herself (her words, “My hips are too big!”), but she is always too busy caring for everyone else to focus on her own goals. So here’s what I decided I’m going to do on Mother’s Day this year: I am going to take control!
I’m no cooking pro, but these Mother’s Day recipes will be perfect for this Sunday. Plus, my mom always likes to save money, so instead of taking her for a fancy facial, I’ll create an at-home spa of our own. Since we tend to go out to brunch after church a few times a month, I will share this Brunch Buffet Cheat Sheet with her—you’re welcome, Mom—so she will always be in the know. One more thing: My mom is always spewing wisdom (and she’s becoming much sassier with age), so I’ll be sure to share the advice of these moms’ with her, too—I know she’ll get a kick out of it!
My mother has always taken care of my three brothers and I, and I can’t wait to return the favor. Though I know you shouldn’t save all the love for one day of the year, I’m going to make sure that Sunday is extra special.
What are your plans for Mother’s Day? Are you being pampered, or will you be doing the pampering?
Katerina Gkionis, Assistant Editor, Weight Watchers Content
Thursday, May 01, 2014
If you tried to update your weight today, you may have gotten an error message saying that you have no internet connection. Actually, your internet is fine — and your weight is being saved. (If you open your weight Tracker, you’ll see it.) It’s just a glitch on our end. Our engineers are working to fix the bug, and your weight Tracker should be back to normal shortly.
The Weight Watchers Team