Cracking the PointsPlus Code – the PointsPlus formula revealed
12/2/2010 7:42 AM
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As I said in the last post, I am jumping into this new program with both feet. I have successfully rest my weight to start again, and have stayed on plan now for the last few days. For me, the next step is to figure out how I can successfully live every day with the new formula without having to carry a silly WW card around with me to calculate the points value. I need to be able to estimate the point value in my head quickly.
The new formula is displayed as the image. In the formula, pp =PointsPlus, p=protein, c= carbos, f1=fat, and f2=fiber. This might not be the “official” formula, but it is pretty close. Let’s give it a go to see how close we can get….
Big Mac = 25(protein)/10.9 + 45(Carbs)/9.2+29(fat)/3.9+3(fiber)/35 = 14.7
WW calculator shows 14 … pretty good.
I have checked with numerous other foods and it is pretty close. So let’s examine this formula in more detail. The most significant contributor is fat. If the fat content is high then you are screwed. Protean and carbs are next….too high here and you get penalized but not really badly. Fiber, being divided by 35 will hardly even move the needle.
So in order to keep you points as low as possible (my lifelong goal) WW encourages you to eat high fiber, low fat foods, and to favor protein over carbs. This sounds pretty healthy to me.
I have developed a trick to help me estimate the correct value in my head. First I look for the biggest numbers. For the Big Mac those are carbs, fat, and protein. Then I do this in my head…
- Divide carbs by 10 (round up)
- Divide fat by 4 (round up)
- Divide protein by 10 (round up)
- Note- the fiber number was high I would estimate a 1/3.
- Add them all together.
For the Big Mac, it would be 5+8+2=15…pretty close to 14.7. You only have to remember what to divide by. This is harder than it used to be, but it is pretty easy after the first couple of times.
I hope this helps!
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