Do we get too many points? What do you think?

Written by matthew green on 9/29/2011 10:40 AM | COMMENTS (20)

Is it just me, or do we get too many points in a day?  Don’t get me wrong…I love eating, but when I consume all of the points that WW gives me in a day, I don’t loose weight.  If I loose at all it is very little.  For me, a sure way to gain weight in a week is to eat all of my daily and weekly points.  This is the kiss of death.   

I get over 50 points per day and this is enough points to eat a LOT of food.  I find that I can comfortably stay to below 30 points, and that when I do this I loose weight.  Has anyone encountered this phenomenon?  

I know that we are encourage to “make the program our own”, but this seems to be way off of the program.  

Your thoughts here would be greatly appreciated.  

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  • Post Image twinner77

    4/6/2014 6:32 PM
    I am so glad I read this blog. I have been using the new program and not losing weight if I eat the weekly points in addition to the 26 daily points. I also have started counting points for fruit. I still have a copy of the old program. Weight watchers is going to lose alot of memberrs including me. I will use the old program that works for free and drop my on-line membership..


  • Post Image tlc91732

    3/26/2014 1:33 PM
    Great blog. I ran into this issue myself which explains why I was barely moving on the scale. No wonder I gave up on this program. :( Perhaps I should try again and reduce my daily points by 3 as well.


  • Post Image k10hillen

    3/24/2014 4:19 PM
    I realize this is an older blog but I'm so glad I found it! I was starting to feel like the only one with this problem. I had lost about 30lbs with the other points program years ago. With PP I barely lost any weight the first two weeks. I tracked a weeks worth of data in Sparkpeople and compared with my estimated burn (from my Fitbit) and realized the problem. TOO MANY CALORIES. So, I decreased by daily points by 3 and all the numbers seem right now. And I lost 3lbs that week.


  • Post Image donnykira10 (cora)

    3/7/2014 2:54 AM
    Topic: Too many points I thought I was eating too much food and barely lost any weight the first three weeks. Now on week four I gained weight. I did a calorie calculation of my entire week. Yes, I know you are not suppose to count calories, but I did. The average calorie count per day for the week was 1,900. According to another website for my height and weight I should not be eating more than 1,400 a day if I am trying to lose weight. Will use less points next week. Hope it helps.


  • Post Image terriemilligan (terrie)

    1/22/2014 11:07 AM
    I am experiencing the same. If I eat all 26 points, I don't lose weight. My pulmonologist thinks that as we age our metabolism becomes more efficient requiring less food to function. This has been true for me. I hardly eat anything. Although, I do think it's important to eat a bit more once a week to prevent my body going into "starvation" mode. As someone else said, keep in mind that the longer WW can keep you IN the program, the more money they make.


  • Post Image jen6417 (jennifer)

    1/18/2014 11:45 AM
    I used to use the old WW and it always worked well for me at 22 daily points. I'm very petite 5 foot and looking to loose about 10-12 pounds. The new system won't let me go less then 26 points a day and I have now gained .5 pounds my first week into this program. So it looks like I'll be using no more then 22 points a day, wish I could adjust my daily points to that in the tracker!


  • Post Image oharabrian (brian)

    7/12/2013 5:32 PM
    The old program worked really well.... I have been given 39 points and the old plan I had 29 points, in two weeks on the new plan and working out for an hour every night and using only my 39 points I have only lost .3 lbs, in two weeks on the old plan I dropped 6 lbs. I'm going back to my old book and using the 29 points they gave me back then. I am only 8 lbs heavier then I was when I was on the old plan.


  • Post Image holloways3 (debbie)

    7/10/2013 3:14 PM
    Did the "old" program in 2004 -- straight forward, easy to understand, lost 30 pounds. Lost about 5 lbs/month but weekly weigh-ins were always different. I need to lose some weight again and can't figure out why WW changed the program. It seems those plus points are causing problems for some. I'm 5'4, 58 y/o & get 21-22 points (old program) which I will continue to use.


  • Post Image joycealene (joyce)

    6/2/2013 8:26 PM
    I never did weight watchers under the "old points" system, but started last July and lost 25 lbs in 6 months. My goal was a pound a week to avoid deprivation. Sometimes used my weekly points, but most weeks I stuck to 26 (I'm 5'1"). I also began doing gentle yoga once a week, and now am up to 3-4 times a week. I almost always eat my exchange points. Hope this helps.


  • Post Image asys15 (anissa)

    5/19/2013 6:28 PM
    And I started out with 41 and lost nothing for three weeks; and dropped down to 26 like my mother has, and I started to lose weight. Barely, but started to. (Only lost about 4lbs in all, on my 5th week)


  • Post Image asys15 (anissa)

    5/19/2013 6:27 PM
    Think about it this way. The slower you lose weight, the more Weight Watchers can get your money monthly.


  • Post Image elaine0610

    5/5/2013 12:31 PM
    I re-joined in Feb. 2013. I have tracked, exercised, done exact points and not used the weekly points. Tried power foods, too. It is now May and I have lost about 3 pounds. Don't know what else I can do. Unfortunately, getting ready to retire, it is just too expensive to keep going at this point. It's about $45.00 a pound. I am very disappointed. :(


  • Post Image ginsharpe19 (ginger)

    4/4/2013 9:11 PM
    I just signed up for e-tools and its telling my daily target weight should be 32; I thought it only suppose to be 26. Can someone help.


  • Post Image smilingblueeyes (laurie)

    2/21/2013 2:45 PM
    I'm glad I'm not the only one noticing this. I just started a week ago today on the 26 point -the first week which should have been a pretty good weight loss - I lost 1.6 lbs - I think it's set to high. I'm dropping back 6 points.


  • Post Image faithudson (faith)

    2/19/2013 10:37 AM
    I noticed if I stick with my daily allowed points of 26, I'll lose weight. If I use the weekly allowed points, I'll stay the same.


  • Post Image msnowell (melissa)

    2/15/2013 2:49 PM
    I love the old system. I got 18-20 points per day and lost consistently (as long as I tracked). I believe the new system gives us way to many calories per day and I totally disagree about fruit being free. I charge myself for everything I eat. If I eat 26 points per day plus my weekly allotment PLUS exercise points I will gain every week so I have gone back to the old system and only eating 20 per day. I think for some, 26 is ok, but if you're not losing then I would suggest adjusting it.


  • Post Image lwgolding (laura)

    2/11/2013 2:37 PM
    I was at 26 daily points and 40 weekly points (I think) for over a year, and when the new program began I was increased to 32 daily points and 49 weekly points. I don't get it. I think that is too many points. There was no explanation for the increase on virtually the same program - have the food point values increased with this new 360 program?


  • Post Image 1donkey! (shannon)

    2/1/2013 6:28 PM
    I think that I have to many alloted points also. I am not losing at all. When I look up how many points I should have by the old method I can only have 18. Why then do I have 26 points for weight watchers online? I am new and have never tried WW before so some clarification would be nice.


  • Post Image mandamo85 (amanda)

    1/29/2013 4:19 PM
    I haven't met my daily pts. by 4-6 points a couple times a week the last 4 weeks, don't use any weekly pts & only treat myself if I have the activity pts. that equals the pts in the treat I'm having like an ice cream. I've been loosing 2-2.5 a week steadily which makes me think the weekly pts. r 2 much unless I ramp up my exercise.


  • Post Image breheeren (brehan)

    1/13/2013 3:49 AM
    I've 6lbs in two weeks and that's at 26point a day with using a few points from the plus points for nights out with my hubby. I dont know what everyone else is doing but it works for me.




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