The Mystery Solved: Calories and Points

Written by skippygolunks on 11/18/2011 1:33 PM | COMMENTS (15)

Have you ever wondered just how many calories you are eating each day or how many you have burned sweating it out on your treadmill? Well, I did. So,  I googled, "How many calories are in Weight Watcher Points Plus points?

Wikipedia had a lengthy article and formulas. According to Wikipedia there are 35-45 calories in each point.  Activity points are given for 100 calories worth of effort.

As a disclaimer, I have no way of knowing if this information is accurate, but it sounds reasonable. Now, if you do interval training here is some other interesting formulas that I found. This made me very happy! I am burning a lot of calories. If you haven't tried intervals, maybe this will convince you.  Have a fantastic weekend!

The following equation from the
Journal of Sports Sciences calculates the calorie expenditure for women:
Calories = [(0.074 x Age) + (0.4472 x Heart Rate) -- (0.05741 x Weight) --
20.4022] x Time / 4.184.

Men use the following equation: Calories = [(0.2017 x Age) + (0.6309 x Heart
Rate) -- (0.09036 x Weight) -- 55.0969] x Time / 4.184.

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  • Post Image cristinashepard (lidia)

    6/21/2013 1:01 PM
    That seems like a very complicated operation just for calculating 1/2 an hour of exercise. Isn't there anything simpler?

  • Post Image iwill42 (annette)

    6/9/2013 7:06 AM
    The point number does not match even my minimum intake. I am in maintenance and have 30 points per day to eat, that would be 1050 cal. My body would starve.

  • Post Image iamenu (ellen)

    6/5/2013 10:40 AM
    The number of points is heavily dependent on what you are called empty calories are on the low end of the scale; something with a lot of fiber will be much higher. If one food is worth 33 calories = 1 point, and another is 45 per point, that is an almost 50% swing. So does it really make sense to try to figure points from calories? Maybe not when the calculator is so easily available and so easy to use. Just a thought...

  • Post Image skylooker (lee)

    5/10/2013 10:42 AM
    A point value is total Cal divided by 40. Use 39 with a calculator for more accuracy. So, 200 Cal is 5 points. You can also do your own rounding. You can get to the 39 by taking 20 Smart Ones meals. Look at total Cal and total points. Divide to get 39. 50 Cal per point works only when looking at total daily Cal, including fruits and veggies (11 X points per day), when comparing WW to other programs.

  • Post Image bcorreia30 (brenda)

    3/3/2013 11:55 AM
    Thanks for the info.

  • Post Image detboy313

    1/11/2013 2:14 PM
    ww told me each point was approx. 50 cals, give or take based on fat, carb, etc.

  • Post Image andwilk (andrew)

    12/12/2012 12:26 PM
    The 100 calories/Activity Point earned also seems accurate. I do 30 minutes on a stationary bike 3-4 times per week and usually burn between 300-400 calories each time. Based on Weight Watchers' qualitative description of their intensity levels, I classified my workout as moderate intensity for 30 minutes which gave me 3 Activity Points.

  • Post Image andwilk (andrew)

    12/12/2012 12:25 PM
    Just from calculations of different foods, the average of cals/Points+ is about 35-45. For those concerned that this doesn't add up to a healthy amount of calories per day (lowest = 26 Points+), don't forget that you have 49 Anytime pts and 0-pt foods which still contain calories. The reason that WW lists them as "0 points" is because they are trying to motivate you to eat these healthier Power Foods and you should be including 3-5 servings of these per day.

  • Post Image carlenbowie (carlen)

    9/20/2012 11:42 AM
    The 45 calories seems about right... however, for those of you worried on the 26 PP; just think how many 0 points you eat a day: 1 apple, 1 banana each fruit is about 100 calories each and the 0 point veggies. If you are eating right you are getting more than enough calories a day.

  • Post Image svelte12b (barbara)

    9/4/2012 11:10 AM
    If I use the idea of 40 calories per point, 26 points, the minimum, is only 1040 calories. This seems like a very scary number. I went on such a diet a few years ago and got very sick. Yet 26 points is my allowance (I am 66 years old). I am thinking of changing over to the ww diet that uses specific foods instead. My excercise is limited by arthritis and back pain.

  • Post Image jcjlove3 (robin)

    11/18/2011 9:18 PM
    I'm tired just thinking about it!! Any points for trying to figure out the math???

  • Post Image pamcn666

    11/18/2011 6:53 PM
    I always wanted to know how many calories were in a pt... thanks for sharing!

  • Post Image sbarber2

    11/18/2011 3:32 PM
    Hey, thanks for the pointer to the PointsPlus formulae. Didn't think of looking on Wikipedia!

  • Post Image shoes15 (diane)

    11/18/2011 2:22 PM
    Yes, I saw this a while ago. Did you also see the different formula for alcohol? Ha, Ha. I counted calories AND tracked P+ for a month. 29 P+ equals approx. 1500 calories.

  • Post Image 990003!!! (paula)

    11/18/2011 2:00 PM
    I know that you have to have 1200 calories a day, if you are not getting at least that much it may cause your health to decline, you have a tough time getting all your body needs to work on less than that. You need one or 2 days a week to up your calories (200-500 calories) to keep your body guessing and a plateau arriving quickly. WW one pt. = between 20 - 90 calories you just have a hard time guessing these days.


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