How to Calculate Points for Weight Watchers

Rutuja Jathar Mar 10, 2019
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If you want to learn how to calculate points for Weight Watchers then first you need to understand the Weight Watchers points formula. This write-up provides information regarding the same.
Disclaimer: The team of Weight Watchers keeps updating the program, according to the requirements/feedback of their members. The program teaches how to manage food environment, claiming that we tend to eat what we see. It elaborates on ways to control cravings, and to avoid pleasure eating.
The content here explains the Weight Watchers program in detail. The details of the current program are exclusively available to the paid members of Weight Watchers.
Losing weight has become a sort of obsession for many people, while for some it is a dire need. There are numerous popular weight loss programs, and selecting the best one of them is more difficult than weight loss itself. One such much-advertised and equally popular weight loss diet program is the Weight Watchers.
This is a weight loss program, in which each and every food item that we consume are rated with specific points. In order to lose weight, one needs to consume only limited points that are suitable for the number of pounds that you want to lose.

Points System

Weight Watchers points system is pretty unique and quite difficult to understand if you don't observe it closely. It is important to understand here that the food points and points system make sure that the dieter is having a well-balanced diet as per his/her own weight loss needs.
These weight loss needs are determined on various factors like height, weight, age, and the type of lifestyle that person is leading. Considering all these factors, the creators of this diet have come up with a Weight Watchers points formula.
All that you need to do is to add figures in the formula and do the calculation. Once you are done with the calculation part, you can follow this trend-setting diet plan and experience possible positive effects of this program.

Points Calculator

The original Weight Watchers points calculator is protected and licensed under strict law of US government, and hence, one can only determine a model formula by using online resources and information about the weight loss diet plan.
Here is the formula in which, p represents the number of points, c represents the calories, f represents fats, r represents number of dietary fibers, and min {r, 4} represents the smaller number between the dietary fibers or '4'. From given formula, you can easily learn how to calculate the points for Weight Watchers.

p = c/50 + f/12 - min {r,4}/5

Points Distribution

Here is the point distribution from which you can decide how many Weight Watchers points per day should be consumed. If you go through the points system charts, you will know that these points differ as per the gender of the person. For instance, minimum points for an average woman are 2, and for a man they are 8. For a nursing woman, these points are 12.
  • 150 to 174 lbs: 20 to 25 points
  • 175 to 199 lbs: 22 to 27 points
  • 200 to 224 lbs: 24 to 29 points
  • 225 to 249 lbs: 26 to 31 points
  • 250 to 274 lbs: 28 to 33 points
  • 275 to 299 lbs: 29 to 34 points
  • 300 to 324 lbs: 30 to 35 points
  • 325 to 349 lbs: 31 to 36 points
  • Over 350 lbs: 32 to 37 points
  • 17 to 26: 4 points
  • 27 to 37: 3 points
  • 38 to 47: 2 points
  • 48 to 58: 1 points
  • Over 58: 0 points
Activity Level
  • Sedentary: 0 points
  • Occasionally sedentary: 2 points
  • Walking most of the time: 4 points
  • Physically hard work: 6 points
  • Under 5 feet 1 inch: 0 points
  • 5 feet 1 inch to 5 feet 10 inch: 1 points
  • Over 5 feet 10 inch: 2 points
Once you get sure about all the pros and cons and this weight loss system, then you can go through Weight Watchers points list and find out how many points should you consume to lose weight.
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