How To Follow Weight Watchers Points Plus In A Smart Points World

As you may or may not know, at the beginning of April I switched from Weight Watchers Freestyle back to Weight Watchers Points Plus. While I have a love for the Freestyle program, and I understand that WW is trying to encourage an overall healthy, maintainable lifestyle, the truth is I wasn’t losing weight on the Freestyle plan. My feelings for Freestyle haven’t changed, but I felt that the switch back to Points Plus was the right move for me because I had already had success on that plan previously. While Freestyle isn’t right for my body to lose weight, I feel it is the perfect plan for weight maintenance.  Ultimately, it’s up to me to make the choices that are right for me, so Freestyle is taking a back seat to good old Points Plus for now. 

Once I announced I was switching back, questions came pouring in about how I was following Points Plus when the WW app doesn’t have that option.  I ultimately put together a video for my YouTube channel that explains everything, and I decided to post it here on the blog as well since the video will explain it in less time than writing everything out would. 

Some of the questions I answer are:

  • How do I follow Points Plus without the WW app?
  • What do you need to follow Points Plus?
  • Are there still Points Plus resources out there even though everyone is on Smart Points?
  • What app am I using?
  • How does that app work?

and so much more. 

Below is my video on how to follow Weight Watchers Points Plus in a Smart Points world. I hope you find it helpful if you also decide you need to get away from Smart Points for a while. Enjoy!

18 thoughts on “How To Follow Weight Watchers Points Plus In A Smart Points World

  1. Maryann says:

    Thank you so much for this!!! I lost 25lbs from Labor Day-Christmas last year and they switched to Freestyle right around then, after that I stopped losing weight and started gaining – even when on the plan! Very discouraged, I stopped going. I recently signed up again but can’t seem to make myself go because I KNOW Freestyle doesn’t work for me. I downloaded I Track Bites and I’m so happy! 🙂

  2. Sara says:

    Thanks for this post and video! I got to goal on Points Plus years ago and have struggled with Smart Points and Freestyle. I’m going back to what worked — found my old materials and I’m ready to give it another try. Reading some things about iTrackBites with a recent update that left users unhappy- hoping the kinks get worked out and then I will consider upgrading to Pro. Good luck – I appreciate your honesty and insight. Happy new year!

  3. Tammie Winkler says:

    I agree with you 100% about Freestyle vs. Points Plus: I lost 70 pounds on Points Plus and went Lifetime. Switched to Freestyle and put 15 back on. Had to cancel my membership because I cannot afford to pay the monthly fee right now. My problem with iTrackBites is that my iPad is so old I can’t upgrade the IOS to what is needed and I have no smartphone for Android. Do you know of an app compatible with Windows 10? I luckily still have 2 PP calculators! Thanks!

    • Tammie says:

      This is so true…I packed the pounds back on as well when I switched. I still have all my stuff from Points Plus and will be going back to that.

  4. Gail says:

    Thank you! Like the others I have struggled on the smart points system and actually started gaining weight back (after i lost 60 lbs). I contacted WW and asked if I could go back to points plus and they said they were not going to offer that option so I quit their service. I’ve been struggling to self track but having difficulty. I just happened to stumble on your site and I already love you. I had no idea there were other apps to help me track points plus (aka bites plus). Thank you!

  5. Keyana says:

    Hi!

    I love this so much. Thank you for posting. I thought I was the only person in the world who couldn’t lose weight on the new program. Luckily for me, I had all the materials from Points Plus program (Complete Food List book, Dining Out Companion, Getting Started Guide, Point Plus Calculator, etc) which enabled me to go back to the old program.

    I literally hate the new program sad to say. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  6. Laura M says:

    Yeah this is great to know I’m not alone. I totally understand the philosophy of Smart Points/Freestyle but it made me feel like I was so much more on a diet as opposed to just monitoring my portions, taking on a healthier lifestyle, etc. I’m due 7/22/19 with my first baby (needless to say I packed on some pounds!) so I am excited to give this a try once I give birth. Thank you for this!

  7. Ida says:

    I have been a member since 1979 became lifetime in 80 been through so many changes on this program. I guess you need to find what works for you and the Points Plus works for myself and my lifer husband. So We dug out our old stuff also. We are both diabetics hereditary and when we do WW PP both our A1C’s are down there. So its time again. My big problem is we love bakegoods but you can do WW snacks. I need to find the PP on all baking items flour,sugar,cornstarch so I can do this right so any ideas? Thanks for any help and all of you out there good luck skinny feels good.

    • divaandthedivine says:

      Honestly, I’d download one of the apps that allows you to follow the Points Plus plan. I use the app called iTrackBites. On their app, the “Carb Conscious” plan is PP. With the pro version (SO much cheaper than WW) you get access to everything, and the database has everything I need to follow it.

  8. Leanne Bowes says:

    THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH. I just weighed in after a strict WW freestyle week to find myself 3lbs up– and I was devastated. I miss points+ You just saved my day, and hopefully my week/month/year. <3

  9. Tehilla says:

    omg so true!! I’ve been spinning 5-6xs a week and following freestyle pretty strictly but as of this morning I’m up 4lbs…I am so upset! I just downloaded itrackbites and started back on what brought me success before.

  10. Andrew Planck says:

    I downloaded the iTrackBites app but when I try to enter a food it only requires me to enter calories. Fat, carbes, fiber, and protein (which you say are used to calculate the Bites) are only optional (along with sat. fat and sugar).

    • divaandthedivine says:

      Hi! Check what plan you’re set to. You should be on the “carb conscious” plan if you want to follow PP

  11. Cindy H says:

    I downloaded the app but it still is giving me the smartspoints value of the foods. How do I get to the part where I can choose the points plus?

    • divaandthedivine says:

      There are multiple weight loss plans on iTrackBites. The points plus plan is called “carb conscious.” Select that plan under settings and you’re good to go.

  12. M. Bader says:

    I am in England and I used to attend WW when it was ProPoints which is our name for Points Plus and having recently gained weight on steroids I wanted to return to WW but was unhappy with the idea of Smartpoints and I hate changing methods. Luckily I still have my points calculator and materials and was tracking my food in MyFitness pal which is great for seeing my macronutrients and calories but it is tedious to then manually calculate all my points and add them to my notes so I was thrilled to come across you and your advice about itrackbites and I have signed up and selected Carb Conscious. Seeing the points there in real time now is so helpful but I’m simultaneously tracking into MFP to see the nutrient values until I decide whether to purchase pro version. You are inspiring to listen too also. I do get dessert cravings especially at night. I have now lost 4kg in 12.5 weeks so its going well but slowly as I eat something sweet every day. Thanks for your advice. I would really benefit from attending meetings again but its of no use to me of they’re all talking about a smartpoints diet which is such a shame. I wish WW would keep supporting people who achieved success on older methods who do not want to keep changing.

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