Disclaimer: The team of Weight Watchers keeps updating the program, according to the requirements/feedback of their members. The program has been updated many times, the latest one being the Weight Watchers 360° program, which was unveiled on the 3rd of December, 2012. The program teaches members how to manage their food environment, claiming that we tend to eat what we see. It also guides people on ways to control their temptation, and to avoid pleasure eating. Weight Watchers has not increased their rates for this new approach, and all the meetings, eTools, and apps are included in the total fee.

The content in this article explains the Weight Watchers program in detail. The details of the current program are exclusively available to the paid members of Weight Watchers.

Weight Watchers is a successful international company, popular for various diets and products that assist you in fulfilling your weight management and weight loss goals. The Weight Watchers points program is one of the most popular and highly successful commercial weight loss programs found today. According to this program, every food item that we consume is rated with a point value, which is based on its nutritional value. These points are made available by the creators of the plan. You can also attend their group discussions and personal counseling sessions as per your convenience after joining this program.

Calculating Per Day Weight Watchers Points: Formula

The Weight Watchers program concentrates on a balanced diet with low-fat and high-fiber foods, moderate but regular exercise, and personal counseling. The Weight Watchers point system easily helps understand this weight loss program. The original points formula is under strict regulations of the patent law of the United States. The formula is as follows:

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

wherein, p stands for points, c stands for calories, f stands for fats, r stands for dietary fiber and min {r, 4} stands for the smaller number between dietary fibers or '4'. In short, the first 4 grams of dietary fibers are included in this formula. This formula helps count the points of various food items that we consume on a regular basis.

Points Required Per Day to Lose Weight

It may surprise you to know that Weight Watchers points are customized for every individual such that these points differ as per your weight, height, age, gender, and lifestyle. For instance, the average Weight Watchers points per day for women is 2 and for nursing women, it's 12, while the minimum points per day for men are 8. However, these numbers are then added to the points that are distributed for other factors like age, height, weight, and lifestyle of that individual. Here are the points distribution of the same.

Age Height Lifestyle Weight
In Years Points In Cms Points Activity Points In Pounds Points
17-26 4 155cm 0 Sedentary 0 150-174 20-25
27-37 3 155cm - 178cm 1 Occasionally Sed. 2 175-199 22-27
38-47 2 Over 178cm 2 Walking 4 200-224 24-29
48-58 1 . . Hardworking 6 225-249 26-31
Over 58 0 . . . . 250-274 28-33
. . . . . . 275-299 29-34
. . . . . . 300-324 30-35
. . . . . . 325-349 31-36
. . . . . . Over 350 32-37

A person is required to calculate the average points per day for himself, according to the above-mentioned factors. The result being that the values will be different for each individual. The sum of all these factors that you come up with, is actually the number of Weight Watchers points that you are allowed to consume per day to lose weight.

Lastly, every weight loss diet has its own negative and positive points hence, the pros and cons of the Weight Watchers program should not be overlooked. According to many, the program is not concerned with the amount of calorie intake as well as exercise, which are the basics of losing weight. As a result, even with a strong positive side, the effectiveness of this diet is questioned by many. The only way to know whether it is helpful or not is to try it out and see the effects for yourself.

Disclaimer: This Buzzle article is for informative purposes only and does not, in any way, intend to replace the advice of an expert.