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How Freeing Is The Weight Watchers Freestyle Program?

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Ok, we all love Oprah.

She starred in the big screen version of A Wrinkle in Time, is a humanitarian juggernaut, and she cares about your weight and wants you to make healthy lifestyle choices.

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She’s the life coach and therapist we all wish we could afford. Face it: you want Oprah cheerleading you throughout the day. Plus, she has the crazy power to reach deep into your soul and make you cry when you least expect it.

Weight loss has been a universal struggle for most women, with no help from carbs. The biggest New Year’s resolution every year is getting fit and dropping those excess pounds using weight loss program like WW and South Beach Diet. Food shaming has been a problem for years, and WW was one of the earliest programs to have an impact on how we approach dieting and health management.

The ever-popular Weight Watchers has been around since the 1960s, and it still sticks to its core values: diet is one part of long-term weight management, and a healthy body comes from a healthy lifestyle. They provide motivation, mutual support, encouragement and instruction from all their leaders. The success stories and struggles are a huge part of why the program has been so popular for decades.

So when we started seeing Oprah as the spokeswoman of Weight Watchers Freestyle program, it seemed like a win/win. In our brain, we absolutely cannot accept that Oprah would ever steer us wrong.

But is the Weight Watchers Freestyle program really different from the traditional Weight Watchers points program?

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Weight Watchers has a spiritual awakening

In October of 2018, Weight Watchers changed all of their branding over to WW known as Wellness Wins. Their app got an upgrade and all of their locations became wellness studios and got a makeover. WW announced they were no longer calling themselves a “diet” program, but a healthy lifestyle program and their team leaders were now Wellness Coaches.  

In the new Wellness Wins system, you can be rewarded with points for just showing up. Meets are now called workshops which are held in studio. With your Wellness Wins points, you could use them towards paid subscriptions to the Headspace Meditation app or save them up for other rewards like massages. Their studios also host special workshops dedicated to health and wellness.

zeroPoints is reborn. Will it help you with your new lifestyle?

The SmartPoints system was the stage 2 of ProPoints, and zeroPoints is basically the stage 3 of that same points system. zeroPoints have a value of (WAIT FOR IT) zero, so there’s less counting and more eating. With the new WW systems in place, zeroPoints on the Freestyle program was reborn with over 200 foods. Some of the foods included on the zeroPoints list are chicken, turkey, fruit, vegetables, eggs, beans, fish, tofu, and unsweetened yogurt.  

In addition, to these zeroPoints foods the WW app has recipes and meal suggestions with the points precalculated for you.  here is also a barcode scanner to make it easy for you to shop and succeed with the program.

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The Points System

This new approach to their traditional point system also includes rollovers.  Which gives you the option to rollover points fewer SmartPoints values one day and have up to 4 extras rolled over into your bank of weeklies. For the days when you need them the most.

With the upgrade to their app, you can automatically sync your fitness tracker, Apple Watch or fitbit, to the WW app for Fit Points. Earn up to 21-35 Fit Points a week depending on your weight.  Which allow you the flexibility to treat yourself to something special for your hard work.  

The best thing about WW is you don’t ever feel like you are missing out on anything because its real food. The program gets you to approach food in a new way and have a different relationship with it. All while still enjoying your favorite dishes!

Conclusion? We love the “enjoy your life!” angle, and the increased benefits that this new point system brings.

Look, if Oprah tells us Freestyle is a better option, it’s our American duty to listen.

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Lyn Hastings
Mother. Wife. Barre chick. Beer fanatic. I'll share my pearls of wisdom, but don't deny me my smotherhood.

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