It’s December 3rd and if you’re a weight watcher member you might have been waiting for this day for awhile.. The new program rolls out today… say hello to weight watchers freestyle.. Smart points, with more flexibility.. I have known about the changes for awhile and being a WW Canadian Ambassador I had the opportunity to change over to the new program on my WW app. You will find out all the details on your weigh in day and your App should change over that same day, so if you weigh in on a Saturday your App will not change over till Saturday, December 9th, but you can always attend an earlier meeting to find out about the program.. At this point I would not suggest changing your day on your App as it might cause for more glitches than there is bound to already be..

With the new freestyle program we have more zero point foods to choose from, on top of vegetables and fruit, they have now added skinless chicken & turkey breast, most seafood, eggs, beans, lentils, tofu, corn & peas and non fat plain yogurt. See below for a complete list.

With these new zero point foods come some changes, your daily point allowance will go down with the lowest being 23/day. Your weekly points should not be affected and stay the same. Your daily point target is assigned to you when you join the program and is based on your age, weight, height and gender.ย  Every food still has a smart point value, that number is based on four components: calories, saturated fats, sugar and protein. Calories will establish the baseline of how many smart point values the food is worth. Protein lowers the SP value while saturated fats and sugar will increase it. Your daily point budget is yours to spend how you choose, and the zero point foods are there for you to enjoy when you wish, you don’t have to weigh, measure or even track them if you choose not to (I will talk about that a bit more when I go into my thoughts on the new program).

Introducing rollovers.. you can now rollover up to 4 unused daily smart points into your weekly smart point budget. These rollovers will reset each week though and can not be saved for that end of the month vacation your taking ๐Ÿ˜‰

So… you all might be thinking, what’s drizzle me skinny’s thoughts on this .. or maybe you don’t care what I think haha.. but I’m going to share my thoughts anyway.. I want to be very honest with you guys and also maybe help those out there who might feel the same way. When I first heard of the changes I was upset and frustrated.. and here is why.. I simply just don’t eat all these new zero points foods, and I am not exaggerating, I am a picky eater, I hate seafood (of any kind) hate eggs (although love egg whites but those were already zero points) have not eaten turkey in several years, hate beans, lentils, corn and peas and plain yogurt to me is yuk! The only food I eat of the new zero point food list is chicken, I eat it maybe 2-3 times a week but I can assure you I do not eat 7 points a day worth, that is how many points I lose, 30 points down to 23..ย  For those who love all those zero foods this is a rewarding change and to those who don’t, might feel like we just got punished.. I truly do see the sense in it, I am a grown woman and I understand these zero point foods were chosen for a reason, they are healthy foods we should be eating.. but I am not one to start eating food I simply do not like because someone tells me I should..It does not work that way for me.. So please, I ask those members who are loving this new change and embracing all those new zero point foods to please be supportive of those who do not like them and won’t eat them.. don’t just point fingers and say “well you know, you really should eat more vegetables and chicken and eggs, they really are healthy for you” We get that, we really do… but it’s not that simple for a picky eater.. I’m not going to lie, my first thought was, “that’s it, I quit, I will do it on my own” but let’s be honest.. I know from years and years of struggling, I can’t do this on my own, and I love weight watchers and the supportive community that surrounds it.. I truly do!

In order for this to work for me and my journey I need to make some small adjustments. I will indeed try to increase my chicken intake but I do not want to get to a point where I am thinking “UGH, chicken again!” seeing as I do not eat the other foods it is not as simple to think, well I had chicken yesterday, I will have salmon today.. not going to happen in my house ๐Ÿ˜‰ I understand these new zero point foods were chosen for a reason, they are healthy foods that one is likely not to over eat, so I am going to use a little knowledge I learned while trying simply filling out and find a few foods I do like, but will not over eat and make them zero point foods for my journey.. Some day’s I might not need to use these “free foods” I select, but on those days I am struggling I will. I am smart enough to know that I am not going to select pancakes as a zero point food for me, but maybe a chicken sausage that I might have one or two days a week will be.ย  It’s going to be some trial and error and I am ok with that, some may say “well your not truly following the program” and I am ok with that too.. It’s my journey, no one else, and I am a lifetime member, I’ve been with WW for over 20+ years, and currently maintaining a 3 year weight loss, I have learned many things along the way, so I am confident I will tackle this curve ball as well.. To those who may feel defeated, robbed of all your points with nothing in return, because like myself you do not eat these new foods, I say this.. Don’t throw in the towel too quickly, try your own small adjustments, at the end of the day it is better to stick with a supportive community than walk away from your journey.

I want to talk a little about the new zero point foods, weight watchers is recognizing that tracking is the one thing many of us don’t like to do or are terrible at doing so (me!) Their new approach is, don’t have to track these new zero foods if you don’t want to, they recommend you still should but acknowledging that it is not mandatory.. For those who have a lot to lose, or struggle with portion control, these “free for all” foods concern me.. If I liked non fat plain yogurt, I guarantee I could over eat it and not think twice.. so I say be very mindful still of your portion sizes, start out with a recommended portion and only go for seconds if you’re still hungry. Just because chicken has no point value does not mean you need to load your plate up with 5 chicken breasts..

In regards to my recipes and the changes this new program will have on them. The only ones affected will be those containing the new zero point foods, for my blog this will mainly be chicken dishes. I do not have any turkey recipes and only 1 shrimp recipe. I do have a few baking recipes that might have 1 egg in them but I can assure you one 2 point egg will not decrease the point value overall. I will be updating my recipes on my blog over the next few weeks, at the bottom of the directions where I list the nutritional info you will see if I have added that the smart point value was determined by the WW freestyle recipe builder. If you have entered any of my recipes into the WW recipe builder on your App it will automatically renew with the new point value (sweet right!!) In the meantime you can figure out any changes by either entering the ingredients into your own recipe builder once you have the new program or just doing a little simple math in your head and canceling out the chicken point value. My recipe Apps will take longer to update, and likely will not be updated until the new year, many might not know this but there is a lot of work that goes into updating Apps. I appreciate your patience and understanding. Some may be wondering what does this mean for future drizzle me skinny recipes?? I see no changes really, I will still be baking up a storm in my kitchen and bringing you lightened up low point muffins and donuts, it is up to you how you will spend your daily points. I will probably cook up more chicken recipes and find some creative ways to enjoy it so I don’t get bored of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

On a final note… change is bound to happen, without change the world would be a boring place! Sometimes we love and embrace the change and sometimes we hate it. At the end of the day, this is your journey, no one else is going to lose the weight for you, so you can custom this to however you see fit to suit you and your lifestyle, don’t let anyone tell you differently.. And yes, the WW app is going to have some glitches, if you remember the points plus change to smart points it was pure crazy for about a month.. have a little patience, it will take some time but it will all fall in to place in good time, stressing out over it and getting angry will likely only trigger eating emotions.. so try to stay calm, and make the program work for you.. believe me this is coming from someone who was not happy at all with these changes, but I will find a way to make it work for me.. Weight watchers is my lifestyle, it always will has made me the happy and confident person I am today and I will forever be thankful to them.. you do you… just don’t quit!





  1. Thank you so much for the down low on the new program. My weigh in day is Saturday so I have a bit of a wait to get the new program info. This is very helpful information and presented in an understandable manner.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Thanks Cheri, you can always attend an earlier meeting, but yes your App will change on your official weigh in day.. Good luck with the new program ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Thank you SO much for your thoughtful inquiry into the new plan and explaining it in more detail. I just joined WW and haven’t been a member for many years. This new plan is VERY different and since I signed up for online-only, the “tutorial” was very lacking and I didn’t see any lists like the one above so I’ve been trying to navigate it by myself and understand what’s changed and what hasn’t. Your detailed review answered some things for me. Thank you!!

        • Drizzle Reply

          Hi Lindsay, you are very welcome, welcome back to WW ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you enjoy some of the recipes if you try any

  2. Thank you for your honesty. I struggled when changing from Points Plus to SmartPoints. I know it’s “healthier” but it felt more like a diet. I’ve been struggling with the thought of this new change because each time I feel it’s gotten a little more restrictive. I know we have more free foods….it’s the other changes that bother me. I’ll figure out how to make it work for me. Thanks for what you do. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Drizzle Reply

      Thanks Kristy, I understand, believe me! I too have similar feelings and when I feel like it is a diet my mind starts to wander and lose interest.. but I know I need the community, so making small changes at this point is my best decision.. good luck to you, reach out anytime you need to!

    • Hi Kristy. I had been on WW PointsPlus for several years when SmartPoints appeared. I also struggled with the change to SmartPoints. The worst part of that change for me was that all of the family recipes I’d painstakingly rebuilt online to be WW compliant were blown away! It demoralized and angered me so much that I quit… and of course I’ve gained back all the weight + more! So I’m very glad to hear from Drizzle that recipes will translate this time. I’m re-upping and hope I can stick with it this time.

  3. Kelly Lynn Reply

    Thank you for your honest reply! I’m a vegetarian, so the chicken and fish aren’t for me. I think there will be more eggs, tofu, and beans in my future. But I know I don’t eat 7 sp of those foods a day! I eat a lot of Yves products. Hopefully, I’ll cut down on them and maybe make my own burgers with 0 sp. But I’m going to start with supper and change that up. If I use my weeklies or even fit points, I’m okay with that! We can work the plan for our own individual needs! I might some adjustments and count Yves as 0 sp for me. Thanks again!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Kelly.. yes making it work for us is the most important thing we need to focus on, and slight adjustments are ok.. don’t feel bad for making small changes..Good luck on your continued journey!

  4. thanks so much for this info and your honest feedback on new program. Lucky me, I’m not picky but I need to track even tho I hate it. I lose 11 points and that feels like a punishment since my carbs and other foods will use up those points faster. But I’m going to stay positive and make peace with these changes.

  5. Thank you very much for your comments. I have not switched over yet, will at Tuesday’s meeting, but have seen the buzz.
    I am also concerned how this is going to work for me. I have the same food dislikes that you do, other than occasionally eating some fish. I appreciate the positive attitude you have and will likely come back here to read this again in the coming weeks.
    BTW love your muffin recipes for my tea and evening snack.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Diane.. So glad your enjoying the muffins ๐Ÿ™‚ Just remember that making slight adjustments to suit your day/week is better than feeling defeated and walking away.. Please reach out anytime you need to!

  6. Very level headed approach. We’ve had the new system in the UK for a few weeks and personally I think it is a terrible plan. I’ve lost 94lb on Smart Pounts and eat a balanced diet utilising the WW mantra of ‘no food is off limits’. Now however the 0sp foods and reduction in daily points = less choice. People are eating 3 boiled eggs as snacks. I was told by WW that fried egg on hot buttered toast is a better use of points than muesli. That is bad advice. Eorst of all has been the ostracism of people not happy to follow the changes. I’ve left WW as a result of the hostility I received and am part of a Facebook group continuing with SP. Hundreds have already joined the group and more join daily. It’s sad it came to this. It’s not resistance to change, it’s just this is a bad change. Good luck to you and your subscribers regardless of whether ypu adopt the change or not.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Mark, I appreciate and respect your opinion on this, I for one see that we are all so very different and what works for one might not work for another.. At the end of the day it is about doing what works for you and being involved in a supportive community, sounds like you have found that.. Congrats on your weight loss success, and no doubt you will keep on going!

    • Sheri Tipton Reply

      Mark, what is the name of the Smart Points group? How can people join?

    • Hi mark
      I, too, am not following the new plan and staying with smart points. I think weight watchers made a huge blunder with this new program but I love the support the group meetings offer me. I am just pretending to follow the new plan because I don’t want to upset the apple cart. It’s a shame. I was hoping weight watchers would see the mistake they made and go back to smart points. Good luck with your journey. I have 20 pounds to lose until goal but will get there on smart points.

      • Is it possible to still use the app with Smart points? Or do you have to keep track of everything yourself?

        • Drizzle Reply

          to a certain extent you could, cause you can go in and play around to get you points back to what they were (ie: put yourself in maintenance mode) but when you want to use chicken or other 0 point foods as a meal it will give you a zero reading , I think it would just get frustrating over time to still try and follow the old SP as opposed to freestyle

  7. COLIN BEVAN Reply

    I have been using this for a couple of weeks now and hate it. I will be leaving as soon as my membership runs out. Meals which I have successfully been loosing weight with are now putting me over my daily allowance and this is now demotivating me to the point I think I’m over so it doesn’t matter.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Colin, I understand.. You need to do what works for you and keeps you happy and motivated.. Just make sure you find a supportive community, maybe making some adjustments like I will do is an option?

      • Janis Dougherty Reply

        Hi! I will be getting the new plan when I arrive in Hawaii. I love all the 0 foods so Iโ€™ll be okay. Instead of giving up we, why not just keep on doing the smart points as you have? If it works for you, why not?

        • Drizzle Reply

          Hi Janis.. oh I never once said I would give up, that is so not something I would do! I’m working the freestyle program so far.. I’ll be ok ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Excellent article! You have beautifully articulated my take on the changes. We’ll see how it goes, but like you, I don’t think it’s the best thing since sliced bread (still 2sp)

    • Drizzle Reply

      Thank you.. did someone say sliced bread is a zero point food ๐Ÿ˜‰ haha!! I’d be all over that one ๐Ÿ™‚

      • if you go to simply filling the Weight Watchers and calorie reduced breads are zero 0_o

        Thanks for your input on this, I agree it is a terrible plan and I am honestly afraid of what will happen. I have lost 35lbs on smart points and have been struggling for a few months, somehow I don’t think his new plan is gonna help :/

  9. Thanks for insight! I really wish (and I know this is a lot of work) WW had the capability to choose which program you’d like to follow (i.e. Points plus, smart points or freestyle. I had more success with points plus, for example. I’m a fairly picky eater…mostly because of dietary restrictions…including sugar substitute, fructose, garlic and onion issues. Hopefully this new program will still work for me.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Shasta, I totally agree, they would keep so many members and happy ones at that if they gave the option, I for one think they have the technology (and money) to do so.. Fingers crossed we both get through this, reach out anytime ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Leissa Wages Reply

    Good article. I wish you had a print link so I could print it without all the dratted advertisements.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Sorry about that ๐Ÿ™ what about copy and pasting to word maybe?

  11. Thank you for the info and your feedback, I will continue to track as it has kept me focused in losing 17 lbs. got 30 more to go! This change will keep me even more focused on what I need to do for me. It’s a positive. I won’t quit. I also truly enjoy your website, thanks for your efforts.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Thank you Jill, good luck on your continued journey! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Glenda Kaczmarek Reply

    Dear Drizzle ……I am so grateful to you for posting this and thankful for your honesty. I am like you and I donโ€™t eat most of the items in the new program. I have only started back on WW 6 weeks ago and things are going good. After reading your comments I am willing to give this new program an honest try. Again I thank you so much for sharing as itโ€™s was exactly what I needed to hear!! I felt you were speaking directly to me ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Glenda ๐Ÿ™‚ you are not alone.. and that is the bigger picture, staying within a supportive community is what we all need.. we will get though it, don’t feel bad for making slight adjustments, its your journey, make it suit you! Please reach out anytime

  13. Thank you for being honest about this change. I was vegetarian for 10 years and have tried to add back eggs and some meat since starting WW. With this new plan I lose 9 points per day and there is not much on the free food list that I can add back. I’ll need to revamp my entire routine since my go-to meals have not dropped in points. I feel afraid I will give up but your article has given me hope and I’ll give the new plan a try. Wish me luck and best of luck to all out there!! ๐Ÿ˜

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Denise.. I completely understand.. Maybe you as well need to make some slight adjustments that will leave you feeling satisfied at the end of the day, and don’t feel bad for changing the program a bit, what works for one does not always work for another.. Please reach out anytime you need support

  14. I have been a weight watcher member for 46 years. I actually like the new freestyle program. I am a faithful tracker and even on vacation and traveling. It’s the only way. Please give the new freestyle program a good try. Good luck to all the weight watchers of the world.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Lois, so happy you love the change, I think most will and all I am saying to those who don’t is do not throw in the towel so quickly, making adjustments to suit us picky eaters is better than walking away right ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Tammy Chusing Reply

    Thanks for your feedback. Im also a picky eater and allergic to fish and shellfish. I alsob have the โ€˜chicken againโ€™ thoughts. My meeting is tomorrow. I will keep and open mind.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Good luck to you Tammy, I enjoy chicken… I don’t want to get to the point where it haunts me haha!! we will get through this, remember small adjustments to suit you is ok.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Tracy Edan Reply

    Perfectly said. Thank you for saying it out loud and mostly for your fabulous recipes. They have helped me so much along the way.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Thank you Tracy, I am so happy to hear your enjoying the recipes ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Nancy Bryant Reply

    I am not a very picky eater, so Iโ€™m looking forward to the new plan. I was wondering if you like pork. I eat lean pork and think it should be right up there with chicken. If you like it, I wonder if you can use it as your โ€œfree foodโ€?

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Nancy, so glad your looking forward to the new plan.. I don’t really eat pork no, maybe once a month if that.. I do eat extra lean ground beef probably once a week, so I may make that a “zero point” food for myself.. trial and error will tell all ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. David McGlown Reply

    Thanks for the update. You have a casually clear writing style that is easy to understand. Appreciate the downloadable zero points list too. I also think this plan update could cause concern with some people like me who tend to overeat. Tracking all food and adopting daily personal limits for things will likely be key such as I had to do dealing with free bananas.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi David.. Yes so very true, people who struggle with over eating need to be mindful of portion control and I definitely think they should still track.. I wish the App could show us our estimated calorie intake including these new zero point items, it might help those who struggle with when to stop.. Good luck to you on your journey!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Jen… Glad you enjoyed the read.. Hope you can find a way to make it work for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Janet Murray Reply

    As a vegan, I am very excited to learn of zero points for tofu and beans! I am enrolled in the online program. When will my app update?

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Janet, it should on your usual weigh in day ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Great article! And just remember: the โ€œoldโ€ plan doesnโ€™t suddenly stop working. If you were losing (or maintaining) on 30 SP/day, then you still will. I believe you are lifetime which means you would add 5 to the 23/day. So maybe 28 sounds a little better? I would say, just keep doing what youโ€™ve been doing because itโ€™s working. The beauty (and sometimes curse) of WW is that it works for everyone in different ways. We all have to make the plan work for our life. Best of luck and thank you for the honest feedback. I work for WW and itโ€™s helpful to read this so I can be prepared for members who arenโ€™t loving it so much.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Thank you for your comment Sara.. I agree and if I find it to hard to tweak it I know I can go back to exactly what worked ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. I completely agree…I am going to give it a shot, but there is a reason I was never able to stick to Simply Filling for more than a few days at a time. I feel like the flexibility of WW has been altered dramatically with this change because of the lower points. I am going to give it a shot until the 1st of the year and then make a decision. I did consider setting my app to โ€œmaintenanceโ€ and quick adding chicken, turkey and eggs.

    • Drizzle Reply

      There is definitely some flexibility with changing things on your App to make is seem like no changes have really happened and I like that ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Well said. Like you, I don’t eat a lot of the “new” 0 pt foods, but then… I didn’t eat cauliflower rice until I joined WW or Butternut Squash or celery. Now, I do. So, I am trying to approach the Zero pt list with the same thoughts in mind. Sure, I hate chicken breast (weird, but true), but maybe I can learn to like Lentils and Beans. I learned to like Butternut Squash.

    I remember how hard my first few weeks were on WW. They were a disaster. Despite going into the tripe digit negatives and not tracking everything, I still was eating better than I had been before the plan. So, are the next few weeks going to be tough? Yes, but I didn’t quit than and I have no plans to quit now. I do wish there was more support for people who are concerned and who are not sure about the plan.

    • Drizzle Reply

      I am so happy for you that you are finding new foods you enjoy… I am not saying I will never try these foods ever again (except seafood, I just can’t lol, the smell, the texture the taste ugh) I am 45 and set in my ways, I am stubborn I’ll be the first to admit.. so convincing myself to like a food is no easy task I promise you that.. but I am confident I can still make the plan work for me

  23. I will not be changing. Going to stay with smartpoints plan. In another two years they will be changing the plan again. The new plan sounds alot like the Adkins diet.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Barbara, your very right.. change will come and go again.. and that is why I always tell people to do what works for them not every change is going to work the same for everyone.. I wish you success on your continued smart point journey ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Tracey Lambe Reply

    Ty for your honest, touching post. I adored SP and doing WW since โ€˜99 it was the only plan that got me at bottom range of my goal and held that for almost two years. Was so excited for FreeS that when it was leaked I started three weeks early. Iโ€™ll keep my thoughts to myself so everyone has their own experience but just know that even for those of use that ate and enjoy chicken and eggs it feels oppressive. And I canโ€™t figure out how recipes will now be calculated – some of used heavy protein laden recipes to bring down the SP value of other ingredients – now that those points are 0 Iโ€™m not sure sure if those recipes will now go up?? Feeling penalized for already eating lots of protein, ie recipes will go up but I lose 7SP a day? Hoping thatโ€™s not so. I adore your recipes and am looking forward to them to help me get thru this.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Tracey.. any recipes I have that have the new zero point foods , which is mainly chicken dishes since I do not eat the other foods I can assure you go down in points.. They definitely will not go up .. I hope you can find a balance.. I can see even those that enjoy the new zero points foods eventually getting sick of them ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. Thanks for your forthright comments on the new Freestyle program. I am also a lifetime member and will have to see how this new approach impacts my ability to maintain my weight ( if at all ). Am willing to give it a try and am hoping for the best outcome.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Good luck to you Sue.. Remember to do what works for you even if that means making small adjustments

  26. Deena O'Daniel Reply

    I’m a newbie of only 2 weeks, so Im interested in what may change. In 2 weeks I have never gone over my daily 30 points, have never used my weekly points, have eaten no pasta, potatoes & maybe 4 slices of 40 calorie bread. No meat, but lots of fruit, veg & fish. One egg a day. No added sugar besides one Dove chocolate a day. No snacks. Walking about 3 miles almost every day. After 2 weeks…ta-da: one pound. One! Color me disappointed.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Wow, that seems crazy considering all you did.. Are you sure you were eating enough? That is the first thing that stuck out to me, when we don’t eat enough our bodies will hold on to all it can.. I know that might sound crazy and scary but consider it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It takes a few weeks for your body to adjust. Don’t kick yourself in the butt for it.

      I started WW December 2016. I have lost 15 pounds and am maintaining that 15 loss. But I am struggling to go down any more because I have a HUGE household (10 people) and the adults are all picky eaters!! Some are “Zero Veggies” and so when I do a veggie dinner, they go to Burger King, Wendy’s, Mc Donalds…….. Hell I will do good ALL DAY and then they come home with a burger and fries and I want it. DESPERATELY BAD… And I begin to get hungry and as I get hungry, I want something. And I know it’s JUST A CRAVING but it hits me hard. I cannot wait til they move out. LOL In all honesty. I love them all.. but they need to go, or I am never going to lose weight.


      But with all that said – I didn’t start seeing a loss until week 3-4 … And 2 of the picky eaters were not living here at that time.

  27. Sooo sad. I hate chicken but already ate it once a day for points. Definately not 7 points and usually not 99% fat free. People are going o overlook that….and when using 97 or 96 ground turkey or chicken and not count. Im going to try but this isnt going to work for someone who doesnt eat at least one dish of chicken beans n fish a day๐Ÿค”. Forcing me to eat what i like w in 23 points will b calorie deprivation. For those leaving. Chevk out ibites from google play. Not as good as ww but works and flat fee of 2.99.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Terry.. agreed.. it will be hard, especially since the only new zero food I eat is chicken and I’d go crazy if I ate it every day lol.. I have to make adjustments, simple as that and I will learn along the way what those will be ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck to you on your journey!

  28. I just went back to the old WW Flex Points. I feel in control tracking that way. I keep a notebook and that way I can see my eating patterns. Eggs are high in cholesterol, I can’t image eating as many as I want and losing weight.

    • Drizzle Reply

      So happy you know what works for you Sue, that is the most important thing.. Good luck on your journey ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. I am one of those people who is very excited for the new program.

    I did PP after my first kid. Lost 40 lbs I think it was, and then left the program and got on with life. Well, after kid two I came back and it was now SP, and I feel so hungry all the time, deprived. I kept feeling like I didn’t remember WW being this hard. Then researched the changes and realized how penalized I was for some foods. I think things like nuts and avocados are healthy and important, but the points are so high on those! I felt like the increase in points in a lot of food couldn’t be made up for enough in free fruits and veggies.

    I’m looking forward to the changes because you can only eat so many raw carrots and blueberries for free points when you feel starving all the time. It will be so nice to grab a hard boiled egg for a snack and not lose points on it. Recipes will be better, too, because these free point foods will take the overall points down. I can’t wait to make some chili. The points will be so much lower with free point beans.

    Another example, nonfat yogurt mixed with a banana and strawberries, and either spend a few points on a bit of sugar or use some Stevia, and wow, what a low point snack or breakfast!

    I can see, however, if you don’t eat the free foods, then you probably feel cheated with your points going down. Maybe it will lead to some creativity in food choices, though, and more experimenting. Sometimes it’s not the food you dislike, but how it’s prepared. (Like Brussels sprouts. Steamed they are gross, but pan cooked or roasted they are delicious!)

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Kelly, I am so happy for you that you are excited for it and I think most are.. and believe me I understand why they would be… I truly wish I liked more of these foods, I really do, it would make my days easier.. I can assure you it is not the way it is prepared.. I’m 45 and I have been a picky eater my whole life.. but I did manage to lose 50+ pounds and maintain it for 3 years so I obviously did something right.. I’ll figure it out, I always do.. Good luck on your continued journey

  30. Very well said I am also a picky eater, I just need to apply myself to pay attention and plan to make this work.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Lisa.. yes.. it can be done, and don’t be afraid of very small adjustments to suit you ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck

  31. Dear Drizzle Me Skinny,
    I am glad to hear your thoughts about this new program. As I entered my points this morning for today, I really didnโ€™t see a difference, except the chicken breast. I love ALL of your recipes, they have saved me at least a zillion timesโฃ๏ธ Thank you for sharing your creativity with foodsโค๏ธ

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Peggy, thank you for your kind words, so glad to hear your enjoying the recipes ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Disappointed Dieter Reply

    I have followed the WW Flex plan in the Uk and gained twice on it. I wasn’t overeating zero points food but I was bring forced to eat food I didn’t like and also was feeling slightly ill all the time. I was hungry in the evenings too. Lots of people have complained of constipation and stomach aches and others seem to be eating nothing but zero point foods either to est ‘normally’ or to rollover points for alcohol or a blow out. This is not healthy and does not encourage a wide variety of food choices. It makes it harder to eat with the family or outside unless you cook from scratch each time. People are complaining they are sick of chicken and eggs all the time. If I did not need the discipline of a weekly weigh in and pep talk, I would leave WW. SmartPoints worked for so many people and taught moderation. This new plan does not. WW should have given Flex as a third option only. It is restrictive and although some are saying they love it, it has only been a couple of weeks here in the UK. I will be interested to now how things pan out in 2 or 3 months tme. After all, there are only so many things one can do with minced turkey breast!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Agreed 100% and yes there will come a day where people are going to go UGH chicken and eggs again.. (hello whole 30 nonsense) The thing I use to hear the most was people loved WW because it did not feel like a diet, now I am feels too much like a diet… and your so right with hoarding points for a blow out or a night of drinking.. you can eat all zero point foods and drink your points every night.. how is that healthy ๐Ÿ˜‰

  33. My weigh in day is Friday so I have a little time to start making adjustments. On the note of not liking the new zero point foods so the change feels like a punishment, many people walk into WW not liking the SP zero point foods. These foods have been determined (Iโ€™m sure through mountains of research/data) to be better options for weight loss & health benefits. The zero point status is a nudge to go with the better choice. How many of us came into this loving veggie noodles? So maybe with this expanded list, people can occasionally replace a steak dinner with seafood & reap the benefits. If we all went into this unwilling to expand/adjust the foods we eat regularly, there would be no success stories. No one signs up because they have a weight problem rooted in grapes or shrimp. I started on points and resisted points plus for years but went into smart points with the attitude that WW makes these adjustments so I can benefit from the latest & best information out there. Later this week I embrace & adjust. I will have over indulgences, ups, downs, days without tracking but I will always readjust my sails & go back to the plan When you work the plan, the plan works.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Leah.. I appreciate your input.. but please know that if I don’t like seafood I can’t just force myself to eat it.. It is not just that I don’t want to eat salmon or tuna over a steak I just can’t stand the taste (or smell) of any seafood, it’s the same with turkey.. I think one who does not deal with being picky just can’t understand it.. Those who like all these zero point foods just want to tell people to suck it up and eat a turkey burger and a can of tuna lol.. but it is not that simple I promise ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Drizzle Reply

      Oh and I beg to differโ€ฆ I have a success storyโ€ฆ and I have been a picky eater my whole life ๐Ÿ˜‰

  34. Thanks for your honest opinion, Kate! I successfully lost on points plus a few years back. But then smart points rolled out, I felt stressed, restricted and annoyed. The changes felt so restrictive and the constant problems with the app was annoying. I quit after one month. Earlier this year, I signed back up for weight watchers on a three month trial. I only followed plan for less than a month. Carbs are my weakness so I was cutting out my protein to hoard points for baked goods, processed crackers and other non nutritional foods that I was craving. If these protein options are now points free, then If I fill up on them, maybe I can finally have portion control with my snacks? Iโ€™m also a picky eater & only like about 5 fruits & 5 vegetables so I never took advantage of a lot of free foods before. Iโ€™m thinking about signing up again after the new year. Gotta give it time for the crashes etc to resolve! ๐Ÿ˜†. Thank you for your honesty, you have given me a lot to think about!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Sherrie, I definitely say give it another try, if you enjoy the higher zero point proteins such as chicken, turkey and eggs then I think you will be just fine .. Good luck to you!

  35. Lynne Savage Reply

    I am still using ordinary points, attens regular monthly meetings as a LTM and maintain my goal weight. A regular eating pattern works for me. Stick tlo it. They will change again if it doesn’t work.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Good for you Lynne, it is so important to know what works for us and more importantly be happy ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. THANKS for the info. My weigh in day is this Friday and I had been wondering.

  37. Sheri Tipton Reply

    Thank you SO much for taking the time to share your insight. I usually try to stay away from whole eggs (only eating egg whites), and strictly limit my bean intake, so I am a bit nervous about this new plan. I will give it a try, and If I can truly lose weight, while eating those 0 point foods, I will be one happy girl!! If not, I will not give up altogether, I will just find something, or someway that works for me. โ˜บ

    • Drizzle Reply

      Good for you Sheri, main thing is to listen to your body and see what works, good luck on your continued journey ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Laura Eccher Reply

    Thank you so much for this article!! Itโ€™s so good to know Iโ€™m not alone in my frustration with this new program, especially since everyone else is raving about it! Iโ€™m afraid WW may lose out here… the secret of their success has been the ability of its members to eat anything on the plan and have ample points to cover their choices. But tonight, Iโ€™m literally sitting here with no idea of what to eat as I canโ€™t possibly gag down any of the free foods! Thanks for your words of wisdom and encouragement!! Itโ€™s been the bright spot of my Weight Watcher day!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Laura.. I promise you are not alone! You can either do what I am going to do and select a few foods you do enjoy yet know you won’t overeat and make them a zero point food for yourslef.. or you can always stick to SP and even though the new App gives you lower points just don’t track your first 7 points worth (or however many points you went down) this way your basically staying on SP, just be sure to count for chicken and eggs etc.. Hope that helps.. even with this curve ball I’m confident I can make it work and stay in the supportive community ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Michele Fitch Reply

    HI! thank you so much for these great thoughts. I’d heard of you before, but never checked in on your blog. I’m with you, I think… been a WW, for over 13 years, lifetime almost 13 now! I have lived through ALL the changes, and never liked any of them. This is the first time I decided to give it an open-minded try. I think the connect community is the factor that is making me think it will be doable. And like you, I don’t eat the new zero point foods every day. I like them all, but I don’t know what I do base my life on…. maybe butter. Anyway, I’ll see how it goes and give it an honest try. Best wishes to you!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Thanks Michele, glad you found me and I hope you find some recipes you enjoy.. I wish you success on this new program, I do think it’s a great one for some, just not for everyone and I just wanted to bring that out in the open ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. “if you are here to correct my grammar, please donโ€™t bother.. I will admit it sucks.. deal with it”


    As for Freestyle. Not happy eaither. I can easily overeat one salmon, chicken and eggs! :-s I am still going to give it a try… If I don’t like it – I do have the SP calculator I can use, that don’t update. I guess that’s a plus for buying handheld stuff…

    Thank you for always being a wealth of information! I turn to you and other well established sites for information, more than I do Weight Watchers itself!! :-O Crazy, I know!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Haha thanks Becca .. I kid you not several were here just to correct me, I deleted the comments and moved on, no time to argue ๐Ÿ˜‰ but then I decided to delete my comment about my grammar to avoid further arguments lol..
      I am happy to hear you’re going to give it a try.. Just be mindful of portion sizes and you should be ok.. I think WW did not realize that even those that love all these zero point foods might not dig this new program, and when I talked to them about my views on it and that I simply did not eat any of these zero point foods they said they really did not think about it that way ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think we will all be ok.. Good luck to you!

  41. Thank you for all of this, it is very helpful and well put. Iโ€™m sure I can work this into my life and will work around any issues I encounter. I started my WW journey over 30 years ago returning this year, got back to goal and am maintaining. What I have found over the many different programs is that you have to give it time. I love smart points and hopefully will enjoy this program just as much.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Chris, definitely agree with you, I have been a member for 20+ years and seen many programs come and go, some I have loved some I have hated, but I made them all work to suit me ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck to you!

  42. I agree with you on some of these points! I have become so used to eating egg whites, that the whole egg does not taste as good to me! I will most likely stay with my egg whites which were originally zero points! I eat chicken 3-4x a week and when I eat more than that, I get plain old “sick” of it. I do not eat any kind of fish with the exception of tuna. I do not like or eat beans or yogurt. I think this will be a big change for me. That being said, I do not see myself eating too much of these new zero point foods. I hope I will be satisfied on this new program. Only time will tell…..

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi there, it sounds to me that you will do just fine with this new program, best of luck to you on your continued journey!

  43. Thank you for the honesty of your blog and feelings about the WW changes. I have been following the new program for 3 weeks based on the UK information. I have lost 90lbs on WW and am on maintenance and a real WW fan. Nevertheless, I can see the temptation to overeat zero pointed foods or having had zero or low points breakfast and lunches, be fooled into thinking you have plenty of room for crap in the evening. You can gain weight like this and some people will. I find it disconcerting to have my daily Smart Points totals at a steady 30-31 but my FreeStyle Points can vary from 4 to 27 depending on what my taste buds fancy that day. I have been dual system tracking by hand on my Iphone notes. Despite liking the new zero points foods, I certainly do not want them all the time as I like variety. I have made an effort to try a few recipes and I enjoy cooking but I think I might end up with more Simply Filling days in order to have more variety without feeling guilty. Simply Filling will allow me lean cuts of other meats and not have to count spices which intuitively I find ridiculous.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi there.. I agree with everything your saying.. one can easily eat all zero point foods all day long and then eat 23 points of junk at night, or a few drinks every night.. I am sure this is not what WW recommends, but people will do it.. Hopefully, they will soon discover it is not the way to go about it.. Good luck with your continued journey!

  44. Thank you for this perspective and information! I really appreciate your honesty and have long been using your delicious recipes! I’m not sure if anyone else already suggested this, but I am planning my adjustments to include allowing myself to go over my dailies without worry by 4-7 smartpoints (likely still getting my blue dot) on any day that I don’t eat two servings of the newly zero point foods. This way I am encouraged to incorporate them but can still work the old plan on days that I don’t. My weeklies will get used up faster, but a quick tally of my overages by day should give me the exact number I can add back there. It would get a little complicated if I had unused daily points rolling into my weeklies on some days, but unused daily points have never once been an issue for me : )

    • Drizzle Reply

      Thaks Sally, great plan!! Something I think others can definitely try out, thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ This week I am trying out not adding points for any non fat yogurt, not just plain.. so since I usually eat 1 a day that makes up for 2-3 points lost.. I’ll see how it goes

  45. Thanks for the info. I’m very excited because I live beans, chicken, and seafood.

    • Drizzle Reply

      That’s awesome Gina, sounds like you will rock the new program! Good luck to you on your journey!

  46. Thanks for the info!! My day is Sunday so my Ww app is updated! I for one love eggs and sea food and chicken!! And beans!!! Ahhhhh
    I’m a happy WW camper :)!!
    I am totally enjoying your recipes!!! I just got my donut pan today!!! Wooo hooo!!!
    Thanks !!!!!!!!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Jean.. woohoo donuts!! I am so happy for you that you are loving the new program.. Good luck on your continued journey!

  47. Oh my gosh, finally, someone who understands what it’s like to he picky! I’m not going to sit down for dinner and ruin my meal with things that I don’t enjoy. I mean, I get that’s what got me into this mess, but like you, at mid 40’s, I’m not changing. With that said, I HAVE learned how to scale back. The smart points plan has made me realize that a 3 point piece of chocolate is doable, sometimes 2 or 3 times a day, lol, but a whole Snickers isn’t necessary. I’m not into this new plan AT ALL, but I will try it. I made sure I downloaded an app that uses smart points and will continue with that if I hate this plan. Paying for WW was temporary anyway since it’s pricey. I feel like the few items I enjoy on the zero points list will get “old” like others are saying. And a loss of points to top it off! Not happy ๐Ÿ™ I also feel it is more restrictive than before. Even if you like those foods, you are definitely “coerced” into eating them. On the plus side, one thing I haven’t noticed mentioned in these responses is, the rollover points. Maybe one day you eat lots of zero points and roll over 4. The next day you can you use those for, let’s say beef or whatever, so you can still mix it up a little. Maybe that will help? Yes that’s a question, we’ll see. Sorry for the book, just found your website and I’m anxious to try some of your recipes since we mostly dislike the same foods! I even asked for a mini muffin pan for Christmas to get me started.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Pamela, novel away I am all ears ๐Ÿ™‚
      I agree things will get old and I don’t want to get to a point where I hate chicken lol.. I am trying and I’ve also made a few slight adjustments, finding a few healthy options that I like and making them my zero point foods, so my calories balance out with someone eating all these zero foods.. I have had a few days with roll overs and very surprised, but I have had days where I am over as well.. I think we will be ok, don’t be afraid to make slight adjustments to suit you ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck on your journey!

  48. Why donโ€™t you all just get a different app and follow it and still go to meetings the ultimate points diary is awesome I think itโ€™s $2.99 you will know it cuz there is a heart next to it I have used it before I love it

    • Drizzle Reply

      Yup, good advice, if your willing to pay for WW to attend the meetings but follow old program they can’t say no..

  49. Thanks for your honesty! I’ve read a lot of sunshine and rainbows and having another perspective is helpful. Your success is from your attitude of focus, clearly. ๐Ÿ™‚ Best wishes!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Thank you Becky.. yup, mine was not all unicorns and rainbows ha.. I have to be honest with myself and support those with similar feelings .. Best wishes to you as well!!

  50. I donโ€™t like the new plan. I feel like Iโ€™m forced now to eat the โ€œfreeโ€ food because if I donโ€™t Iโ€™ll run out of points. I donโ€™t have the flexibility I did with my smart points. Itโ€™s great at times to have these points as zero, but how much bean and chicken can you eat? I like to incorporate these things, but I also really like meatloaf, spaghetti, Salisbury steak, desserts etc and I eat them just as much or more. But now I have so many less points and itโ€™s harder to fit them in. There are different people who work this plan differently. Some like lots of veggies, beans, and chicken, but others like versions of mommas home style favorites. Not very happy with this change. I feel restricted… which is what WW has tries so hard to break away from. I feel like Iโ€™m being forced to eat these certain foods. But I lost weight better with smart points when I could choose what I wanted and decide on how many points I wanted to spend on each. Now Iโ€™m down 7 points and reduced to filling up on what WW thinks I should eat.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Mary, don’t be afraid to stick to the old SP if it is working better for you, you can still stay a member and attend meetings.. also maybe pick a few other meats you like that are healthy options and make the YOUR zero foods, I think the balance will be ok if your not eating a lot of the zero point foods.. Good luck on your journey and reach out if you ever need to!

  51. Thank you SO much for you honest feedback. Your sentiments are almost exactly how I am feeling. If I wanted to do Simply Filling, I would have done it before. Now I feel I am being forced into it, which I do not like at all. I appreciate that you shared your honest feelings, even as a WW ambassador. Too many people in WW land and on Connect want everyone to just be happy and excepting of this new program, even stating that connect is supposed to be a positive place. In my opinion, Connect needs to be a SAFE place; one where I can express my happy, positive thoughts, as well as my frustrations, anger, and sadness. All of those emotions are experienced on this journey and we are here to support each other with it ALL. I will make the new program work FOR me, because I’m a former lifetime member and I know WW works. Thanks for the support and great recipes!!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Sara.. yes SAFE!! exactly… I knew others would feel the way I did and I wanted to put it out there that it is ok, I don’t do connect just because I had to draw the line somewhere (with the blog, IG and Facebook) but I’m kinda glad I don’t lol I have heard mixed feelings about it.. I am here anytime you need support, always feel free to email me [email protected] .. at the end of the day you need to make the program work for you, don’t be afraid to change it up a bit to suit you.. Good luck on your continued journey ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I am new to Connect but I feel the same way Sara it doesn’t feel safe….it feels fake to me.

      • Drizzle Reply

        Yeah I am kinda glad I don’t do connect, maybe try Instagram or a facebook support group for WW, there are so many out there that are accepting of others ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. Thank you for writing this, and I’m glad to see that someone feels about the same way I do. I was very upset to log on today and see my daily points budget drop so much. I don’t see that this change is a great thing unless you eat chicken/beans/eggs/fish/corn everyday (which I don’t). I’m a picky eater too, so this is going to be really hard for me. I’ll give the new plan a try, but I don’t know if I’ll want to continue. I may consider dropping WW and just following what I was doing before, especially since the $20/month just to use the app is already kind of steep for me.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Chelsea, maybe considering picky a few healthy foods you do like and make them your zero point foods for your journey? If you know you can do it alone that is an option but if you need the support and enjoy the meetings I would considering tweaking the program a bit to suit you ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t be afraid to do that, it’s what I am doing

  53. I absolutely love your honesty on this. Ive been on ww for 6 months and have lost 40 pounds and have 5 until goal. Like you, I am picky and eat very few of the free foods. I’m making some adjustments for myself to make it work for me. Like I’m saying vanilla greek yogurt is free (the amount of crap I would need to add to plain to make it edible is ridiculous) as well as allowing 93% turkey be free (we can’t all be 99% millionaires!) But mostly I dont eat close to 7 points worth of those foods a day and I fear I will undereat. My leader encouraged us to try to stick to the low end of our point range (thats only 13 for me!!) I’m planning on 23 for sure and also to use my weeklies to make up the rest ๐Ÿ˜‚

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Lisa, ugh I hate your leader told you that, such bad advice!! People who eat these foods all day long in my opinion don’t really need WW ๐Ÿ˜‰
      I think you need to find a balance like I am doing and saying ok this this and this will be zero foods for me, they are still healthy and I won’t overeat them, it will take that stress of “what can I eat and still be within my points” away .. Good luck and reach out anytime ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. Saszyspice Reply

    Thank you for sharing. I don’t weigh in until Saturday so I was curious to see the zero points food list. I am a little disappointed as I was hoping that skim milk would be on the list. I know I should drink it but I never want to use the points on it. Oh well. I’m looking forward to diving deeper into the new plan on Saturday.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi there, if your not a fan of all the zero foods maybe considering making skim milk a zero food for you and your journey, we need to balance things out to make it work for us individually .. don’t be afraid to change things up a little ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. I agree with you. I am a very picky eater, no veggies or fruits for me. Points Plus worked for me and continues to work for me. I know I should migrate towards the healthier foods, but honestly, it’s not gonna happen. : ) Thank you for continuing to post recipes! You are awesome!!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Thanks Tracy, you need to do what is best for you and more importantly your happy doing so ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. I so appreciate this post. I have struggled with accepting the new FreeStyle program. I actually like eggs but could never have them every day. My cholesterol is higher than it should be and I am allergic to the prescription to lower it. I also eat a fair amount of Laura’s Lean Beef (96/4) which stats are not a lot different than white meat chicken. I will continue to eat it and only count it as a point. I also purchased a calculator for SmartPoints and will continue to track with a hybrid approach.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Debbie, I think you need to do what is best for you and your journey and sounds like you are doing so.. I too thought about not counting for my extra lean beef as I only eat it maybe once a week.. I am still playing around with things and getting a feel for it, good luck on your continued journey ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. Thank you for posting the new list of 0 WW point foods…I am a WWLT member as well.. would love to get a pdf. of the list.. as copy and paste is quite blurry for my fridge… need to figure out a new plan for eating 23 points a day too!

    Thank you so much… I can give you my email if you have a pdf. version of the list!


    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Linda, if you google “weight watcher zero point food list” I am sure you can find one to print or go to ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. Thank you for this. A fellow WW through connect referred me to this article. I was struggling with the new changes and lowerd points and this was the article I needed. I felt punished and deprived. I don’t do a lot of the new zero pointers. I ate a plate of corn for dinner because I was out of points and couldn’t do another chicken breast. I was telling myself I can’t quit but I wasnt finding the encouragement I needed until now. Thank you for your words. I know this will take time but now I feel better about it not working right away for me and what I can do to make it work for me.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Kali.. ugh see I don’t want to ever get to a place where I am eating a plate of something simply because it has zero points, I need to enjoy my food, otherwise when I am done forcing myself that plate of zero food I will head right for the cookies ๐Ÿ˜‰ Don’t be afraid to play around with it and maybe a few slight adjustments to suit you .. Good luck with your continued journey

      • Totally playing around with it. I tried some enchilada’s last night with beans and (my not) zero point chicken (its still counting as 2 sp per serving). I did the yogurt in the sauce and did the thin tortillas. I’m getting there, not as fast as i hoped but getting there. 3 WI’s all the same, is rough but i’m committed. (And i havent had any corn for dinner since!) . I’m paying it forward and sending this to others on Connect who feel like I did. Thank you! New reader of the blog right here!

  59. Like hearing your honest thoughts. Out of curiosity, how do you think that you developed your food preferences? Were you not raised to try a variety of foods?

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Ellie.. hmmmm I’m not too sure how to answer that one as I find the question a little “off” asking if I was “not raised to try a variety of foods” could be insulting to my parents “parenting” of course I was raised around healthy food, we had a family of 5 kids, my parents tried to get us to eat well, but in all my childhood years and adult years I have always been picky.. I have changed a bit as I got older, I will at least try things now that before I would pull my nose to, I just simply don’t like a lot of foods… I’m raising a teenage daughter that is exactly the same.. we are normal people.. we just have picky palates I guess ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think it’s hard for a non picky eater to truly understand someone as picky as myself..most just assume it’s as simple as saying “here eat this”

  60. I haven’t tracked WW points since the new change rolled out. i am nervous to do so because my main daily staples are boneless skinless chicken breast, turkey lunch meat, plain non fat greek yogurt, eggs, fish (if I am dining out) (I eat typical body builder diet– oats/cheerios/veggies for carbs) SO I feel like I will be consuming TOO many points with those main staples being zero… thoughts??????

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Claudette, if you’re mainly eating zero point foods I’d try to use your points maybe for things like healthy fats (oils and such) or maybe allow some points in a drink, perhaps a fancy coffee or glass of wine.. leave some for a dessert too.. If most of my meals were zero points I’d be using my points for small indulgences so it does not feel like a diet every day and I don’t get bored.. just my two cents ๐Ÿ™‚

  61. Denise Beavers Reply

    so on the old plan i was allowed 32 points what’s my new daily allowance

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Denise, sorry I am not too sure.. everyone is different.. I had 30 and went to 23..

    • I heard the new plan is always seven points lower than what
      your original points plus allowance was.

      • Drizzle Reply

        No not true, I know some people who use to have 50 points and now have 38, it all depends on you and how many points your use to have

  62. Thank you for your post! I came across your blog via a google search because I am just so frustrated with this new Weight Watchers program. I feel exactly as you do ~ I don’t care for the zero point foods and already was eating as many of them as I could. I am struggling to make this work for me. I am lifetime, at goal, for 5 years after having lost 60 lbs. Because of this change, I am either starving and staying within 28 points for several days, followed by overeating and blowing through all my extra points (and then some) for several days. I am absolutely terrified of putting all the weight back on. I feel like I am being punished and don’t know how to deal with this. I will speak my leader on Friday and try to create a better plan forward. Ugh.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Rhonda, I definitely think you should make some adjustments to suit you.. I have and it is working good for me ๐Ÿ™‚ you could also just stick to SP if that worked best for you.. Good luck on your continued journey, please reach out anytime ๐Ÿ™‚

  63. Hi there! Great info…just curious, on the new program, do you get your daily points and your weekly flex points? I havenโ€™t done WW in a year and am thinking about joining again!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Sarah, yes your weeklies are the same as they were on regular smart points, no changes happened there, just dailies went down

  64. Thanks for the article I can’t tell you how encouraging it is to hear from other people who dislike freestyle.
    I myself really want to throw in the towel, but so far I’ve lost 50 pounds so I probably shouldn’t quit now. We all know ill just gain it back if I do.
    Freestyle is definitely not going to work as is, so I’m going to have to tweak the plan for me. now if only I can get over the mindset that “I’m cheating already, so I might as well just go ahead and cheat some more” maybe I’ll succeed.
    And where did they come up with the name freestyle? I find the plan to be anything but liberating.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Jamie, you are definitely not alone, I think the key is making it work for you, I have a few things now that I don’t count for, like any non fat yogurt, not just plain, these chicken sausages I enjoy (maybe 1-2 a week) and sometimes I don’t count my extra lean ground beef (because I don’t really eat ground chicken and hate turkey) it’s working for me and I don’t have that “I’m cheating” mentatlity, I’ve accepted that these items are ok for me not to count and I won’t over eat them.. Keep at it, I am sure you will find a balance.. and agreed.. I don’t feel its very freeing lol

  65. Hi, I found your blog/this post while searching for info about the new WW program. I’ve been thinking about joining, but like you, I don’t eat a lot of the new zero point foods. I eat some veggies, but other than strawberries I don’t like any fruits. And due to health & mobility issues, I can’t even cook, so there go the chicken and turkey options. My meals consist mostly of sandwiches and tv dinners and I’m not sure how well those will do on this new plan. Any thoughts on how well WW would work for me?

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Julie, I think you can still work the freestyle program, I know there are low point options out there for frozen dinners . check the WW meals and lean cuisine.. also maybe you can get some pre-cooked chicken and some frozen vegetables and make a stir fry? Sandwiches are definitely something you can work in, pick lean chicken & turkey and I think the meat will be zero, pick breads or pockects/pitas that are lower in points.. I think you should give it a try, also if your interested look into the service where meals can be delivered to you with very easy to follow instructions, maybe the weight watchers site has something about that, I’m not sure if your in Canada or the U.S? Good luck on your journey!

  66. Heather Johnson Reply

    Hi! I am so happy I found this blog! I was very frustrated when I revisited WW last ear and was put on the new Smart Points program. I mean I get it. Stay away from sugar and bad fat. I felt there weren’t enough points to EVER indulge and quit. I’m excited about the freestyle program because I am willing to incorporate more of the added free foods into my diet to make room for an occasional splurge. I think you make a great point about adapting the program to meet your needs. Years ago when I first joined WW with a friend she would tell me I wasn’t doing the program right because I always counted peas and corn as free veggies (I just text her to let her know they are now officially free!). I figured half a cup a couple times a week wasn’t worth stressing me out over missing a much needed treat. I knew better than to give myself the same freedom with potatoes. Following a “program” to me is too much like following a diet. I like that by adapting WW to meet my lifestyle I am doing just that – changing my lifestyle. I don’t think there is anything wrong with minor tweaks.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Heather.. thanks for reaching out… and yeah, I don’t think eating too many peas and corn is what took you to WW in the first place and like you said you had enough common sense to know doing the same for potatoes would not work.. I think some follow by the book too much, for myself I must tweak it or it simply won’t work, but at the end of the day that is way better than walking away.. Good luck on your journey ๐Ÿ™‚

  67. Hi there! I just re-started WW and am confronted with all these new changes. I had entered dozens of “my foods” prior to Freestyle and now I’m just confused. For instance, I’m in NYC and there are many health conscious lunch locales. One such place offers a protein and veggies meal. I used to assign the points value based on the nutritional info from their website but now I cannot do that since the protein has zero value. The salmon, for example, had a points value of 4. Do I now only track the olive oil and spices used to prepare my dish?? I understand that this new program is supposed to simplify our lives but all of my favorite foods/meals now have incorrect values

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Nellie, yeah it might become tough when your basing it of nutritional values that include something that has a zero point food item in it, I guess you’d just have to know what the SP value for the salmon was before and minus it

  68. Sherri Vaughn Reply

    I rejoined this week! I can do with out a lot of stuff but not my sugar free nonfat 190 calorie Starbucks it used to be 5 points now itโ€™s seven! And I am 7 points less Dailey I used to in the past use my weeklys for my coffee! I decided tonight Iโ€™m going to follow the points and not track my coffee or I will starve i burn that off in a day ! I will just not have 3 free chicken breast or free eggs that should cancel out that coffee! Iโ€™m going to try it this month and see instead of throwing in the towel! Ww never felt like a diet before! It was more portion control ! But I do need the support!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Sherri, I think that sounds like a perfect plan, you need to make it work for you and also it’s a bit of a mental game, telling yourself you can’t have that coffee will haunt you lol I think continuing to count your chicken & eggs is a good balance.. Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. Hi!
    I lost 40 pounds with WW, but just don’t have the money right now to pay. Is there anywhere I can get how many points daily?

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Maggie, when WW switched to smart points they made that much more difficult to find, it is based on a combination of your age, sex, activity level and weight but it is different for everyone

  70. Kyle Perry Reply

    Still searching for the logic regarding the omission of lower fat/equal fat (depending upon cut) of Pork Tenderloin or Pork Loin versus boneless, skinless chicken breast. Having another land protein would be helpful to many and it’s pretty puzzling why it’s not listed.

    • Drizzle Reply

      I agree, 100%.. That’s why I am making slight adjustments to suit me

  71. I get what you are saying. I felt the same way when Smart Points came out two years ago. I eat mostly vegetarian so I was dismayed to find all the animal proteins were reduced in points and the carby foods I eat ( beans, bread, lentils, etc.) stayed the same or went up in points while my daily points budget was lowered. I tried it for two weeks and I was starving so I quit the program. When I saw an add for the new program that included eggs, beans, lentil, tofu and others as free foods I decided to give it a try so signed up on January 2. I think Freestyle might actually work for me. I’m trying to add some fish into my diet which will help, but it’s difficult since I’ve been mostly vegetarian for 6 years. My only issues with the new program are the high points for milk and cheese, and how it seems to be a very low fat diet overall. I may have to do a little tweaking but I’m hoping Freestyle will be a good option for vegetarians.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Julie, I know a few vegetarians that seem happy with freestyle, but definitely don’t be afraid to tweak it to suit you, good luck on your journey

  72. I DO NOT like the new plan. I was very successful with the Smart Points and this just doesn’t work for me. When I scan foods it comes up with the new points and then when I try to do y points the old way,it messes everything up and I actually gain weight. REALLY wish we had the other option. ๐Ÿ™

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Kim, you can stay counting Smart points, yes the app will be tricky to work with but it can be done, up your daily points and manually add in for the new zero foods.. You need to do what best works for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  73. How do you count ground beef? BEFORE you cook it, or AFTER you cook it and drain it?

    • Drizzle Reply

      It depends on how I build the recipe in the App, I usually weigh it raw and get the point value for that

  74. I liked most of the foods on the zero list so thought would be great for me, Iโ€™ve been mindful of the zero foods notvto overceat on them ( previously done SP successfully in the past) . Have barely lost 4lb in 7 weeks other lost 18lb. Calorie intake has dropped hugely from my previous poor eating but little result๐Ÿ˜ž

    • Drizzle Reply

      You can always try counting back in the old smart point system just to see if things change??

  75. I can’t seem to find your corn flake chicken recipe! I’m getting tired of chicken and want different ways of preparing it! Thanks!

    • Drizzle Reply

      If you use the search bar at the top on my blog you can type cornflake chicken and it will come up ๐Ÿ™‚

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