9 ZeroPoint food categories on WeightWatchers®

ZeroPoint foods are zero in Points which means you don't have to count them! Take a look at the zero heroes on the list.
Published 9 December 2021 | Updated 22 May 2024

Meet your go-to foods for weight loss

On the WeightWatchers Points Program, ZeroPoint foods are super handy! These are WeightWatchers' nutritious go-to options that are exactly what they sound like - foods that have a Points value of zero. They are nutritional powerhouses that you can reach for frequently and consistently, without weighing, measuring, or tracking them. Think of them as your staples that will help set you up for a healthy pattern of eating.

They were specifically chosen because they are nutrient, vitamin, and mineral-packed. Because of that, they’re recommended by national and international guidelines (including the World Health Organization) to be consumed often as part of a healthy pattern of eating. They’re zero heroes because:

  • They help you stick to your Points budget: ZeroPoint foods help you on your weight loss journey and add flexibility to your Points budget. The more often you incorporate ZeroPoint foods into your eating pattern, the easier it will be to stick to your Points budget.

  • They help with hunger: ZeroPoint foods help with hunger, no matter how many Points you have left for the day, there is always something to eat.

  • They are easy to have on hand: They’re regular, everyday foods that are easy to incorporate into lots of different meals.

  • No weighing, measuring or tracking: You don’t need to track these foods because your Points budget has already accounted for them. Instead, focus your energy on tracking foods that have Points values, because those are the ones that are most likely to impact your weight.

  • You can still lose weight: ZeroPoint foods have been part of WeightWatchers for many years! We rigorously test our programs and have found that members can regularly incorporate all ZeroPoint foods into their everyday eating and still lose weight.

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Our ZeroPoint food categories

Keen to find out what foods are on the ZeroPoint foods list? Here’s a summary of the 9 categories your plan includes:

1. Non-starchy vegetables

With a wide range of health benefits, it's no wonder non-starchy veggies are a ZeroPoint food for everyone. What’s so good about non-starchy veg? Well for starters, they’re packed with vitamins and minerals like potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C (just to name a few), plus they’re low in fat, calories (kilojoules), and are a great source of fibre and water - all of which can help when trying to lose or maintain your weight. Need we say more? We have heaps of non-starchy veggie recipes to keep you happy and satisfied.

2. Fruits

Both delicious and nutritious, fruit as a ZeroPoint food category is a no-brainer. Not only are they a good source of antioxidants, but fruit is also low in fat and calories and full of fibre - making them an excellent choice as part of a healthy, balanced eating plan. With over 60 options to choose from (we see you mango 🥭), we guarantee you’ll never fall short of tasty fruit recipes and satisfying snack options in this ZeroPoint food category.

3. Chicken & turkey breast

It's easy to see why these nutritious foods are on the list. Both chicken and turkey breast are excellent sources of protein, a key nutrient for helping you feel fuller for longer and supporting bone and muscle health. Plus they are incredibly versatile, making great additions to any tray bake, stir-fry, pasta, curry, stew - you name it, we have a chicken recipe for it.

4. Fish & shellfish

Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and also an excellent source of protein, there’s no denying the health benefits associated with these zero heroes. What’s included in this category you might ask? All fish, shellfish and seafood (fresh, frozen canned or raw) - as long as they contain no added ingredients with Points! From salmon poke bowls and fish cakes to tacos and curries, we have so many fish recipes that you can leverage these zero heroes in your eating plan - and all for zero Points. Score!

5. Eggs

Poached, scrambled, boiled or baked - no matter how they’re enjoyed, eggs have an impressive rap sheet. High in protein and key nutrients such as choline and B12, eggs are cheap, easy to cook and are incredibly versatile, making them a great snack option or addition to any main meal. If you need some egg-cellent ideas, we have heaps of egg recipes you will love. It's no wonder they’ve been a member favourite for years!

6. Tofu & tempeh

If you follow a plant-based diet or are simply looking to eat less meat, then these ZeroPoint foods are for you. These protein-rich foods can be used in a variety of meals like salads, stir-fries, patties and even nuggets (yes - tofu nuggets!) and will help you make the most of your budget. Plus, they’re also a good source of calcium and phosphorus, both of which are important for our teeth and bones. You can thank us later.

7. Beans, peas & lentils

Chickpeas, black beans, edamame, green peas - you name it, they’re all included! And for good reason. These nutrient-dense foods offer so many health benefits, providing a good source of dietary fibre, potassium, zinc, iron and folate. If you ask us, that’s a great reason to reach for these nutritional powerhouses more often.

8. Low-fat yoghurt & cottage cheese

Packed with protein, vitamin D and calcium, it's not hard to understand why 99% fat-free yoghurt and cottage cheese are included on the list. Plus, there are so many ways you can enjoy these tasty options across the week.

9. Corn & popcorn

Last, but definitely not least! If you’re a sucker for a bowl of popcorn on movie night, then this will make you happy. BUT it's not the only way you can enjoy this nutritious wholegrain. Whether it's grilled on the BBQ, tossed into fritters or enjoyed as a snack, there are so many ways you can leverage corn and popcorn in your eating plan to make the most of your Points budget.

The bottom line

Every* member gets the same list of over 200 ZeroPoint foods including non-starchy veggies, fruit, eggs, yoghurt & cottage cheese, fish & shellfish, chicken & turkey breast, tofu & tempeh, corn & popcorn, and beans, peas, & lentils. Use them as the base to build a healthy meal, as flavour boosts in salads, omelettes, sandwiches, or as a simple snack that will help you stay full and satisfied.

*Members living with diabetes will have a slightly different ZeroPoint foods list, based on global public health guidelines. These categories were carefully selected to consider the combination of carbohydrates, proteins, and fibre, and are less likely to impact blood sugar levels. Don't worry, your Points budget will take this different list into account.