All About ZeroPoint™ Foods
Forget “zero” equaling “nothing.” On WW, ZeroPoint foods are everything! These are the nutritious go-tos that have a PersonalPoints value of zero. Consider them the staples that will help set you up for a healthy pattern of eating.
They’re (zero) heroes because:
- They can help you get to your goal. WW clinical trials show that you can eat ZeroPoint foods without weighing, tracking, or measuring and still lose weight, no matter which categories are on your personal list.
- They’re good for you. ZeroPoint foods were specifically chosen because the World Health Organization guidelines recommend eating them more frequently than other foods as part of a healthy pattern of eating. Oh, and they’re delicious!
- They’re tough to overeat. Sure, you could eat 12 bananas, but would you want to? Try sticking to your usual portion size (say, one banana) for starters. If you find yourself still hungry, have another one—you’ll soon figure out the right portion for you.
- They’re diverse. Use them as the base for creating a meal, pump up dishes by tossing in extra ZeroPoint foods, or reach for them at snack time to help you stay full and satisfied.
- They take into account if you are on the diabetes-tailored plan. WW’s science team and nutrition experts have curated a list of ZeroPoint™ foods specifically for people living with diabetes. Based on guidelines from the American Diabetes Association and International Diabetes Federation, the options consist of foods that are lower in carbohydrates and higher in fibre or protein, making them less likely to cause spikes in blood sugar. (That’s why fruit, dairy, and whole grains are not on the diabetes-specific ZeroPoint™ foods list, even though they are still part of a healthy diet).
What’s On the List?
Once you tell us the foods you love, the WW app serves up your personalized list of ZeroPoint foods from these categories. That means your list will probably look different from your friend’s or family’s.
- Avocados (NEW!)
- Beans, Peas & Lentils
- Brown Rice, Quinoa & Other Whole Grains
- Corn & Popcorn
- Fish & Shellfish
- Non-Starchy Veggies (More about that here.)
- Oats & Oatmeal
- Pasta & Noodles
- Potatoes & Starchy Veggies
- Tofu & Tempeh
- Yogurt & Cottage Cheese
Get the complete list here.
How ZeroPoint Foods Stack Up
Because everyone has their own ZeroPoint foods list, that means the PersonalPoints values for a recipe or meal can vary from person to person. Check out this comparison.
The sandwich on the left is literally stacked with ZeroPoint foods, allowing it to clock in at just 4 to 7 PersonalPoints (depending on your individualized foods list). The sandwich on the right? Upwards of 14 PersonalPoints. Don’t forget though that both are completely fine to eat—it’s all about how you want to use your daily and weekly Budgets.