The science of SmartPoints

No fads, just proven science.
Published November 5, 2019

Daily SmartPoints +

(bonus) Weekly SmartPoints =

Your SmartPoints Budget



Our science-backed SmartPoints system takes complex nutritional data and boils it down to one simple, easy-to-understand number: the SmartPoints value.


1. How do calories relate to SmartPoints?


Every food and drink has a SmartPoints value. Calories establish the baseline. Protein lowers the SmartPoints. Sugar and saturated fat increase the SmartPoints. The reason for this is that numerous studies have confirmed the benefits of eating less sugar and saturated fat, and more protein—not just for weight loss, but all sorts of other healthy reasons.


2. How many SmartPoints do I get?


On myWW, you'll get a personalized amount of Daily SmartPoints, plus some extra Weekly SmartPoints for those days when you need a cushion. (Hey, you're human.) That’s your personalized SmartPoints Budget. It's based on your age, height, weight, and sex to ensure that you reach your weight-loss goals.



3. How do I find SmartPoints?


It’s simple! Look for your colour in WW cookbooks, on packaging, and on recipes.


4. Can I save SmartPoints that I don’t use?

Yes, you can! Up to four daily SmartPoints you don't use will automatically roll over into your bank of Weekly SmartPoints. (We call these "rollovers." Easy to remember!)

You'll keep track of your SmartPoints as you use them—the fastest and easiest way is with the WW app. 



5. How do Weekly SmartPoints work?

Your Weekly SmartPoints are there for you when you need them, like a parachute or a really awesome dog. You can use them bit by bit, all at once, or not at all. It’s totally up to you. But you can’t carry them over to the next week, so use them or lose them!


6. Do I get any freebies?

You sure do! Every plan has a balance of SmartPoints and ZeroPoint foods, to match with different styles of eating. ZeroPoint foods are foods that were specifically chosen by our Nutrition team because they form the foundation of a healthy pattern of eating. (Find out more about ZeroPoint foods here.) The plan with the largest SmartPoints Budget has the fewest ZeroPoint foods, and the plan with the smallest SmartPoints Budget has the most ZeroPoint foods. It's all about keeping things flexible and livable. 


7. How do I track SmartPoints in the WW app?

It's easy! Click here for tracking 101.