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Yes, it’s the only way you’ll be able to get your new PersonalPoints™ Budget, which takes the new food algorithm into account, plus your new personalised ZeroPoint™ foods mix. Don’t worry, for most members it only takes 3 to 5 minutes to complete.
Your individualised ZeroPoint™ list is determined by the answers you give us about the foods that you love and eat often - it won’t change based on the foods you track.
Yes! We always want you to have the option to switch up your ZeroPoint™ foods list and Budget so your plan works best for you. Just go to Profile > Settings > Food Settings > Food Plan to re-answer the questions, anytime.
ZeroPoint™ foods are foods that are 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. We want to encourage you to reach for them often, which is why you don’t have to weigh, measure, or track them.
ZeroPoint™ foods make eating simple and add flexibility to your PersonalPoints™ Budget. Use them as the base to build a healthy meal, as flavour boosts in salads, omelettes, sandwiches, and more, or as a simple snack that will help you stay full and satisfied. These foods, ranging from fruits and veggies, lean chicken and turkey breast, fish and shellfish, and whole wheat pasta and potatoes, encourage variety. They’re also regular, everyday foods that are easy to have on hand.
PersonalPoints are different from SmartPoints in a number of exciting ways!
Nope! ZeroPoint™ foods don’t need to be weighed, measured or tracked. Since they form the foundation of a healthy pattern of eating, they’re meant to be “go-to” options that you can frequently and consistently choose. They don’t need to be tracked because your PersonalPoints™ Budget has already accounted for them - it factors in that you'll eat ZeroPoint™ foods as part of your daily life. You have a personalised amount of Points balanced with your personalised list of ZeroPoint™ foods to ensure that you reach your weight-loss goals. Focus your energy on tracking foods that have PersonalPoints™ values, because those are the ones that are most likely to impact your weight and journey.
On our newest programme, tracking each serving of ZeroPoint™ non-starchy veggies will add 1 PersonalPoint™ to your daily Budget. Logging it will help encourage you to continue building the healthy habit of eating those veggies regularly and earning Points serves as a reinforcement - all of which help you build healthy habits that stick.
It’s totally understandable to see the word “zero” and think “FREE!” But we want to help you shift that thinking a bit. “Free” naturally implies that you can have as much as you want - like a free-for-all. And that approach may not help you reach your weight loss goals.
Instead, we’ve designated these specific foods as ZeroPoint™ foods because they are nutritional powerhouses that you can reach for frequently and consistently, without weighing, measuring, or tracking them. They are nutrient, vitamin, and mineral-packed food groups recommended by national and international guidelines (including the World Health Organization) to be eaten often as part of a healthy pattern of eating. These foods range from fruits and veggies to lean chicken and turkey breast, fish and shellfish, and whole wheat pasta and potatoes.
ZeroPoint™ foods make eating simple and add flexibility to your PersonalPoints™ Budget. Use them as the base to build a healthy meal, as flavor boosts in salads, omelettes, sandwiches, and more, or as a simple snack that will help you stay full and satisfied.
If you’re concerned about overeating ZeroPoint™ foods because they’re, well, zero, here’s some guidance: Eat these foods in your usual portion sizes. If eggs are one of your ZeroPoint™ foods and you normally eat two at breakfast, stick to that! If you’re still hungry later, have another one—you’ll soon figure out the right portion for you.
Incorporating ZeroPoint™ foods into your meals helps make eating them a habit. Over time, reaching for ZeroPoint™ foods (over other, less Points-friendly foods) will become second nature!
Your ZeroPoint™ foods list can be found in your app.
Of course! The PersonalPoints™ programme is designed to fit into your life, not the other way around. So yes, you can change your ZeroPoint™ list for holidays or other special events any time you like.
In the WW app, go to Profile > Settings > Food Settings > Food Plan. NOTE: Retaking the quiz will update your ZeroPoint™ food list and Budget.
And if you want any tips on living the plan while on holiday, talk to your Workshop team, D360 Coach, or Chat with a Coach, 24/7, on the WW app.
Temporary, day-to-day situations shouldn’t necessarily be the reason you decide to switch (remember, every time you change your ZeroPoint™ foods list it can also change your PersonalPoints™ Budget, which can get confusing and may take a little time to get used to.) But if there’s a situation where changing your ZeroPoint™ foods would be beneficial to you, you can certainly change. In the WW app, go to Profile > Settings > Food Settings > Food Plan.
Our best advice? Answer honestly. The questions were specifically chosen so that, together, we could create a food and activity plan that works for you, not someone else. If you’re answering the questions the way you truly want to eat, the results will reflect that. If the results aren’t quite what you expected, you can answer the questions again - but we strongly recommend that you try it out for a week or so. It can take some time to adjust to a whole new way of eating!
And keep in mind that your ZeroPoint™ list and PersonalPoints™ Budget work together to deliver healthy, sustainable weight loss. So if you have a really large ZeroPoint™ list, your PersonalPoints™ Budget might be lower to ensure that you meet your weight loss goals. If your PersonalPoints™ Budget is higher, your ZeroPoints™ list might be smaller.
Your ZeroPoint™ food list definitely isn’t set in stone. However, we do recommend giving your current Budget and ZeroPoint™ foods list a try for a couple of weeks so you can see if it fits with your lifestyle. It can take time to adjust to a new plan, and a whole new way of eating. You can re-answer the questions about foods you love at any time by going to Profile > Settings > Food Settings > Food Plan.
Yes, they do! Every ZeroPoint™ list is balanced by the PersonalPoints™ Budget to promote a healthy rate of weight loss. (For most members, that means 1-2 pounds per week.) A longer list of ZeroPoint™ foods might mean that you have a lower PersonalPoints™ Budget; a shorter ZeroPoint™ list might mean a higher Budget. We’ve conducted years of research and dozens of studies to ensure you get a plan that you feel good about, that fits your lifestyle, and that leads to success.
Every person’s plan is unique, but all are equally healthy. Our scientifically-proven PersonalPoints™ system is designed to guide everyone towards foods that are higher in fibre, protein, and unsaturated fats (the better-for-you fats) and lower in added sugar and saturated fat (the less good-for-you fats). All of our ZeroPoint™ foods are part of a healthy pattern of eating and are designed to work with your PersonalPoints™ Budget. The beauty of the questions you answered about the foods you enjoy was that it allowed us to see which foods work best for YOU so we can build a plan that helps you stay fuller, longer, and lose weight. That’s why your personalised ZeroPoints™ mix includes some of your favourites instead of foods you never eat. (We want your new plan to guide healthy eating and be delicious, too!) Whether you have ZeroPoint™ food favourites like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, wholegrains, fish, fat-free dairy, or avocado on your list or not, they will be lower-Points® foods that are great go-to options for you.
You’ll need to fill out all of the nutritional fields in the app calculator. This includes calories, total fat (g), saturated fat (g), sodium (mg), carbohydrates (g), dietary fibre (g), total sugar (g), added sugar (g), and protein (g). You will also have to enter the servings and name the food in order to create and save the item.
Your Budget is yours to use in any way you want! We understand that every day is different - some days you might go a little under your Budget, some days a little over. Either way is perfectly fine and leads to healthy eating and weight loss. As a reminder, on the days when you don’t use all your PersonalPoints™, up to four will automatically roll over into your weekly Budget for you to use later.
No. All combinations of PersonalPoints™ Budgets and ZeroPoint™ food lists promote equal amounts of healthy weight loss. (Keep in mind that some members may lose weight at a faster or slower rate, depending on their initial weight and the degree to which they stay within their PersonalPoints™ Budget.)
So why are there different plans? Because you don’t necessarily like the same foods as someone else! Your ZeroPoint™ foods are chosen because they’ll be enjoyed by you, and if you enjoy what you’re eating, you’re more likely to stick with it. Ultimately, the food plan we recommend for you is the one that’s the most liveable (and most delicious!) and that helps you develop and sustain healthy habits.
It’s totally normal to be cautious when you see certain foods on your ZeroPoint™ list. After all, aren’t potatoes “bad” for you? Well, no. No food is “good” or “bad” - it’s just food. And after years of having ZeroPoint™ foods on our programme we’ve found that incorporating them into your everyday life won’t stall your weight loss.
All foods on the ZeroPoint™ list form the foundation for a healthy pattern of eating and are designed to be foods that you reach for often. The fact that they’re zero is a sign for how often to incorporate these foods, not how much you should eat. For example, maybe you add half an avocado to your lunch most days - that's great! It’s packed with good-for-you fats and is satisfying and hearty. Does this mean that now’s the time to eat five avocados in one sitting? Maybe not. If you find that you want to have different ZeroPoint™ foods on your list, that’s totally okay! You can always re-answer the questions and get a different mix.
While we no longer have Green, Blue, and Purple food plans, your ZeroPoint™ foods will be based on the foods you enjoy eating. Were you on Green? If you indicate that you enjoy eating foods like fruits and veggies most days, you’ll see those foods on your personalised ZeroPoint™ food list. Were you on Blue? If you answer that you frequently eat eggs, chicken and turkey breast, and fat-free yogurt, you’ll likely see those on your ZeroPoint™ food list. Were you on Purple? Similar story! If you tell us you enjoy eating sweet potatoes and wholewheat pasta most days, you’ll probably see those foods on your personalised list. Every possible combination is designed to balance ZeroPoint™ foods with a PersonalPoints™ Budget so you’ll never get a plan that doesn’t lead to success. It’s all about creating a mix of ZeroPoint™ foods and a PersonalPoints™ Budget that you feel good about, that fits your lifestyle, and that you want to stick with.
As we update our PersonalPoints™ system with new and more nuanced nutrients, we recognise that certain information (like added sugar and fibre) may not be available on all food labels worldwide. Our sophisticated data science capabilities allow us to estimate added sugar and fibre in markets (or on products) where it’s unavailable, ensuring that all members get accurate PersonalPoints™ values, no matter where they live.
You can absolutely eat it! At WW, no foods are off limits - we want you to enjoy every single delicious moment of your life! At WW, our goal is to help you develop a healthy pattern of eating. A pattern of eating includes a wide variety of foods (and PersonalPoints™ values) and takes into account the bigger picture of your choices over time. Just because a food has a higher Points value doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat it. Instead it’s a signal to consider the portion size of that food, or how often you eat it. Going over your Budget one day, or even several days, does not make or break your journey, just like going under doesn’t. Your favourite food might have a higher value due to our updated algorithm - now added sugar (the kind found in biscuits, for example) replaces total sugar (the kind found in dairy) and drives Points up. But, cutting out foods because they carry a higher Points value, or for any other reason isn’t realistic or sustainable.
While it might be frustrating that your food went up, remember: your daily PersonalPoints™ Budget is just the starting point. There are lots of new ways to boost your Budget! Eating 1 serving (approx 80g) of non-starchy veggies adds 1 Point to your daily Budget, and there’s no cap on the amount you can earn! Drinking 1.75 litres of water gives you 1 PersonalPoint™ to your daily Budget, too. And getting active adds Points to your weekly Budget, which you can use throughout the week, anytime you want! And you still have your bank of extra weekly PersonalPoints™ to pull from. (Don’t forget about rollovers, too! Up to 4 unused daily PersonalPoints™ will be automatically rolled over into your weekly Budget!)
Sugar alcohols contribute a negligible number of calories to foods. That’s why sugar alcohol is not a required field when entering nutrients into the PersonalPoints™ Calculator in the WW app - so few foods contain it! Still, we do take sugar alcohol into account in our food database, so with WW verified foods, the PersonalPoints™ value will reflect the amount of sugar alcohol it contains. But if you add a food manually via the Calculator or ‘Scan nutrition facts’ feature, sugar alcohol will not be taken into account and the food may appear higher in Points than if you track a verified version of this food. (For the most accurate PersonalPoints™ value, use the value you find in the food database.)
Fibre has been added to the algorithm because fibre-rich foods are healthier and more filling choices, which is helpful for wellness and weight loss. Fibre-rich foods will tend to be lower in PersonalPoints™ values because we want to make healthy choices like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, peas, and lentils the easier choice. Most people don’t eat enough fibre so we want to nudge you towards those choices, while still giving you the flexibility to eat any food you love.
- Many foods that are rich in fibre are also nutrient dense, meaning they contain additional vitamins and minerals that are important for good health.
- Eating more fibre is associated with lower cholesterol and a lowered risk for heart disease, decreased risk for type 2 diabetes, and improved digestive health.
- Fibre consumption is also associated with increased feelings of satisfaction and satiety.
Very. In testing, our data-powered artificial intelligence consistently assigned the correct fibre value. For an extra layer of accuracy, our team of nutritionists and food data scientists double checks the PersonalPoints™ values before any food is added to the database.
Saturated fat (the less-good-for-you kind) bumps PersonalPoints™ values up because while fat is an essential part of a healthy diet, not all fats are created equal.
Simply put, healthier choices are lower in saturated fat. Saturated fats tend to be found in red meats, dairy products like cheese, and a few oils such as coconut and palm. (Hint: saturated fats are often solid at room temperature). They don’t offer much nutritional benefit and research shows that diets higher in saturated fat are linked with higher risk of heart disease, and stroke. The PersonalPoints™ system works because it helps you consider how to fit foods that are high in saturated fat into your overall eating pattern, without making you kiss the foods you love goodbye.
Unsaturated fats are the better-for-you fats found in plants (like avocado), seafood, seeds, nuts, and oils (like olive and rapeseed). They are essential nutrients, help in the absorption of vitamins, and provide many health benefits including helping to form the building blocks of our brain and nerves, and supporting heart health. Nutritional guidelines recommend that the majority of fats should come from healthier sources, and that you consume a variety of different types of unsaturated fat. The PersonalPoints™ system recognises and rewards foods that contain unsaturated fats, making the healthy choice the easier choice!
Calories are the amount of energy a food contains and are a crucial part of the PersonalPoints™ equation, along with protein, fibre, saturated and unsaturated fats, and added sugar. Unlike other programmes, we understand that calories only tell part of the story. One hundred calories from broccoli affects your body very differently to one hundred calories from a brownie. That’s why PersonalPoints™ go beyond calories to focus on the overall nutritional benefits of a food and help make the healthy choice the easier choice.
Calories are a crucial part of the PersonalPoints™ algorithm, but they’re far from the only part. (Calories only tell part of the story. One hundred calories from broccoli affects your body very differently to one hundred calories from a brownie.) Alongside calories, we take into consideration saturated fat and added sugar (which drive up the PersonalPoints™ value) fibre, protein, and unsaturated fat (which drive it down). This is why foods with similar calories may have very different PersonalPoints™ values.
Protein is part of the PersonalPoints™ algorithm because protein supports good health - building muscles, strengthening bones, and supporting your cells, muscles, and blood. Protein also helps with weight loss by helping you feel fuller longer. And as you lose weight, protein helps preserve lean body mass.
We want to make the healthier choice the easier choice so with the PersonalPoints™ system, foods that are higher in protein tend to be a better bet for your PersonalPoints™ Budget.
Focusing on added sugar instead of total sugar allows us to differentiate between foods that are less nutritious, like sweets or fizzy drinks, and more nutritious, like low-fat and fat-free dairy or fruit.
Science shows that foods that are high in added sugars are significantly less nutritious and eating too much of them has a negative impact on overall health. It’s probably not a surprise that research has shown that greater intake of added sugar also has a direct impact on weight and that a reduction in added sugar has been shown to reduce body weight. The PersonalPoints™ system recognises that not all sugars are alike. Many healthy, delicious foods (like low-fat and fat-free dairy or fruit) contain natural sugar and lower the Points value, so that you’re encouraged to eat them.
Our new Points® algorithm is designed to address the most impactful nutrients for weight and wellness. We recognise that salt is an important consideration which is one of the reasons that our programme encourages you to reach for ZeroPoint™ foods - they’re naturally very low in sodium. Another way is through our PersonalPoints™ system. Foods that are higher in sodium are also generally higher in Points values, so staying within your Budget can be a way to manage your weight as well as your sodium intake.
Here’s how it works: First, our nutrition experts collected almost 100,000 foods with known added sugar values. Then, our Data Science team used that info to train our artificial intelligence model so that it could accurately predict how much added sugar is in a food by looking at all the other nutrients. The WW AI model understands these complex relationships between nutrients in a food and uses this information to assign a PersonalPoints™ value to a food even when we don’t know the exact amount of added sugar. The value is then double checked by our team of nutritionists and food data experts for an added layer of accuracy.
Good news, nut lovers! The new PersonalPoints™ algorithm benefits foods that have unsaturated fat, fibre, and protein, so some nuts may have gone down in Points. You can find the PersonalPoints™ value of your favourite nuts (and any other food) by searching for it on the WW app.
Because added sugar is calculated differently from natural sugar on the new PersonalPoints™ Programme, any dried fruit with added sugar will likely go up in Points. Dried fruits without added sugar may be lower, and therefore may fit more easily into your budget. To find out the Points for dried fruit (or any other food) check the WW app.
1 serving (approx. 80g) of non-starchy veggies (raw or cooked) adds 1 Points® value to your daily Budget. Non-starchy veggies include cauliflower, spinach, peppers, carrots, and more. Starchy veggies like peas, potatoes, and corn are great, too, but they don’t earn Points®.
Yes! Whether you’re eating your veggies raw, cooked, or part of a recipe, you’ll earn 1 PersonalPoints™ value to your daily Budget for each serving of non-starchy veggies (e.g. tomatoes, broccoli, leafy greens) you eat. For example, if you make a stir-fry with 40g of carrots and 40g of string beans, that equals 1 cup, so you’ll earn 1 PersonalPoints™ value. Not sure exactly how much is in your dish? A rough estimate is just fine (80g = a fistful).
Shop-bought, restaurant-ordered, and pre-prepared frozen veggie burgers, pizza crusts, and pasta will not earn PersonalPoints™ because our nutritionists are not able to determine the amount of non-starchy vegetables in them.
There are two easy ways:
- Each time you eat roughly 1 handful of non-starchy veggies, tap the ‘+’ in your app to get your earned Points.
- If you track a food or recipe that contains non-starchy veggies (like a vegetable frittata or a salad), our database does the work for you by automatically calculating what you tracked - we even tally up any partial servings in each meal!
If you earn Points through tracking a recipe with non-starchy veggies, you don’t need to also tap the ‘+’ icon.
The barcode scanner will react dynamically to your personalised list of ZeroPoint™ foods as long as the nutrition team has verified the food you scan. If a food is not yet verified, the PersonalPoints™ value you see may be higher than expected as ZeroPoint™ foods within it have not yet been backed out. If you suspect a food is higher than expected, please submit it to your Workshop Coach or Online Coach to be verified.
No - it will only update foods you’ve tracked that day. For example, if you track breakfast, then retake the PersonalPoints™ Engine and get a new list of ZeroPoint™ foods and a new Budget, the values for your breakfast foods will be updated. But any foods you tracked before that day will reflect the old PersonalPoints™ values.
Yes! If you send a recipe to a friend or family member on WW and they open it in the app, they’ll automatically see the right PersonalPoints™ value for them. We automatically take into account their personalised ZeroPoint™ foods so that any recipe they see will be correct for them. (This means that you may notice that their recipe has a different PersonalPoints™ value than yours, depending on their ZeroPoint™ food mix.)
1.75 litres (or just over 3 pints). Hydration is key to just about everything - from staying energised and alert to keeping your digestive system functioning. Plus, drinking water instead of sugary beverages can help you stay within your PersonalPoints™ Budget! You’ll get that Points® value from drinking plain water, water flavoured with fruit or herbs, or sparkling water that doesn’t have any added sweeteners.
While all beverages contribute to overall hydration, not all beverages are “water.” Here at WW, unsweetened, plain or sparkling, water counts towards your water goal. However, flavour booster products are all sweetened with low or zero calorie sweeteners and are processed similarly to other soft drinks and do not count towards the water goal. If you enjoy flavoured water, try adding fruit slices, herbs, and or a citrus squeeze. You’ll be able to track it towards your water goal without any added Points!
We totally understand - tracking what you eat can take some getting used to. We’re constantly testing new ways to make tracking even faster and easier (stay tuned!).
If manually tracking your food doesn’t work for your lifestyle, you might try these tips:
- Take a pic and track later. Snap a photo of your meal and track it when you have time. (It’s also a great way to remember what you ate!)
- Pre-track meals you eat often. Many members eat the same breakfast every day. If that’s the case with you, you can save a meal as a favourite and pre-track it for the week. One less thing on your to-do list!
- Use the barcode scanner. Grab any food with a nutrition label, open the WW app, tap the barcode icon at the top of your homepage and your unique PersonalPoints™ value will appear! You can then track it automatically.
- Lean on your ZeroPoint™ foods. You don’t have to weigh, measure, or track any of the foods on your personalised lists!