PersonalPoints Tracking vs. Calorie Counting

Huge difference between the two! The PersonalPoints™ system goes beyond calories so you can eat what you love now—and establish healthier eating patterns long-term. Let’s get into it.
Published May 25, 2016

Food impacts your body in every possible way. Calories tell part of the story, but not all. For example, 100 calories per serving of cookies, while delicious, won’t provide the same nutrients that 100 calories of turkey, tofu, or vegetables (also delicious!) would. Calorie counting without looking at other nutrients may not result in a healthy eating pattern, which is crucial for both weight loss and reducing the risk of disease.

PersonalPoints vs. Calories

PersonalPoints give you what a calorie calculator can’t. Two meals might contain the same number of calories but have a very different PersonalPoints value.

Healthy eating made simple

We want to help you reach your weight-loss goals, but we also want you to eat what you love. PersonalPoints guides you to a healthier pattern of eating—and that includes ALL foods. There are no weird rules or restricted foods—that’s what makes WW sustainable and easier to stick to. Along the way, you'll build a positive, healthy relationship with that food, one that can last a lifetime.

Our PersonalPoints system takes complex nutritional science and distills it down to one easy-to-use number: the PersonalPoints value. It's based on six components.

The PersonalPoints value is backed by the latest nutritional science and gently guides you toward a healthier pattern of eating with more foods that are higher in fiber, protein, and unsaturated fats and lower in added sugar and saturated fats (a healthy approach recommended by global public health guidelines to manage blood sugar levels).

Your PersonalPoints Budget

You have your own PersonalPoints Budget. It’s up to you how you spend your Points®. Your Budget is made up of:

  • Daily Points. A starting point based on your metabolic rate—and, of course, your goals!

  • Weekly Points. An extra cushion to use any which way you decide each week.

  • Rollovers. Up to 4 unused daily Points will automatically roll into your weeklies, so you can use them on another day.

You can also grow your PersonalPoints Budget! Build healthy habits and add Points by drinking water, eating non-starchy veggies, and moving more.

Here’s the real secret to success

 Be kind to yourself. Perfection is overrated. It tends to lead straight to the "I’ve blown it" effect, where one bowl of chocolate ice-cream makes you feel like you might as well give up and go for seconds. Instead, be pretty good most of the time: Follow your Budget, make healthy choices, and keep going. This is a lifestyle, not a temporary fix.


The WW app makes tracking easier

Our award-winning app makes tracking your food and drinks quick and simple. You can save your favorite foods, check restaurant menus, and browse and create recipes. The app’s even got a built-in barcode scanner so you can check the PersonalPoints values of all your faves at the supermarket before you even put them in your cart.