You’ve kicked off your wellness journey, downloaded the WW app, stocked the fridge, and now you may be wondering: “Um, what’s for dinner?” Well, here’s a happy reminder: With WW, everything is on the menu. Pizza, ice cream, your kid’s leftover fries...no food is off-limits, but our SmartPoints® system and ZeroPoint™ foods will guide you to a healthier pattern of eating.
What are ZeroPoint foods?
They’re exactly what they sound like—foods that have zero SmartPoints! Why? These nutritional powerhouses form the foundation of a healthy eating pattern. They make eating simple and add flexibility to your SmartPoints Budget, because you don't have to track or measure them! Doesn't get easier than that!
You can mix and match ZeroPoint foods and foods with SmartPoints values any way you like and feel confident that you're making smart choices for your health while losing weight.
- Blue has a moderate SmartPoints Budget and 200+ ZeroPoint foods (fruits, veggies, and lean proteins).
- Purple has a modest SmartPoints Budget and 300+ ZeroPoint foods (fruits, veggies, lean proteins, and whole grains).
What makes ZeroPoint foods so great?
- You don't have to buy anything special. They’re regular, everyday foods, so you don’t have to eat differently from your friends.
- You have tons of options. You’ll always have something delicious to eat, even with only a few SmartPoints to spend
- Tracking is simple. Remember when we said that you don't have to measure or track these foods? It's true. Which leads us to our next question...
Can I eat too many ZeroPoint foods?
Just because you don’t have to track ZeroPoint foods, it doesn’t mean they’re all-you-can-eat, or that they’re the only things you should eat. We recommend that you start with an amount that seems reasonable to you based on what you’ve typically eaten in the past. For example, if eggs are ZeroPoints on your plan and you normally put two eggs in your omelet, keep doing that. Now isn’t the time to increase that to four eggs just because they’re zero.
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Why are some foods zero on one plan but not another?
On myWW, each plan has different foods that are designated as ZeroPoint foods—and the SmartPoints Budget is adjusted accordingly, depending on how many there are. The plan with the longest list of ZeroPoint foods has the lowest SmartPoints Budget, and the plan with the shortest list of ZeroPoint foods has the highest SmartPoints Budget.
How did WW choose the ZeroPoint foods for each plan?
We developed a list of foods that can be enjoyed for zero SmartPoints values, without the need for weighing, measuring, or tracking these foods, across each plan. The foods that made it on to each list were chosen on whether or not they were at low risk for overeating, and how well they would support people in developing a healthier pattern of eating. .
Do plans with more (or fewer) ZeroPoint foods provide better weight loss?
Nope! All food plans promote similar healthy rates of weight loss. The one that we recommend for you is the plan that allows you the most freedom and flexibility (or structure, if you prefer) and that helps you develop and sustain healthy habits. If a plan with more ZeroPoint foods helps you stick with it, then that’s the plan will provide better weight loss! If a plan with fewer ZeroPoint helps you stick with it, then that one will help you lose the most weight. (Keep in mind that people will experience different rates of weight loss depending on their initial weight, and whether or not they meet their SmartPoints Budget.)
RELATED: Frequently asked questions
1. Six month pre-post study conducted by the University of North Carolina funded by WW. Weight data measured after 6 months on WW Freestyle.