Members’ top myWW Green questions answered!

“What can I eat on Green?” and 10 other things you’re probably wondering about.
 

What can I eat on myWW Green?
 

Anything—as long as it fits into your SmartPoints® Budget. Green offers you a personalized SmartPoints Budget and 100+ ZeroPoint foods (plenty of fresh fruits and non-starchy veggies) that you don’t have to measure or count.

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I’m having trouble finding fresh ingredients these days. How can I get the most out of my color?
 

  • Go for canned. Look for canned fruits and vegetables packed without added sugars, sauces, or other flavor additives apart from their natural juices. That way, when drained, they’re ZeroPoint foods.
  • Or go for frozen. It's already cleaned and prepped—meaning less work for you! 
  • Swap hard-to-find ingredients for easier ones. Can't find eggs? Go for tofu! (Tofu scrambles are hearty and delicious.) Egg Beaters are also a solid choice. 
  • Pre-plan your meals. Mapping out your meals can help give you direction when your routine is upside down, keep you on track, and may even save time by helping you shop and prep more efficiently.
  • Cook once, eat for a week. Batch cooking gives food for the week, prepped and ready to eat. You’ll never again be caught staring into the abyss of an empty fridge

 

Can I switch colors if I want to?
 

Absolutely! You can switch at any time. Keep in mind that it can take a little while to adjust to a change in your eating habits and to understand whether it fits your lifestyle. 
 

Not sure which one to choose? 

  • Were you seeing success on our previous program, WW Freestyle? Blue is the way to go. (It’s Freestyle, just with a new name!)
  • Do you really like the ZeroPoint foods list and want more of them? Are you fine with having fewer SmartPoints? Purple might be a great option for you because of the addition of ZeroPoint foods like oatmeal, whole-wheat pasta, potatoes, and fat-free cottage cheese.

If you decide that switching is what’s best for you, you can do it any time in Settings.
 

How do I know the right portion size to eat?
 

When it comes to foods with SmartPoints, the right amount for you depends on what you’re eating and how much you need to feel satisfied while staying within your SmartPoints Budget. The best way to learn that amount is to do some measuring. Over time, you’ll train your brain to serve up the right amount automatically. 
 

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What are weeklies? 

 

If you’re  new to WW, Weeklies are part of your SmartPoints Budget:
 

Daily SmartPoints

+

Weekly SmartPoints

=

Your SmartPoints Budget
 

Everyone gets them, whether you’re on Green, Blue, or Purple. You start each week with a set amount of weekly SmartPoints that you can use any way you like—split them up and use a few each day or save 'em for the weekend.

Don’t be afraid to use your weekly SmartPoints! We’ve calculated them into your overall Budget and our research shows that using them won’t stall your weight loss. In fact, they’re a great way to keep things flexible and livable.

 

What are rollovers? 
 

Rollovers are another way to have extra flexibility on WW. Rollovers give you the option of using fewer SmartPoints throughout the day, with up to 4 unused SmartPoints rolling over into your bank of weeklies. 

For example, say you have 30 daily SmartPoints and you use 27. We'll automatically roll over those extra 3 SmartPoints values into your weeklies. (You'll get a notification letting you know how many we rolled over.) There’s nothing for you to do but enjoy them if you want to!

 

Why don't ZeroPoint foods need to be tracked?

 

They don’t need to be tracked because your SmartPoints Budget has already accounted for them—it factors in that you'll eat ZeroPoint foods as part of your daily life. Green, Blue, and Purple each have a personalized amount of SmartPoints balanced with a curated list of ZeroPoint foods to ensure that you reach your weight-loss goals.

 

Can I eat too many ZeroPoint foods? 
 

Sure, you could eat 13 bananas, but would you want to? Probably not. And that definitely wouldn’t fit in with a healthy pattern of eating. People don’t tend to go wild with ZeroPoint foods, which is one reason you don’t have to measure or track them. 

But keep in mind, they’re not all you can eat. If you normally eat one banana a day, stick to that. Now's not the time to start eating four bananas just because they're zero.

Your ZeroPoint list is there to signal how often to dig in, not how much.

 

When I bake or roast ZeroPoint foods, are they still zero? 

 

Yes. When ZeroPoint foods like apples or carrots (zero on GreenBlue, and Purple), chickpeas or corn (zero on Blue and Purple) or potatoes (zero on Purple) are baked or roasted, these foods are just cooked and remain zero—you only need to track the oil or sauces you prepare them in. 
 

What if I dry them?

 

That's a different story. 

When foods are dried, they lose much more moisture than when they're baked or roasted. Their energy density increases significantly (mearning that their calories go up), so we assign them SmartPoints to encourage tracking.

Another reason to track: When foods are dried, it’s much easier to eat a lot of them. Think raisins versus grapes. You could eat a handful of raisins in two bites. But how long would it take you to eat 50 grapes? And would you even want to? 

If you have any questions about what is or isn't a ZeroPoint food on Green, your ZeroPoint list will have the answers.  

 

Why isn't fruit zero when it's in a smoothie?
 

Fruits and most vegetables are zero when you eat them. But once they become part of a smoothie, the experience of eating them changes.

Research shows that liquids don’t promote the same feeling of fullness as solid foods do1. When you drink something, it eliminates the act of chewing which may impact the signals between the belly and brain2. This means that the smoothie or juice you’re drinking will not promote the same amount of fullness between meals as eating the fruit might.

The bottom line: If it’s something you’ll drink, like a juice or smoothie, the nutrition facts for fresh fruits and vegetables count towards the total. If it’s something you’ll eat, like salsa, sauce, stew, or soup, fresh fruits and most vegetables remain ZeroPoints values in those recipes.

 

1. Cassady BA, Considine RV, Mattes RD. Beverage consumption, appetite, and energy intake: what did you expect? Am J Clin Nutr 2012;95:587-93.
2. Migquel-Kergoat S, Axais-Braesco V, Burton-Freeman B, Hetherington MM. Effects of chewing on appetite, food intake and gut hormones: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Physiol Behav 2015;151:88-96.