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LILTUSCANY
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5/20/14 1:06 P

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Thanks! This is very helpful! Iíll just try to follow WW recipes and track using SP tracker.

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5/19/14 7:46 P

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If you get a WW Points Plus Calculator, you can input your stats and it will give you what your daily points should be. Then you would use the calculator to input the info from food labels to find points. You can even use the calculator to deduct points as you go through the day. You'll also want to buy a basic points book. I'd suggest ebay.

I just left WW for financial reasons. I did well on the program at first, and lost 35 pounds. I've kept it off, but am looking to get the weight moving in the downward direction again here on SP. I've still got all my materials, so I might keep an eye on "points" from time to time. But it's really not all that different from tracking calories on here - you still can see your carb/protein/fat breakdown.



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5/19/14 2:54 P

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Whichever you choose, if you want to 'get the nutrients you need,' you have to stay right on top of that. WW already weights in protein and fiber to make that a better choice for you, nutritionally. Those are things that people have a hard time getting in their diets (and don't even count fiber - that's a custom nutrient in Spark people, but maybe I'm wrong about that?).

But you can eat low-fiber, low-protein foods and lose weight anyway, whether you're counting with Spark or with WW, because it's calories in and calories out that matter in the end.

You do what you can manage to do without eating calories over a limit. Whichever plan works for you and that you can manage, that's what will bring you success.

Edited by: ALGEBRAGIRL at: 5/19/2014 (14:58)


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5/19/14 2:42 P

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Having done both SP and WW, I can honestly say that using SP is easier to follow (not to mention cheaper.) With WW, I was not getting the nutrients I needed.

Since WW is out of reach monetarily, maybe you could try just tracking cals/nutrients with the SP tracker and see how you like it before jumping through hoops to figure out points?

If not now, when?


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5/19/14 2:07 P

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Or you become rigid with your choices and fall to the same foods just for the ease and get bored.

I find it just as easy to use the tracker here and not worry about points.

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5/19/14 2:02 P



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The Weight Watchers points formula is copyrighted, so you'll never find a non-WW website that does the calculations for you. (Or if you do, it will likely get a cease-and-desist order and disappear overnight some night.) The information about how they do it is out there on the internet because people have figured it out, so you can find that info and do your own calculations.

If you can get the points from another source, you can track them here. Go to the tracker and scroll down to "Change Nutrition Goals." Find the button for "Add another nutrient to track." You'll get a drop-down menu with the usual nutrients, then a list of crazy things most people have never heard of. Choose one of those, like beta-sitosterol or serine or something. Add it, and in your mind, re-label it as WW points. Since the information on those nutrients is never on labels and very rarely in any other database, it will pretty much always show zero, so you can edit the nutrition info for all your custom foods.

Another approach is just to create a custom food called "WW point." Then whenever you enter a food, enter the proper number of "servings" of WW point right after it.

I'm going to predict, though, that before long you'll hear yourself say, "Well, if I'm inputting the foods and getting automatic tracking of calories, fiber, and all these other nutrients, then doing the points is just extra work for the same information." WW points are great if you want a simplified summary of what you're eating, but only if their system is doing the simplifying for you. If you have to work it out yourself, it's not simplifying anything.



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5/19/14 1:39 P

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Why not just use SP's nutrition tracker? It's free, accurate, and calculates how much to eat based on your BMI and weight loss goals. Kind of pointless to try to do WW when you aren't going to pay for their service, IMO..

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5/19/14 1:28 P

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You can also sit down with your WW points guide and plan your meals for the next 3 days (for example). Then follow your plan, knowing your points are reasonable for your weight loss plan. You can put the foods in spark people at the end of the day and have any reports available to you that spark people tracking offers, and any nutritional information.

One awkward thing about any diet is having to look up things because you're facing a lot of new situations, eating in different restaurants, people's houses, etc. But it's an effort most people make and it's a beneficial exercise. This is true of any diet, unless it's a restrictive diet (no foods from x group) in which the drawback is saying 'no' to foods over and over again.

You'd still want to know how you are doing nutritionally and that knowledge is something you get from tracking.

Take it a few days at a time and see how planning works out for you. My WW leader lost 70 pounds before becoming a group leader. She has every food diary from those days and falls back on menus and information contained in those pages - even though it was in the pre-points plus days.

Edited by: ALGEBRAGIRL at: 5/19/2014 (13:29)


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5/19/14 1:03 P

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The easiest way is to know how many points you get a day and and then use the calculator for ww and determine how many carbs, fat, fiber and protein you should have a day and then just stay within that amount.

For example, the min for spark is 25 points on ww.

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You can add custom goals so one could be to stick within ??-?? points a day?

You can also find recipes on fatsecret.com (yeah I don't get the name either), they have a search function for finding recipes based on how many WW points they are. Learning recipes that you already know the point value of could make it easier to keep track.

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LILTUSCANY
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5/19/14 10:59 A

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I am doing WW by myself. I can't (so sadly) afford to join Weight Watchers. I need to keep track of points which is entirely new to me. I am spending so much time looking up each individual food. The worst part is, I can't seem to find a way for SP to track my WW points. Any ideas?

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