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Great First Day On New Points Plus Weight Watchers Program

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Body Media Fit Data For Yesterday:

1961 calories burned
1666 calories consumed
295 calorie deficit
1:15 hours/minutes of activity (56 vigorous)
10111 steps
8:33 hours/minutes of sleep

157.2 pounds
(down 1.2 pounds from yesterday)

Yesterday I ran on the indoor track at the gym. I did ten intervals of four minutes each, so now I am back to my old level of running again.

I was very excited yesterday to use the new Points Plus system from Weight Watchers along with tracking my calories through the Media Fit web site. I ended up being awarded the lowest number of points. you can get That was assuming that I wanted to be in weight loss mode rather than maintenance, which I do, at least until I get the last couple pounds back off. The lowest number anyone is awarded is 29 compared to the old 18 on the previous system. In addition to those 29 per day, I get the usual 49 weekly points to spend any way I want throughout the course of the week.

Here is what I used:

38 points (9 of my weeklies used)
1666 calories
5 Activity Points earned (which will essentially replenish some of those weeklies when I log them)

If you do the math that comes to 44 calories a point. I have seen it estimated that the new points are worth an average of 40 calories each depending on how you spend them. The old points were worth an average of 50 calories each, but they could be as high as 90 calories depending on the fat and fiber content of the foods.

I have decided that the way I am going to award myself activity points is to assume 1600 burned on a rest day, and to award myself one activity point for every 80 calories I burn above that. I will log them the day after I earn them. Based on that formula I will give myself 5 activity points for yesterday's run and miscellaneous activity. I am rounding up for the activity points.
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    2362 days ago
    The logic behind logging it the next day is that I can't know how many points to log until I having finished burning calories at midnight and can compare that figure to the 1600 I would have burned if I had been sedentary.

    I don't limit myself to 5 points, although I don't tend to earn more than that. I have to engage in an hour of fairly vigorous activity in order to earn those five points.

    If you earn more you should count them.
    2729 days ago
    What's the logic behind waiting to log your activity points until the next day? Also, do you clip your activity points off after 5 max or something like that? From experience on the old points I always maxed out 5 activity points awarded per day. I'm just wondering if I should increase that to 6 or 7 now under Points Plus.
    2729 days ago
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