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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Weight Watchers Math

I was never very good at math. I always felt good going into a math class where a calculator was on the supply list. You'd think that would help. Oftentimes it didn't.

But I'm happy to report that I can keep my checkbook balanced, and I'm sure Cole is as pleased about that as I am. But now I'm struggling with what I'm calling Weight Watchers math. It's just not fair...

About two weeks ago in our meeting, Pam talked about fiber for a bit. As any WW member will tell you, fiber is a major part of the points calculations formula. But the trick is, more than four grams of fiber won't count in your points. Four is the max you can count. On the WW points calculator, you can track 1, 2, 3 or "4 or more" grams of fiber.

Here's an example from some new soup I tried this week, with a nice eye-catching "Zero Weight Watchers Points" label on the can:

60 calories, 0.5 grams of fat and 4 grams of fiber per serving. (There are two servings in the can.) That's zero points for one serving. Perfect. BUT, if you eat both servings in the can, you have to count 120 calories, 1 gram of fat and just the 4 grams of fiber. Giving you 2 points on the calculator. 2x0=2 in this case.

I hate math.

Breakfast: 1 cup Cheerios: 2 points
1/2 cup soymilk: 1 point

Mid-morning snack: banana: 2 points

Lunch: mini-bagel sandwich: 4 points
Triscuits: 2 points
cherub tomatoes: 0 points

Afternoon snack: banana: 2 points
snack cakes: 1 point

Dinner: 1 cup Cheerios: 2 points
1/2 cup soymilk: 1 point
snack cakes: 1 point

TOTAL: 18 points. How can that be?!?!

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  • Points In One Serving=(60/50)+(.5/12)-(4/5)=.44points
    Rounded down to zero

    Two Servings=(120/50)+(1/12)-(4/5)=1.68 points
    Rounded to two.

    p=(c/50)+(f/12)-(min r,4/5)

    p = Points
    c = Calories
    f = Fat Grams
    r = Dietary fiber Grams

    (Note: min{r, 4} equals the number of grams of dietary fiber or 4, whichever is smaller. In other words, only the first 4 grams of fiber "count.")

    By Blogger TwoCommaClub, at January 08, 2009 12:31 PM  

  • Thanks for your information about weight watchers points list

    By Anonymous weight watchers, at March 30, 2011 5:20 PM  

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