Points Foods for Weight Watchers

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Weight Watchers is a weight-loss program that operates on a points system, assigning point values to food based on certain nutritional data. While the specific formula for the calculation is a patented secret, there are a number of websites that use very close approximations, allowing you to calculate the point value for these foods. Many Weight Watchers users have compiled lists of food points and published them as well.

The Weight Watchers formula is proprietary, so often the only way to use it is to join.
The Weight Watchers formula is proprietary, so often the only way to use it is to join. (Image: Craig Barritt/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Using the Formula

One formula that can help approximate points is p=(c/50)+(f/12)-(min{r,4}/5). In this formula, p = points, c = calories, f = fat grams, r = dietary fiber grams. The min portion of the formula means use whichever is lower--the actual dietary fiber grams number of the food item or the number 4. Using this formula, you can approximate the points value for any food item.

You can calculate an approximation of the Weight Watchers formula on your own.
You can calculate an approximation of the Weight Watchers formula on your own. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Foods with 0 Points Per Single Serving

Raw vegetables: baby carrots, Brussels sprouts, celery, cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, cucumbers, radishes, zucchini, summer squash, watercress, tomatoes.

Cooked and drained vegetables: artichokes, beans (snap or green), snow and sugar snap peas,

Artichokes, once cooked and drained, are 0 points per serving.
Artichokes, once cooked and drained, are 0 points per serving. (Image: Eising/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Vegetables with 1 Point Per Point

Vegetables: Boiled, cooked or baked spaghetti squash, boiled pumpkin, potatoes boiled with skins on, raw leeks, parsnips, water chestnuts and corn on the cob up to 4 ounces.

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Fruits with 1 Point Per Serving

Fruits: Raw pineapple, pears, papayas, oranges, nectarines, kiwi, raw sour red cherries, apples without skins, 1 cup unsweetened applesauce, 1 cup berries (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, cranberries, raspberries), 1 cup cantaloupe, grapefruit, grapes, honeydew melon, watermelon.

1 cup of berries is worth 1 Weight Watchers point.
1 cup of berries is worth 1 Weight Watchers point. (Image: John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Other 1 Point Foods

Juices per 1/2 cup: prune, pineapple, orange, grapefruit and apple.

Meats: 1 slice bacon, skinless chicken drumstick, 3 egg whites, 1 fat-free hot dog, 2 ounces smoked whitefish.

Dairy: 1 tbsp regular cream cheese, 2 tbsp light cream cheese, 1/3 cup fat-free ricotta cheese, 1 slice fat-free cheese, Jello sugar-free pudding cup, Light-n-Fit Dannon yogurt.

Orange juice is 1 Weight Watchers point per half cup.
Orange juice is 1 Weight Watchers point per half cup. (Image: George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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