Many of us struggle with our weight at times, so we look to one of the well-respected weight loss diets or a weight loss program. Weight Watchers has been around for years and is one of the more respected weight loss diets. The Weight Watchers points program seems to suit many people as a weight loss program due to the fact that you are in control of how you spend your Weight Watchers points each day. I loved it because I was still able to have my Starbucks coffee drink each morning, albeit I did choose one of the healthier Starbucks lattes when I was using the Weight Watchers weight loss program. Read on and I will share the easy ways to calculate your Weight Watchers points.
If you know the dietary fiber grams, fat grams, and calories of the item that you are eating, you can use your Pointsfinder that you are given when you first join Weight Watchers. You can normally get this information from any prepackaged food with a nutritional label. Simply line up your dietary fiber grams with the calories on the left side of your Pointsfinder. Now, look at the right side of your Pointsfinder and find the applicable fat grams in your item. Just look at where the applicable fat grams line up with a points value and you have calculated your Weight Watchers points for your item. If you do not have a Pointsfinder, you can purchase one on www.ebay.com.
If you prefer an even easier method to calculate your Weight Watchers points using the dietary fiber grams, fat grams and calories of your item, you can acquire a Weight Watchers digital points calculator. You can purchase these at your local Weight Watchers meetings. You can also purchase these on www.ebay.com. See the "Resources" section below for instructions on how to calculate Weight Watchers points with a Weight Watchers digital points calculator.
If you do not know the fiber, fat, and calories information for your item you can refer to the Weight Watchers Complete Food Companion book to calculate the Weight Watchers points for your item or meal. You can browse through by category or use the index in the back of the book. Foods are listed in this guide by category and then by brand, so it is pretty easy to look up your item and determine the Weight Watchers points using this guide. For example, if I was making myself a scrambled egg, I might look up "Egg" in the "Dairy & Eggs" category and then look for "Eggland's Best" and then I could determine that one large organic egg is 2 Weight Watchers points.
If you are eating out at a restaurant, you will want to see the "Resources" section below. My article on how to calculate Weight Watchers points for restaurants will give you some easy shortcuts on how to do this quickly.