WW Food and Point Issues - Fruit and Veggie points




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30togo
12-07-2012, 09:29 PM
Hi, I know with the new WW point system, fruits and veggies are 0. What if I snack on alot of fruits and veggies a day, is it still 0 points? How does that work? Thanks.


Jacque
12-08-2012, 01:15 AM
I've heard different things from different people (even some leaders tend to vary on this!)

The rule I follow is that I get 8 servings of each per day - then after that I count 1pp per serving.

Tudor Rose
12-09-2012, 10:57 PM
I've heard different things from different people (even some leaders tend to vary on this!)

The rule I follow is that I get 8 servings of each per day - then after that I count 1pp per serving.

8 servings each? That's waaaaaaay too much fruit. Veggies are a bit more negligible since they are low in calories, but remember not all veggies are free: starchy things like potatoes have points.

When they designed PointsPlus and came up with the zero point fruit, WW built in 3-5 servings of fruits and veggies into your daily points. That's combined, not 3-5 each. 3-5 total. After that you probably should start counting points and instead of just randomly assigning a number like 1 point, I'd suggest looking up the calorie information on MyFitnessPal or SparkPeople, etc., for the fruit and get the actual point value. And remember that 1/2 cup of fruit equals one serving, so something like a banana is actually two servings :)


smashlers
12-17-2012, 10:15 AM
I made a fresh juice with my juicer the other day and did all the points and it came to 5pts per serving. It was an orange, and apple, 2 kiwis, a mango, cilantro and ginger.

I get it, if you have ever done South Beach you know the sugar in fruit is CRAY CRAY. I feel like with the new WW system an the 0 on fruit it would be easier to gain/not lose. I just try not to go too crazy, an apple for a snack at around 11 am.

bekbu
12-26-2012, 12:18 PM
The first time I did ww, before points plus, they had no free fruits or veggies for free. Its kind of nice to have the mentality that you at least get a few servings of each for free. :-)

QuilterInVA
12-27-2012, 08:45 AM
The WW plan is based on 5 servings of fruits and vegetables (combined, not each) a day. I don't count veggies until I have more than 9 servings, but I count fruit over 3. Even though fruits and veggies are 0 points, our bodies don't know a point from a pill. It burns calories and they do have those.

marigrace
01-04-2013, 09:33 AM
Susan that is a great way to account for the fruits and vegies, and it seems to be working very well for you. I think I will try that !

dosbabe
02-15-2013, 11:12 AM
The WW plan is based on 5 servings of fruits and vegetables (combined, not each) a day. I don't count veggies until I have more than 9 servings, but I count fruit over 3. Even though fruits and veggies are 0 points, our bodies don't know a point from a pill. It burns calories and they do have those.

I like your reasoning about fruit servings:).

susanjean
02-28-2013, 05:33 PM
I had a great day at WW. I made my 10 % goal,and lost 3.6 lbs. I found out today that you are supposed to have 3-5 serving(Combined). I thought it was 3-5 servings of fruit,and the same with vegies. Also,didn't know banana's were 2 pts. I am fairly new,and wish this had been explained better.I probably have 4 serving of vegies and maybe 2-3 fruit,but have consistantly lost weight. My theory is that eating vegies and fruit,is a whole lot better than eating
g chips and cake.

redapple84
04-23-2013, 06:39 PM
Ok, I'm fairly new to WW. I didn't realize that some veggies weren't 0 points+. Which fruit/veggies aren't 0? I tend to just grab veggies/fruit when out w/out thinking (last time it was edamame & I found out that was very much not 0)?

mrsdocrocks
04-25-2013, 08:31 AM
um great questions... is there a list somewhere to better understand fruit & veggies? I was under the impression they are all free so I'd have several pieces of fruit per day (when I say pieces I mean whole fruit, tangerines, a banana...)

Koshka
04-25-2013, 10:33 PM
Fruits and veggies are zero point (there are a few exceptions that have a lot of fat such as avocados and olives. Also starchy vegetables - corn, potatoes, legumes - are not zero point). So, yes, eat 10 bananas a day and the banana is still zero point. There is no point that WW officially tells you to start counting points for fruits and vegetables. However, they did base the program on the idea of eating combined 3-5 servings a day.

All of that said. At some point people have to use common sense.

Just because something is zero points doesn't make it zero calories.

I hate bananas but I know a lot of people like them. My understanding is a banana is about 90 calories. Eat 3 bananas and that is about the same number of calories as a Snickers bar. WW would certainly prefer that you eat the bananas to the Snickers bar since the bananas have some nutritional benefit.

But, come on. Your body doesn't really care that much whether it is 270 calories of bananas or 270 calories of Snickers bar. (Yes, you may burn a bit more calories if you eat high protein and may absorb less with high fiber, but that is beside this particular point).

If you overeat on fruit or veggies then you will not lose as much weight and could even gain.

Oh - while they are zero point - they aren't exactly free. It is not like condiments that have minimal calories. Fruit especially can have a lot of calories. It is certain good to eat fruit in place of other more unhealthy foods. But, you still have to watch your portions.

mrsdocrocks
04-26-2013, 12:53 PM
thanks for helping me understand this a little better. :)