Originally Posted by LouinLexky
I have the 1988 silver anniversary edition of the WW "quick and Easy Menu Cookbook," which has an 8-week plan of daily menues completew/ optional calories noted. It contains also 12 months' worth of menu plans by week, offering some specific recipes of interest. Post any questions regarding this book, & I will try to answer them. The old WW was, I think, a bit easier to follow instead of counting so many different points in recent WW programs.
I first joined WW in 1988 and got to lifetime under that program in 1990. Without question, calculating points plus is much easier than it was to count exchanges. Maybe if you cooked everything from scratch it was easy but for people eating out or buying packaged food in the grocery store it was not easy. You also got optional calories for things that either weren't part of the exchanges (sweets for example) or where you went over your exchanges. For example, you could have 2 fat exchanges a day. If you went above that, then you had to use optional calories for the amount you went over. Knowing how to calculate that for restaurant meals, for example, was anything but easy.
Nowadays if the restaurant posts nutritional info, calculating points is pretty easy. But it would still be a challenge to do the calculations for the 1988 program.
I actually do think that exchanges are a better program because it teaches you to eat a more balanced diet. But, it is not nearly as easy to calculate as points.