Seagirl -how did you determine 29 points is about 1200 calories? Even with the formula change, I don't see it being that much different from the previous formula and while I haven't done a spreadsheet up yet, I'm fairly sure that the 29 points is closer to the 1400-1600 calorie range.
Well I personally keep track of my points and record all my calories eaten.
For the last 3 weeks below is shown total calories eaten (includes zero point fruits and veggies), points eaten, and calories per point (by dividing points into the total calories so this calories per point includes the fruits and veggies that I ate). Average calories per point was 40.81.
On the days that I ate exactly 29 points, I ate 1150, 1120, 1171, and 1100
calories. My highest calorie day was 1370 calories which was 32 points.
I will say that I eat way more veggies than fruit. I'm not a big fruit eater and can't stand bananas. So most of my zero point veggies/fruit is for very low calorie veggies. I eat salads, for example. For someone who eats a lot of the higher calorie fruit then their calories per point could be higher.
Thinner -- as you can see eating 29 points is about 1150 to 1200 calories depending on what you eat. I think they believe that it wouldn't be good to reduce the minimum much below that. I've averaged about 1100 calories a day and I haven't been hungry but I don't think I would want to go much below that on a regular basis.
Also while you can eat your 49 points a week I don't think they necessarily expect that you will eat all of them every week. They do say that you can lose doing that but common sense says that if you do you will lose more slowly. Since I gave up eating all my weekly points I've lost much faster.