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 03-29-2011, 01:23 PM #1 foodie on a diet!     Join Date: Jul 2009 Location: Los Angeles Posts: 158 S/C/G: 180.2/ticker/145 Height: 5'5" Light Beer I LOVE beer! Especially an ice cold one on hot nights out with friends! The other day I was checking on my calorie counter go-to site, Livestrong.com, the nutritional info on a corona light. When I entered the info on WW calculators, it came out as 1pt. Could this be accurate? 1pt for a 12oz bottle of light beer? __________________ Big Goal: 145lbs by 7/31/11
 03-29-2011, 01:35 PM #2 Senior Member   Join Date: Feb 2011 Location: Massachusetts Posts: 246 S/C/G: 190/167/140 Height: 5'2" Let me know! If it is, I might just rejoin WW ! ! ! ; )
 03-29-2011, 01:41 PM #3 calorie counting works!     Join Date: Sep 2005 Posts: 187 S/C/G: 164/ticker/135 Height: 5'6" I just looked at the complete nutritional info for Corona Light on Livestrong. It included 5 grams of carbs and 1.1 grams of protein. Multiplying those grams times 4 gives you 24.4 calories, but the total number of calories listed is 101. I don't think it's actually a complete and accurate nutritional label, so that might be why your calculator is only calling it 1 point. WW has a page that lists most light beers (other than that 64 calorie one) as 3 points plus: http://www.weightwatchers.com/util/a...=51811&sc=3030 I'd use that figure instead. __________________
 03-29-2011, 01:50 PM #4 Senior Member     Join Date: Oct 2010 Location: Just moved out of denial Posts: 881 S/C/G: 298/238...285.5/217/150 Height: 5'5" It different because alcohol is 7 calories per gram. (Fat=9, carb=4, protein=4) __________________ Minigoal Long term goal Every day do something to make a better tomorrow. Discipline is remembering what you want.
 03-29-2011, 01:54 PM #5 calorie counting works!     Join Date: Sep 2005 Posts: 187 S/C/G: 164/ticker/135 Height: 5'6" But that wasn't listed in the nutritional label, which is why I thought the calculator might give the wrong figure. __________________
 04-02-2011, 05:07 PM #6 Member   Join Date: Mar 2011 Posts: 34 You can't use the pointsplus calculator to calculate alcohol and things with sugar alcohol. You have to use the info in the companions or the website. I can type in the exact wording from ww if you want, let me know.
 04-07-2011, 12:43 PM #7 ~*Regina*~     Join Date: Sep 2010 Location: Holbrook, MA Posts: 197 S/C/G: 304/see ticker/150 Height: 5'5" My 3FC Diet Blog I LOVE my beer to and I thought the light beer was 1 pt too when i calculated it on my own, haha. If you type in say Bud Light, it comes up as 4pp but if you just type in light beer it comes up as 3pp which doesn't make sense. So when I do reach for a beer I get MGD 64 now, it's only 2pp . It's not the best beer but it is satisfying. __________________ A fresh new start on 1/24/2011 I joined Weight Watchers Mini Goals: 5%- 258lbs (met 3/12/2011) 10%- 245lbs (met 4/23/2011) 231lbs, 217lbs, 203lbs, 189lbs, 175lbs, 161lbs, 150lbs!!
 04-07-2011, 12:57 PM #8 I got this     Join Date: Jan 2011 Location: Near St. Louis Posts: 2,815 S/C/G: 206/162/135 Height: a little over 5'2 I like Coors Light and Bud Select. __________________ Spring to Summer Challenge, click to join and enter your info!
04-11-2011, 10:12 PM   #9
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 Originally Posted by angelskiss You can't use the pointsplus calculator to calculate alcohol and things with sugar alcohol. You have to use the info in the companions or the website. I can type in the exact wording from ww if you want, let me know.
Please do. It is terribly hard for me to believe that a shot of alcohol has more points then a ww 3pt bar. I honestly feel like it's maybe a bit construed based on the idea that ww feels it would be morally irresponsible to have alcohol so low in pts. I mean a shot is 4 pts but I can drink a 2 liter of diet coke for 0 pts :/ hmmm.
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04-12-2011, 09:51 AM   #10
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 Originally Posted by doinit200 Please do. It is terribly hard for me to believe that a shot of alcohol has more points then a ww 3pt bar. I honestly feel like it's maybe a bit construed based on the idea that ww feels it would be morally irresponsible to have alcohol so low in pts. I mean a shot is 4 pts but I can drink a 2 liter of diet coke for 0 pts :/ hmmm.
Diet coke doesn't have sugar. I 2 liter of regular coke is a LOT of pointsplus values. A can is 4 pointsplus values.

On other information from weight watchers it says this...
The amount of alcohol (in grams) is usually not listed on beer bottles or cans. However, we know that typically a 12oz beer, a 5 oz glass of wine or 1.5 oz of liquor each contain about 14 grams of alcohol. (light beer has about 10 or 11 grams). Since grams of alcohol and grams of fat are closest in terms of calories per gram, this information (grams of alcohol) should be entered as fat in the calculator.

On page 38 of the getting started book it says...
We include sugar alcohol in our pointsplus values calculations, too - this is an added ingredient sometimes found in packaged, sugar free foods. It does make a difference, but it's not typically included in food labels (we get the information directly from food manufacturers). Because you won't see it - or amounts of added alcohol on food labels, the values you get for those foods when you use a pointsplus calculator will be different than the values you'll see in lists in the companion books. For the most accurate values for sugar free foods and foods containing alcohol, use the lists.

 04-12-2011, 09:53 AM #11 Member   Join Date: Mar 2011 Posts: 34 Oh and as for the WW ice cream bar there are a lot of chemicals in those things so that the points values are less. It's like the diet sodas, full of chemicals. You can replace a lot of fat or sugar with things that are man made and unhealthy just to make food sound healthier.
04-29-2011, 11:53 AM   #12
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 Originally Posted by doinit200 Please do. It is terribly hard for me to believe that a shot of alcohol has more points then a ww 3pt bar. I honestly feel like it's maybe a bit construed based on the idea that ww feels it would be morally irresponsible to have alcohol so low in pts. I mean a shot is 4 pts but I can drink a 2 liter of diet coke for 0 pts :/ hmmm.
I have to agree somewhat with DoinIt200. I do too think WW is a bit biased on the alcohol issue. They make me feel like it's not right to have my wine every night with dinner because they have jacked it up to 4pp for a tiny glass. I have found that with my body I am still able to lose even if I go over because of wine. It is different for me if I have an 8 point desert of some kind, I see weight go up vs having 8 points of alcohol, I don't see much of a change.
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 04-29-2011, 12:05 PM #13 Goal is health     Join Date: Feb 2011 Posts: 1,553 S/C/G: 238.8/176.1/163 Height: 5'8" My 3FC Diet Blog Alcohol cannot be calculated on the calculator. It's as simple as that. You allow points in your dailies and weeklies, you can have it. I'm not knocking anything, points plus works. __________________ Current Weight: 175 Goal Weight: 163 Challenge 20 something left Gluten-free January 2014
 05-09-2011, 11:35 AM #14 Junior Member   Join Date: May 2011 Posts: 5 Beer is my downfall of dieting. I think that is the reason I haven't lost any weight even though I exercise about 2 hours a day. I wish there was a one point beer. I drink the 5 point ones. A few of those and your flex points are toast.
 05-09-2011, 01:09 PM #15 Incredible Shrinking Lisa     Join Date: Mar 2011 Location: Worcester, MA Posts: 293 S/C/G: 279.2/ticker/175 Height: 5'5" How much beer are you drinking? I haven't given up beer or wine, but I have eased up on my consumption. I limit it to weekends, and I have a glass of water between alcoholic drinks. It helps slow things down, so instead of having four beers, I only have two. __________________ Started Weight Watchers March 26th, 2011 Mini-Goal #1: 10 lbs - April 23, 2011 || Mini-Goal #2: 5% (14#) - May 7, 2011 || Mini-Goal #3: 20 lbs - June 4, 2011 || Mini-Goal #4: 10% (28#) || Mini-Goal #5: 35 lbs (July 4th Challenge!) || Mini-Goal #6: 15% (42#) Mini-Goal #7: 50 lbs (Labor Day Challenge!) || Mini-Goal #8: 20% (56#) || Mini-Goal #9: 65 lbs

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