Weight Watchers 2012 Points Plus Plan

by DanicasDaily on December 6, 2011

Happy Tuesday everyone!  As you all know from my post last year about the NEW Weight Watchers PointsPlus Plan, I LOVE getting my hands on the new materials as soon as they come out.  I think that was one things I missed the most about travelling home on Sunday ~ I had to wait a day to see what the updates were to the new Weight Watchers 2012 Points Plus Plan.


As several of you requested, I have outlined what I feel are the some of the BEST changes to the plan along with my thoughts and answered a few things I figured some people might ask along the way.  I do NOT work for Weight Watchers so this is all based on my personal knowledge/experience.

New pamphlets totally make me GEEK OUT ~ I cannot wait to dig in and read each one cover to cover even if I already know what the plan is all about LOL.


Here is what you will receive when you walk in the door to your meeting:

  • Super cool Blue Booklet Holder
  • Weekly Handout (there is a new one each week)
  • A quick 2012 Reference Card with 3 steps to help you get started
  • Meet Points Plus 2012 ~ the new “Getting Started” Book that tells you how to work the program
  • Living Points Plus 2012 ~ Additional information (more like FAQ’s) to help you work the plan
  • Pocket Guide ~ contains A-Z points+ values for foods, tips on portion sizes, activity and weight goal calculators.
  • Weekly Paper Tracker (if you have the phone app, I recommend it over paper because it syncs with your online E-tools & it’s honestly AWESOME!)
  • Weigh In Book (shows your weight record along with your NEW Daily Points Plus Target

For those worried about CHANGE ~ I can honestly say don’t be! 

The changes are a direct result of all the feedback Weight Watchers received from all the members this past year.


You can tell they really put a lot of thought into the new materials to ensure they addressed several of the “grey” areas and questions people were having with the new program. 


Plus, they really set Newbies Up for Success with some seriously AWESOME getting started tools!


SIMPLY PUT ~ 6 Steps to be the Weight you want to be!



1. Customize your Daily Points+ Target ~ You now have the flexibility to manually change your points+ target based on learning what works best for your body.

You may have noticed your Daily Points+ Target was changed for you from 29 points+ to 26 points+.  NOTHING says you have to reduce your daily Target.  I would follow this recommendation in deciding ~ it’s all trial and error because no TWO people will lose weight in the same way.


If you are losing weight and at a rate you are happy with (such as 1/2 – 2 lbs a week), then, do nothing and keep your existing target.

If you are NOT losing weight or losing at a slow rate, such as .2 lbs a week, then consider adjusting your points+ target by +/- 3 points+ a day.

Do NOT go lower than the minimum of 26 points+ a day (on a daily basis unless you are truly not hungry) and make sure you are focusing on using your points plus to meet your Good Health Guidelines FIRST.


2. Take a Break for a Day with Simply Filling!!! I can speak for my LOVE for Simply Filling (aka CORE!) because I lost HALF my weight following CORE.

Simply Filling is all about eating power foods until SATISFIED and using your Weekly Points Allowance for any NON Power Food Items. You would be surprised ~ even though you do not track the points+ for Power Foods, you end up in about the same Daily Target Range.

The BIG Difference is now you can try it out for a DAY versus having to commit to a week! ~ try it ~ you might just like it!


3. Set you ACTIVITY GOAL!!! Probably one of my favorite NEW features is that Weight Watchers now assigns you a weekly activity goal and provides guidance on ideas you can do to meet that goal. 

If you have E-Tools, take the “quiz” online ~ it takes less than 1 minute and it’s a fun way to get motivated to MOVE MORE!

It starts off small around 14 activity points a week and goes up from there depending our your individual activity goals and level of fitness.


4. Make it WORK FOR YOU!!  I get questions daily from all of you asking me how I work the program, why points+ values are different, how do I allocate my points+ by meal, how to calculate the points+ values of recipes and more.

I do my best to answer them based on what I know, by asking my leader and/or researching them myself. I have to admit that sometimes even I have the same questions!

However, I have to say, it’s AWESOME to see that Weight Watchers has really “LISTENED” to everyone and created several Q & A sections to answer all those things that inquiring minds want to know.


Here are some of the questions you can find answers to in your new Meet Points Plus Book

  • How Does the Points Plus formula compare to the old points formula? Can I combine the two plans?
  • I am used to the Old Points Values, Do I really have to learn the whole new set of points plus values?
  • The Question I get asked almost every other week ~ Why Does the Points Plus Value of Foods with alcohol seem to come out wrong??
  • The Question I personally do NOT always agree with and know there is a lot controversy over……I included the reply because it was easier than retyping it….I think it’s a personal preference in how you account for it and if you can lose weight with how you count fruit and veggies in recipes (including or excluding) then go for it!


  • THE FRUIT QUESTION ANSWERED!! I think that one area that needed some verbiage around it was the zero points plus fruit.  You should ONLY eat until satisfied & use fruit to replace less healthy options (dare I say all those 100 calorie cookie packs!).  You should also think about the types of fruit you are eating.~ do not   Definitely focus on a variety of fruits too if you can ~ do not just go for bananas Open-mouthed smile


5. REDUCE IT!! They added reducing your added sugar and sodium versus just saying “limit” sugar with alcohol in the good health guidelines…..all are important factors in being healthy!


You will still find all the great visual references you saw last year, like how to visually measure a portion and how to determine your hunger levels.

There is also great guidance on how to plan out your meals by day.


Find your daily points+ target and use this as a guide for how many points plus to have at each meal and snack.


In addition to providing 3 weeks of pre planned meals for all members, there is a great Kick Start plan with RECIPES to mix and Match for the Week using the Pull Out Meal Planner in your Meet 2012 Points Plus Book.


I personally LOVE using Calorie Count to calculate the nutritional information for my recipes (It’s FREE and you can copy/paste the recipe).  I  also use Weight Watchers Recipe Builder in E-Tools when I want a find just the points+ value and/or see how it compares to calorie count.

You can always follow this Simple Recipe Math Formula to determine how to calculate the points plus values in recipes.


6. 3 POWER START SESSIONS WITH 3 WEEKLY MEAL PLANS! For the first 3 weeks, you all will have the chance to stay after your regular meeting for a Power Start Session.

3 words ~ JUST DO IT!


It’s a great refresher and you never know….you might just learn something new. (Did I mention weekly meal plans?! Open-mouthed smile)

The 3 Pre-Planned Power Start Trackers will cover:

  • Power Spaces ~ Out with the old & In with the GOOD for you foods!
  • Power Choices ~ Focusing on the right foods that give you the most bang for your buck!
  • Power Plans ~ Tips for dining out, adding in exercise & making the plan part of your daily routine ~ you do it without thinking, just like brushing your teeth (as my favorite leader always reminds us!)


My FAVORITE part of the trackers ~ the meal plans (based on a 26 points+ day) with room to make swaps for things like salmon that I do not like to eat.


There is a whole list of ideas to swap out the foods you do not want to eat and to add on to your daily points+ target to make it higher than 26 points+.


Ohhhh, and you can just head to the store right after your meeting using the shopping list they provide for the entire week’s worth of meals.




For ALL members going to meetings from now through 12/31/11, you will receive the Living Points Plus 2012 Book at the first meeting.

If you go on 01/01/12 or later, you will receive it AFTER you have attended all 3 Power Start Sessions mentioned above.


7. The LAST and FINAL UPDATE ~ FREE E-Tools for Lifetime Members (Finally!!!)


For those wondering ~ SHOULD I BUY ANY OF THE NEW STUFF?

Personally, I would NOT buy the new Deluxe Kit or Essentials Kit if you bought them last year because the points+ values of foods have not changed.  If you are an E-Tools and phone app user, you do NOT “need” (you may “want”) them because you have it all right on your phone/computer.

That being said, I know the new kits will include more foods (they are added all the time) and they will include any adjustments that they discovered for items that were misprinted last year.

If you are in the Market for new Books, here are the sales going on that I know of through 12/31/11.

  • The Deluxe & Essential Kits are $10 Off
  • The Pedometer is $5 Off
  • The Scale is $5 off

The NEW CALCULATOR!! It is $5.95 until 12/31/11 and $7.50 after that.  The ONLY change in the calculator besides the new Bigger Numbers (I LOVE that!) is the way it calculates your Daily Points Plus Target.  It actually will calculate the range down to 26 points plus.  Otherwise, NOTHING else changed in how it calculates the points+ values of foods.


WANT AN EXTRA CALCULATOR and do not care about the daily target?  Buy the OLD ones because they are on sale for $3.95 until sold out!


If you are a DORK like me and cannot pass up a cookbook if your life counted on it, get the Power Foods Cook Book ~ it’s $14.95 and there are so many delicious things I know I will be making from it soon!



Ok, I think that summarizes all the changes to the Weight Watchers Points Plus Program that I know of……I’d LOVE to know what you all think and if you have any Questions??

LET THE NEW JOURNEY BEGIN ~ I am so pumped!! Oh and My daily journals will resume again tomorrow.

Night all!

{ 129 comments… read them below or add one }

51 Elizabeth Roesch January 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm

I know the womens point allowance minimum changed to 26 but what about the mens? Did it also change and if so, what is the minimum allowance?

52 Lyne P.L. January 12, 2012 at 8:58 am

I just stumbled on this website while searching for weightwatchers information about the 2012 program. I just purchased a 3 month journal and I am determined to loose weight on my own. I have most of the material but I found this web site very helpful.

53 Amanda January 12, 2012 at 10:20 am

How much are the new materials if you purchase them when you go to a meeting? I have never been to WW, but I would like to start. I am the person who has to have hard copy everything so I am worried it is going to be too much for me. Can anyone give me a price range that I can compare to some of the website prices?

54 anna harding January 13, 2012 at 6:18 am

I am a lifetime member and have not been to a meeting this year. I am waiting till i lose the 5 lbs I gained over the holidays, stupid huh?…what are the qualifications as a lifetime member to get the free e tools? There is always a catch.

55 Lifetimer January 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm

What my leader has told me is, lifetime members need to weigh in at within 2 lbs of goal weight, and then you receive a voucher for 8 weeks of free e-Tools. Then the next month, if you again weigh in within 2 lbs of goal you receive another voucher, etc.

56 sally January 14, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I too was waiting for the free etools for lifetime members. I currently need to lose 4 lbs. to be within my 2 lb. over goal, then the leader will give me a voucher. I have been lifetime for over two years and attend meetings every week, occasionally will be +.2 over the limit . I would hate for that .2 lbs to cause me to lose etools? Being 68 years I find it a bit more difficult to stay within 2 lbs of that goal weight…and do like tracking, etc. with my phone. I know that WW is the best, healthiest program out there, but also realize they are in business to make money. I have really watched their prices climb… Guess it is time to leave the nest.

57 DanicasDaily January 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Hi Angie,

I would need to know your age as well to calculate your daily points+ target. If you provide that, I will calculate it for you.


58 DanicasDaily January 14, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Absolutely not. The points+ values of foods and the formula did not change really. The books you have should work as long as you follow the program and stay within your daily points+ target and weekly points allowance.


59 DanicasDaily January 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Hi Jen, no not everyone. If you were at 29, it’s possible you could still be there. Your daily target would not be less than 26.


60 DanicasDaily January 14, 2012 at 5:19 pm

HI Bugs,

I LOVED CORE!! Yes, the green pyramids are the power foods/simply filling foods that do NOT need to be tracked if you are following Simply Filling (aka CORE). Shredded wheat, brown rice and whole wheat pastas are still CORE/Simply Filling Foods. I did not see anything that limits them to once a day though as they did on the CORE program.

Hope that helps,


61 DanicasDaily January 14, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Hi Elizabeth,

I am not really sure if it applies for men. I would venture to say that if the male daily target was previously 29 points+ then it’s a possibility it could be 29 now. The best way to find out is to recalculate the daily points+ target for him.


62 DanicasDaily January 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Hi Amanda,

If you go during FREE Registration which is going on now through mid March, then, you only pay the weekly meeting fee of $12 +/- (varies by location). You get all the materials to work the entire program over the first 3 weeks. I would recommend buying a points+ calculator if you do not plan on using e-tools and/or an app on your phone.

As far as everything else, the Essentials Kit is great if you want to have the books and is less then $30. The Deluxe Kit includes the calculator for free, plus a cookbook and it runs around $45 or less.

Good luck!


63 Bugs January 16, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Thank your for the reply and the reinforcement that my favorite things are still an option.
Thanks again!

64 Miss Kimothy January 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Seriously, thanks so much for your time and effort in providing this info. It has helped me decide whether or not to pursue WW in 2012 and about the new points changes.

65 Linda January 19, 2012 at 8:07 am

Thank you so much for this information! I am a lifetimer, but am starting to track and lose before going back to meetings. Im wondering if my daily points have changed to 26? I am 46, female, 5’10”, 180lbs. If you could calculate for me, I would greatly appreciate it!

66 Melissa January 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Ive joined weight watchers a couple years ago, but have been doing it from home since.
So how does the new weekly activity points plus values work? How do you earn them?

For example 30 min of working out used to be an extra 2 points or so. How does it work now?

I think what you have done is amazing! It helps so much and motivates all of us!!

Hope you can help!!

67 DanicasDaily January 22, 2012 at 8:07 am

HI Linda,

Your daily target is 28 points+.


68 DanicasDaily January 22, 2012 at 8:09 am

Hi Melissa,

The activity points calculation has not changed for the new program. It is still based on the level of exertion, light/moderate/high, weight and time duration. Typically you can earn about 2 activity points+ per 30 minutes of light to moderate exercise. You should be able to find a chart in your materials that shows you what it would be for you individually. It is in the getting started book.


69 ann seymour January 23, 2012 at 4:18 am

Thank you so much for the info could you tell me if my points have changed i am 42 ,female, 5ft 4ins and weigh 182 pounds

70 maryann P January 23, 2012 at 9:22 am

Hi there,

I am also trying to find out my points. Is there a formula. I have been looking every where. My friend attends WW and they told her how many points she would eat. They didnt give her a paper with the formula. She bought me the kit to get started. I really cannot afford to join and pay monthly. I am really needing to lose weight and hoping I can do this with the kit and knowledge I got. I just dont know how many points I am allowed. If you can please help me.
I am 5.5 264pds, 40 years old, female.

Please let me know.
Thanks so much for all of this.

71 DanicasDaily January 23, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Hi Anne,

Your daily points+ target is 26.


72 DanicasDaily January 23, 2012 at 9:37 pm

HI MaryAnn,

If you have the app on your phone and/or own the points+ calculator, you can calculate your daily points+ target as well as the points+ values of your food. If you do not have the calculator, I LOVE the Ultimate Points+ Calculator app.

Your daily target is 38, but, as you lose weight, it will go lower until you reach 26 points+ per day.

Good luck and keep me posted on how it goes,


73 Kim January 24, 2012 at 10:42 am

I am wondering if you can tell me omy points value on this new program. I will be doing the program at home. I am 40, 5″2, 232 lbs and female.

74 DanicasDaily January 28, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Hi Kim,

Your daily target is 32 points+ and will change as you lose weight.


75 Joanne January 31, 2012 at 9:01 am


I was just wondering what the criteria would be for the free e-tools for lifetime members.
I love your site.

76 Tiffany January 31, 2012 at 10:47 am

Danica your site is awesome. Thank you for sharing the information and not keeping it all to yourself. You truley don’t know how garteful I am to have found your site. Thanks for the help Much Love.

77 Billie January 31, 2012 at 6:03 pm

I am very interested in this way to lose weight my question is where do i buy the books and point charts to begin this
Thank you in advance

78 Giselle February 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I just started (again after a year). Should I use 29 points (since I have the calculator – not sure if anything has changed) or should I only consume 26 points a day (points plus 2012)?? I need to loose weight for my wedding. I actually want to see the weight loss. Last time I only did it for a few weeks and only lost 3 pounds. I don’t want to get discouraged if I don’t see any loss.

79 barbara February 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I used last years point system and used 29 points now people are saying it should be dropped down to 26 especially if weight is going down slow? Any suggestions?
Thank you

80 Deedee February 12, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Does the book tell you how you calculate your daily points
I’m female , 5’9, 400 lbs age 42 how many whould I get ? Thank you

81 Ashley February 20, 2012 at 7:22 am

I follow Weight Watcher’s on my own. If you buy the points plus calculator it tells you how to figure up your daily and weekly points.

82 Samantha March 5, 2012 at 11:12 am

if im 25, 5’4 and weigh 170 lbs. should i be eating 29 points? ive been on 29 points 20 pounds ago. i just want to make sure.

83 Zoe March 14, 2012 at 5:17 am

Wow great site, thanks so much for sharing the information, I will now do 26 points instead of 29, just had my 2nd baby so got a few pounds to shift lol!
Thanks a lot, will keep coming back to visit your site! :)

84 Tracey Jones March 30, 2012 at 4:06 am

Hi I am just starting the new 26 points , can you tell me if i have to count extra points for my milk . Thanks

85 Sheila May 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Great site but I have a question. If I want to do WW at home, is there any way I can get the little books that people who go to the meetings do?

86 kaein May 16, 2012 at 1:21 am

You are so gracious in taking all the time to be so informative.
Found the site and what info you have provided. Been a WW and got
off track…your site has excited me about the program again. Thank you
…glad you are a WW geek!

87 Yvette Williams May 29, 2012 at 5:14 am

The WW Center near my home is like a SUPERSTORE. They sell everything WW makes. The let me come in and buy whatever I wanted and I am not a current member but follow the program at home!

88 kristy May 29, 2012 at 7:00 am

I just joined online so I know how many points I need but my husband wants to do it wit me. Is there a way for me to figure out how many points he needs?

89 DONNA ADAMS June 1, 2012 at 12:31 pm

do you know where i can get an older calulater for my sister? thanks

90 Angelina June 7, 2012 at 9:05 am

First i’d like to say thank you so much for all your time and hard work for creating awesome info. for us!! :) I’m wanting to start ww points plus but would like to but the important tools from Amazon.com or somewhere online…. Times are tough for us and I cant affort to join the classes and or etools so what items would you suggest I buy to do the program?? I do have an Iphone…what app do you suggest for me to get?? I just dont want to buy material that is not really needed.I need to be educated on how the program works… thank you SSSSSOOOO much!!!

91 Angelina June 7, 2012 at 9:07 am

Shelia, have you found out how to get them yet??

92 Sheila June 8, 2012 at 9:22 am

Angelina, I did get an answer from someone in a Yahoo group who said basically, join online and go and ask so I may just do that. I don’t think they’d have any way to verify at the place across the street if I’m a member but they may give me some anyway. Someone else said that when she joined online, she got a coupon for a month of meetings and went and collected all the books then quit.

Seems to me that it’d be a great move on WW part if they said, “Join online and we’ll send you all the weekly books” so I was wondering if there was anything like that.


93 A June 16, 2012 at 3:13 pm

ebay has lots of WW materials

94 Shelly June 30, 2012 at 8:03 pm

I have followed many of the weight watchers programs and have NEVER been brave enough to follow the SF foods plan. Do you still need to consume the oil each day? Is so, do I have to use my weekly allowance points for the oil? I am not attending meetings right now due to my work schedule, kids and my husbands ever rotating work shifts. Thank you!

95 Colista July 3, 2012 at 9:34 am

I know a person can use the simple easy or simple something. I cannot find that info among my WW material. It is eating power foods with so many points plus. Can you help me?

96 Michelle July 30, 2012 at 8:59 am

Thanks for the read! I’m wanting to follow the program but just can’t add yet another monthly cost. I’ve got the new 2012 calculator and the Pocket Guide thanks to a friend who is going to meetings and using online tools. I need to find out what my daily points should be set at. If you can help me on that I would greatly appreciate it!!!!! I’m 5’7 and 200 lbs., and 34 years old. Thank you thank you in advance.

97 Tammy August 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I would like to thank you for the information on the 2012 plan. I have all the information from the 2011plan. I can’t afford to go to the meeting at this time and would like to try the program using the material I all ready have. I am having a problem changing my daily target on the Points Plus Calculator all it keeps saying is that I have my daily target is 29 and I can’t change it because I would like to start with the new daily target of 26. Could you please help me with this problem, I would really appreciate it.

98 KC August 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Hi Danica,
Thank you so much for all of the helpful information on your website. I would like to join Weight Watchers, but financial restrictions are not making it possible at this time. I was hoping you could help me determine how many Daily Points I need. I am 26 years old, 200 lbs, and 5’7″. Can you help me out here? THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

99 DanicasDaily August 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm


Your starting target is 33 daily points+, however, this will go down as you lose weight.

Good luck,


100 debra krystofek August 27, 2012 at 4:51 pm

try this website. you need to put in how much you want to lose and your activity level
this is the one I used. I am only allowed 27 points a day plus an extra 35 for the week. It works. Good luck. Keep in touch and let me know and I will do the same.

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