Too Many Points Strikes Again… Sample Targets and Why Weight Watchers Got it Right

It seems like people–mostly men–keep thinking that somehow Weight Watchers assigned them too high a daily PointsPlus target (DPT). Your DPT is based on your gender, height, age and weight. If you are honest about those things you will get an accurate DPT.

Here’s an example of the approximate DPT for a 40 year old male who is 5′ 10″ tall (images thanks to My Virtual Model):

A couple of things to note, first off as a person loses weight their DPT drops. As this guy journeys from 250 down to 165 pounds, he loses 16 DPT.

Second if you use the TEE calculator at this website you can get a sense of how the DPT relates to your caloric needs:

Weight BMR TEE DPT Total P* Total P * 35 calories Daily Calorie Deficit**
250 2212 3282 51 62 2170 1,112
165 1776 2668 35 46 1610 1,058

* Total P = DPT + 7 weekly P+ (of the 49) + 4 P+ for 0 P+ food, e.g. fruit.

** Daily calorie deficit = (Total P * 35 calories) – TEE

Notice what Weight Watchers did there? They cleverly assigned you a DPT that creates about a 1,000 calories a day deficit. That is 7,000 a week, or enough to lose the advertised “up to 2 pounds a week”.

Also notice that for computing the target, one PointsPlus value is approximately 35 calories. The food you eat might have a bit more calories or a bit less, but for computing the target 35 is used.

Too Many Points Question Strikes Again

This time over on the “On the PointsPlus Plan” program board, here.

No Georgia, you are not being given too high a Daily PointsPlus Target (DPT), NewbiePoster has a great thread on this issue which is reposted here.

[begin soapbox]The “black box” nature of the daily PointsPlus target formula is for this author one the failings of the PointsPlus plan. It is too easy for people (particularly heavy guys) to think they have received the wrong data. Because folks are expecting a diet to be an intense change in consumption and types of foods consumed 50 or 71 PointsPlus can seem like a lot. It would certainly be beneficial for Weight Watchers to post some example targets for certain individuals.  For example, posting the PointsPlus targets for a 40 year old 5′ 6″ woman at various weights and a 40 year old 5’10” man, would eliminate the majority of the “I’m allowed too many points” reaction.[/end soapbox]

01 – How many PointsPlus do I/someone else get a day?

My husband/BF/DS/SO/cat weighs xxx lbs and is x’x” tall. He was born on the seventh day of the seventh month. He has big bones, but a small mind. How many points should he have per day? (Also known as How Many Points…? a/k/a Points Inquiries for SOs Thread)

A1: Everyone gets a Daily PointsPlus® target (DPT) based on their age, height, weight, and gender. If you are a member, you can find this information quite easily.

A2: Tell him to sign up and find out for himself!

A3: We have been told not to provide this information on the WW forums. The warning has been given that those that do give out explicit points information could lose their accounts. So thanks in advance for not asking this type of question.

A4: If you are determined to figure it out on your own, visit the Wikipedia entry for Weight Watchers which has the formulas from the patents.