Good Health Guidelines (GHGs)

For reference the 8 Good Health Guidelines (GHGs) that are part of the WeightWatchers 2012 PointsPlus plan are:

  1. Fruits and veggies: 5 servings/day (9 if over 350lbs)
  2. Lean proteins: 1-2 servings/day
  3. Non-fat and low-fat dairy: 2 servings/day (3 if you’re over 50 or if you weigh more than 250 pounds)
  4. Whole grains: Instead of refined white grains prefer whole grains
  5. Liquids: 6 glasses of (non-alcoholic) drinks/day
  6. Healthy Oils: 2 teaspoons/day
  7. Multivitamin: Take one a day
  8. Reduce intake of sugar, sodium and alcohol. Alcohol limited to 1/day women, 2/day men

These little soldiers tend to get under-emphasized in the push to track and count PointsPlus values but are an important part of the program.

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]