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WW pro points vs US points plus

Discussion in 'Weight Watchers' started by vijch50, 16 May 2011 Social URL.

  1. vijch50

    vijch50 Well-Known Member

    Can anyone answer this for me asWW does not seem to want to
    Pro points uses the protein, fat, carbs, and fiber to calculate points.
    Reading all the WW info on Points plus in the US it says its points are calculated using protein, fat, carbs and fiber.
    Reading one of their cookbooks (points plus) which has all the nutrtional info listed I ran a few recipes through my pro points calculator. out of ten recipes, 6 were the same, 2 were 1 pt higher and 2 were 1 pt lower. Now some of these3 cookbooks are very interesting but I want to know why the points values are not the same as pro points if they use the same values
     
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  3. sarah-louise x

    sarah-louise x Well-Known Member

    it is likely to be that the US formula for calculating is slightly different to ours, prob due to what unit they use to measure ie grams, oz ect. thats what id think anyway. hth
     
  4. pudnpie

    pudnpie Well-Known Member

    Hi - there's an article on Wikipedia discussing the two formulas. According to that it is basically the same formula but there may be differing results because of the way that nutritional info is listed (I think they list their fibre as part of the carbs and then again separately so that might be the reason). I didn't read it all because my eyes started to glaze over ;)
     
  5. sarah-louise x

    sarah-louise x Well-Known Member

    they only do it to confuse us lol
     
  6. hannata

    hannata I can haz cake?

    You should just disregard the pointplus system and work out the points from scratch.

    The UK formula works out points based on the fact fibre is omitted from a lot of foods, and the US system has different labelling and different manufacturing processes to us
     
  7. vijch50

    vijch50 Well-Known Member

    the problem i have is that I travel to the us regularly and dont' want to go off track when I am there. If I am buying ready meals then I have to use their points obviously. so should I still stick to my 29 pts or does their system allow more? confusing but i need to be able to use both unfortunately.
     
  8. ~Crooked Smile~

    ~Crooked Smile~ Well-Known Member

    If you have a calculator you don't need to use their points? Even if you buy their ready meals with the points on, you could just put the NV in from scratch and work out the ProPoints?
     
  9. vijch50

    vijch50 Well-Known Member

    will try that - thanks
     
  10. pudnpie

    pudnpie Well-Known Member

    The difference when there is one seems to be only a point. I'm sure using their points on the packaging and sticking to your 29 will be ok. Try it and if not perhaps just have say 28 or 27 when in the US.
     
  11. vijch50

    vijch50 Well-Known Member

    will do it is bad enough trying to stay on track there at all lol
     
  12. pudnpie

    pudnpie Well-Known Member

  13. hannata

    hannata I can haz cake?

    maybe you could attend a class in the states if you have the time?
     
  14. vijch50

    vijch50 Well-Known Member

    don't have time for that - have too much family to visit lol
     

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