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New 2019 Weight Watchers MyWW Program

New MyWW Weight Watchers WW Program Details

Starting today, there is a new WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers) program called MyWW, and I was lucky enough to get early access so I can share all the details below! I’ll be giving an overview of what’s different, what’s familiar, plan-friendly recipes, and all the scoop on the new 2019 Weight Watchers MyWW Program and plans. That’s right, I said plans as in plural! One of the things I’ve seen WW members request for years is a choice on how to follow the program, and WW is delivering that now with three different plan options to choose from!

If you’re just signing up for WW now, you’ll take a quiz and WW will recommend the plan they think will work best for you. If you’re already a WW member, you’ll be able to switch back and forth between plans in the app by going to Profile>Settings>Food Settings and then selecting the plan you’d like to use. WW is recommending you try a plan for at least 2 weeks before switching to give it a fair chance before changing to something new.

What’s The Same

In the past, there has always been some panic when a new WW plan rolls out, but one of the nice things about MyWW is that it still uses the same SmartPoints formula to determine the points value of different foods. SmartPoints values are based off calories, saturated fats, protein, and sugars (saturated fats and sugars raise the points values, while protein lowers them). While each of the 3 plans (known as Green, Blue, or Purple) have different zero point food lists, the remaining foods will have the same SmartPoints values you’re used to seeing on Freestyle.

Also, if you’ve been happy doing Freestyle, you don’t have to change a thing! The Freestyle plan is still an option, just relabeled as the Blue plan. If you’re looking to try something new, there are two additional color-coded plans (Green and Purple) that you can choose from as well. I personally love the idea of having options, so that you can pick the plan that works best for your lifestyle, weight loss journey and eating habits.

All three plans have the following in common:

  • Each plan uses the SmartPoints formula to calculate points values
  • Each plan assigns you a daily budget of SmartPoints to use, based on several factors including age, weight, height, and sex. Your daily points budget may decrease as you lose weight and your needs change, but will never dip beneath the minimum daily points for each plan.
  • Each plan also gives you a bank of weekly points to use as you see fit, also assigned based on your age, weight, height, and sex. Your weekly points budget may also decrease as these factors change, but will remain the same number when switching between the three programs. For example, if you have 35 weeklies on Blue, you will still have 35 weeklies if you switch to Green or Purple, only your daily points budget will change.
  • Each plan allows you to “roll over” up to 4 unused daily SmartPoints to be added to your weekly points allowance to be used elsewhere throughout the week (for example, if you fill up on a lot of zero point foods on a Tuesday and have a few daily points leftover, they’ll be added to your weekly points total and you can save them for the weekend or whenever you’d prefer to indulge a bit)
  • Each plan has a list of zero point foods, though the lists are now different for each plan

The Three MyWW Plans: Green, Blue, and Purple

As I mentioned above, WW will now offer three different plans to choose from, called Green, Blue and Purple. Here’s the general gist of each of the three plans:

  • Green: Offers the smallest list of zero point foods, and the largest daily points budget. The lowest daily points total on Green is 30 SmartPoints. The zero point foods list is limited to fruits and non-starchy vegetables. This plan will feel very familiar to WW members who did the program a couple years ago before Freestyle was introduced, because it is extremely similar to the Beyond the Scale program (the original SmartPoints plan). If you choose this plan you’ll have less zero point food options, but more daily points to spend on whichever foods you like.
  • Blue: This is the plan formerly known as Freestyle and is now the middle-of-the-road plan. The lowest daily points allowance on Blue is 23 SmartPoints. In addition to fruits and non-starchy vegetables, the Blue plan adds some starchy vegetables like corn and peas, skinless chicken and turkey breast, eggs, fish and shellfish, beans and legumes, nonfat plain yogurt, tofu and tempeh to the zero point food list. If you choose this plan, you’ll want to incorporate the zero point foods into your meal planning, but you’ll also have a moderate daily points budget to use on other foods.
  • Purple: Offers the largest list of zero point foods, and the smallest daily points budget. The lowest daily points total on Purple is 16 SmartPoints. In addition to all the zero point food categories offered on the Blue plan, the Purple plan adds potatoes, whole wheat pasta and certain veggie pastas (like chickpea pasta), brown rice, oats, and other grains like barley, quinoa, and farro to the zero point foods list. This plan reminds me a bit of the old Simply Filling plan, so if you loved filling up on healthy basics with less tracking on that style of plan, this one may be for you. If you choose this plan, you’ll base your meals around the longer list of zero point foods, and have a smaller daily points budget to spend on other foods.

If you’re a visual learner, here’s a quick comparison of all three MyWW plan choices

New MyWW Weight Watchers Plan Comparison Chart

How will this affect the recipes on Emily Bites?

Moving forward, each of my recipes will list three different SmartPoints values for the three different MyWW color plans. I will be working hard over the next week or two to add all three values to each of my current recipes. Please bear with me! I’ve calculated all the new values already, but adding it in several places and updating over 600 recipe posts takes a bit of time! I will definitely get it done as quickly as possible and update here and on social media (Instagram and Facebook) as soon as I’m finished. UPDATE 11/15: I’m finished!!! All of my recipes from the last 9 years of blogging now have all three color points listed for the myWW plans. Whew! Thanks for all the support and encouragement while I worked on this all week, you guys rock.

As far as how the points values will change, if you’re on the Blue plan then the SmartPoints values will remain the same as they were on Freestyle (as it’s the same plan, renamed). Otherwise, you may see some changes! Some recipes (ones that don’t contain foods that are zero points on any plan, or ones that contain fruits or veggies that are zero points on all plans and no other zero point foods) will have the same SmartPoints value on all three plans. For example, my Apple Cinnamon Muffins are 4 SmartPoints each, regardless of plan color. Other recipes will see points values vary quite a bit.

On the Green plan, you’ll see some of the points values for recipes go up, because there are less zero point foods than on Freestyle/Blue. For example, a recipe with chicken, beans or eggs in it (zero points on Freestyle, but all contain points on Green), will likely be higher in points than it was on Freestyle. My Ricotta Stuffed Chicken Bake, for instance, had 4 SmartPoints on Freestyle/Blue, but will have 7 SmartPoints on Green. However, you’ll have more daily points to use on the Green plan, so you should still be able to incorporate any recipe you like. If you prefer beef/pork/chicken thighs to chicken breasts, this plan narrows the gap between the options since breasts contain points as well. You’ll have to spend points on any meat, but if you’d rather use ground beef than ground turkey or eat a chicken thigh instead of a breast, there will be less of a points difference than when the leaner options were zero.

On the Purple plan, you’ll see some of the points values for recipes go down, because there are more zero point foods! Recipes with potatoes, wheat pasta, oats, brown rice, and more will likely have lower Purple values. Some of my recipes already use wheat pasta or brown rice, but in the instances where I originally listed white pasta/rice in the recipe, I will make sure to list the Purple SmartPoints value if substituting wheat pasta/brown rice. This will significantly reduce the SmartPoints values of some of my recipes on the Purple plan. For example, My One-Pot Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese was 7 SmartPoints on Freestyle, but will be 4 SmartPoints using wheat pasta on the Purple plan! My One-Pot Turkey Sloppy Joe Pasta becomes just ONE SmartPoint per serving if using wheat pasta on The Purple plan, down from 5 SPs on Freestyle. My Chili Cheese Stuffed Sweet Potatoes will only be 2 SmartPoints on Purple, while they were 7 SmartPoints on Freestyle.

Here are a few more examples of different recipes on my site and the point values per serving for all three plans so you can get a feel for the changes:

Chicken and Dumplings Casserole: 7 Green/ 5 Blue/ 5 Purple

Barley Beef Skillet: 7 Green/ 7 Blue/ 3 Purple

Barbecue Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders: 2 Green/ 1 Blue/ 1 Purple

Beefy American Goulash: 8 Green/ 8 Blue/ 3 Purple (if using wheat pasta)

Rustic Sausage and Potato Skillet: 7 Green/ 7 Blue/ 5 Purple

Slow Cooker Apple Bacon BBQ Pulled Pork: 5 Green/ 5 Blue/ 5 Purple

Greek Chicken Quinoa Salad: 7 Green/ 6 Blue/ 3 Purple

Pear Gingerbread Baked Oatmeal Singles: 3 Green/ 3 Blue/ 2 Purple

One-Pot Spicy Dirty Rice with Chicken and Sausage: 10 Green/ 8 Blue/ 4 Purple (if using brown rice)

Sausage and Pepper Egg Bake: 6 Green/ 2 Blue/ 2 Purple

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes: 5 Green/ 5 Blue/ 1 Purple

Just a reminder that the WW recipe builder counts zero point foods as zero points. Because of this, the SmartPoints you calculate by entering the nutrition information for a recipe into the SmartPoints calculator will not necessarily match the SmartPoints you get by entering the ingredients into the WW recipe builder. Zero point foods still have calories, saturated fat, sugar, etc, and the nutrition information will reflect that! For this reason, it’s recommended that you use the recipe builder to determine the SmartPoints for recipes.

In Conclusion/My Thoughts

I’m excited about this change! Everyone’s lifestyles, eating habits, and weight loss journeys are different, so the idea of each member getting to choose the plan that works best for them makes a lot of sense to me. I can genuinely envision people being happy and successful on each of the three plans. Plus, since two of the plans are taken from past programs (Green from Beyond the Scale and Blue from Freestyle), many members are already familiar with them, which makes for an easier transition. For years I’ve heard members saying “I wish they’d bring back X plan” or “I wish we could choose which plan to follow,” and it seems they were listening!

So…what about you?? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the new program choices below and which plan you’re planning to follow (if you’re doing WW of course). Comment below to let me know which plan is your favorite and why! Also, if you don’t already, make sure to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or by Email to get updates and tons of delicious WW-friendly recipes for whichever plan you choose!

Thank you so much for being here and for following my blog and cooking along with me! You are all so important to me. A lot of my readers follow the Weight Watchers program, but for those of you who don’t, thanks for your patience while I explained these changes to the WW folks – I’ll keep listing nutrition information for everyone else! We’ll be back to recipes with the next post, I promise. Love you guys. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

Emily

66 comments on “New 2019 Weight Watchers MyWW Program”

  1. Thank you for all the extra work you are doing to calculate the points for all three plans.  I really appreciate it.

  2. Thanks for taking the time to update your recipes! I love them and that’s always the hardest adjustment is changing your mindset but I did my best on the original smartpoints plan so I’m going to give the green a try and see if that can get me back on the right path! Thanks again for all of your wonderful recipes and all the work you put into keeping things up to date!! 

  3. I am so excited to Go Green!  I was successful with the original Beyond the Scale program, but not so much with Freestyle.  I think I overdid the zero point foods, so I’m looking forward to more accountability green will offer.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for your hard work and awesome recipes!  

  4. I’ve tried WW 3x in the last few years: each time I’ve become discouraged.  There was a time I counted calories to the point someone should have pointed out unhealthy habits.  It’s taken me a long time to recognize that oats, rice, beans and other grains/carbs have a place in my diet.  So I’m intrigued by purple.  To be able to enjoy a food I know I enjoy eating and cooking with minus the guilt sounds pretty darn good.

  5. I’m staying Blue.. I’ve used and followed Weight Watchers plans since 1978 and this has been by far the easiest for me.  Love your recipes THANK You for helping me stay on point! 

  6. This explanation is SOO helpful! Thank you so much!

  7. I think purple will be my plan. Life gets so hectic that tracking gets a little challenging at times. I think going purple for me will help me feel like I’m not necessarily failing when not tracking every single food item. I like knowing ahead of time what are my healthier options and it seems purple may be the best fit this objective. Thanks Emily!

  8. Love the concept from WW, truly appreciate everything you do for us on this journey, I think it will be Blue for me, been very successful on Freestyle with 42lb loss and been lifetime for over 1 year, my try the others just to see what I am missing!M

  9. I Love it! They really listened to the WW community. Thank you for adding the points for all 3 plans. Love your recipes.

  10. Thank you so much for explaining everything and breaking all the points down for us. Your recipes make it possible to work the program and have variety. you are an inspiration to all of all and we appreciate all the hard work to make our lives easier.

  11. I appreciate your blog, Emily!  I frequently google your recipes for ideas and tweak them at times to better suit my taste buds. You do a GREAT job!
    Any chance you’ve written a cool book?  Any plans for one?    I’d buy it in a NY minute!

  12. I really appreciate all your efforts. Great explanations!

  13. I’ve been very successful on the blue program but as I look at the purple I realize my success has been because I’m really following the purple plan. By that I mean that my points were attributed to brown rice or Farro or oats. So it won’t be that much of a difference if I adopt one or the other.

  14. IT’s been about 15 years since I have done WW successfully. I need to start again and struggle with weight gain between age(54) and weight gaining meds, limitation of time – always on the go. Fructose intolerance limits fruit for me, IBS issues limit raw veggies and salad. no nuts or seeds. I have read this article, thank you. But I still don’t know where would be my best path to go. Looking for additional guidance based on information listed? if there is any? Thank you

  15. Thank you for the explanation and for doing all the calculations on your recipes, I really appreciate this.

  16. Thank you for all your time and energy developing the recipes, and now updating the recipes to include all three plans. This is wonderful!

  17. Thank you Emily for this information. I am BEYOND thrilled that I can get my 30 points back so GREEN for me! Honestly, I have not done WW for over a year because I did not like the 23 point, zero food options. It just wasn’t working for me and I got discouraged. I obviously gained some weight back but I am so happy to get back in control!!! LOVE your recipes! LETS DO THIS!!!!

  18. On freestyle but that purple one…..might have to give that one a go!

  19. I really, really love your blog and instagram. I have recommended you to many of my friends. I lost the weight after both of my kids on weight watchers…PointsPlus. Please please tell me you’re keeping the PP values in the recipes as well. 

  20. Hi Emily, I can’t tell you how excited I am to hear about this change!!! I LOVED “beyond the scale” and reached my goal in 9 months, very happily without feeling like I was giving up on food or my lifestyle. With FreeStyle I felt “cramped”, and i didn’t want to eat just free foods, I like variety and the 23 points I was assigned wasn’t enough for me, so i just gave up. I feel thrilled by the changes and I’m glad I at least kept my online membership to see this new change. I can’t wait to get back to losing weight again and getting back to my goal!!! Amy

  21. I use your website often and love your recipes. Thank you~

  22. Thanks for all of your hard work to update your recipes. I really appreciate it. I have done ww for 18 years. I am deciding which plan now to do.

  23. Love your website & recipes. Currently I’m not following any WW plan consistently and, believe me, it shows on the scale and how my clothes fit/don’t fit. 🙁

    Is WW doable without a smartphone? I don’t have one and don’t really intend to get one. I’ve been wondering if one is needed to follow WW successfully.

  24. I just switched my plan to green this morning and I hopped on over to look for something to do with my bananas and was so pleasantly surprised to see that you already switched the points to cover all programs. You are the sweetest! I know that must’ve taken a lot of time and I truly appreciate it! Thank you!

  25. Emily, You are a great website host and I appreciate all the work you do to create and share your recipes. I also appreciate you still showing Points Plus for the recipes. Points Plus is my plan of choice and thanks to you I can continue to enjoy your wonderful recipes! You are the greatest!!

  26. Looks like Purple will be the way to go for our family of vegans & vegetarians.

  27. Thank you for your efforts,  I like the blue plan and have used it for maintenance since it’s inception.  I love your recipes and will continue to follow you.

  28. I am so happy that they are giving options. I think that I may go back to Green but we will see. I wanted to thank you for ALL the work it will take to make those changes. I often think of that when WW changes plans – so much work. But we all appreciate it so much!

  29. Thank you for making all this so clear and easy to understand! I’m leaning to switching to the Purple plan but I’m not quite sure yet…I’m afraid with starchy veggies and pasta being a “free food” I’d over indulge so to speak LOL

  30. Thank you Emily for all your hard work. I’m going Team Green, what plan have you decided on.

  31. Thank you for all you do! Your recipes are family favorites and we appreciate your hard work in making it easy to track! 

  32. Thank you so very much for all the hard work. You make it real simple for us and your recipes are wonderful. I sticking with the blue plan, I’ve lost 75# on freestyle and being 74 years old I feel that freestyle has really worked for me.

  33. Psssst….the purple plan actually IS Simply Filling (that’s why it “reminded” you of it lol)…………it has been verified that it IS Simply Filling they “simply” brought it back which delights me because that is the plan that I lost the most weight on (44 lbs….)and……………you ONLY have to track what is NOT a filling food. That is probably the plan I am switching to.

    • Hi Caren,
      I hate to correct you, but while the purple plan is very reminiscent of simply filling, they are not the same! Simply filling included additional foods like fat free cheeses and light breads that are not included on the purple plan, and used a different daily/weekly points system. I do think that if you liked SF then you will like the purple plan!
      Emily

  34. Thank you for the awesome overview. My meeting is tonight, so I feel a little more prepared for it now. I am going to stick with the Blue plan. I have had good success with the Freestyle program and don’t feel a change is necesary. Appreciate all of your hard work! 🙂

  35. Thank you for explaining this new program. I just started back to WW 3 weeks ago. Not sure which way I will go but..whole wheat pasta and brown rice sure sounds good to me.

    THANK YOU for all the hard work you do on your blog.

  36. Thank you so much for breaking down the WW programs and thank you for all of your hard work on the recipes! You make cooking easier and more enjoyable!

  37. I love your recipes and always check here first when I’m looking for ideas or lightened up recipes. Thank you sooooooo much for putting the tremendous amount of effort it takes to update all your recipes. I have loved Freestyle, but I want to give Purple a try. I feel like I need a little change and I’m definitely looking forward to having some oatmeal, potatoes and pasta without spending points. If I find that I am eating too many of these favorites, I will go back to Blue.

  38. I am so happy to see this! I lost 75 lbs on the smart points a few years ago. I could never grasp the flexible plan and all the free foods. I am hoping this is kick my butt needs! Thank you for sharing!

  39. The purple plan kind of reminds me of the old Weight Watchers core plan I did so well on core and then like everything else I gave up..sigh

  40. I’m excited about these new plans…going with purple.
    I am recently grain & dairy free due to health issues. A lot of the foods I eat are zero point on the purple plan. Trying it out this week and see what happens! 

  41. Thanks so much for all the work you are putting into this.  I really appreciate it.  I’m not sure which plan I’m going to do but I think I might stay with Freestyle.  Hope everyone is successful on whatever plan they choose!

  42. Thank you so much!  Your recipes are my go-to and they are always easy and delicious.  It’s great to see the different points for the 3 plans.  Do you know if you can switch plans around week to week?  I’ll attend the meeting on Wednesday but curious to know.
    Thank you!!!!!

  43. Emily, all of your hard work makes it so easy for all of us. Thank you so much for the time and energy you spend doing this for WW members. I love your recipes, and highly recommend them to other WW members. I’ve never been disappointed.
    I’ve gone totally green! It really is the best option for me. I need boundaries and accountability. Today was my first day eating green, and I’m completely satisfied and feel in control for the first time in weeks
    I lost most of my weight on smart points, and I’m so happy to see the plan return. I stalled completely on freestyle, and started to gain… I think it’s great for maintenance, so as soon as I get to my personal goal, I’ll probably return to it… but right now, it’s totally green for me!

  44. Emily, like so many others, I want to thank you for putting in the effort to update the points on your recipes so quickly. I have recently been struggling with WW so am happy to see the Purple option – I love potatoes and pasta. It may not be the best plan in the long run but I am going to give it a try. Love your recipes – they keep things new and fresh.

  45. Emily, I have been following you for years!! Thank you for all you hard work, thought and the effort you put into all your recipes and advice. I started out doing smart points lost 90 pounds and struggled with freestyle either to much eating zero foods or not enough GREEN for me!!! I need to have structure and guidelines that’s what smart points offers

  46. Thank you for taking on the daunting task of changing the points on all your recipes. I Love your recipes and following you on Instagram.

  47. I’m SO excited about this change! I can finally get back to WW. This freestyle program just didn’t work for me and I’ve been so frustrated because the program had been working for me. This news just made my week! Thank you WW for finally realizing that we’re all different and thank you Emily for posting this great news.

  48. Thank you so much for breaking down the ‘new’ programs and incorporating the points value for each!! It is SO appreciated. Your recipes are great!!!

  49. Love that we can choose the plan that works best for us individually in this one-size-does-not-fit-all world! I’ll be going purple because it’s similar to the plan that got me to lifetime. Also, VERY much appreciate and use your healthy, easy to use recipes, and am grateful for all the work you’ve done to figure out points….for THREE plans! 

  50. I’m starting out with purple. I love the enhanced list of “free” zero point foods, many of which I LOVE to eat. The fact I can eat these guilt-free is encouraging. I’ve tried weight watchers a few times, and had mixed success, mostly feeling like I’m “on program” and having to figure out what to eat that’s easy and doesn’t feel like I’m depriving myself. Your recipes look simple, all the guess work is done. If they are as delicious as the comments I’ve read, I think this will be a good go-to tool for success.

  51. Thank you for this post! I’m not currently on WW due to pregnancy, but I’m excited to get back to it next year after I have the baby. I’m very intrigued at the purple plan! (I was doing quite well on freestyle, so the blue plan has a special place in my heart too)

  52. Thank-you for this post and putting TONS of time into switching your recipes. You truly are amazing! I am Team Green and I am so excited for this change. WW has heard out input and are letting us make more and more choices. Thank-you so much again for your amazing recipes 🙂

  53. Your hard work is so very appreciated, as are your recipes. Thank you so much.

    #teampurple #teamcarbs

  54. Thank you for working so hard and so quickly to update your recipes. Your site is one of the first ones I look to for new recipe ideas.

    When I realized WW was changing AGAIN and that my husband (who is the one on the plan) would want to switch to Green, I literally sat down and cried. I have invested so much time in creating a collection and a rhythm of WW friendly recipes, and I feel like I was just finally getting some reprieve with having it all set (not to mention having adjusted my mindset) for Freestyle. Now I am back to recalculating everything and measuring every ingredient instead of having the freedom to estimate amounts of chicken breast, beans, or things that were 0-point foods on the Freestyle/Blue plan.

    I have to say that I feel WW is aimed more at those who want to buy prepared foods rather than those dedicated to making healthy family meals from scratch. Plus, living in a rural area, I cannot count how many times my grocery stores do not have a particular low-cal ingredient, or that I am given farm-raised meat for which I have to guess a fat content. Balancing frugal living and WW takes a lot of time and effort in my experience. I keep hoping the investment of menu planning and recipe collecting will pay off and give us a smooth ride for a while, but I’m beginning to doubt it. I appreciate your site as a help in making WW work for our family, but it still feels overwhelming at times.

  55. Perfect timing!  I am doing the Purple Plan (and loving it) and was looking for a comfort meal for tonight.  I am going to try your Beefy American Goulash.   Thank you for updating those recipes so quickly!

  56. Looking forward to new ideas….thnx for all your hard work

  57. Thank you so much. I love your recipes. I know this is a lot of work for you, and we appreciate it.

  58. Thank you so much for explaining that – really helpful and brought me to your website for the first time! 

  59. This sounds like a good way to organize things, but I feel like WW should have streamlined things like a Chipotle menu a long time ago. name changes… plan changes… just keep it simple!

  60. Thank you for the updates. Your recipes are awesome.   I’m really excited about the green plan.  

  61. Just curious…what tool are you using to calculate all 3 plans’ points? If you’re using the recipe builder, how are you seeing points for each plan?

    • Yes, I’m using the recipe builder. There’s no way to see them all at once. You have to build it and then switch your account to each of the other plans to find out those points.

  62. Hi Emily, great article! I am trying to figure out what plan will work best for me – I am not wanting to lose a lot of weight, only about 5-10 pounds — is there a plan that would work best for someone like me? Thank you.

  63. I have been using your website for awhile now and am so excited that you have updated your menus and have them available so soon after the new plan was launched. I even gave out your web site to a fellow meeting member last week and she is excited to get some of your new recipes. Thanks so much for your hard work.

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