What are WW FitPoints and how do they work?
If you’ve joined WW (formerly Weight Watchers), you know that each food is given a numerical value by the program, which is then applied to your daily PersonalPoints budget to ensure you’re eating an amount that will help you reach your goals. . What you might not know is that different types of exercise are also assigned point values, called FitPoints, which can actually be used to increase your food budget each day. Depending on the intensity and duration of your workout, you can accumulate FitPoints, which increase your daily WW budget and, yes, allow you to eat a little more.
WW is an ever-evolving lifestyle program designed to encourage healthy habits. The addition of FitPoints happened a few years ago. While in the past physical activity allowed you to collect points as a reward, now it is much more personalized. WW has refined the program to better understand your body, your habits and your goals, adapting the way you eat and the way you track your exercise. However, FitPoints aren’t the easiest aspect of WW to understand, so if you’re a little confused about how it works, you’re not alone. Here’s everything you need to know.
What are WW FitPoints?
FitPoints are the physical activity equivalent of WW SmartPoints. Every physical activity – and we mean all – is assigned a FitPoints value based on your attributes (age, height, weight, gender). Because it’s personalized to your body and lifestyle, the FitPoints value is more accurate than assuming a brisk 15-minute walk burns a certain number of calories.
If I exercise and get FitPoints, can I eat more?
If you want to use your FitPoints to treat yourself, you must meet the WW threshold to redeem your points. You need to earn three to four FitPoints a day (which WW says is about 3,000 daily steps) to be able to turn your FitPoints into PersonalPoints.
You can also choose the order in which your PersonalPoints are used. Remember that you have daily PersonalPoints, weekly PersonalPoints and FitPoints. Your daily PersonalPoints are always the first points you use during the day. You can then choose whether you want your weekly FitPoints or PersonalPoints to come next. It probably doesn’t matter much, but you can play around with the order to see if one of them suits your wellness journey better.
What else can I do with FitPoints?
You can choose to have your FitPoints not affect your PersonalPoints at all. Personally, I don’t turn my FitPoints into food points – it makes me think I can eat more than I should – so I’m better off just sticking to my daily and weekly food points. But that doesn’t mean FitPoints don’t matter: with WW’s WellnessWins program, you earn five wins every day you track activity, which you can then use to buy prizes.
How can I track my FitPoints?
This all might sound incredibly confusing, so let’s look at a real-life example. My daily PersonalPoints budget is 25. I get 42 PersonalPoints weekly. I set up my account to tap into my FitPoints before my weekly points, then took a 45-minute High Intensity Spin class, which counts as 17 FitPoints.
I ate 27 PersonalPoints today, two more than my daily limit. These two points are taken from the 17 FitPoints I earned today, so I have 15 FitPoints left for the rest of the week until my next weigh-in. If I no longer earn FitPoints but exceed my daily PersonalPoints by more than 15, I will burn all of my FitPoints and begin to burn my 42 weekly points.
If you want to see how your account is currently set up, go to Food Settings in your app. There is a redemption option that you can adjust to one of three options (no redemption, redeem for weekly PersonalPoints before FitPoints, or redeem for FitPoints before weekly PersonalPoints).
WW Points Calculator
WW has made it super easy for members to track points using the app or website: just plug in your food and how much you ate, or exercise you did and for how much time, and the calculator does all the work for you. This is especially useful because WW changes from time to time, and these changes can result in new point values. Also, with the more personalized WW programs, not everyone will have the same point value for everything. That’s why plugging everything into your own account is the best option.
In a pinch, however, there are some helpful WW point calculators on the internet that will help you figure out what information you need, as long as you know exactly what plane you’re on.
In the end, here’s what you absolutely need to know: exercise is awesome, and you should be doing it and tracking it on your WW app. If you feel like you’re exercising enough that you need to eat more to refuel, set up your account to make your FitPoints available for food. If you think this won’t help you achieve your weight loss goals, rack up those FitPoints for WellnessWins and feel great about every exercise you do.