Weight Watchers is one of the oldest and most respected dieting plans in the country, with celebrity ranging from Oprah Winfrey to Jonah Hill swearing by the program. This is thanks, in no small part, to the brand's coveted "SmartPoints system," which assigns a numeric value to each food based on calories, saturated fat, sugar, and protein in an effort to help dieters realistically watch what they eat.
This week, the company unveiled adjusted SmartPoints figures based on new dietary research, in addition to a surprisingly long list of "zero-point foods" that essentially don't count, reports Business Insider. "These foods get picked for a reason," Weight Watchers Chief Scientific Officer Gary Foster told BI. "We anchor ourselves to the dietary guidelines." In line with the most recent U.S. dietary guidelines, the new points system emphasizes protein intake and minimizes sugar while giving weight watchers a free pass for the following 10 zero-point foods:
- All fruits and leafy vegetables
- Skinless chicken
- Skinless turkey
In other words, dieters and non-dieters alike can fill up on these nutritious foods without a second thought; health professionals actually encourage it. "These foods form the basis of a healthy eating pattern," adds Foster. "Do we really care if people are eating four ounces of salmon versus six ounces of salmon? No."
Everything You Need to Kick-Start a Healthy Eating Habit
Head over to Business Insider for more, and check out the banana bread recipe a weight-loss doctor swears by next.