How to Calculate Allowed Weight Watchers Points

By C. Taylor

Rather than relying on a complicated system of counting calories, Weight Watchers simplifies the calculations by using a point system. Everyday, you are allowed a certain number of daily points. Points are deducted for meals and snacks. When you are out of points, you have consumed your daily limit of calories. The daily points you are allowed are based on your gender, age, weight, height and activity level.

Start your point calculation with two points if you are a woman or eight points if you are a man. If you are a nursing mom, then you can start with 12 points.

Add four points if you are between 17 and 26 years of age. Add three points if you are between 27 and 37 years of age. If you are between 38 and 47 years of age, add two points. Add one point if you are between 48 and 58 years of age.

Weigh yourself on a weight scale and take the first two digits of your weight and add them to your total points determined in Step 2. As an example, a 150 pound person would add 15 points to the total.

Measure your height by standing with your back against the wall and your shoes off. Use a ruler to mark your height on the wall. Measure from the ground to the mark to measure your height. If you are between 5 foot 1 inch and 5 foot 10 inches, then add one point to your total. If you are over 5 foot 10 inches, add two points to your total.

Add two points if the majority of your day is not sitting down. Add four points if most of your day is spent walking. Add six points if you perform hard manual labor most of the day. This final total is your daily point limit in Weight Watchers.

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