A couple of years back I sued to attend Weight Watchers as I was quite a bit overweight. During one of my first weekly sessions I bought a Weight Watchers pocket calculator which cost me £10 at the time, though I don’t know if the price has increased since I bought mine. Weight Watchers seem to change the look of their pocket calculators quite regularly so the one I own looks different to the one in the Ciao! Picture, but it still works in exactly the same way.
I was pleased I bought this at the time as it saved me loads of time having to look at a manual conversion chart to see how many points I’d consumed. With this great little calculator I was able to quickly and very easily just pop in the calories and fat content of whatever I’d eaten or drunk at any one time and it would do the conversion into points for me.
The calculator came with a mammoth sized instruction leaflet but to be honest a lot of it was useless as the calculator is easy to use and very self-explanatory. It opens up to reveal large square buttons and a digital display screen which is easy to read. The buttons are sensitive enough to allow me to be able to enter data without having to press down to hard or forcefully eve though it looks a bit like a child’s play calculator, I always think.
It’s extremely accurate and very time saving in that there was no need to use a manual chart any more to convert my food intake into points and it helped me no end with my weight management. The other thing I loved about this calculator is that it will tally the food I’ve eaten in points so that at the end of the day or week I can see at a glance how many points I’ve used up and I don’t have to note this down on my tracking sheet.
It has a useful hinged lid which clipped shut and didn’t fall open easily and it was something I always carried with me in my bag in case I was eating or drinking anything on the move – I simply entered the information into the calculator and it did the conversion for me and saved it in its memory. I never use it now a I no longer attend Weight Watchers but I have loaned it to a friend on a couple of occasions and she’s also found it pretty indispensable.
The batteries don’t last too long though, and that’s probably the only downside as far as I can remember. They have to be changed very frequently, but perhaps that was just because I used it so much.
Overall, it was a great little device that came in extremely useful whilst I was losing weight and I really recommend it.
About a month ago I started Weight Watchers. To begin with I was so paranoid about doing it right that I only ate Weight Watcher's products or so for the first week - this was good for me because it meant that the foods were already labelled with how many Weight Watcher's points. However, when I began to relax more into it, I wanted to add non Weight Watcher's foods to my diet and this is where this little calculator comes in handy.
The calculator is purple in colour and quite small and slim which means that it is perfect for carrying around in your handbag as it doesn't take up too much space and is very light. The buttons are not too big, but they are big enough to be able to see properly - the screen is also quite large and easy to read which is good.
To be honest, I find that I don't use this calculator too much now (I did quite a bit in the beginning), whereas now I have learnt off by heart how many points are in certain items - however, this little calculator is very useful when I am introducing new foods. It's very simple to use. I tend to use the calculator to calculate the Propoints values of pre-packaged foods. You can also calculate your daily ProPoints allowance and track you daily and weekly ProPoints allowance, however I don't use these features as I feel that as I track what I eat each day anyway I don't really need this feature.
All in all I would recommend this calculator if you are on the Weight Watcher's diet. It's not something I use religiously, although it is a useful little gadget to have.
Thanks for reading!
I follow the Weight Watchers plan and find this little device is an absolute godsend to keep in my handbag. In recent months it has been replaced in my life by the Weight Watchers app (which contains an online points calculator) but if you do not have a smart phone then this really is an essential bit of kit.
Effectively, what it allows you to do is quickly and accurately work out how many points a particular food item contains based on the nutritional information. You literally just import the information into the calculator and it will give you the points value. Mine is actually different from the one shown in the photo at the top of this page because I have the new version for the Propoints plan.
I paid £10.95 for this item and bought it at a meeting - but you can buy them from the Weight Watchers website and actually you can frequently find them for sale on ebay (which is where I got rid of mine when I realised the web app had the same tool included).
Because it is small enough to fit in your handbag and very quick and easy to use I would recommend this to any followers of the Propoints plan as a very handy bit of kit. Not only does it allow you to work out the points of items it also allows you to track daily and weekly points used - again I use my phone to do this now but if you do not have this availability it is a fantastic little gadget to carry with you and to help you stay on track with the plan.
If you are determined to stay on track and use the plan then this is a very worthwhile investment and I certainly felt like I got my moneys worth out of it while using it.
I joined a Weight Watchers group last year and one of the items I bought from their 'shop' inside the meeting was a Points Calculator. Weight Watchers is a diet plan which gives every food a points value, the dieter is given a daily recommended points limit based on their height, weight and level of activity - providing you stay within your points limit you should lose weight. When you join you'll be given a pack which includes a cardboard 'wheel' to help you work out the points, but this Points Calculator is so much more accurate and easy to use.
Costing around £10 I did feel it was expensive considering I was already paying my £5 weekly attendance fee, but after just a couple of days I realised it was worth it's weight in gold. Weight Watchers change the appearance of the calculator every twelve months or so, the one pictured is quite an old design but considering they all do pretty much the same thing it doesn't really matter if you're using an older one or a newer design.
The Points Calculator is a clever piece of dieting kit. You simply type in the calories and saturated fat content of whatever food you're looking for and instantly it'll tell you how many points are in that food. You then have the option to track your points consumption on the calculator itself, or enter it onto your tracker sheet using the olde worlde pen and paper method. I got into the habit of doing it all on my calculator as it's such an easy way of tracking how much I was eating and drinking, it really is a case of pushing a single button to deduct the points in your dinner/snack from your daily total and not have to worry about passing your daily limit.
It also works as a standard calculator, which is what I'm using mine for now I've fallen out with Weight Watchers.
When you receive your Points Calculator you'll get a very comprehensive instruction manual, and for that reason I won't bore you will all the dull ins-and-outs of the machine - I can say it's incredibly easy to use though and once you've had it for a couple of days I'm sure most people will be able to find their way around the calculator without ever needing to refer to the manual. One aspect I did find a little tricky was when it came to me adding on the points I had 'earned' through exercise, but that could be because I'm a lazy sod and rarely built up any activity points to get to know how that section worked!
Quality-wise it's great. The buttons all push down smoothly and are sensitive enough that you don't need to practically break a finger to input your information. It uses quite a lot of battery power and I had to replace the watch-type battery twice in the few months I was using the calculator regularly - saying that, my mum is still attending Weight Watchers and when she mentioned the same thing to her leader she arranged for the calculator to be exchanged as this is apparently a common fault and it should not eat batteries like this.
The hinge which holds the lid in place can also be a bit temperamental, although it doesn't feel on the verge of breaking or snapping it does go loose very quickly - and even quicker if you leave it to rattle around the inside of your bag between uses. The screen is large enough to be clearly visible even in fairly low light, it also manages to pack quite a bit of information on certain screens without ever looking cluttered or messy.
If you are following the Weight Watchers plan I highly recommend you purchase one of these Points Calculators. It makes life far less stressful and also means you don't have to remember to cart a pad and pen around with you to write down all the tidbits you munch on throughout the day - I mean, if I'm out for the night I don't want everyone to see me scribbling down how many voddy and cokes I've had and it's much more discreet to simply enter the relevant details into the calculator.
They also hold their value nicely so if you've finished with Weight Watchers you'll easily be able to sell your calculator on Ebay and sometimes even make more than you originally paid for it!
I bought this product at the begginning of the year but i'll admit I haven't really used it that much, until recently as I have been doing the weight watchers diet properley for the last few weeks.
This is my review for weight watchers points calculator.
The calculator was actually part of a set called the weight watchers from home set.
It's for people who want to try and do the weight watchers plan on their own, and don't really want to pay to go to a meeting each week or do it on-line.
As I couldn't afford either I decided to try doing it from home.
The calculator is small and ideal to fit in your bag or pocket, so that you are able to take it with you anywhere you go.
Upon opening, it does actually look like a proper calculator, the top half is a screen and the bottom half has all the number buttons.
Infact if not using this for working out points, you are able to just use it as a regular calculator.
All the normal number buttons are purple, then on the left side there are 3 green buttons which say nd, pl and use.
Nd: Simply means new day, so at the start of a new day you press this button and it will ask 'new day?', then you must enter your points allowance for the day-for example 20. Then you press enter and it tells you what number day it is and that you've got 20 points for the day.
Pl: This means points left, so if you should loose track of what points you've had then you can press this and it will let you know.
Use: This is how you enter how many points your getting through and if you go over your daily points allowance it will give you, for example -2.
On the right side of the calculator there are 2 other green buttons which say points and enter.
Points: This is the most useful button of the whole calculator as it works out how many points are in each food product that you eat.
Once you've pressed points it will ask you how many calories are in the food, once entered it will also ask for the saturated fat content of the food.
When you've done all that it actually works out the points value.
I think that I would be lost without this now, as I have to take it everywhere with me.
It really does come in handy, especially when I go out to buy a sandwhich for lunch, although I do feel a bit silly standing in the middle of a shop with it, working out the points.
I also think it's a good way to encourage healthier eating because when I work something out and it's of a high points value I have to consider that if it's so high, it can't be very good for you.
So it has got me eating healthier foods with lower points.
As I said I bought this in a weight watchers from home pack which cost me 59 pounds 95 pence, but that did contain alot of other weight watchers products.
I have been on the website and they do sell the calculators on there own which are 11 pounds 95 pence.
For more information go to www.weightwatchers.co.uk
Weight Watchers Points Calculator****
I have been on the weight watchers plan for about 2 months now and about a month ago I decided to buy this so I could track the points I was using.
For those who don't know if you follow the weight watchers program you can eat what you want as long as you stick to your daily points allowance.
**What it does**
Basically you can use this to track how many points you are consuming in a day,use it as a normal calculator or most importantly if you know the calories and saturated fat in a product it will tell you how many weight watchers points are in it.
The product itself is quite small- around the size of a mobile phone and is an oval shape. I think this is much better than getting the book wih the points listed because it is much lighter plus the books go out of date so quickly. Also I seem to have a habit of losing pens so being able to keep a electronic record is handy. If you have points left at the end of the night it will carry up to 4 of them onto the next day .
The only thing I don't like about it is that alcohol doesn't tend to have calories etc on the packaging so its hard to figure out the points.
After the sudden death of my Mum, I had the awful job of having to sort her flat out. As my Dad had passed away 8 years ago everything had to be sorted and emptied out. A task and a half I can tell you, but I knew that there were several things my Mum would have wanted me to have rather than give away to charity.
Well my mum had been a Weight Watchers fan for as many years as I can remember and after getting quite big at one time she went back to her beloved Weight Watchers Club and lost the lot and then mananged to always to stay within her target give or take a couple of pounds. She swore that it was because she carried around her Weight Watchers Calculator everywhere she went, be it in Marks and Spencers for her meal for one or on of one of her many day trips that she took out with her friends.
So when I found the calculator in her shopping back I decided that she would have wanted me to have this, as a couple of days before she died we had been talking about losing weight and I had said that I was trying to lose a few pounds and she said that I should buy one of these ( I reckon it was on the cards that she was going to get me one for Christmas!) as they are so good.
Now this one isn't a new one so I don't know if they have changed over time, but this one is silver plastic and oval in shape, with a small box etched onto the centre of the top lid with assorted coloured strips going down the middle.
There is a small oblong button on the front that you press in to release the lid which will then open up. On quickly looking at the keypad it looks just like any other calculator that you see, but when looking closer you will see that it is different.
It has 3 blue keys on the left hand side with the top one having ND written on it, when this is pressed it comes up New Day with Day 1 when pressed again it comes up New then the word Week?. Next the middle one has PL this stands for Points Value Left so I suppose this is going to tot up what you have had that day and to tell you what you have left for that day.Finally the bottom key has the word USE on it, when this is pressed the words Points Value Use ? comes up. Now being that I have this without any instructions you will have to bear with me as I am still trying to work out how to use it!!!
There are then 20 purple keys in the centre with the usual ON key, C key for cancel, CE key for unsure about this one( bound to be obvious once I play around with it !), you then have a % key and then the usual plus and minus and times and divide keys. There is then the usual 0-9 keys, with 2 green keys on the right that say POINTS and ENTER. Now this I can work out and I must say that my Daughter is like a crazy woman going around working out every single thing for it's points before she will eat a single thing!!
The word WeightWatchers is writtten beneath the screen which is nice and clear to look at. Now I can definitely see the attraction to this little calculator, as it would keep you on the straight and narrow if you were really trying to lose weight. As what I have worked out so far is that when you press ON a Zero appears on the right hand side then if you press the green POINTS key the word calories comes up on the screen. If you look at the item you are thinking of eating and find the calorie value and put this in, then press the green ENTER key the words SAT FAT appears so put this in then press the ENTER key again and Hey Presto it will come up Points Value.
So a very handy and useful little gadget to own, also this isn't bulky as it can be held in the palm of your hand quite easily, so would slip into most handbags or shopping bags easily enough without taking up a lot of space.
It will definitely be coming on a few shopping trips with me now, providing I can prise it out of my Daughters hand!!
This retails I believe for around £20.00 on Amazon, but I don't know if it is cheaper to buy at a WeightWatchers meeting. I have also inherited all of my Mums WeightWatchers Cookbooks so with a bit of luck there will be less of me to see soon. So thanks Mum for putting me in the right direction and now your prized calculator will be going on a lot of different trips with me now!!!!
A very worthwhile 5 stars indeed!
The WeightWatchers points calculator is a must have for every WeightWatchers member. When you join, you get given a points sheet in your file, however, this clearly doesn't include all combinations of calories and saturated fat and therefore, you can sometimes have to guess the points values, and whilst you never may be far out, the 0.5 points here and there all add up and could hinder your weight loss.
This is where the calculator comes into its own, you simply input the calories and saturated fat value of any food and it tells you how many points it is. It also comes with a points tracker, you can store 7 days worth of information so you can keep tabs on what you are using as you go along.
The calculator is small, so it easily fits in your pocket/handbag etc, and is discrete if you want to use it when out and about, doing your food shopping etc. I have taken mine to the supermarket on several occasions so that I can make the right food choices, and I have never felt embarrassed to use it, it is that small that people barely notice anyway!
The calculator will set you back approx £11 and can be bought from any meeting, or via the WeightWatches website. I believe that it is worth every penny (and more!).
**** Introduction ****
After starting the weight watchers diet at the start of the year, I have had to change my eating habits completely. I have now adapted a healthy lifestyle by eliminating foods that have high calorie and saturated fat content.
When I first started the diet, I found it very hard tracking what foods i could eat with low point values, The weight watcher books did help but trying to find certain foods and their point values became so hard and by the time i found out what the point content was in each food i didn't even want it.
Shopping was the hardest part as I was trying to buy healthy foods but as i didn't know what they contained from the labels alone, i soon got dis-hartened and bought the foods anyway, Even though the point vaules would be extremely high.
At a recent weight watcher meeting my leaded recommended the points calculator.
**** The Calculator ****
This is a pocket sized calculator that can be carried with you at all times, It not only tracks your daily points but also stores them for a week.
After eating anything you use the calculator to add up the points consumed and it will then store it for the rest of that day, If you undertake and exercise it will also record this for you, making the whole diet tracking process a lot easier.
The best bit for me is the fact that you can find out the point values of any foods, just type in the calorie and saturated fat content press the enter button and it will give you the point values for any foods.
This cost me 8.95 from my local weight watchers meeting, but it can also be purchased online at www.weightwatchers.co.uk for the same price.
**** My Views ****
I have found this to very valuable during my diet as i now take this with me when I go shopping and i can see if the foods I like the look of can be eaten without affecting my diet.
It is a very simple design that is a calculator, point finder and tracker all in one. Whit this little device I cannot stay away from my diet as it keeps me on track all week and lets me know when i have exceeded my daily points allowance so it is easy to get back on track the next day.
When I bought this it came with a battery to it was easy to use straight away, it can be a bit complex to navigate at first but if you read in instruction manual that came with it, it is very easy to figure out.
If you are following the weight watchers point diet then I highly recommend this calculator as following the diet through books alone can be very difficult.
I used to survive trying to work out my favourite foods using the little cardboard points calculator that you get at your first meeting or searching on the internet for someone who knew the answer.
The best thing I did for my diet was buying one of these babies. I have the small square calculator with the multi coloured stripes on it. When you purchase your calculator, you fill out a little form for them to prove you are who you say you are. They also advise you now that if you do have any problems with the calculator, your leader cannot refund the money or exchange it. The calculator has to be sent away to WeightWatchers directly and they will take the necessary action. You can also purchase a calculator from the WeightWatchers website (www.weightwatchers.co.uk).
Each calculator comes in a box with instructions although it is very easy to use and I didnt find I had to use the instructions much. You can work out any points value in any food as long as you have the calorie content and the saturated fat content. Even if you do not have the saturated fat content, you can halve the fat content to get an estimation of the saturdated fat. Obviously this is not entirely accurate but it will give you a guideline to the points value you are about to devour!
You turn the calculator on and press the points button. The word calories will appear in the top left hand corner. Input your calories and press enter. Then sat fat appears under where calories is. You input this number and press enter and it gives you the points value of your food. It really is that easy. The keypad has the basic functions of calculator buttons on this (which you can also use this for, a basic calculator so it is very handy to have in your handbag or pocket). I found it very well set out as the WW function buttons are a different colour to the normal calculator buttons so your not trying to figure out what button does what.
There is a function on this calculator to use as your daily tracker. I dont personally use this as I find it a little too confusing and I prefer to write everything down I have eaten, so if I have went wrong somewhere on the day, I know where it is!
To track on this, you simply press the ND button (new day) and enter your points allowance for that day. When you use a point you simply press the USE button, add the points value and press enter and it deducts it from your daily allowance. You can check how many points you have left by pressing the PL (points left) button at any time.
Like I said previously, this part of the calculator doesnt personally work for me. I find I have better weight losses when I can see what I am troughing!
I find this calculator to be the most helpful piece of equipment you can buy from WeightWatchers. You dont have to miss out on your favourite foods because you dont know a points value when you have this. You get some very nice suprises also. Things you thought you would never be able to eat again because reachable because of the ratio of saturated fat to calories.
I would advise anyone to buy one of these. They are fantastic.
The weight watchers points calculator is an essential little gizmo while using the weight watchers plan (points system).
I have been doing weight watchers for 4 years in total so i have had 3 upgrades of the calculator! First the spotty version, then the stripy version and now the oval silver version!
The latest version i brought last June from ebay for £4.99 which is a bit cheaper than at the meeting (£6.95).
The calculator is not longer than 6- 7 cms wide, it is small enough to fit in your pocket and in your handbag.
The calculator has some handy functions, you can work out the points value of an item of food, use as a normal calculator and track your daily points. This is very useful when you havent got a weight watchers tracker to hand.
The calculator takes a large watch battery, which is easy to change when the battery does die.
The returns policy is the only bad thing about this calculator as you cannot take a faulty one back to your leader at a meeting, you must send to weight watchers head office for them to exchange.
I have to say i think for the money it is great value, hard, good quality plastic (i have dropped lots of times and it not broke!) and if you by one of these you dont look like a maniac in the supermarket with your paper points calculator! It just looks like your using a normal calculator!
This is a really useful addition for those that are following the Weight Watchers diet. As someone who has had great success in losing weight with Weight Watchers this year (over four stone) I found the calculator really helpful in letting me keep track of the points I was consuming on a daily basis.
The beauty of this is the fact you can take it anywhere you go. At first when I started the diet I was having to write things down on pieces of paper or email myself the details.
I like the function of the calculator and does everything that you need it to do. I like the fact that not only does it store your points but also works them out for you as well. In fact, it almost negates have access to the standard points calculating equipment. It is easy to use and very robust! It is also small enough to fit into your pocket, which is useful when you are a chap without a hand bag!
An absolute godsend to the Weight Watchers plan is the Points Calculator, which is available at Weight Watchers meetings or from www.weightwatchers.co.uk
When you are using Weight Watchers to lose weight you are required to count the points values allocated to each and every food available. They produce a very comprehensive Shopping Guide, which is a book listing thousands of food and drink products along with their points value, but obviously an annually published book cannot possibly include every single food available in every single shop.
And this is where the Points Calculator is worth its weight in gold. Points are worked out depending on the calories and saturated fat in food, as long as you have these two figures you can work out the points value using your calculator. Even if you don't have the saturated fat content you can work your points out by simply halving the full amount of fat in the product, although using this method you will not get a 100% accurate result.
The Points Calculator is incredibly easy to use and has another useful function which I will explain more about later. It comes with quite a thick user manual, but I found the calculator to be so self explanatory that I have only had to refer to it once and I don't even know where it is now!
To find out a points value you simply press a green button marked 'POINTS'. You will then be prompted to add first the calories and then the saturated fat, pressing the green 'ENTER' after inputting each. Your points value will then be displayed on the easy to read 2 inch x 1 inch screen.
I think the keypad of the Points Calculator is laid out in a very straight forward and easy to use manner. The basic calculator digits have purple keys, and the more exclusive Weight Watchers functions are located to the side and coloured in bright blue and bright green. It means I am not looking in bewilderment at a row of grey keys and wondering what on earth I am supposed to press next.
This can obviously be used as a standard calculator and all of the main buttons you will need for basic mathematics are there, I have used it many times in the supermarket when I feel I am nearing my budget to avoid overspending. This also has the added bonus of me being able to work out the points values of food before buying them, a recent box of flapjacks was placed back on the shelf after I worked out that each small finger would cost me 11 points - half of my entire days points allowance! If I had not worked it out then I would have bought them, and probably ruined my diet for the week by eating them all.
The other clever function of this calculator is that you can use it to keep track of how many points you have eaten that day. You programme your daily allowance into the calculator and click the blue 'ND' (New Day) button, this will store your allowance and whenever you eat or drink anything containing points you click 'USE' and the calculator will deduct this from your allowance. This helps you to keep a real time running total of how many points you have left for the day and in theory you should never go over your points allowance by accident again. You can check how many points you have left by pressing the 'PL' (Points Left) button.
I personally don't use my Points Calculator for this purpose because I simply forget to input the points I've used, so before bedtime am frantically trying to remember everything I've put in my mouth since 6am! I much prefer to use my Weight Watchers journal as I write in details of each meal and manually add up the points, I think it helps me to focus much better on my diet to be able to view what I've eaten that day and it's also a source of inspiration if I'm stuck for a meal idea as I can look through my book and find something I've previously enjoyed.
Also, if you attend Weight Watchers meetings you will get support from your Leader and if you are having a bad patch she may well ask to see your Points Tracker for the previous week or two. If this is the case I can easily whip my journal out of my bag for her to have a look at, then she will make suggestions based on what I have logged for that week. Sometimes the extra cream cake I ate will stand out on a week when I haven't lost weight, but other times it can be a more subtle reason such as too many meals based on carbohydrates. All the advice my Leader has given me from looking in my journal has proved accurate and on the following week I have usually lost weight, she would not be able to give me these invaluable tips just by looking at numbers on my Points Calculator screen.
Having said this, there are many members in my Weight Watchers group who do make use of their calculators for this and they are successful with their weight loss efforts so it's really a matter of taste. I did attempt to use my calculator like this when I went away recently and when used properly it's accurate and reliable, if only my memory were as good!
The Points Calculator looks nice, it's a slightly oval design in a nice glossy silver. If you're embarrassed about being on Weight Watchers, and some people are, then no-one would recognise this as a diet tool if you took it out of your bag in the supermarket or at work. It looks like one of those funky calculators you can buy in Claire's Accessories, in fact it's very similar in appearance to a pink one from here that I bought for my granddaughter last Christmas only more grown up looking. It flips open and closed so the screen will not get damaged while in use and is of excellent quality; I've had my calculator rattling around in my bag, worked points out with greasy fingers and even had my baby granddaughter chew on it when she was teething recently. Despite all this it still looks brand new and the cover had not chipped or scratched at all, apart from a few teethmarks on the edge but what a lovely reminder of my granddaughter's baby days!
I paid £9.95 for my calculator from my meeting, I would have paid more but don't tell Weight Watchers that or they'll put the price up next year! It's not exactly an essential because you have the points listed in your shopping guide and upon joining Weight Watchers you'll be given a sliding card Points Finder (which is actually more accurate than it looks), but the Points Calculator makes it so quick and easy to work out your meal that it really is an invaluable tool for me. I recommend it.
The Points calculator is a valuable tool in my opinion if you are following the points plan by Weight Watchers.
The points system is simple. Everyone has an allocated points allowance for a day this is based upon your weight, height, age, sex and your lifestyle (i.e if you sedentary, active).
Each food can be given a points value. This is based on a calculation using the calories and saturated fat values of the item.
When joining WW you are given a points finder this is a cardboard slide which works out point values for you so you do not need to buy the calculator to do the diet. However, it has its limitations as it obviously can not cover all calorie and saturated fat options.
The calculator is £7.95 if you attend the meeting. You can also buy them from the WW website or Ebay but they are more expensive.
The new version of the calculator is much sleeker than it has been previous. Its about the size of your palm and is silver with purple stripes and buttons. It is much nicer to pull this out of your handbag in the supermarket than a tatty piece of cardboard and it is inconspicous as so many people these days use calculators when shopping.
Its extremley simple to use you just press the "cals" button and pop in the number of calories and then press the "SF" button and put in the saturated fat amount, press points and your points value is shown on the screen. Some products don't have saturated fat shown so in these cases WW recommend that you just half the normal fat amount.
In my view this makes this is a must have when following the diet and definately jelpts to keep you on track.
I joined Weight Watchers a little under two weeks ago, and at my first meeting was advised by the leader that buying one of these little gadgets would help me greatly in following the Weight Watchers points plan.
Now the Points Plan is pretty simple - basically, there are no forbidden foods - you can eat what you like, so long as you don't go over a certain number of points per day . Your points allowance is calculated based on your sex, age, weight, and activity levels. You then tally up whet you eat, calculating the points as you go ( they give you a card that helps you do this) and thats pretty much it . Certain foods are free from points - mainly vegetables such as brocolli, asparagus, tinned tomato etc. So theres never any need to be hungry.
So, if I had the card, why did I buy the calculator? Well, it has a lot of features you don't get with the card calculator - you can set points allowances for the day, input points as you use them,
see your remaining points for the day, and track your usage over 7 days - as well as working out how many points are in prepackaged foods . It can also be used as an ordinary calculator.
Its the size of an average mobile phone, lightweight, and is a stylish silver clamshell with a striped image on the front. There is nothing on the calculator that screams 'Weight Watchers' - In face, theres no long at all , so you needn't be embarrased about taking it round the shops with you when doing the weekly shop. A battery is included when you buy it .
Its incredibly simple to use, and comes with clear instructions- I was using it within a couple of minutes of getting home from my first meeting, working out how many points were in some of my favourite foods (I was in for some real surprises!)
The points calculator allows you to calculate the points value of a product by letting you input the calories in a food and the saturated fat. This is easy to do. You simply press the "points" button on the right hand side of the calculator and it will then ask you to enter the amount of calories. Once you have done this hit enter and it will ask you to enter the grams of saturated fat. Again, hit enter and the points value of the product will be displayed. It also allows you to save all the points you have eaten that day and will tell you how many you have left. It also allows this feature to be used over the course of a week.
Its incredibly useful - although when you join weightwatchers you get a booklet containing guideline points amounts for some foods, its not an exhaustive list, and food doesn't come with a handy points allowance printed on the packaging, excluding of course Weight Watchers own brand. It makes making wiser and healthier choices easy, and helps you keep track of how much you're eating each day.
Because its small, its easy to have anywhere, in your pocket around the house, so that you remember to add that snack to your daily tally. In your bag when shopping to help you work out which of two brands is healthier for you, and of course to take to your meetings, so that if needs be, you can review your points usage over the previous week.
I've been using the calculator for a little under two weeks now. After a week on Weight Watchers and using the calculator, I'd lost 6lb - without feeling hungry, simply swapping high point value foods for lower point foods in bigger portions. I'm due for my next weigh in on monday, but my scales at home indicate I've lost another 3lb, so the calculators doing its job , and I'd definately recommend it.
The calculator costs £7.95 in your meeting, battery included, or can be purchased for £9.95 online at www.weightwatchers.co.uk.
Track your daily points allowance.