Weight Watchers adds hundreds of 'zero point' foods

The weight loss program added 200 items to their list of "zero point" foods, changing the system for millions of people who use the program.
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It is a weight watchers revolution. They are upping the diet game by making dramatic changes to their popular smart points system. ABC's Adrienne Bankert is back here with all the details. Yes. What you got. When I say freestyle what do you think about. About going off the rails. Yeah. Dancing without choreography. It's the name of weight watchers latest program, the company says it gives people more freedom while still keeping off the pounds and their biggest cheerleader Oprah is saying, yes, you can. Weight watchers is blowing it up again in 2016 Oprah announced she had lost 40 pounds on the popular meal plan and now she's raving about the megadiet company's new program called freestyle. Saying when I first heard about it, I thought it was too good to be true. The fish, beans and corn in nye favorite tacos are now zero points. Weight watchers assigns values called smart points to food and members lose weight by limiting the number they consume. With the new freestyle program weight watchers is taking foods that will fill people up without costing them precious points. It's not things like cakes, cookie, chips and sold dpa. Their idea is not that you can go on a free for all or that there is free foods, but rather choosing foods that you're not likely to overeat. Reporter: W5e9 watchers has always had zero points food like celery, carrots and fruit but 200 more items have been added like low fat yogurt and eggs. Alexis has lost almost 95 pounds on weight watchers and was part of an early group to test the freestyle program. You think, well, I can't go out to dinner because I'm not going to have options that are going to fit with my plan or my program. By having things like seafood and chicken and Turkey be zero points you're actually able to eat the foods that you need to really fill your body and at the same time get to eat the foods you warrant to indulge in. To counteract the extra calories people will take in with the zero points daily totals go down but a point rollover system. Let's say you're allocated 20 points today and only consume 15, you roll the five over to the next day. On a Tuesday when maybe you're not eating all of them you can save them up for something that you want to indulge in later in the week. Reporter: But zero points don't mean zero calories. It's still going to take work. You still have to balance your plate. You still have to think about which foods you're eating. You still need to make sure you're having enough plants. You can't have all your points coming from cake and cookies and not move your body and not be mindful. Oh, yes, it's all about mindfulness, right. You still have to think before you eat but the company says by putting more foods on the zero points list that don't need to be tracked you'll spend less time counting and more time enjoying food and your life which is what we all want to do. You should enjoy your life. I love bread! Like Oprah. Like Oprah. Like Oprah. Bert you than me trying to do that. Bread. I probably shouldn't have done it either. Adrienne, thank you so much.

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