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Weight Watchers Purple Plan: Everything You Need to Know

The WW Purple Plan is known as Freestyle Plus. Freestyle, or the Blue Plan, gives us 200+ Zero Point foods. The Purple Plan gives us 300+ Zero Point foods!


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Weight Watchers Purple Plan

Are you excited about the new WW plans?! I am! Right now, I'm in the middle of calculating points for each plan so keep checking back for updates. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you can handle the freedom of lots of “free” foods, the Purple Plan is perfect for you.

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On the WW website, you will find 5-Day Sample Meal Plans to help you get adjusted to the Purple Program, including vegetarian and vegan meal plans. The app also has 7,000+ recipes for the Purple Plan to get you started!

Tip: When you switch to the Purple Plan, all of your saved recipes will be converted. This was one of the most exciting parts for me!

WW Assessment

New members get an assessment with questions to help them decide which plan to choose. Current members don't always see this assessment.

In place of an assessment, this is what my app says:

Would you rather have more SmartPoints to spend and would be happy limiting your Zero Point foods to fruits and vegetables (not including corn, peas, beans, or other starchy veggies)? Switching to GREEN may be right to you.

Are you already seeing success on WW Freestyle? BLUE is probably the way to go.

Do you really like the Zero Point foods list and want more of them (and are happy to have fewer SmartPoints)? PURPLE might be a great option for you because of the addition of Zero Point foods like oatmeal, whole wheat pasta, potatoes, and fat-free cottage cheese.

There are different sections for each plan in Connect on the app. If you're on the Purple Plan, you'll be in the Purple Connect. The resources you have are unlimited! ๐Ÿ™‚

Are All Plans Still Using SmartPoints?

Yes! And the points are calculated in the same way, but how many points we get will vary.

Grab the WW free 5-day Purple Meal Plan to get you started.

How are SmartPoints Calculated?

The SmartPoints formula is based on:

  • calories
  • saturated fat
  • protein
  • sugar

How many SmartPoints do I get on the Purple Plan?

On the Purple Plan, you'll get a minimum of 16 SmartPoints, being adjusted for height, weight, gender, etc.

Do I Get Rollover Points on the Purple Plan?

Yes.

Does the Purple Program Have FitPoints?

Yes!

Does the Purple Plan Have Weeklies?

Yes! All of the new plans have Weeklies.

Related: Should I Use My Weeklies?

Does the Purple Program have Zero Point Foods?

This plan has 300 Zero Point Foods. Remember, Zero Points does NOT mean zero calories – or carbs. It's important to exercise portion control with all foods.

My WW friend, Alyssa, has a post about what she eats on the Purple Plan. Check it out!

Another WW friend, Barrett, has a video about what she eats in a day on the Purple Plan:

Can I Switch Between WW Plans?

You can switch between plans as you choose, but WW asks you to work each plan for at least two weeks before switching to a new one. This isn't to form a habit as many have assumed, it's because you need to give your body some time to adjust to a new way of eating!

Pros and Cons of WW Purple Plan

There are pros and cons to every plan. Here are a few to consider:

Pros: more freedom, more Zero Point foods to choose from (including dairy and rice).

Cons: less boundaries, many of the Zero Point foods are VERY high in carbs (like whole wheat pasta and brown/wild rice).

Eating on the Purple Plan with Barrett:

Quick Recap of Weight Watcher's Purple Plan

Here's a quick rundown of the Purple Plan:

  • SmartPoints start at 16 (vs 23 for Freestyle/Blue vs 30 for Green Plan)
  • 300 Zero Point Foods (vs 200 for Freestyle/Blue vs 100 for Green Plan)
  • Rollover SmartPoints
  • Weeklies
  • FitPoints

300 Zero Point Foods

Here is a list of all of the 300 zero-point foods on the Purple Plan. I will include the carbs, calories, and fiber for each in another post. For me, carb counting is critical.

Whole Wheat Pasta and Grains

  • Air-Popped popcorn No Oil or sugar
  • Air-popped popcorn with salt and spices no sugar no oil
  • Amaranth
  • Ancient Grains mix, no seeds
  • Barley
  • Black bean pasta
  • Brown basmati rice
  • Brown rice
  • Brown rice cereal 100%
  • Brown rice noodles
  • Brown rice pasta
  • Brown rice quinoa blend
  • Buckwheat
  • Buckwheat Soba noodles
  • Bulgur
  • Chickpea Pasta
  • Corn pasta
  • Edamame pasta
  • Farro
  • Freekeh
  • Instant brown rice
  • Instant oatmeal plain
  • Kamut
  • Kasha
  • Lentil pasta
  • Popcorn kernels from at home popping
  • Quick cook barley
  • Quick-cooking brown rice
  • Quick-cooking steel cut oats
  • Quinoa
  • Red quinoa
  • Rolled oats
  • Rye berries
  • Shirataki noodles
  • Sorghum
  • Soybean pasta
  • Spelt
  • Spelt berries
  • Steel-cut oats
  • Teff
  • Thai brown rice
  • Tri-color quinoa
  • Wheat berries
  • Whole grain pasta
  • Whole grain sorghum
  • Whole-wheat couscous
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Wild rice
  • Wild rice brown rice blend


Beans and Legumes

  • Adzuki beans
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Bean sprouts
  • Black beans
  • Cannellini beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Hominy
  • Kidney beans
  • Lentils
  • Lima beans
  • Lupini beans
  • Navy beans
  • Pinto beans
  • Refried beans canned fat-free
  • Soybeans

Chicken and Turkey Breast

  • Ground turkey breast
  • Ground turkey 98% fat-free
  • Ground turkey breast
  • Skinless chicken breast
  • Skinless turkey breast

Dairy and Dairy Alternatives

  • Cottage cheese plain non-fat
  • Greek yogurt plain non-fat
  • Plain yogurt non-fat
  • Quark plain up to 1% fat
  • Soy yogurt plain

Eggs

  • Egg Substitute
  • Egg whites
  • Egg yolks
  • Eggs

Fish and Shellfish

  • Abalone
  • Alaskan king crab
  • Anchovies
  • Arctic char
  • Bluefish
  • Branzino
  • Butterfish
  • Can tuna in water
  • Carp
  • Catfish
  • Caviar
  • Clams
  • Cod
  • Crabmeat lump
  • Crawfish
  • Cuttlefish
  • Dungeness crab
  • Eel
  • Fish roe
  • Flounder
  • Grouper
  • Haddock
  • Halibut
  • Herring
  • Lobster
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Monkfish
  • Mussels
  • Octopus
  • Orange roughy
  • Oysters
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Pollock
  • Pompano
  • Salmon
  • Sardines canned in water or sauce
  • Sashimi
  • Scallops
  • Sea bass
  • Sea cucumber
  • Sea urchin
  • Shrimp
  • Smelt
  • Smoked haddock
  • Smoked salmon
  • Smoked sturgeon
  • Smoked trout
  • Smoked whitefish
  • Snails
  • Snapper
  • Sole
  • Squid
  • Steelhead trout
  • Striped bass
  • Sturgeon
  • Swordfish
  • Tilapia
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Who is the WW Purple Program best for?

The Purple Plan is going to be great for those of you who have been successful with Freestyle and can watch your carbs without being told to. WW does not require counting carbs, but if you're a woman over the age of 40, watching carbs may be a critical component of your weight loss success. Want more freedom? Have your portions under control? Try the Purple Plan and let me know what you think.

The keys to being successful on any Weight Watchers plan:

Ready to get started? Download my free PURPLE GUIDE. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • choices: I can choose PointsPlus, Freestyle, or any other plan I want with Healthi formerly iTrackbites. Even with the new WW changes, they only offer 3 plan options (not PointsPlus).
  • logs: You can export your tracker data by the week, month, or quarter with Healthi formerly iTrackbites. WW does not give you access to quarterly data.
  • accuracy: I've found inaccurate info in the WW app due to members submitting and not paying attention to the right numbers. With Healthi formerly iTrackbites, I know if I see the green check, it's been verified as accurate. This puts my mind at ease!

How to do WW on Healthi formerly iTrackBites
Find info on the Purple Plan here.
Find info on the Blue Plan here.
Find info on the Green Plan here.
iTrackBites full overview

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17 thoughts on “Weight Watchers Purple Plan: Everything You Need to Know”

  1. When downloading the free purple guide there are large purple marks over pages which prevents you being able to read the list of foods.

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  2. Hi. Do you know how many points an 18 stone man would have on purple. I have joined and he wants to try it to but we can’t afford two memberships. Thanks.

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    • hI IM 45 YEARS AND 13 STONE
      5 FT 6 INCH , I WAS O WEIGHT WATCHER BEFORE BUT I HAVE BEEN MADE REDUNDANT IN FURLOUGH, IM THING OF DOING THE PURPLE PLAN , BUT I DONT NO HOW MANY POINT I WOULD HAVE , AND HOW MANY WEEKLY I WOULD NEED , I CANT AFFORD WW AT THE MINUTE BUT DONT WANT TO STOP
      THANKS

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  3. What is daily allowed/healthy range for the purple plan based on 16 daily smart points?

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    • If I am understanding the question correctly, I believe to get a blue dot you have to be 10 below to 5 above to stay in the healthy zone. I shoot for 5 above or below personally. I hope this helps.

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  4. Hoo many weeklies can I have per week and what are they?

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  5. Whatโ€™s the science behind it why does it work?
    How does it work. It blows my mind. I am losing 1lb a week and I. Am Eating the same size portion of spaghetti Bol as my husband. I stick my my points but my breakfast is bigger my lunches are yummier and dinner time is a family feast. I love purple plan. Itโ€™s just a slow weight loss which I am fine with as this is how we live now.

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  6. Iโ€™m wondering what you eat on zero point to limit your carb intake? Iโ€™m over 50 so I need to be careful

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    • I understand. I have created a downloadable zero point list, with serving sizes and the carb counts. I hope the list helps you as much as it has helped me I keep it on my fridge. Purple Plan zero point list

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  7. how do you even eat 16 points? I cant find exact count for red wine (pinot noir)? is it 4 points?

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    • Lots of zero point foods! ๐Ÿ™‚ But I switched to iTrackBites – did you see their new programs?

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  8. I’m just starting and wondering if the following are considered zero points:

    canned white potatoes
    air popped popcorn if it’s prepackaged
    seasonings
    cooking spray
    tabasco sauce
    canned tuna in water
    canned chicken breast chunks
    Thanks!

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    • all seasonings as far as I know are 0 points ๐Ÿ™‚
      cooking spray is zero points
      popcorn depends on the brand and how much check the app for better info. Scan the package to get the best results ๐Ÿ™‚
      Tabasco Sauce up to 19 Tbsp is 1 point 20-73 is 2 points and 74+ is 3 points
      Canned Tuna is 1 or 2 points for 3 oz. depending on brand
      Canned chicken breast is 0 or 1 point I almost always count chicken breast as 0

      I hope this helps

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