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. 🙂
If you can handle the freedom of lots of “free” foods, the Purple Plan is perfect for you.
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!
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! 🙂
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:
- saturated fat
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?
Does the Purple Program Have FitPoints?
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:
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
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
- Ancient Grains mix, no seeds
- Black bean pasta
- Brown basmati rice
- Brown rice
- Brown rice cereal 100%
- Brown rice noodles
- Brown rice pasta
- Brown rice quinoa blend
- Buckwheat Soba noodles
- Chickpea Pasta
- Corn pasta
- Edamame pasta
- Instant brown rice
- Instant oatmeal plain
- Lentil pasta
- Popcorn kernels from at home popping
- Quick cook barley
- Quick-cooking brown rice
- Quick-cooking steel cut oats
- Red quinoa
- Rolled oats
- Rye berries
- Shirataki noodles
- Soybean pasta
- Spelt berries
- Steel-cut oats
- 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
- Kidney beans
- Lima beans
- Lupini beans
- Navy beans
- Pinto beans
- Refried beans canned fat-free
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
- Egg Substitute
- Egg whites
- Egg yolks
Fish and Shellfish
- Alaskan king crab
- Arctic char
- Can tuna in water
- Crabmeat lump
- Dungeness crab
- Fish roe
- Mahi Mahi
- Orange roughy
- Sardines canned in water or sauce
- Sea bass
- Sea cucumber
- Sea urchin
- Smoked haddock
- Smoked salmon
- Smoked sturgeon
- Smoked trout
- Smoked whitefish
- Steelhead trout
- Striped bass
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:
- mindset: this isn't a diet, don't let yourself feel deprived. Eat your points or Bites!
- tracking: I track everything, even zero point foods
- portion control: this is on my fridge to keep me mindful
- persistence: I wrote this poem about never giving up
- planning: I use meal plans and freezer cooking often
- support: I'm in my low point recipe Facebook group daily
Ready to get started? Download my free PURPLE GUIDE. 🙂
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