This post was sponsored by Weight Watchers International, Inc. as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Last month, my husband and I made the commitment to start eating better and get moving. I have said (and done) this before but this time felt different. We were doing it together. We would have each other to motivate the other and keep us on track.

And it’s been working! We decided that the Weight Watchers® Freestyle™ would be the best fit for us.

The new Freestyle plan works if you have busy lifestyle and struggle with really fitting into a weight loss program box. With Freestyle, you don’t feel deprived and can eat the things that you love.

Thinking about starting the program yourself? Here is what you need to get started.

Everything You Need to Know about Weight Watchers® Freestyle™

Download the app. Whether you are attending meetings or just doing the program online, you need the app in your life. Gone are the days where you write everything down (although you can if that works better for you)! Through the app, you can track your progress, enter your food, search for point values when eating out, and find new recipes to try!

Daily points. The program starts by allotting you daily points for the day. The daily points will be based on your current weight, height, age, activity level, and desired weight loss. Everything you eat during the day is assigned a point that you will track in the app.

“Free” or Zero point foods. Weight Watchers has added a whole bunch of new foods to the “free” list. In fact. there are over 200 “Zero Point” foods! These foods don’t need to be tracked or measured. These foods range from fresh fruits and vegetables to lean protein like chicken and turkey!

Plan your weekly menu and prep! This is key for me. The weeks that I sit down and plan out our meals for the week, the better I do to sticking to the plan. I like to stock up on zero point foods so that I can get the most out of my meals.

When planning out your menu for the week, don’t forget about snacks and other grocery essentials, like bread.

One of my go-to snacks is popcorn! JOLLY TIME® Healthy Pop® Popcorn endorsed by Weight Watchers®. Jolly Time Healthy Pop is offered in 100 calorie packs for portion control and are non-GMO and gluten free. And it’s the only popcorn that is endorsed by Weight Watchers®! Popcorn is my go-to snack at night to help give me a little salty snack at night. And with only 3 SmartPoints® value per serving, it’s the perfect snack.

While you may think bread is off limits, it’s not! You just have to get the right ones, like Arnold® Sandwich Thins rolls endorsed by Weight Watchers®. These rolls are an excellent source of fiber and come in multiple flavor varieties: Whole Wheat, Honey Wheat (my favorite), Flax & Fiber. These rolls will only set you back 3 SmartPoints® value per roll. So go ahead and have that turkey burger on a roll! You won’t feel like you have to miss out on the summer barbecues!

If you are looking to cut back on bread, then you can always reach for Flatout® Flatbread endorsed by Weight Watchers®.  BIG on flavor while HIGH in protein and fiber and are a simple solution to creating quick, easy and tasty meals. Weight Watchers Endorsed Flatout® Flatbreads are all 2 – 4 SmartPoints® value per serving! I love these for lunch and make tuna and turkey wraps almost every day. O may a flatbread margherita pizza!

You can find these Weight Watchers must-haves at your local WalMart! Talk about convenience!

It’s ok to indulge! Because there are so many good zero point foods on the list, you can plan out your indulgences. If you are headed to a party or celebrating a special occasion, you can easily bulk up on filling zero point foods to save your dailies for your “treat”.

Don’t forget to drink water! Drinking water is key for my success. It was hard at first and I really had to be conscious of drinking water. Now that I have been on the plan for over a month, it’s second nature! I do notice a difference on days where I skimp on my water intake.

 

Freedom. I think this is what I love the most about Weight Watchers Freestyle. The freedom! Utilizing the new Freestyle™ program with zero Points® foods and the Weight Watchers® products above make choosing what you eat easier. You have smart options and flexibility to enjoy more delicious recipes and foods to help you reach your goals.

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