Weight Watchers Zero Point Foods

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If you are new to WW or if you are just seeing the changes that have happened recently with the system, we’re here to help! Weight Watchers Zero Point Foods are the core foods that most of us enjoy daily! They’re the key to success on most WW plans.

Weight Watchers is a popular weight loss program that focuses on portion control and healthy eating. One of the key features of the program is the use of “zero point” foods. 

These are foods that are low in calories and high in nutrients, and they can be eaten freely without counting them towards your daily points allotment. This can make meal planning easier and help you stay on track with your weight loss goals. 

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There are a few questions about zero point foods that many people have. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about zero point foods on the Weight Watchers program:

What are Weight Watchers zero point foods?

Weight Watchers zero point foods are a type of food that has been assigned a value of 0 points by the Weight Watchers program. 

Over the years the system has changed and some points have been added to or taken away from the list but for the most part the structure of the list has remained the same. 

Weight Watchers provides a list of Zero Point foods, which are foods that can be eaten freely on the program without impacting your daily point allotment. While many fruits and vegetables are included on this list, there are also some surprises, like skinless chicken breast and plain nonfat yogurt. Here are answers to some common questions about Zero Point foods.

chicken breast cooked for Weight Watchers zero point foods

What types of foods are included in the zero point food list?

These foods are typically fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and plain yogurts or cheeses. Non starchy vegetables are usually the ones we’re seeing on the zero points food list. Things like corn, potatoes, and veggies with more carbs per serving are usually excluded from the free list! 

With the newest update as of November 2022 the following items are considered zero points:

  • Non Starchy Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Poultry (Extra Lean Chicken and Turkey)
  • Tofu
  • Fish
  • Non Fat Greek Yogurt
  • Non Fat Cottage Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Beans
  • Peas / Corn (exceptions to the non-starchy veggies)
  • Lentils
  • Popcorn (plain, air popped)

That’s quite a selection and gives us a TON to work with when building low point recipes and meals! The perfect starting point for all of your breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.

How do Weight Watchers zero point foods help with healthy eating?

The idea behind the zero point food list is that these are healthy, nutrient-rich foods that should not be restricted when trying to lose weight. Instead, these foods can be eaten freely as part of a healthy diet. 

Another reason the list of zero points foods is so helpful for dieters is that it teaches you to start from those foods and build your meals out from there. When you begin with these types of healthier options in order to keep your points per serving low on recipes and meals you are automatically eating a more healthy diet. 

It’s a great way to sort of trick your brain into automatically reaching for those items first before you go for things that have more points attached to them. 

weight watchers zero point foods list graphic with bulleted list of items and categories in the zero point list

Are there any limitations on how many Weight Watchers zero point foods can be eaten in a day?

While there are no hard and fast rules about how many zero point foods can be eaten in a day, it is generally recommended that they make up the bulk of your diet over the course of the day. 

This means filling up on fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins at meals and snacks, and limiting processed or high-fat foods. That said, portion control and serving sizes are important on any healthy eating plan. 

You can’t eat these foods in an unlimited amount each day and still expect to see results with any WW program. When choosing foods from the zero point list it is also important to pay attention to serving sizes. 

Some foods on this list are “free” in their initial portion size but with multiple portions you might see the points for those items go up or accumulate. This is where the WW App comes in very handy! You can scroll while adding your amounts for each item and you’ll notice when those portions start to add up!! 

Remember, just because something is zero points doesn’t mean you should eat the entire carton/package in one sitting! Everything is best in moderation 🙂

What are some tips for incorporating Weight Watchers zero point foods into your diet?

By incorporating weight watchers zero point foods into your diet, you can help ensure that you are getting the nutrients your body needs while still losing weight.

The best tip I can give as a longtime user of the program is that you should incorporate foods from this list into your diet in single portions per meal or snack. Start with some items from the zero points food group and then add in more high value items as you build your plate, meal, or recipe. 

What is the full list of zero point foods? 

While Weight Watchers does not publicize a complete list of zero point foods, they have released a list of over 200 common foods that are included in the program. This includes fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.

fruits on a tray ready to eat

Do I have to eat only zero point foods? 

No, you are not required to eat only zero point foods on the Weight Watchers program. In fact, you are encouraged to eat a variety of healthy foods to reach your daily calorie goals. However, including more zero point foods in your diet can help you stay within your daily points budget and reach your weight loss goals more quickly.

How long can I eat zero point foods? 

There is no limit to how long you can eat zero point foods on the Weight Watchers program. However, keep in mind that these foods are not necessarily “free” – they still contribute calories to your diet. 

So if you’re trying to lose weight, you should focus on eating mostly low-calorie fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, and saving high-calorie snacks and sweets for occasional indulgences.

Will I get bored if I eat mostly zero point foods? 

It is possible to get bored with any type of food if you eat it too often. However, there are endless ways to prepare zero point fruits and vegetables, so it’s unlikely that you’ll ever get tired of eating them. Remember, you can always add a little bit of seasoning or spice to help mix things up!

beans laid out in a group

What if I don’t like any of the Zero Point foods?

If you don’t like any of the foods on the Zero Point list, there’s no need to force yourself to eat them. Simply focus on filling up on other healthy foods that you do enjoy. 

Are there any recipes for Zero Point foods?

Yes! There are plenty of recipes that feature Zero Point foods as the main ingredient. For example, you could make a vegetable soup with zero point chicken broth, or a fruit salad with zero point yogurt as a dressing.

cottage cheese topped with raspberries ready to eat

Looking for more guides about Weight Watchers?

Hopefully some of these other resources will be helpful while you are working your way through a Weight Watches program. We’re always working to update and share information that is on track with the new programs as well!

This post is in no way authorized or associated with the Weight Watchers Program.

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