The Weight Watchers calculator is extremely useful to determine the point value of all the foods you eat, which is important in order to properly utilise the Weight watchers points system.
The original calculator, years ago, was a simple pull-out cardboard reckoner, and did not include fiber as part of the necessary data input. It has gradually evolved into a sophisticated electronic device that is compact and quick to use.
It will work out the point value for any given food by entering only three figures, plus it has a list of common foodstuffs and their point value in its database. It will also keep a tally of points used as you go through the day, or even over several days.
When you take a food product from the supermarket shelf you will see the label giving nutritional information. From the label you will need the following information based on a standard serving of 25 grams or in terms of per hundred grams: calorie content, saturated fat content, and fiber content.
You simply enter the values for these elements into the calculator: energy or calories expressed as kcal. or Calories, saturated fat and fiber as grams. Sometimes only total fat is given rather than saturated fat, and if this is the case you just divide the figure by two.
Using the Weight Watchers point system is the key to choosing better, more nutritious foods that will maintain function without putting on extra weight, and use of the calculator will make this easier once you have got used to it.
Remember that, with the Weight Watchers program you don't have to deny yourself any specific foods that you are fond of, you just have take their point value into account.
Planning your meals ahead will make it easier for you to keep within your proscribed limits. You know that you have a specific number of points allocated for the day, so you can think of what you would like to eat and then refer to the Food Companion Book to see that the total value of everything you plan to consume does not exceed your limit.
Depending on your particular plan, or whether you are able to earn activity points you may be able to just exceed your limit today provided you make up for it tomorrow.
You may be able to see from the following few examples how fat and carbohydrate foods are relatively high in point value, but the effects are somewhat mitigated in high fiber foods.
This is why, overall you are much better off in eating natural foods rather than manufactured (generally higher fiber content) and why vegetables such as beans, peas and lentils score better than meats such as beef (higher fiber content again)
The effect of fiber in the gastrointestinal tract is to help digestion by giving bulk to food and enabling the muscular walls of the intestines to propel it along. A preponderance of fibre in the diet helps cut down on the consumption of unnecessary excess foods by giving a feeling of fullness and helps also to keep the GI tract regular.
The importance of fiber in our diet is generally underrated and it shows the scientific thinking that has gone into the Weight Watchers point system, incorporating fiber as a key element. Combining this system with an easy to use tool like the Weight Watchers calculator gives everybody what they need in a diet plan.