Top facts (and some cool tips) about the new plan. Did you know…
1)…that 300 calories can translate into lots of different SmartPoints values
All calories are not equal. Our new SmartPoints™ plan is based on the latest in nutritional science, nudging you toward a pattern of healthy eating with more fruits, vegetables and lean protein, and less sugar and saturated fat.
The goal: great weight loss plus healthier eating habits.
(That’s what’s known as a win-win.)
See how 300 calories can translate into a wide range of SmartPoints values (and nudge you toward the healthier choice).
See what we mean? With SmartPoints, it’s about pinpointing healthy choices. You can still eat anything you want — it’s your choice! You’re the explorer, we’re the map.
2) …that sugar and saturated fat love to hide in some surprising foods
1 medium chai latte: 18g sugar
1 bowl of tomato soup: 10g sugar
1 oz of cheese: 6g of sat fat
1 croissant: 7g of sat fat
1 glass of orange juice: 7g of sugar
The SmartPoints plan clues you in to hidden sugar and saturated fats without having to look at a food label. You’ll be nudged toward healthier choices, which will soon become second nature. But if that latte is still what you want? Go for it. It’s all a matter of trade-offs — and using your Weekly SmartPoints!
3) …lean protein is found in chicken, but also in all kinds of foods
Lean protein is a great way to stretch your SmartPoints Budget. It’s also an important nutrient for your body (remember in school when you learned that protein was one of the body’s building blocks? Totally true!) so eat up.
– Beans and lentils: 9g of protein per half cup — SmartPoints value: 3
– Non-fat dairy, like unsweetened Greek yogurt: 23g per cup — SmartPoints value: 3
– Tofu: 8-10 g per half cup — SmartPoints value: 2
– Eggs: 6g for 1 egg — SmartPoints value: 2
– Canned tuna: 16 g in a 3 oz can — SmartPoints value: 1
– Lean pork loin: 23g for 3 oz — SmartPoints value: 3
– Flank steak: 106g in 1 steak — SmartPoints value: 3
4)…you don’t need to worry about sugar in fruit
While there IS naturally occurring sugar in fruits (and some veggies), whole fruit is full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. We want you to eat it, so it stays zero!
5)…that when we asked participants in a study on SmartPoints what had changed for them, after 3 months they reported a reduction in food cravings and experienced increases in stamina and flexibility.
5 cool things to know about FitPoints
1. You’ll get a weekly FitPoints goal personalized to you. You can find it on your My Day dashboard.
2. It’s easier than ever to rack up “points” for movement, with the updated formula for FitPoints.
3. Your FitPoints goal is flexible! You can keep the one you get after taking your assessment or set your own goal if you like. Just go to Settings > Activity.
4. You can track FitPoints for hundreds of activities, from dog walking to downward dog, in our FitPoints database; or create your own activity by inputting how long your workout was, and your intensity level (low, medium, or high).
5. You can sync your moves with Fitbit®, Jawbone®, and other activity monitors to your FitPoints tracker online or on the Mobile app.