WeightWatchers Approves Drinking Alcohol

WeightWatchers has replaced it traditional point system with one that permits dieting members to consume alcoholic drinks.

The new system, called ProPoints, includes 49 additional "real living" points each week. These can be used for such things as alcoholic beverages and other foods. For example, a gin and low-calorie tonic equals two "real living" points, a pint of beer counts as six, and a Big Mac equals 12.

Standard drinks of beer, wine and distilled spirits contain an equivalent amount of alcohol. A standard drink refers to:

  • a 12-ounce bottle or can of regular beer
  • a five-ounce glass of dinner wine
  • a shot of liquor or spirits (either straight or in a mixed drink).

They're all the same to a breathalyzer as well as to both better health and longer life. For more, visit Standard Drinks.

Permitting drinking isn't surprising. As WeightyWatchers says, "understanding about weight loss has grown significantly over the past 10 years." Scientific research evidence now suggests that drinking alcohol in moderation doesn't cause weight problems. See Alcohol, Calories and Weight.

The information on this site is informational only. It does not constitute advice or recommendations of any kind and none should be inferred.


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