Dieting company WeightWatchers’ fat and calorie-based points is set to be replaced by a new system that allows treats, from birthday meals out to the odd fast food binge.
A typical member will be given a typical daily allowance of up to 29 of the recalculated ProPoints, compared with 18 old-style points.
But the big selling point is a slush fund of 49 ‘real living’ points, which can be dipped into when on a girlie night out or when only fast food will do.
A gin and low-calorie tonic will account for two ProPoints, a pint of lager adds six and a Big Mac costs 12 points.
Although treats were allowed under the old system, they had to come out of the daily allowance of points.
In a further change all fruit and most vegetables will be point-free, allowing slimmers to fill up on healthy foods.
Under the old system, a banana and a low fat chocolate bar carried the same number of points, meaning there was little incentive to choose fruit over a sweet treat.