Knowing the amount of different foods you can substitute to maintain your diet plan is important. This guide is about weight watcher's diet exchange plans.
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A number of posters are asking for information on the old Weight Watchers Exchange Program from the 80s. eBay has listings for the Weight Watchers Quick Start PLUS Program Cookbook. Same as mine from 1986, it lists all the information from the Exchange Program. Just type in Weight Watchers Quick Start under cookbooks.
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Here are questions related to Weight Watchers Diet Exchange Plans.
I too need the food log for the 80's Weight Watcher exchange program. I made one myself, but it is not as good as what they had. I am still searching here.
I called and canceled my Nutrisystem program this a.m. The food gave me severe stomach cramps and other issues. I just can't tolerate the sugar alcohols and fat free chemicals. I am going back to real food. I need more protein and less carbs than current WW programs; they just don't work. This one does.
By parmstro from TX
By dorothy.fairbanks 09/04/2013
I am also looking for the diet journal from the weight watchers exchange program. Anyone have any ideas where I can get one?
I had great success on the old Weight Watchers plan in 1989, if someone can help me with the food list, the exchanges, and what ever else I would need to get started I would appreciate your help more then you would know?
I'm looking for the Weight Watcher plan. I need information on food exchanges, amount of a serving, the breakdown of allowed exchanges per day for a male 18 yrs. old.
By Dixie from Millstadt, IL
By Michelle Pesta C. 05/29/2013
Does anyone have a copy of the Weight Watchers diet from the 1970s that they could share? or know how to find one online? I've lost mine and that diet seemed to work for me back then and the new versions don't now.
Does some type of conversion chart exist for the Weight Watchers Points? I prefer the exchange plan and Weight Watchers products in the store always print the points information on the box instead. So I end up searching for other products that still use the exchange system.
Does anyone have the old Weight Watchers exchange plan info? I think you could eat like 5 starches, 3 proteins, 2 fruits, 2 dairy, etc. a day. I lost 50 pounds on that plan and I'd like to try it again.
By Cheryl O
By Juulzz 08/24/2015
The W.W. exchange plan would be as follows:
Fat - 3
Veggies - no less than 3
Bread(starchies) - 3-5
Water - 8
Personal Selections(excluding fats) 7-14
Optional Calories - 100 per day
Eggs/Organ meats - 4
Meats and or Cheese - 16( this is red meat/livers, giblets/ tongue/and other assorted icky things.
Do try to eat fish at least 3 times a week.(my thing, less calories and good fats)
Weight Watchers used to do the exchange system, but has since changed to the point system. Does anyone know where I can find a conversion tool or chart so I can find out the exchange for the points posted on different products?
I am looking for the Weight Watchers 3-3-3 diet plan. I used it many years ago but I lost it when I moved. The Weight Watchers meetings are not doing it for me. All they talk about is the new points program and it doesn't help at all.
By Cyndy from Chatham, Ontario
By Joan  01/25/2010
Hy Cyndy; It sounds like you are having trouble understanding the weight watchers points system. Why don't you tell your leader that you are having trouble. I joined Weight Watchers last May and lost 20 lbs by the end of September. I think you will find the points system easy to follow once you get into it. Most vegetables are free and fruit is very low in points value so there are lots of low points foods to choose from. Once you get into the habit of keeping track of what you eat, it gets easier. Good Luck! Joan from Chesterfied, MI
I have been looking for the 1980s Weight Watchers exchanges booklet. Can you tell me where I can find this? Thank you.
By Robyn Fed  12/27/2011
I looked on wikianswers and found that the curves diet plan offers a similar exchange list. Here is their website:
Here is the regular Weight Watchers Webpage. While I was there I subscribed to their newsletter.
Can anyone out there help me find a copy of the old 1980s Weight Watchers Exchange plan? I need information on food exchanges, amount of a serving, the breakdown of allowed exchanges per day, etc. In other words just about everything concerning this plan. Thank you very much.
By Marcia C 05/20/2011
I have a copy of the Weight Watchers Quick Start Plus Cookbook from 1986. The daily exchanges for a women are as follows:
3 fruits, at least 2 veggies, 2 milk, 2 bread, 3 fat, and 6 proteins.
add 1 protein
Weeks 3 and 4
add 1 bread and 2 proteins
You should always eat breakfast. Don;'t eat more than 4 eggs in a week.
Eat a minimum of 3 fish meals. eat 3 to 4 oz. liver in Weeks 12 and 3. Week 4, eat 4 t0 6 oz. liver. I hope this helps. This book is full of info.
I am looking for a complete diet from the 1990s. I did the diet in 1992 with great results, but cannot find my plan. Can anyone help?
By debasf from London, England
I am looking for the Weight Watchers exchange booklets from the 70'-80's. Any ideas?
Does anyone know where I can find the Weight Watchers Quick Control Options weekly menu plan? I have a couple, but would like to get the full set. Thanks.