Points diet

Goal: to lose weight by keeping track of points

Be aware: this is only the goal of this diet, not necessarily its outcome. Results vary from person to person. Consult your doctor or dietician before starting this (or any other) diet.

The Points diet

The points diet has many different variants and is a diet in which you keep track of points instead of calories. The concept is the same, though, as each point stands for about 25 calories, depending on the variant of the diet.

On the homepage you can compare this diet with other diets.

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Counting points

The idea behind the Points diet is that it is easier to count points than to count calories. All products are assigned a number of points based on how many calories there are (on average) in these products. 


Besides the fact that it would be easier to keep track of points, the purpose of the points is to make you aware of what you are eating. Some products may have more points than you would expect, or less. In this way, you should become more aware of how many calories a product contains.

The 40 points diet

One variant of the diet is called the 40-points diet. This is a variant of the diet where you can have a maximum of 40 points per day, what comes down to about 1000 calories a day (read how many calories is 'normal' here).

The 40-points diet can therefore be seen as a crash diet.

Products on the 40-points diet

On the 40-points diet you can choose what products you eat, but the advice is to choose as many vegetables and other healthy products as possible. It is recommended to eat at least 200 grams of vegetables and 2 pieces of fruit a day. In addition, it is recommended to consume whole grain bread (with healthy toppings), an egg, a glass of milk and 2 litres of water per day.

Depending on the fruits and vegetables you choose, you can reach 40 points with only these products.

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The 50-points diet or the 60-points diet

Besides the 40-points diet, the 50-points or 60-points diets are often offered as an alternative. In these variants you are allowed 1250 and 1500 calories a day, respectively.

Of course, more variants of the Points diet are known or can be thought of this way.


By exercising you gain minus points. These points are deducted from the number of points you have eaten that day. You earn one minus point by burning the number of calories that stand for one point.

Be aware

Consult your doctor or dietician before starting this (or any) diet. This diet can be dangerous for you, for example due of the low number of calories. 


We found no books written about the points diet. There are, however, some books on calories and counting calories. We have listed them as ad links from Amazon and Ebooks for you below:

Similar diets

Another diet that works with a points system is Weight Watchers. The diet is also comparable to other diets that track calories, such as the Noom diet, the 1200 calorie diet and the Hospital diet.

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General warnings

Please take note that most diets do not have a scientific basis.

Consult your doctor or dietician before starting a diet, especially if you have a chronic condition like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung disease or kidney disease.

Eating disorders

If you think you might have an eating disorder (like anorexia or bulimia), it is important to look for professional help. Contact your (house) doctor or find help elsewhere. Here you can find a list of several websites that can provide (online) help. These sites also provide information for people that know someone with an eating disorder.