Hi, I'm Helen and I'd like to welcome you to my website.  I'm a WW Gold Member and am currently maintaining with an online-only membership.

I've been following the WW No Count plan since August 2016: originally swapping to it to lose my final half stone but deciding to stay with it as it worked when all else failed.  You can read my full story under 'No Count Explained' - 'Why No Count?'.

Over the past year and a half, I’ve created and adapted recipes for No Count which I’d like to share with you on this website.  About a year ago, I began to include the points values for the recipes so that those of you following WW Flex could also try them.  There's a vegan/vegetarian section with recipes very kindly supplied by Marie, and I also share recipes received from Mands (including some fab dessert ones) - both of whom are friends I've made via WW Connect and are fellow WW Gold Members.

In September 2018, WW decided not to give new members the option of following the No Count plan but you are still welcome to have a look at the recipes and try them out on WW Flex.

I'm happy to answer any questions you may have - just leave a comment on one of the pages - and you can also follow me on Instagram @helen_wwgoldmember and Connect @hhay50

I hope you enjoy what the website has to offer and I wish you every success on your WW journey.  Good luck!

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    1. Morning Fatema, if you’re doing No Count, you don’t have any daily points – you just have weeklies. Have a look at the No Count Explained page on here – it explains how No Count works. 👍🏻💕 Hope you have a good day 🤗 Helen xxxx

  1. Hi it’s great finding your blog as im finding flex gives me too much scope to go wrong as anything is allowed, im relying too much on convenience food and not enough on fresh fruit and veg. My only worry is how will I know how many weeklies I have as I loose weight will this still show on the app.

    Thank you x

    1. Hi Debbie, thanks for your message. If you’re inputting your weight each week on the app, the app will show how many weeklies you have and when you drop into the next bracket, it will show a decrease in your weeklies. I think the lowest amount of weeklies is 28. Good luck with No Count – it certainly does help you to cut down on processed foods:-) Helen xxxxxx

      1. Hi Helen! First day yesterday not too bad, however I think the bread issue is still the downside as 2 skinny toasts are so many points and I’m not a fish person so that goes out the window!

        How would you recommend tracking on the app but staying on no count?

        Also I’ve started the 10,000 steps daily challenge ‘the old way’ with a manual step counter.

        However it keeps mentioning Fitbit, is that the only thing it recognises for steps? Can you not put it in manually?

        (Sounds silly but how does it work if Ur not holding your phone all day? 😦)

        1. Hi Fatema, glad your first day was good and I hope today has been too:-) If you would like to do NC using the app, you’d have to add one food to the value of your daily points each day and then just use the app to track your weeklies. Well done on trying the 10,000 step challenge too – any exercise will really help with your weight loss. You can use the WW app to input how long you have been walking for if you don’t have a Fitbit. When you open the WW App, click on ‘Activity’ at the top to put your walking in and it will calculate the Fitpoints for you. I hope this helps:-) Helen xxxx

  2. Hi Helen thank you so much for all your input! iv been thinking bout starting WW for a while. getting sooo confused with all the similar/different plans!!!

    i did WW over 12 years ago where i got to goal and over, however 12 years and 3 kids down the line although not huge but need to lose a bit. mayb a stone.

    I originally did full count which worked for me as i was single at the time, but now with feeding a family No Count seems better and then……. i hear its going out!!!!

    i still want to stick to it to start as it sounds less stressful, however if it doesnt work il have to try th Flex plan.

    Whats really confusing me is Yes i know about the 200 no count list, but how do you calculate all the other things? e.g sugar/honey/jam/sweetened soy milk….

    i originally had the manual convertor that they gave in the meeting but have misplaced it.

    i would be very grateful if you could advice.

    im really rating your site 🙂 x

    Fatema (p.s sorry for the essay)

    1. Hi Fatema, it’s lovely to hear from you and I’m glad you like the site – thank you for your lovely comments:-) If you want to give No Count a go, you will need the WW app in order to find out the points value of the other items. This is part of the WW package when you join. If you’re on Facebook, you can also join the No Count Friends group: it’s a very large group of No Counters who all offer advice and support. I hope you enjoy NC and it works for you: if not, you’ve got that second option of Flex:-) Good luck! Helen xxxxx

        1. Ok I’m trying out the flex since my subscription has started and they won’t let me use no count. So far so good, but the bread, potatoes, baked beans n rice is the worst!!😣

          I know with no count you could have jacket potato with baked beans and that would be no points!! 😬

          1. Hi Fatema, you’re probably best starting with WW Flex as that is supported by the app. 👍🏻💕 If you want to give No Count a go later, you’d have to use the information on this website alongside the app to give you the value of foods not on the No Count list. Hope you have a good first week 🤗💝💕 Helen xxxxxxx

  3. Dear Helen

    I can’t seem to “open” your weekly plans … they are so small that I can’t read them. Is it something that I am doing wrong?

    1. Hi Gillian, the weekly plans don’t open, I’m sorry. If you’re looking at them on a phone, you can take a screenshot and then expand that. I also put them on my story on Instagram, and then in my highlights: let me know if you’re on Connect and I’ll put them on their too:-) Helen xxxxx

  4. Thank you so much for all this information. I joined WW 9 months ago and have lost 3 stones following flex and i can honestly say ive enjoyed it for the most part. However, althogh I am delighted with my loss so far i have at least another 30 lb to go but for the last 4 or 5 weeks I have been pretty stuck and despite all the helpful advice I have received and followed my weightloss has pretty much ground to a halt. Perhaps even more worryingly I’m beginning to feel a bit bored with the whole thing ….which is always dangerous for me and usually precedes me giving it all up . I was thinking of trying no count as I have heard from other members who plateau that it helps them kick start both their losses and motivation …but just as I made the decision to start it ….the flippin thing disappeared!!! Having found your site and read your info ….I’m definitely going to give it a whirl and feel excited and more motivated already . So thanks again!

    1. Hi! I can totally relate to your weight loss story: you’ve done so well with Flex but sometimes you just need a change and with NC you can have that change. I really hope it kick starts your weight loss again and you enjoy some fab food on NC. Good luck! Helen xxxxx

  5. Hi there, love your blog, I will be coming back frequently now WW has left me.
    I have only done WW for 6 months in 2016 and three months this year. In that time with No Count I have lost 1.5 stones. It is the only thing that works for me.
    I have just tried flex for a week and gained 1lb. First increase (apart form birthday week) in three months.
    My brain wasn’t Happy with flex v no count I wanted to know why. Before I have never had consistency to get the answer.

    This time I took all this week food and logged it on myfitnesspal then logged what I would of eaten doing no count.
    The difference for me was the nutrient breakdown.
    On Flex 1/3 carbs, 1/3 protein, 1/3 fats. Good and bad
    No count 50% carbs. 20% fats 30% protein
    The calorie difference was only 50 kcal approx a day, which is nothing really.

    My conclusion for me is that my body obviously responds to carbs and good ones at that. I need the brown stuff and it works for me.

    So what I am trialing is 15 points logged in the morning for my no count stuff, leaves me 8 points a day for the other stuff. Reason for the higher points is to lose 1.5 stone I would have 1-2 days off a week, I am trying to get rid of days off and be more balanced all week round. I am at healthy BMI and I am training for a half marathon so I exercise as well. I would like to lose another 1/2 stone slowly. I will stick with the app because for me it is the whole package that works.

    I thought I would share some of my personal findings as what i now know makes sense to me as to why no counts works and flex doesn’t

    Good luck to all on your journeys and Happy No Counting.

    1. Hi, thanks so much for sharing this information. I’m sure it will help other people who visit the site. 👍🏻💕. Good luck with losing the half stone and with running the half marathon 🙌 I really hope what you’ve planned works out. 👌🏻💕 Helen xxxxx

  6. I love the idea if no count and it is great that you have put it out here to read. It takes away the obsessing over points which can lead to failure. In my case any way. Please keep up the good work. Can i ask are your weekly diary posts to maintain or to lose weight. I need to get an idea of portion control and snacking and to still lose? Kind regards – Jan

    1. Hi Jan, thank you and welcome to the world of No Count:-) It certainly helps not having to think about points all the time. You should be able to lose weight by following my weekly diary posts but make sure that your Saturday is No Count too. If you’re not losing weight, try reducing any breakfast oats you have to 30g per portion and having a couple more carb-free meals. Wishing you the best of luck, Helen xxxxx

  7. So pleased you are continuing with your website. I have cancelled my WW membership as I don’t see the point is paying for something I can no longer use fully. Thanks for all your hard work xx

    1. Thank you Angela:-) Good luck with going it on your own:-) WW will still be there if you find you need a bit more support in the future. Meanwhile, I wish you the best of luck and hope you continue to enjoy No Count:-) Helen xxxxx

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