Please note that this post is from 2012 and has not been updated with the new Weight Watchers Beyond the Scale changes. Refer to the updated Weight Watchers material for the correct information
I made it one of my goals for the month of December to follow the Simply Filling plan from Weight Watchers for a week. I came up with the goal after reading Melissa’s post about her doing Simply Filling for a week. She had awesome results and I thought I would give it a shot.
Here’s a jist of how Simply Filling works: you eat foods from the Power Foods list until you are satisfied, not worrying about counting PointsPlus. If you want something that isn’t a Power Food, then you use your Weekly PointsPlus allowance or any Activity PointsPlus you earn.
That’s my quick rundown of it, if you want more information, here’s Weight Watchers’ explanation.
The foods list contains fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, fat-free dairy, light breads, and some other items. It’s actually quite a large list to choose from and after studying it, I decided to give it a shot.
So, this past week (Thursday-Wednesday) was my week on Simply Filling! I was a little nervous at first because I have counted PointsPlus the entire time I’ve done Weight Watchers. The only time I didn’t was when I wasn’t following program or did my Simply Filling Fridays. I wasn’t sure what to expect and honestly sort of doubted myself that I wouldn’t be able to do it.
I of course pushed that doubt aside and went for it! I planned out my menu Wednesday night, which took a lot more work than I thought it would. I really had to make sure that what I was going to make for dinner was going to be made with Power Foods. I found recipes that were either completely Simply Filling or only had me using 1-2 of my Weekly 49. (Sometimes you just got to have the cheese or peanut butter)
After my menu planning, I hit up the grocery store and stocked up on lots of Simply Filling snacks. I got apples, cuties, bananas, cucumbers, tomatoes, and red peppers. I made sure to take the time to prep the veggies too, because I knew if they weren’t an easy grab, I would choose something less filling.
Every meal and snack I ate was Simply Filling with the occasional Weekly PointsPlus being used. Except for Saturday, I had a horrible headache and upset stomach at work, in which I ate popcorn for lunch (which is Simply Filling) because it was the only thing that sounded good. I posted on Facebook how I was craving carbs like crazy, which I always seem to do when I’m not feeling 100%. Anyways…that night for dinner I ended up having buttered (not SF) toast with a can of soup. It made me feel better though, so it was worth it. 🙂
Rest of the week was spot on though and I felt really great. It felt kinda freeing not having to count PointsPlus and also not feel like I had to eat every single last one of them. I weighed myself daily and noticed the pounds coming off. So, when I weighed in at my meeting on Wednesday night, I was down 3lbs! Which meant I hit my 160lbs lost mark! I was in complete shock!
I Instagramed the picture above with the caption: #simplyfilling worked! Down 3lbs for a total of 160!!!!!! #weightwatchers #becauseitworks
I haven’t had a loss like that in AGES! Now, I also worked my butt off and earned 36 Activity PointsPlus last week, so I’m sure that helped too. But I really think a lot of it was following the Simply Filling plan.
* I really focused on my hunger cues. I ate when I was hungry and stopped when I was full. A lot of the time while counting PointsPlus I ate because I had the PointsPlus, not mattering if I was hungry or not.
* I really made wise food choices. Instead of snacking on a Weight Watchers 2PP bar or a rice cake with PB2, I was eating fruit, yogurt or veggies.
* I never felt like I was deprived. If I wanted to have the bar or rice cake, I could have. But in the end spending my Weekly 49 on it didn’t matter.
* I still ate things that weren’t Simply Filling, but made sure it didn’t exceed half of my Weekly 49. There were times I ate light sour cream or cheese with my meals or even the night I had the soup, but I didn’t let those little things add up to more that 24 of my 49 Weekly PointsPlus.
* I wasn’t eating nearly as much as I do when counting PointsPlus, but then again never felt deprived or hungry.
I’m really happy with the way my Simply Filling week went, that I’m doing it again this week. I really fill like I could stick with this for the rest of my life, which is awesome. I feel in control of what I’m eating and it feels super awesome! 🙂
I totally recommend you give Simply Filling a try if you’re on Weight Watchers and are feeling like you’re in a rut and just want to shake things up a bit. The worst that could happen is you decide you don’t like it. Luckily you can change your mind and go right back to counting PointsPlus.
If you’re on Weight Watchers, do you do Simply Filling? If not, is it something you would try?
Feel free to send me any questions about Simply Filling or even a tip or recipe you may have!