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.
One of the most popular messages I receive from you guys is about the Simply Filling portion of Weight Watchers. How it works, will you lose weight doing it, and other things. I thought that a mini series of posts about it would be super helpful for you all since you guys are curious about it and also because I think it is the most underutilized portion of the Weight Watchers program.
So, I suppose you could say I know a thing or two about it. 😉 Which, since I adore you all, I’m sharing my knowledge with you! My plan is to discuss the basics of the program in this post and have another post next week answering some FAQs about it. If you have a question, feel free to leave it in the comments and I’ll try to answer it as best as I can in my next post!
The basic concept of Simply Filling is you eat strictly from a list of Power Foods until you are satisfied and you do not need to track these foods. I still recommend writing them down if you feel better with tracking, but again, there’s no need to write anything down that is on the Power Foods List. But, it is wise to track the things that are not on the list so you are aware of how many weekly PointsPlus you have left.
So, those 26-72 PointsPlus you get a day? They’re out the window. You do not use them when doing SF. As long as you eat from the list, you are fine.
What types of foods are on the list you ask?
Well it’s pretty much based on the foods Weight Watchers labels as Power Foods or the ones with the green triangles next to them in all of your WW literature and tools.
Which are based on your lean proteins, fruits, veggies, whole grains, and non-fat dairy. And if you’re following program and getting in your Good Health Guidelines, then you should be mostly following Simply Filling as it is. But that’s not the point of this post.
Now one of the most important things about Simply Filling is listening to your hunger cues.
Let me say that again….
You MUST listen to your hunger cues.
That’s how this works, you eat from the Power Foods list until you are satisfied. Which, I know seems absolutely scary, but it isn’t. You just need to learn to trust yourself. Besides, do you really think you’ll gorge yourself on chicken breasts? Probably not.
So, you’re cruising along and eating from the list, listening to your hunger cues, right? Then something comes along that you want to eat and it isn’t on the Power Foods list. What do you do?
Well, no worries, you can still enjoy it! When following SF, you still get your weekly 49 and any activity PointsPlus you earn to use towards things that aren’t SF. Now you don’t have to live without that donut in the break room that has been calling your name. 😉
Oh and that 2tsp of oil you’re to be getting in everyday, that’s included! No need to count it against your 49.
Do you think you got the basics down?
It is really easy once you get the hang of it. It took me a bit to get it down, but now it is like second nature to me. All I have to do is pick from that list and base my meals around it. I’d say SF is fool-proof actually. The thing that scares people the most is the whole “eating until you are satisfied” bit, which like I said before, you just need to learn to trust yourself. And how will you ever know if Simply Filling is or isn’t for you if you never give it a try?
Now, that you know the basics, what else are you wondering about Simply Filling? I will try my best to answer any questions in a post next week!
Have you ever done Simply Filling?
Did this post help you understand it a bit better?