12/17 Update: Weight Watchers latest plan: Freestyle is more like Simply Filling than any other previous program I can recall and Simply Filling remains as an option with an expanded list of foods.
Note: Weight Watchers Introduced its new plan, SmartPoints: Beyond the Scale on 12/7/15. The Simply Filling technique is still an option, though some of the language has changed. “Power foods” and the “good health guidelines” have been integrated into the new SmartPoints eating plan. Instead of being called “power foods” the foods you eat with Simply Filling are called Simply Filling Foods. I’ve edited this post to reflect these changes.
I love the Weight Watchers Simply Filling Technique (No-count option). I think it’s one of the reasons I’ve finally been able to maintain my weight loss so easily (finally, after all these
If you want to lose weight and get healthy, I don’t think there’s a better approach around right now than Weight Watchers “Simply Filling” plan.
I was able to use what I learned from the Simply Filling approach as a launching pad to becoming what I consider a much more ‘normal eater.’
Are you familiar with the Weight Watchers Simply Filling Technique?
Basically, Weight Watchers created a no-count technique for people who don’t like to calculate points and/or track. To follow it, eat from the list of Simply Filling Foods in your Pocket Guide, until you FEEL SATISFIED, NOT STUFFED.
You don’t have to measure your food. You don’t have to count or track SmartPoints. You just have to stick with eating Simply Filling Foods.
Talk about simple. It doesn’t get much simpler than The Weight Watchers Simply Filling Technique.
Watch this video to find out what a typical day on Simply Filling looks like:
You can follow ‘Simply Filling’ for a day, a few days, a week or all the time.
Whatever works best for you!
What are Weight Watchers Simply Filling Foods?
Weight Watchers Simply Filling Foods List Include:
- All fresh, frozen, or canned without added sugar
- Fruit canned in its own juice (drained)
- Mixed fruits with no added sugar
- Most fresh, frozen or canned without added sugar or oil
- Potatoes — white, red, sweet
- Salsa: fat-free and without added sugar, including salsa with fruit
- Beef, chicken, lamb, pork, turkey, veal: lean, trimmed, all skin removed (see food list for specific cuts and grinds)
- Luncheon and deli meats, reduced sodium, with 0.5 gram or less of fat per 2-ounce serving
- Most fish and shellfish: fresh, frozen, and canned
- Eggs: Whole, whites, and egg substitutes
- Beans: dried, frozen and canned, including edamame, fat-free refried, garbanzo (chickpeas), kidney and white
- Dried peas including black-eyed peas and split peas
- Meat substitutes, including tofu and vegetarian burgers
- Game meats
- Organ meats from beef, lamb, pork, veal, and poultry
- Brown and wild rice
- Hot cereals, cooked — without added sugar, dried fruits, or nuts
- Pasta, whole-wheat or other whole-grain varieties
- Popcorn, air-popped, or 94% fat-free microwave-popped
- Whole-grain, ready-to-eat cereals without added sugar, dried fruits or nuts, and with 4g of fiber or more per serving
- Whole-grains such as: barley, buckwheat, bulgur, cornmeal (polenta) whole-wheat couscous, quinoa
Watch One Weight Watcher’s Simply Filling Grocery Haul & Meal Ideas:
Non-Fat Dairy and Dairy Substitutes
- Fat-free cheeses, including fat-free cottage cheese
- Fat-free milk and beverages made with fat-free milk, such as cappuccino or latte, as long as it’s sugar-free
- Yogurt, fat-free, plain or flavored with artificial sweetener
- Fat-free sour cream
- Soy products, unflavored and plain, such as:
- Calcium-fortified soy milk
- Unflavored soy milk
- Fat-free soy cheese
- Plain soy yogurt
- Light breads, english muffins and hotdog/hamburger rolls
- Reduced-fat corn tortillas
- Soups (broth, onion, and some broth- and tomato-based vegetable soups)
- Sugar-free gelatin
Is There Anything Else To Weight Watchers Simply Filling Program?
1. You also can enjoy the following without tracking:
- 2 teaspoons of healthy oils daily (canola, olive, safflower, sunflower, flaxseed)
- Unsweetened coffee and tea
- Diet soda
- Club soda
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Cocktail sauce
- Fat-free salad dressings
- Fat-free margarine
- Fat-free mayonnaise
- Hot sauce
- Lemon juice
- Lime juice
- Nonstick cooking spray
- Salsa (fat-free)
- Soy sauce
- Steak sauce
- Sugar substituts
- Taco sauce
- Teriyaki sauce
- Worcestershire sauce
2. You still get your weekly SmartPoints. You can use them for treats and things not on the Simply Filling Foods List or the above beverages and condiments list. I use these points for foods I’m not willing to give up like peanut butter, nuts, wine and reduced fat cheese since I’m not willing to eat the fat free stuff.
Why I Love the Weight Watchers Simply Filling Technique
1. I love not having to calculate and count everything.
Can I tell you how much I LOVE not having to count and calculate points! I wonder sometimes, how much we really do it even we are supposed to be. I know I can get really lazy about it. And sometimes it’s impossible, like when you are eating somewhere other than at home, which for many of us these days, is a lot of the time.
I also think the whole “points” mentality can encourage an unhealthy relationship with food if you’re not really careful. Sometimes, in the frenzy of counting points, I forget that I’m dealing with FOOD, not points. And I find myself eating food even when I’m not hungry because I have points available. That’s CRAZY!
2. It Makes Eating Out Easier.
You can actually go out to a restaurant or at your friends and family’s homes without having to fret about so much.
It seems like there’s always something available to order/eat that will work wit the plan. Some of my personal favorites include big salads with grilled chicken or shrimp, grilled chicken sandwiches, grilled fish tacos, broth-based soups, turkey burgers, sushi/sashimi, whole wheat pasta with vegetables and chicken, fajitas with corn tortillas, and burrito bowls with brown rice.
The options are limitless, once you get the hang of it.
When I’m invited to someone’s home, I’ll often bring something along that works with Simply Filling to share, like a big salad or roasted/grilled vegetable medley.
3. I’m Never Hungry and I Feel Good.
Because I’m eating reasonable portions of real food that’s good for me. And I never feel deprived because I’m eating from all the food groups, including carbs.
Simply Filling Foods are the good-for-you foods. Mostly clean whole foods. Fruits. Vegetables. Whole Grains. Lean Proteins. The foods your body really wants. When you eat them, your body is satisfied. You have more energy. You feel less hungry.
If I had tried to eat when I was hungry and stop when I was full with my old way of eating I would have failed. I ate a lot of very refined carbohydrates – breads, bagels, pasta, pancakes – which would have constantly been creating ‘fake physical hunger.’
What is ‘fake physical hunger?’
It’s an intense feeling of I Must Eat Now with very powerful cravings that happens when too much insulin fills your bloodstream to deal with all the sugar you fed it.
For me, this happens regularly about an hour after eating a sugar or simple carb heavy meal.
When I eat a big bagel or sugary cereal for breakfast. Or a big plate of pasta. A short time later, get shaky and fuzzy-headed with a pit in my stomach that seems like it needs to be filled right this minute.
After being on Simply Filling, I was able to make the connection and realize what was happening. Realizing how awful these foods make me feel when I eat them in large doses, makes them a whole lot less attractive to my taste buds. I sometimes forget, like when I ate too much cake a few weeks ago. But that’s okay. I’m human.
The Skinny on Weight Loss Sisters Talk About WW Simply Filling:
4. It’s a Lifestyle I can Live With for the Long Term
After years of yo-yo diets and following the fads, this is major.
I feel like Simply Filling has been stepping stone to becoming a ‘normal eater.’ I’ve used it to help me reconnect with my body’s natural hunger and satisfied signals.
It didn’t happen overnight. But with time, practice and patience, I have trained myself to stop eating when I am satisfied, not stuffed.
This is a huge accomplishment for a girl who used to have to undo the button(s) on her pants or change into sweatpants at the end of most meals!
The Simply Filling Technique is worth trying for just about any person in any lifestyle. You’ve gotta be willing to give mostly clean eating a try, of course.
But why not give it a try. What do you have to lose?
Update: Now I’m able to apply what I learned with Simply Filling to ALL FOODS, not just Simply Filling Foods. By combining what I learned from The Simply Filling Technique and Mindless Eating, I have been able to break free of the vicious extreme restraint/over-indulgence cycle and am successfully maintaining my weight!
Who the Simply Filling System May Not Work For
The Simply Filling technique might not be for you if:
- You are prone to overeating and tend to eat to way past full. If you eat too much of any food, even healthy stuff you can take in too many calories making it hard to create the deficit needed to lose weight.
- You eat a lot more carbs than protein. I’ve found I need to be careful not to overdo it with the carbs, even on Simply Filling. Loading up on too much bread, pasta, cereal and rice, even if it’s wholegrain, makes it hard for me to lose/maintain my weight.
- You need more structure to insure you are eating in a healthy balanced way. You may want to check out the Old Weight Watchers Food Exchange Program if you do. It’s how I originally lost weight and became a Lifetime Member way back in the early 1990s, before Points.
If that sounds like you, be sure to check out my Ultimate Weight Watchers Guide for lots of helpful Weight Watchers Resources!
More about Weight Watcher Simply Filling:
- Weight Watchers Simply Filling: Will It Work for You (Snack-Girl)
- 10 Things I Love About Weight Watchers Simply Filling (Something Swanky)
- My Week On Simply Filling (Brooke Not on a Diet)
If you liked reading about the Weight Watchers Simply Filling Technique, you might also enjoy:
- What was the Weight Watcher’s Program Like in the 1960s
- Why I think the Old Weight Watchers Food Exchange Plan Was Better than Points
- The Weight Watchers 360 Program
- Weight Watchers Introduces new SmartPoints Beyond The Scale Program 2016
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