Friday, May 17, 2013

My Weight Watchers Simply Filling Review

Good Morning!  Everyone do the Friday dance with me!

This week went by like a tortoise for me - anyone else?

Today I am posting my review of Weight Watcher's Simple Filling plan - their alternative to the calculating points plan.  Howevever, it is a bit anti-climactic because my diet didn't really change. I was already eating fruit, veggies, lean protein, and whole grains.  I used the same recipes I have always used and substituted power food options when I could.  

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What did change was my attitude. It was so nice to change things up and not feel the need to calculate the points of everything I was eating, and then add up what I had eaten the entire day. 

I have to be honest here and say that I completely stopped calculating points / tracking.  Although the SF plan includes doing so for non-power foods, I instead ate those in moderation and ate until I was satisfied. 

Let me say that again - I ate in moderation and until I was satisfied.  I have been trying to lose weight since I have been breathing and never, ever in my life have I been able to eat in moderation without measuring / calculating points.  

I wish I could point to what changed, and the only thing I can think of is that I am getting the nutrients that I need by eating mostly power foods, so my body doesn't feel the need to overeat or binge.   

In the six weeks I have followed SF, I have lost 6 pounds.  I know that isn't ground-breaking to most, but a pound a week is recommended when nursing.  Anything more could impact my supply and I don't know what I would do if Ina's rolls started disappearing.

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Seriously - don't her arms look like sausage casings?!?  They are so cute I could just eat them!

Here are some other positives I found about SF:

  • Less calculating.  I do know however, as I get closer to my goal weight, I will have to be a little more strict with tracking non power foods
  • So much nutrition!  I had no problem meeting all of the good health guidelines everyday.
  • I weirdly rarely craved dessert - I cannot say the same for a glass of wine.
  • SF is truly not a "diet" but a lifestyle.  I could eat like this for the rest of my life and be a happy camper.  

A few negatives:

  • I jumped off the artificial sweetener train a long time ago - but WW hasn't yet.  Although SF allows things like diet soda or fat free yogurt flavored with artificial sweetener, I chose not to eat those and hardly consider them "power foods."
  • I love fat free milk, yogurt, and half and half.  I can tolerate fat free sour cream.  I don't do fat free cheese, so instead I had low-fat (in moderation) and it worked out just fine.
  • I also don't think the low-calorie bread options are all that great nutrition-wise. As Dan says, it is just like eating air. So, when I choose to have bread, which isn't that often, I have a "real" piece of whole wheat.  

Some SF resources:

The Weight Watchers Website

Danica's Daily - a blogger who reports everything she eats and follows SF (and lives close to Nappa Valley - so jealous!)

Carol's SF Creations - a old-school recipe blog.  I love it!

Lastly, I have a disclaimer.  Although I am currently happy with the SF plan, I am sure that I will go back to calculating points later on in life.  I think calculating points / tracking is a great option for losing weight and would recommend it to anyone.  I am going to steal Katie's term and say this is a weight-loss project, and right now SF is the tool I am using to get it done.  

Have a great weekend!

8 comments:

Tiffany @ Cute Dogs and Hugs said...

I have the same opinion on fat free foods. When it comes to something flavorful like cheese, bread, or dessert (ice cream?), I'd rather have the real deal because I find that it takes less to satisfy me.

Carrie @ Season It Already! said...

Thank you for the review! Love it. Counting is hard.

I do find that the less I eat sweets, the less that I crave them... so maybe that is the case with you after doing Simply Filling awhile. I do know that if I do start eating desserts, I start wanting them all the time.

Have a great weekend, Racheal!

Libby said...

I lost 90lbs on WW (2012)using the Points Plus. I realy changed my whole way of eating. I dont count points now (I stopped suring marathon training, it was way TOO HARD to figure out) and I eat mostly Simply Filling. I gained 10 lbs during traing so I'm back to counting points to try and get those 10 back off:( It KILLS me when someone says "Runners can eat and never gain" NOT!!!!

Libby said...

I shouldnt type before coffee:(

Racheal Kendrick said...

Exactly! I seriously used to eat 4-6 pieces of that "light" bread at a time. Gross.

Racheal Kendrick said...

I am the same way, although I know I don't want a dessert - free life. Who wants to live that way? :)

Racheal Kendrick said...

Hahaha - I also should not do anything before coffee, but I get what you mean.

I have heard of SO MANY people who gain weight while endurance training. I imagine some of that would be muscle. Good luck with counting points again. Let me know how it goes!

Anonymous said...

I know you posted this review months ago but I am just now thinking of trying SF and have been looking for info and ideas. I'm a WW point counter who attends meetings and it seems that the upcoming annual changes to the plan might be a lean toward SF or at least more power foods. My style is similar to yours in that my choices are generally healthy (mostly power foods) anyway, no artificial sweeteners, good quality whole grain bread, low fat cheeses as opposed to FF. The concerns I'm having with switching to SF are with regard to how it'll impact my cooking. I love to cook and try new recipes and always use power foods wherever I can. I'm worried about how quickly the 49 points will be used up when I start having to count things like bread crumbs, dried fruits, spaghetti sauce, etc. Is the alternative to always cook the stripped down SF-type recipes because that makes me sad...lol. Congratulations on your loss and your healthy lifestyle.

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