Can you really do Weight Watchers for Free without counting Points?  
Yes, you can! The Simply Filling® technique is a Weight Watchers approved plan.  Because of the simplicity of the plan, no meetings
or online subscriptions are required to follow this Weight Watchers plan.

The concept is ridiculously simple!
Eat from an extensive list of allowed (mostly whole) foods called Power Foods.  You'll rely on listening to your body and eating from the
Power Foods  list until you are comfortably full, but not overly stuffed.  Stick to this Power Foods list.  Listen to your body.  And you don't
have to count Points.

What if I stray from the List?
The program also has built in flexibility.  You also have 49 PointsPlus (or your allotted Weekly SmartPoints) to use when you stray from the list.

So what's the catch?
Sound too good to be true?  We enlisted 108 subscribers to try this plan for 3 months to see if it was. While these testers raved
about many aspects of the
Simply Filling® Plan, they did report some serious negatives and hurdles along the way.  At
Shrinking On a Budget, we made it our goal to find a solution to the negatives, and create strategies to maximize the positive
aspects of the plan. As usual, we endlessly researched until we felt comfortable that we could offer
Game Changing results.

We'll give you an overview of the
Simply Filling® technique then share these Pros and Cons of the plan as reported by our
initial 108 test subscribers.  
While our weekly family friendly Simply Filling/Clean Eating meal plans do make following the plan Simply
Filling Plan
Plug and Play, you can find suitable recipes yourself if you have the time. We'll even share our solutions and strategies, then
we'll show you how you can easily recreate those same solutions for yourself for
free.

    Pros:
  • You won't be hungry!  With no limit on the healthy foods on the approved list, there's NO going hungry.  Foods on the
    Power Foods  list are hunger busters. If you're still hungry after 3 eggs and whole wheat toast for breakfast, eat a bowl of yogurt with
    some berries.

  • Eating out is infinitely easier! You will find something at 99% of restaurants that fit within the plan. Look for salads with olive
    oil and vinegar dressing, sandwiches served on true whole wheat bread, broth based soups, grilled chicken and roasted or steamed
    vegetables.  Burgers sans cheese without the bun (if no whole wheat option is available) are great options. Corn tortillas are safe too
    so soft tacos (sans cheese) quite often fit within the Power Foods guidelines.
    How we maximize this for our subscribers: On 10/3 we will post (on the Field Tester Portal) an extensive list of restaurant and
    fast food options to make dining out (or take out) even easier. Only subscribers can view this information.
    How you can do this yourself: Make yourself  familiar with the Power Foods list. Before you go to a restaurant or grab take-out,
    look at the menu online ahead of time. Select foods that most closely resemble the Power Foods list. Since whole wheat truly means
    whole wheat (not just colored bread) it is safest to eat burgers and sandwiches either without bun or open faced. Again, soft corn
    tortillas are safe.  So grilled chicken soft tacos (without the cheese) would be fine.

  • You won't feel deprived   You're eating reasonable portions of REAL food from all the food groups, including carbs. Potatoes
    and corn are even on the list!  Plus you still get a weekly allowance to use for treats and things not on the Power Foods list. Don't like
    the fat free dairy products on the list?  Use your Weekly Points allowance to bump up to reduced fat dairies.
    How we maximized this for our subscribers:  Effective 10/3, we will have a list of all the foods our initial Field Testers used their
    Weekly Points allowance for.  We're inviting our new subscribers to report their "indulgences and splurges".  We'll add every
    single one of those to the list as well!
    How you can do this yourself: If you know the nutritional information of your recipe, simply plug it into this calculator to obtain
    PointsPlus value.  If you don't know nutritional value of a food, try Googling it, or use this calculator.  

  • You'll.... feel..... better... Way better!  And you won't be tired. Our bodies feel and function better when we fuel them with as close to
    whole foods as possible.  This plan (with a few exceptions) encourages whole, clean foods.  As one tester said, "I've never had more
    energy in my life!"

  • Power Foods list contains common recipe ingredients  The Power Food list includes so many options that finding recipes
    using these ingredients requires only your time.  You might find that many of your favorite recipes are adaptable to fit within the plan.
    How we maximized this for our subscribers: We have just launched weekly meal plans that exclusively use ingredients from the
    Power Foods List.  All recipes used were 4-5 Star recipes.  Included are 2 breakfasts, 2 snacks, 2 lunches, 7 dinners (with sides) and
    2 desserts.  These meal plans are currently available only to Special Invitation subscribers.   
    How you can do this yourself: There aren't a lot of Simply Filling recipes online.  However, you will be able to find many recipes
    that use the ingredients on the Power Foods list. Google search Clean Eating for ideas, making sure the recipes don't include cheese
    or avocado.  You can use fat free versions of cheese, but you'll need to dip into your Weekly allowance to bump up to reduced fat.

  • You can switch back and forth You can switch back and forth (on a weekly basis) from Simply Filling to SmartPoints or PointsPlus.

  • This is truly a lifestyle: As one of our original Field Testers said, "I feel like this plan is a stepping stone to being a
    'normal eater'.  It has reconnected me to my body's hunger and satisfied signals".

  • You can eat carbs! Potatoes, corn, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat bread, light bread, whole grain cereals are all on the list.  

    Cons:
  • Sugar substitutes and fat free dairy   These are your options on the Power Foods list for sweeteners and dairy.  For a plan
    that claims to encourage you to eat whole foods, these ingredients just seem out of place.  Testers were ok with the fat free yogurt,
    and even the cream cheese (in the right recipe), but the fat free cheese is just nasty.  And artificial sugar substitutes, for the most part,
    are arguably unhealthy.  
    How we solved this for our subscribers: We try to select recipes that either don't have cheese or are delicious as
    "cheese optional".  We provide the Field Tester with the PointsPlus and SmartPoints values for optional cheese.  We have also
    done extensive research on sugar substitutes and provide options for the best (and most natural) choice.
    How you can do this yourself: Look up Points values on cheeses (and other items) that you often use. If you know the nutritional
    information, simply plug it into this calculator to obtain PointsPlus value.  If you don't know nutritional value of a food, try Googling it,
    or use this calculator.  It's easy to do your own research on the healthiest sugar substitutes.

  • Lack of recipes: Didn't we just list in the Pros that the Simply Filling list uses ingredients that are common in recipes? Yes, we
    did.  The foods on the Simply Filling® approved list are (mostly) whole foods that have potential to be delicious (see list HERE).
    And, if you have the time and basic skills, finding and modifying recipes to use with this plan is easy peasy. But not everyone has
    the time or desire to search for and modify recipes.  And there are few actual Simply Filling® recipes out there.  So unless you are
    creative in the kitchen, you'll probably stick with basic preparation and can easily get bored with the food.  
    How we solved this for our subscribers: This one "Con" is the main reason we decided to launch weekly meal plans specifically
    for Simply Filling.  Since the first Field Testers tried this program, we have searched for, created and tweaked easy, delicious family
    friendly recipes that adhere strictly to the Simply Filling approved list.  We provide subscribers a weekly meal plan that contains 2
    breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 snacks, 7 dinners (with sides) and 2 desserts. Picky Eater modifications are a part of each recipes. We also
    found a creative way to make quick and simple barbeque and teriyaki sauces, as well as "cream of...." soups, making your recipe
    possibilities expand considerably. We are even adding 15 Minute Meals customized for Simply Filling® on 10/5!  
    How you can do this yourself: There aren't a lot of Simply Filling recipes online.  However, you will be able to find many recipes
    that use the ingredients on the Power Foods list. Google search Clean Eating for ideas, making sure the recipes don't include cheese
    or avocado.  You can use fat free versions of cheese, but you'll need to dip into your Weekly allowance to bump up to reduced fat.




  • Can you trust your body signals?: This plan requires you to listen to your body signals to determine when you are "not quite full" but
  • not still hungry.  Many are afraid they won't have the knowledge or willpower to do this.
    What we did for our subscribers: We have researched and developed several genius strategies that will quickly and easily help our
    Field Testers with listening to and understanding their body signals.  We also give them tips to trick their body into thinking it really is
    FULL. Our strategies are amazingly simple, but they work!  
    How you can do this yourself: It's easy to do your own research on this topic.  We found tons of information online in forums, blogs
    and informational websites.

  • I'll don't have time to cook!: Yes, we will admit that, while the Power Foods list is fairly simple, many of your "go to" convenience
    food items are absent from the Power Foods list. So you'll  need to cook.  We recommend sticking to quick and easy  meals,
    particularly if you are not accustomed to cooking.
    What we are doing for our subscribers: Our Simply Filling family friendly quick and easy weekly meal plans that use Power Foods
    make sticking to the plan much, much easier.  We're also launching Simply Filling 15 Minute Meal recipe collection on 9/20.
    How you can do this yourself: Recipes specifically for Simply Filling are few and far between. But since this plan closely resembles
    Clean Eating, you can simply Google "Clean Eating quick and easy meals". You will have to modify the recipes so that they don't
    include cheese, nuts or avocado.  But these recipes are probably the easiest place to start.

If you are interested in doing Weight Watchers without counting Points, but don't have the time to search for recipes,
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This offer ends 10/1.  Our goal is to make the
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