Filling Foods - Weight Watchers Alternate Plan

Weight Watchers Points Plus 2012 has a "secret" plan!
Weight Watchers Points Plus 2012 has a "secret" plan! | Source

Weight Watchers' "Secret Plan"

OK, "secret" might be a stretch but Weight Watchers PointsPlus 2012® does have an alternate technique for those who are struggling on their regular plan. And, why would America's Number One weight loss plan need a "plan B"?

Weight Watchers PointsPlus 2012® is so satisfying, with so much variety, that it could be too flexible for some dieters. Meant to be a "way of life", it really is very much like real life - possibly "too" real. Some dieters may be in need of more restricted choices, at least for a while, in order to break bad habits. Rather than having them give up on the plan, an alternate approach has been provided.

And, another reason to try the Simply Filling plan might be that "life" is getting in the way. Points Plus 2012® is much about portion control. The "tracking system" is a perfect way to learn portions and lose weight. But if your schedule makes it impossible to track points, then Simply Filling is there for you to turn to.

Pick Filling Foods from the Power Foods List
Pick Filling Foods from the Power Foods List | Source

Simply Filling Weight Watchers Technique

The "Simply Filling" technique is easy.

Eat to Satisfy -- instead of tracking points, you eat until you think it is about enough. It helps to already be hungry before you start a meal. Then, eat slowly and when hunger stops you stop eating.

Pick Power Foods -- select most of your foods from the "Power Foods" list provided by Weight Watchers® (link below). These foods are a plentiful selection of healthy food choices that are also very filling: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, non-fat dairy, no-calorie beverages and most seasonings and condiments.

The 49 Bonus Points Stay...Yipee! The bonus points can be used over the course of a week, but do not have to be used. It's your choice. The unused bonus points cannot be carried over, though. If you don't use them, you lose them. Eat anything at all for your bonus points but you must consider portions and track those points.

When do people need Simply Filling? It is meant for times that tracking just isn't going to work for you. These times may be when you have to travel for work or are unusually on-the-go. Another possible time is when you just lack the motivation to stick with the points-tracking plan and need a "jump start"!

How long can you do Simply Filling? As short or long as you like. Just remember, if you switch back and forth, you will need to track all of your points in a 24 hour day and 49 bonus points in a week's time. For ease of use, you may want to follow Simply Filling a week at a time.


Eat Filling Foods From The Power Foods List

How To Determine Your Weight Watchers Points Allowance

There are two ways to find out what your points allowance should be and both involve joining Weight Watchers®. You can either join Weight Watchers® Online or attend a Weight Watchers® Meeting. You may or may not decide to follow Simply Filling instead of the points tracking plan but it is important to know your points allowance, so that you have both options.

About the Author...

Sinea Pies is a freelance writer who write frequently for HubPages, GVParent Magazine, WebAnswers and her own website: Ducks 'n a Row.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I think these suggestions are worthwhile, although the problem in "Eat to Satisfy" is that if you're programmed to eat too much, you'll continue to do that because only then will you be satisfied. Voting this Up and Useful.


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Alocsin, you have a good point there. I've heard advice from others who have conquered the "quantity" problem. Their advice is to wait until you are truly hungry (but not ravenously hungry) and then eat pacing yourself till you can tell that that hunger is satisfied. Then make a hard-stop. Put the fork down.


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

If I had a maid to just bring me so much food I would be OK,you know? That is what I wonder about all these fat movie stars that can't keep it off, can't they hire someone to belt them if they start pigging out? lol. Great hub and ideas. I am hopping on my bike this spring and it has been awhile so I will be saying enough is enough on the food too I am sure.


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Pollyannalana, I'd love to have that maid, too. Just watched the Super Bowl and when I saw Madonna looking that good at a not-so-young age it made me want to get out a bike, too!


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Sinea Pies, Hi there! I am really glad you have posted this. It is nice to see the various tips and trick that are out there. Weight Watchers has always been a leader and I'm sure their approaches are useful. I'm going to bookmark this and take a closer look. By the way, I like the idea behind, 'pick power foods'

Always glad to visit your hubs, Marisa/MissOlive


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Missolive...so glad you stopped by! Weight Watchers has it nailed when it comes to providing successful methods for weight loss. They are the champs!


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samiaali 4 years ago

Hi Sinea Pies, Your suggestions are good ones and worth looking into. People who have followed Weight Watchers have had a lot of success losing weight. Thanks for an informative and useful hub!


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks Samiaali for your nice comment.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

I was in Weight Watchers years ago, but have gained about ten pounds this winter and this new Weight Watchers program sounds good. Great hub!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Thanks for this good hub on Weight Watchers. A great program! Been wanting to shed 15 pounds. Maybe its time to go back. Voted up and more!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

Thanks for the information. I have been thinking about joining weight watchers to lose 15 pounds. I was in the program years ago and kept off the weight until this past winter. Voted up and useful.


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

You're welcome, vocalcoach. No matter what techniques I try, I always come back to Weight Watchers. Thanks for the vote up and useful!


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Sounds like you've enjoyed much success on Weight Watchers, Pamela99. Thanks so much for the vote UP and useful.


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

This sounds like a great weight-loss plan that can actually work if you have strong self control and know when to stop. For those who don't have a good sense of portions or determination to eat just enough, however, it might still be hard to achieve their weight loss goals.


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Om Paramapoonya, you do make a good point. As with all diets, a certain amount of self control has to come into play.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Useful hub Sinea. Will recomment.


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Sinea Pies 3 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thank you so much.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I'm back again to be inspired by your wonderful weight watcher hub. It truly is the best way to lose weight. I'm the type that needs someone "looking over her shoulder" which the weekly meetings are so good for. Thanks for a terrific second read!


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Sinea Pies 3 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks vocalcoach for the great comment! I think I will go back and read it myself :) I need some incentive.


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Efficient Admin 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

This is perfect timing that I run into this interesting hub. I just joined Weight Watchers 4 weeks ago and have already lost a few pounds by using the tracking system. I am still tweaking what works for me and I am glad Dr. Oz teamed up with them. Thanks for sharing this informative hub which is motivating me even more to stick with it, voted up.


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Sinea Pies 3 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks so much, Efficient Admin. :) Keep up the good work.

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