The Simply Filling recipes in this book are for use in continuing the Simple Start two-week diet plan introduced by Weight Watchers® in 2014. Although one may follow the two-week Simple Start more than the initial two-week period, these recipes for the Simply Filling program carry that plan one step farther by introducing more of some allowed ingredients, as well as adding some ingredients not found in Simple Start dishes.
The selection of recipes in this book is designed to offer variety, pleasing tastes and use of staple ingredients that are usually readily available and often in your kitchen pantry. Some are great for leftovers; many are crowd pleasers that can be doubled or tripled. Whatever your use of these recipes might be, you will find them tasty, easy to prepare and satisfying.
We have included the nutritional information for the recipes in this book, although you do not need to count the calories - just stop eating when you feel full, and only eat when you are hungry - even if it is five small meals per day. So, get started today with trying these delicious dishes!
Each year, Weight Watchers® offers a new plan for losing weight and eating healthy. This year, they announced their new Simple Start, two-week plan for jump starting a weight loss goal. The idea of this new plan is to eat only until you are full - and only when you’re hungry - without concentrating so much on points and calories. The Simply Filling plan is the continuation of Simple Start.
“Simply” stated, Simply Filling is a program that puts the emphasis on dishes and meals rich in legumes, grains, lean proteins (whether animal or soy) and vegetables. Many fruits are also included but not those heavy in sugar. The diet does not include sugar, flour or many oils that are commonly used in cooking, unless the “value” of those ingredients are counted as “extras” in the diet plan which are explained below.
Simply Filling dieting does require that you intake three things:
2 servings of fat-free dairy per day
1 tablespoon of fat per day
35 discretionary points per week to cover splurge items, such as bread or a glass of wine
If you decide not to use all of those discretionary points, it is okay, but do not skip the dairy or the fat requirements - they are necessary to keep your motor running properly.
The discretionary points may be used as seven per day, or you may save them for a special occasion, such as a special dinner - just be sure to use them when a craving exists. A list of favorite foods and their point values is included in this book to help you keep track of how many you are consuming.
Always use fresh or frozen vegetables and fruits. If you have to use canned products, be sure to purchase low-sodium and fat-free whenever possible. Lean proteins come from lean cuts of meat, fish and soy products, such as tofu. Avoiding fats, except for the one tablespoon per day requirement, will enhance your weight loss and help you eat healthier. Fats from olive oil and canola oil are highly recommended as other fat sources are not considered healthy.
As with all changes in your diet, it is suggested that you consult your medical advisor before beginning any new eating plan.
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