A. You can have any 4 packs on Simplicity plan, with the optional extras of 200g of selected vegetables and 150ml of skimmed milk. Only one bar permitted each day. No multivitamin is required on Simplicity plan. You must drink between 2-3 litres of water every day.
Vegetables allowance is 200g cooked/consumed weight where applicable.
A. You should try and space your packs evenly throughout the day every 3-4 hours. This is so your body always has fuel to keep it going and you are eating often to keep your metabolism working. If possible, we advise to try and consume your last pack before 9pm to give your body a chance to digest properly before going to bed.
A. The Simplicity Plan is based simply on 4 meal replacement packs a day only. You can have any combination of shakes, soups, bars and savoury meal packs. The only restriction is that you can only have 1 bar a day, and you will be reaching your full 100% RDA on this plan. Hence, there is not the necessity to have the extra 200g of allowed vegetables and 150mls skimmed milk. However, there is the option available, and up to you if you choose to have it or not.
If you would prefer you could have 100ml of semi-skimmed milk or 50ml of whole milk instead of the skimmed milk. Or, you can swap the milk allowance for 100g of fat free plain Greek yoghurt instead. Or you can have 100ml of sweetened soya milk or 200ml of unsweetened soya milk, or 200ml of unsweetened hazelnut or unsweetened almond milk. The choice is yours, again this is optional and not required whilst doing Simplicity.
A. No, each pack contains 25% of your RDA of vitamins and minerals, so having all four packs per day will ensure you are receiving 100% RDA of all your vitamins and minerals each day.
A. You can have half a pint a day of Hartleys Sugarfree Jelly in any of the flavours. It must be made up from a sachet, you cannot use the readymade pots or the cubes, only the sachets. One sachet makes 1 pint of jelly so you can have half of that a day. This is the only brand you can have, all the others have citric acid in them which is not allowed. If you are vegetarian you could potentially try to make your own jelly using vegetarian gelatin and the water flavourings. You may also have 500-600mls of Coke Zero or Dr Pepper zero each day too. There is a list of allowed fizzy drinks available on request.
You can also have unlimited amounts of what is known as Zero Pasta/Noodles/Rice or Slim Pasta/Noodles/Rice. The range is made up a vegetable called Konjac which can be added to the plan for bulking out both the savoury packs, and if desired the sweet packs too. Its recommended to rinse really well before cooking to make them more palatable, as they are tasteless on their own, and a bit of an acquired taste. They can also be added to soups for bulking pursposes. The range can be purchased from most good health food shops or online. These can be added to the meal planner.
You can also have Oxo or Knorr stock cubes to make up as a gravy or to cook your veg or protein in. Bouillon which is a vegetable stock/drink which can also be used for cooking veg or the Zero/Slim range in for extra flavour, but must be added to the meal planner to account for calories.
You can have most dried herbs and spices, (full list on page 14 of the brochure).
A. Customers over 17st are able to have one extra food pack per day regardless of which plan you are on. Once your weight drops beneath the 17st mark you should revert to the amount of food packs stated for that plan. If you are over 17st the extra pack is optional if you need it.
A. The Meal Planner section of the website contains a database of every food item permitted whilst on this diet, whether it's Simplicity or Lifestyle. There are separate databases with lists of allowed foods if you want to check the list that way. You can access it via Meal Planner.
The actual Meal Planner is a way of logging what you are having and it works out your total calories and carbohydrates for the day and tells you if you've had too much or not enough for that day. It can be found here.
If you are following Simplicity Plan and having no extras there will be no need to use the meal planner. Your four packs will have everything your body needs to stay in ketosis and help you lose weight. However, it you are adding extras like the milk, vegetable and jelly etc, it's sensible to add everything into the meal planner to give you peace of mind that you are staying within your daily allowances and keeping in ketosis.