Transitioning from Atkins to Weight Watchers, Please help!

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justbellydan...

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Posted: 05 Jun 2012, 11:27
Ok, to be honest..I was afraid of even posting this because the last time I saw a post on here similar to this one...a girl practically got her head bit off from die-hard low carbers. I just want a bit more information on a good and healthy lifestyle. So please..pretty please be nice...I get no support from home so I need to make friends on here.Very Happy

So my question is...Has anyone transitioned from Atkins to Weight Watchers? I've been on induction for probably 2 3/4 months..and I know..you're supposed to stop after 4 weeks but I have a crap ton of weight to lose. Like...150lbs+. So far I've lost about 27lbs which is great but I want to know if switching (Im just contemplating it and getting all the facts before I do so) will make me gain all the weight back. I just need to know which is better for me to lose that weight and keep it off legitimately. Im actually pretrified of getting off of atkins to try weight watchers and then having all of my hard work crumble. Everytime I go to a doctor before I even mention to them that Im on atkins they always suggest Weight Watchers.
Nimm

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Posted: 05 Jun 2012, 11:43
When you re-introduce carbohydrate into a diet, you will replenish the glycogen in your body that was depleted during the low-carb phase. This isn't a particularly good or bad thing, but because each molecule of glycogen will carry several water molecules with it, you are likely to regain anywhere from 3 to 8 pounds fairly quickly. This should not be confused with body fat, however. Once the glycogen is refilled, you'll continue gaining or losing weight as you did before, depending on whether you are in a calorie deficit or surplus.
fatoldlady

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Posted: 05 Jun 2012, 11:46
There is a lot of debate over whether low cal or low carbs is better with studies and tests supporting both sides. It boils down to what works for you, everyones body is different. If you keep your calories or points to a reasonable level that allows you to lose weight you shouldn't have any problems. There might be a slight weight gain as your body adjusts to more carbs but it shouldn't signifigant. Good luck whatever you choose.
Lisa Kay

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Posted: 05 Jun 2012, 11:49
The only thing I can add is that I know personally folks who have had great success with Weight Watchers! However, it just didn't work at ALL for me, whereas Atkins did and does. I have had trouble with my doctor disapproving of low-carb as well, I hear this is a common occurence. You might take a look at the book Atkins For Life, which explains how to carry on with low-carb once you have gotten to your goal weight. In any case, this is just my own experience. Good luck, whatever you decide!
I gladly accept new buddies! Very Happy
justbellydan...

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Posted: 05 Jun 2012, 11:55
I'd love to be your Atkins buddy. I think thats what I need most of all. I'm very strict about my diets (I guess that comes from formerly having an eating disorder), but due to absolutely no support around me, I've had a few slip ups. Not horrible ones, but slip ups nonetheless. With actual support maybe it will be easier. I almost lost it the other day because my hubby ate freaking reeses cups right in front of me. The nerve!
rettac

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Posted: 05 Jun 2012, 13:43
I'll bee your Atkins buddy. I could use one also. I have been on the diet since 16th of April and this last weekend was the worse for me.
MFD1979

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Posted: 05 Jun 2012, 14:15
If you are looking for a personal experience I can say that I switched to Weight Watchers from Atkins about 4 years ago. When I made the switch I was at a comfortable weight with only about 15 more pounds to loose, for me the transition did not go well. I ended up trying to stick to it, but the diet lets you eat bread and pasta and switches you to low fat everything... It is a so different from what I was doing that I GAINED 10 pounds. Keeping my portions down and adding the carbs and fruit I was hungry all the time. I ended up gaining back everything I lost on Atkins... then just went off the diet train completely because I became so discouraged. I'm not saying it doesn't work... I know people who have done Weight Watchers and it worked great, but it does not work for me. My body does not like carbohydrates... and I feel MY best when I don't eat them.

I'll be your Atkins buddy too... I need all the support I can get.
mayormaynot

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Posted: 05 Jun 2012, 16:50
In my experience Atkins is the only way of losing weight without feeling hungry that I've found. I know people do well on Weight Watchers but once I add the carbs and "yummy" treats I'm hungry all the time and totally blow it. Sad to say but I can eat a dozen chocolate chip cookies at one sitting and still not be full. I do get full but not stuffed when I eat the low carb way AND I lose weight. I also have lots fewer cravings. It's all a matter of what works for you and how much you really want to lose weight and get healthier. Nothing works until you are ready for it to. Best of luck and I'll be happy to support you in whatever you choose. I just like seeing us all succeed!
I'd rather be thin!
Lisa Kay

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Posted: 06 Jun 2012, 08:16
Have to chime in a big Amen to mayormaynot's comment. I recently tried to go from the OWL phase of Atkins to pre-maintenance. Adding ANY kind of grain OR sugar back into my diet does not work for me at all, in no time I was eating six red velvet cupcakes and an entire mini lemon raspberry cake in one sitting. I may be one of those people who can never eat grains without that effect. And that's OK. There are plenty of foods I can enjoy and still lose the weight. And you will know what works best for you, just trust your body to tell you! Very Happy
I gladly accept new buddies! Very Happy
justbellydan...

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Posted: 07 Jun 2012, 08:07
You all are so awesome. You've convinced me to stay on Atkins. I'm working against a medication that makes me hungry so I think switching to low cal will just screw me up big time. Im buddying all of you!!!!
AllDunne

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Posted: 07 Jun 2012, 09:01
Hello all - this is my first posting and I am very new to this site and to Atkins. Everyone here sounds very supportive, knowledgable and friendly - I'd love to buddy up as well!
lilcobby

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Posted: 08 Jun 2012, 10:59
MFD1979 wrote:
If you are looking for a personal experience I can say that I switched to Weight Watchers from Atkins about 4 years ago. When I made the switch I was at a comfortable weight with only about 15 more pounds to loose, for me the transition did not go well. I ended up trying to stick to it, but the diet lets you eat bread and pasta and switches you to low fat everything... It is a so different from what I was doing that I GAINED 10 pounds. Keeping my portions down and adding the carbs and fruit I was hungry all the time. I ended up gaining back everything I lost on Atkins... then just went off the diet train completely because I became so discouraged. I'm not saying it doesn't work... I know people who have done Weight Watchers and it worked great, but it does not work for me. My body does not like carbohydrates... and I feel MY best when I don't eat them.

I'll be your Atkins buddy too... I need all the support I can get.


The sad thing is I did the exact same thing!! I went off Atkins thinking that WW would be easier socially, going out with friends, bf and such. I stayed the same weight as long as i watched my points. I never gained or lost, until I used the "extra" points they give you. I lost 25 lbs on atkins and have gained 35 lbs since going off. I'm back on low carb, maybe not induction to a "T" but as close to it as I can get without feeling so deprived that I cheat. Food is such an addictive thing. I'm open to any buddies for support, I know we all need as much as we can get.
tenkilos

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Posted: 08 Jun 2012, 23:18
I got to my goal weight a few years ago on Atkins, since then I have gained most back, I have tried various diets including WW but don't stick to them as I am always craving food.
On Atkins I don't crave at all, sometimes I have to remind myself to eat!
Good luck with your journey! Linda


Linda
yduj57

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Posted: 18 Jun 2012, 09:01
There is a great book by Gary Taubes, "Why we Get Fat". He looks at all the science around nutrition for the last 50 years, when the government, etc. was telling us that fat is bad. Obesity and diabetes have soared. The science the idea that fat is bad is based upon is severely faulty. I had lost weight with Weight Watchers about 20 years ago, and struggled constantly against hunger, and could not keep it off. My more recent experiences with trying to lose weight using the moderation approach that Weight Watchers advocates were not terribly successful. After a slow loss of about 9 pounds, I was stuck at the same weight for 6 weeks. All the while I was cutting back on fats, increasing exercise, etc. I had already cut out sugars after watching the video on YouTube, Sugar: The Bitter Truth. That is where I found Gary Taubes. He has a website, www.garytaubes.com

You need to choose what works for you. But if you are someone who craves carbs of any kind...bread, pasta, sweets....than Atkins will probably be the most successful diet for you. Your biochemistry gets to a point where the insulin is just packing away those glucose calories into fat cells as fast as you can eat them.

Do some reading, or check out some of the videos on YouTube. There is some good information out there, based on real science. It is hard to wrap your head around it, but Atkins really is much healthier than just about any other diet out there. Blood tests, weight loss results, and ability of people to maintain the weight loss are better on Atkins than other approaches.
A bad moment does not have to be a bad day, bad week, or a sign that you can't do this. It is a moment. Just that. Pause and go back to the person who really wants to be healthier and happier.
Ebony and...

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Posted: 18 Jun 2012, 18:43
Sounds like you've decided to stay with Atkins. I wanted to throw my 2 cents in too. I lost #60 on Atkins 6-7 years ago. I tried WW and lost 10, but it was a CONSTANT battle to keep my portion sizes down. And because I'm a sugar addict, I was always craving. For me, Atkins works because there is basically no limit to food and I'm never hungry. Plus, since I'm nor eating sugar, I'm not fighting constant cravings. If you're not a carb/sugar addict, then it may be a good fit for you. It is a good program, just not for me.
Sillycee2

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Posted: 18 Jun 2012, 22:21
I also tried WW... did not work for me. I wish it did.. but nope. I'm still on the Induction Phase, and will probably be on it till I feel comfortable moving on. See for me, (lol)in the beginning I had sugar/carb withdrawl symptoms for 3 weeks.. not the 3-4 days.. yes 3 LONG weeks. Continuous headaches, overall crappiness, and tiredness that drove me nuts. I'm a field employee and have to drive 4-6 hours a day for work... well long story short I kept moving through it.. lost 10# and 5-1/2" around my waist.. As I'm writing this my husband is eating a piece of Lemon Meringue Pie.. what a beast! lol.. but it doesn't bother me, nor do I want a piece.. kinda weird actually.
I have no buddies either Sad so feel free to add me as well.



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