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sammii_21

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Posted: 26 Jan 2008, 11:24
I am currently on the Atkins and am seriously thinking about switching to the Slimfast.
Does anyone have any tips?
Is this a good or bad idea?
I dont know what to do!!!Embarassed
Sammii.
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Pking

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Posted: 26 Jan 2008, 11:38
Just wondering...why would you want to change?

"Junk food is one of those phenomenons where it taste good to the tongue, but once it gets in the stomach all hell breaks loose!"
angseu

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Posted: 26 Jan 2008, 11:40
It looks like you're doing really good. Why did you want to switch to Slimfast?

I know when I did slimfast many years ago, I was always hungry and the shakes really weren't that good.

Maybe you just need to switch up your menu of find some new recipes. Have you moved on from induction yet?

Here's my fav low carb recipe site. The recipes with the stars beside them are induction friendly.

http://www.genaw.com/lowcarb/recipes.html
Lucybell33

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Posted: 26 Jan 2008, 15:47
Well, obviously I'm only going to recommend the switch, given my success with it! The UK plan seems to be quite different to the US one, so that may affect the advice you get from our trans-atlantic cousins.

I know I sent you a message with all this info, but for the benefit of the wider audience, here's what I eat on an average day:

- Milk shake for breakfast during the week (usually at my desk) or meal bar at weekends

- Soup for lunch (all four varieties are absolutely gorgeous, although the Med Tomato and Bean is my fav)

- Fruit or SF snack mid-afternoon

- 600 cal healthy home-cooked meal for dinner (taken from the selection of recipes on the UK website)

The recommendation is to have up to three 100 cal snacks each day, but I have less during the week in order to justify having wine at the weekends - gives me something to look forward to!

Good luck with whatever you choose to do! Very Happy
My weight-loss journey, so far...
09/07/2007: 210lb - BMI 36.6
20/08/2007: 196lb - BMI 34.2 (1 stone lost)
29/10/2007: 182lb - BMI 31.7 (2 stone lost)
14/01/2008: 168.5 - BMI 29.4 (3 stone lost)
31/03/2008: 151.5 - BMI 26.4 (4 stone lost)
09/06/2008: 139.2 - BMI 24.4 (5 stone lost and goal weight reached!!)
Lotus

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Posted: 26 Jan 2008, 16:08
Just so you know, when you switch from low carb to a higher carb diet, you are going to gain weight initially, probably at a rapid rate. It is mostly water weight, because carbs bind water, and that is also why you lose weight so fast when you start a low carb diet. I recently quit South beach diet, after my weight leaping up abut 5 times in 4 months, 10 pounds at a time, every time I tried to start phase two, which allows more carbs.
When I quit the diet, and started eating bread, potatoes, etc again, my weight jumped up about 10 pounds in like 4 days, but it went back down as my body got used to the carbs. I'm not suggesting one diet plan over another, but if you decide to go off low carb, try to phase in carbs gradually instead of all at once if you don't want to see those numbers skyrocket.
If you decide to add a bunch of carbs right away, just be prepared to feel bloated and ickie for a few days, and I advise against weighing yourself for about a week! It's all water, so don't freak out. It's physically impossible to lose 10 pounds or gain 10 pounds of fat in a week's time. Good luck with your efforts, whatever decision you make.
Time is an illusion..
Lunchtime, doubly so.
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Lucybell33

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Posted: 27 Jan 2008, 00:38
I should also have said that if there's one thing I've learnt, it's that every single one of us is totally unique - and that goes for the ability to make any particular diet work for us.

I've tried the slimming clubs - Weight Watchers and Slimming World - without much success. I've also tried Joanna Hall and also going it alone with my own low fat diet. I've never managed to lose any more than a stone with any of these.

What I like about the Slim Fast plan - and what many people would absolutely loath - is the removal of choice. I have pretty poor will power, so if I'm faced with a selection of M&S sandwiches at lunchtime, although I know which end of the counter I should be looking at, the delicious, luxuriously indulgent end just calls to me! So, the fact that I have very limited choice over what I have for breakfast and lunch really helps.

It also helps that I really like almost all of the choices available. There are five different milk shake flavours, so I have one each Monday-Friday. (They also do Smoothies, but these taste really artificial to me - if I'm going to have a smoothie, I want it to taste like fruit!). I also rotate the four different soup varieties and three different meal bars!

Another tool I've found invaluable is the meal planner on their website. You have to register, but it's completely free.

Finally - and I think this really is the clincher - I found Fatsecret in September!! I genuinely think the help and support I've got here has made all the difference. It makes me more accountable, especially when I'm taking part in challenges, so helps keep me on the straight and narrow.

Anyway - good luck with whatever you choose to follow. All I can say is find something that works for you and you can stick to - it's so worth it!! Very Happy
My weight-loss journey, so far...
09/07/2007: 210lb - BMI 36.6
20/08/2007: 196lb - BMI 34.2 (1 stone lost)
29/10/2007: 182lb - BMI 31.7 (2 stone lost)
14/01/2008: 168.5 - BMI 29.4 (3 stone lost)
31/03/2008: 151.5 - BMI 26.4 (4 stone lost)
09/06/2008: 139.2 - BMI 24.4 (5 stone lost and goal weight reached!!)
Not2Late

Joined: Oct 07
Posts: 86

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Posted: 27 Jan 2008, 04:06
It seems to me like you are doing very well on Atkins. I, personally, would stick w/ it for another couple of months. According to our bio, you haven't even been doing this a month and you've lost over 10 pounds already! This is excellent! Remember, the slower you lose the weight, the better chance you have of keeping it off permanently. Also, why would you want to spend the extra money for the shakes? Unless you've got money to burn but I'd rather burn my fat! Laughing



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