Group Forum: Switching from Atkins to WW

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kathleeng48

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Posted: 03 Jul 2013, 14:49
At my lowest, I had lost 50 lbs on Atkins, but it just stopped and I began to gain. I did manage to put 15 back and decided that after all that deprivation- I love fruit but couldn't lose once I added it on Atkins- I needed something different, especially over the summer. I am eating a lot less than I had on Atkins since joining WW, but except for the first week, with a one day fast because of a colonoscopy, I have only lost 5 lbs. My last weigh-in had me up .2, nothing for me. I am frustrated. I write everything I eat down and do not over-indulge, even on those unlimited items.
I was never a fat person, only overweight. At my highest, I never needed to lose more than 20-3o pounds to be really skinny. However, at an early menopause, I went hypothyroid. It has been an uphill battle of the bulge since then. I hit my highest weight a few years ago when I started Atkins. I will need LOTS of support on WW since it was slow for me 32 years ago, the last time I was on it. I am now 65 years old. I don't go off diets and say "hell with it", but I do get super-discouraged, and my husband does not want to hear my setbacks and frustrations, although I told him I need to talk about it. So here I am- ready to talk.
Char Gets...

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Posted: 03 Jul 2013, 21:22
It does get much harder to lose the older you get. I'll be 62 on Friday, and I quit smoking 2 years ago and the pounds just poured onto me! I tried losing by myself,something I had always managed with no problem before...but between the age, and the amount of weight I had gained this time, all I could manage was to yoyo. I'd lose 5, gain 4, lose 2, gain 5. So I started WW December 27. I really enjoy it, I'm only doing the online version,but I've lost 30 pounds so far, with another 29 to go (plus a few as a buffer Wink ).

WW has changed a lot since you used it years ago, it's very easy to use now...but I found this site yesterday, and like the way I can get more nutritional info from the tools here. So between the two sites I think I've found an unbeatable combination!

Over at WW, make sure you join a few groups, and friend some people, it's a huge help to find others to share the journey with. And do the same here! But so far, I think the community is a bit closer on WW because everyone is doing the same type of lifestyle change. Wink
You CAN do this!
kathleeng48

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Posted: 03 Jul 2013, 22:28
Yes, age plus other factors are devastating. I enjoy WW. Years ago, after I had my daughter, I joined to lose a few pounds. I did not gain much while pregnant, but instead of losing while nursing, I gained. I just wanted to lose ten pounds. They gave me a goal of 30. After ten, they asked me to work for them. I did so for ten years. However, when menopause hit and that thyroid problem, I kept cutting back what I ate and still gained. They changed my goal. Finally, I quite because I was afraid i would become bulimic. I do like the program very much, however. I am being reasonable and aiming for what I weighed when I JOINED weight watchers 30 years ago. I would be thin.Congrats on your weight loss. That is fantastic. And Happy Birthday. PS. I use all of the online tools- and I love them.
ChrysAnn52

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Posted: 04 Jul 2013, 05:01
I have been on WW a couple of different times over the years. It's always been a good program. Right now, I'm doing a combination of Atkins and a lower calorie diet. I've lost about 40 pounds since the first of the year, but it's soooooo slow. It's hell getting old! Hope that those pounds fall off quickly for you, Kathleen.
Char Gets...

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Posted: 04 Jul 2013, 14:16
Ya, Atkins is a good diet, I know quite a few people that lost weight using it...but most of them gained it back again once they left the program. That's one thing I don't like about restrictive diets...low fat, low carb diets...once you begin adding the missing factor back into your diet, you gain it back again quickly. But you're right, ChrysAnn, it's AGE that's the real problem! Very Happy I'm waiting for someone to find the cure for THAT! Wink
You CAN do this!
QuilterInVA

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Posted: 06 Jul 2013, 13:46
I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers and I have quit and gone to Atkins. If you do all four stages of Atkins properly your don't feel like you are missing a thing. I'm 71 years old and have lost 22 pounds since May 7 and I am also hypothyroid. No one gains weight back that does Atkins properly. After 2 weeks on Atkins inductions you start adding carbs back in. If you have done it properly, you don't know Atkins. WW says you can eat all the fruit you want and not gain - what a hoot. I've seen people that dump 4 or 5 servings of fruit into a breakfast smoothie and then lament they can lose, but then fruit is 0 points.