switching from Atkins to WW

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milbwknicole

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Posted: 17 Jun 2011, 08:05
Been on atkins for 4 1/2 months and am seriously thinking about switching over to WW. I'm really nervous about it because I have done so good on atkins, but I feel like WW is a more life-friendly way of eating that I could stick with for the rest of my life. I have been off of carbs so long that I'm afraid that even if I start adding the healthy carbs it's going to make my cravings come back? Any input?????
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hkaruga

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Posted: 17 Jun 2011, 08:30
If you are finding it difficult to stick to atkins and you are convinced that you will not be able to do it even in the long term, though you do add more and more carbs as you progress, carbs are always restricted, you would be better off finding something else that could work for you. Half assing atkins is not likely to be successful, a some people do that once they have reached their goal then start to regain. Weight watchers does allow for 'treating' yourself and too many mock foods and for me weight watchers led to constant cravings, at almost a pregnancy level and simply did not work for me. But to each their own a lot of folk swear by it. Because you would be coming out of ketosis and adjusting to a lower fat, higher carb diet beware you are likely to do a little back sliding as far as weight loss at least at first.
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Posted: 17 Jun 2011, 08:54
I switched from South Beach to Weight Watchers a couple of years ago, and at first I was maintaing for a couple of weeks, but then the weight started to drop off slowly. WW is a much better way (for me, anyway) to eat pretty normally and still lose weight.

Don't expect to lose quickly though, I lost an average of 1 pound a week. That DOES add up, though!
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lisakp71

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Posted: 17 Jun 2011, 09:13
I've not done Atkins but have several family members who have, so take this advice with a grain of salt! Smile And for the record, I understand what you mean by 'more life-friendly', as I'm someone who would not be happy to sustain an Atkins lifestyle either.

I think you'd be wise to slowly taper off (up?) your carbs, and really focus on the healthiest carbs you can during the transition to WW - maybe take a full 4-6 weeks to completely switch (use points, but choose your foods as you would on Atkins, but add in a certain percentage more carbs/maybe a little less fat per week).

As hkaruga says, you COULD eat some crap on WW but like anything else it's a choice - and the nice thing about the whole points system is that if you choose to eat some crap, you usually pay for it with a severely reduced 'budget' for the rest of the day. Do that a couple of times and you will most likely decide that it's not really worth it except on very rare occasions (and then you know exactly what you're getting into - an educated decision).

You still have to be accountable for your own healthy choices, no matter the plan you follow! If you know a certain food will lead to cravings, stay away from it even if it's technically allowed and points-friendly. Or indulge very very moderately and see how it goes. You get stronger, and cravings tend to lose their grip on you the longer you stick to your plan. And besides, it's okay to HAVE a craving. It's just not okay to go nutso-crazy because of a craving. Very Happy There is nothing like the feeling of successfully telling a craving to stuff it. Seriously, it's like you're Superman and Wonder Woman rolled into one!

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greerp

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Posted: 17 Jun 2011, 09:59
What do you mean add in "heatlhy carbs" with WW? Last time I checked eating copious amounts of veggies on Atkins is about as healthy as you can get. If you have not been eating alot of veggies then you are not doing ATkins correctly.
milbwknicole

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Posted: 17 Jun 2011, 12:21
I'm thinking "healthy carbs" she's talking about is things that you cannot have at all on atkins like brown rice, sweet potatoes, whole grain choices. Yes, have loved having all my veggies on atkins, and atkins has been great for me, but I'm having some issues and am wondering if my body is missing something? Think I may try WW and stay off the sugar completely though.
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doozy65

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Posted: 17 Jun 2011, 12:34
I have made the same descision you have. Although I am so thankful that Atkins taught me how to understand how food works in my body and what healthy carbs are, I wanted to go back to WW because I wanted to be able to incorporate what Atkins taught me and also have the allowance to experience all foods in moderation and accountability while still loosing weight.
I am on my second weigh in today, and I didn't loose any weight, but like one of the other buddies posted to you, I also believe my body will have to adjust to coming out of ketosis. I still limit my carbs most of the time, but if I want a sandwich in a pita pocket that is low carb, it is nice to know I can have it. The new WW plan is protien friendly and raised the points on starchy foods while making vegetables (except peas corn potatoes) 0 points and fruits 0 points. They have finally started treating food like we believe so it is nice. Good luck with whichever path you take.
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