Joined October 2011
Weight History

Start Weight
174.0 lb
Lost so far: 32.0 lb

Current Weight
142.0 lb
Performance: losing 0.8 lb a week

Goal Weight
133.0 lb
Still to go: 9.0 lb
I am 24 and am currently following a low carb diet in an attempt to reach my goal of 130lb. That is kinda heavy for a 5'2 girl but that is my lightest adult weight and one where I felt happy with my size. I could wear my favourite size 12 (UK size) jeans which I have kept for 4 years to fit back into. It is also in the healthy BMI range which is a main concern :)

I have always struggled with weight. At 17 I was about 145lb. When I had moved out of my parents house I dropped to 130lb by not eating enough due to eating with friends. Weight fell off without me really consciously trying. But I was hungry most of the time and it was not sustainable. So later when I went through a rough patch I started eating more for comfort, and I gained it all back. After that I moved in with my boyfriend (who can eat anything and huge portions and not gain weight) and I gained more. Somehow over those 4 years I gained 45 lb.

So for the first time in my life I am actively, in a good way, taking control of my weight. I identified low-carb as being a good method for me as I can still eat foods I love and it stops me filling up on stodgy rice and noodles like I used to. Having tried calorie counting with no success, I hope I will find it with this method!

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Atkins vs. Weightwatchers
Everyone has given good advice so far. The most important thing is which you can stick with long term.

I tried calorie counting and lasted about 4 weeks before I couldn't stick with it. I felt like I couldn't have any foods that I liked, I knew I wouldn't be able to do it long-term. Low-carb (not specifically Atkins though) suited me much better. I don't feel deprived, I don't have to count calories, my vegetable intake has increased dramatically, and I eat a lot more unprocessed foods... and even when weight loss is slow I don't feel like quitting because it isn't really a huge chore. I have the odd bad day, but I can see myself doing this for the rest of my life - I know I can never go back to eating bread everyday for breakfast, and I am ok with that. Having said that I am not on maintenance yet so I am not speaking from experience there! Smile

A negative of low-carb is that you need slightly more menu planning and food prep time (at least I do). But I don't find it hard to make meals for others too - I just cook some rice/potato/pasta on the side. An advantage of low carb is that it's easy to keep track of - it easy to spot which foods are carby compared to counting calories, in my experience. Whichever you choose I hope it goes ok.

posted 10 Oct 2011, 15:35
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