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March 8, 2011 7:33 AM
Anyone try both diets? Which worked fastest? Is either one easier to stick with? I realize both are lifestyle changes that you pretty much have to stick with to keep the weight off, so I'm looking to learn one or the other (will not be going to meetings or anything of that sort) and stick to it. I'm wanting to lose between 10 and 15 pounds in 10 weeks. Is this reasonable/achievable?
March 8, 2011 7:36 AM
QUOTE:

Anyone try both diets? Which worked fastest? Is either one easier to stick with? I realize both are lifestyle changes that you pretty much have to stick with to keep the weight off, so I'm looking to learn one or the other (will not be going to meetings or anything of that sort) and stick to it. I'm wanting to lose between 10 and 15 pounds in 10 weeks. Is this reasonable/achievable?


A.) your goal is totally achievable, if you exercise as well as watch what you eat.

B.) Team Beachbody Club is cheaper and you get the same things (if not more) then WW. Especially if you are not going to meetings.

Just my 2 cents....
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March 8, 2011 7:36 AM
Atkins is more of a quick fix, I would say weight watchers would be a better option of the two.
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March 8, 2011 7:37 AM
I have not tried Atkins, but have tried South Beach, similar. I have done WW and have found more success with WW. WW is annoying at the begining but will help you realize what' good food vs. bad food. It also helps you understand the concept of portion control. I think there new plan is much better becuase now they incorporate protein which is a lot better because now points are less if the protien is high in a certain food/meal. Plus with Atkins, I haven't met one person who has been able to stick with these sorts of diets. WW is long term, so much better success. Good luck to you. I bet you'll reach your goal with in 2 months if not less doing WW.
March 8, 2011 7:37 AM
Faster is not always better. Atkins is an awful thing to do to your body. If you're completely lost and feel you need the support, do Weight Watchers.
March 8, 2011 7:37 AM
depending upon your starting weight, you can lose that much weight in 10 weeks no prob without any of those meal plans. with working out, tracking your food- you are well on your way. that way you can save some money and buy some new clothes when the others don't fit :-}
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March 8, 2011 7:40 AM
WW isn't a diet really, it's no different than this site, except you replace calories with Points. It's not a fast diet it's a life style change. However, I did lost 12 lbs in 2 months on WW, I followed the plan and exercised. My over all goal is 20lbs total I am down to my last 8.

I will be frank though, this site blows WW out of the water, so I suggest you just use this.
March 8, 2011 7:41 AM
I'm SO anti-Atkins. I'm a nurse, and I've seen many patients come through with kidney problems from assaulting their bodies with mass amounts of protein constantly. In fact, my sister an parents did about 3 months of Adkins a while back. They all three lost weight -- fast. They were loving it until my sister woke up in the middle of the night in pain. We took her to the ER, thinking she might have appendicitis or kidney stones. Turns out, her kidneys were basically screaming at her! Once she got rid of the Atkins diet, her pain went away. When I was in high school, I did WW and lost about 75 lbs. I didn't go to meetings, either. My dad paid for my online membership. I LOVED it. It really taught me balance. I'm considering it again. Good luck! I know you can do it!!!
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March 8, 2011 7:46 AM
im currently on weight watchers, only been there 2 weeks now, but tbh im only going because i got 12 weeks free from my doctor, it is expensive other wise i love there food thou. i think this site alone helps me with my weight . you get to write all your details of what you have eaten and it calculates it all for you.

you only really need to do is keep tracking ur food in the diary and stick to the limit this site has set you and do the recommended exercise set or do more to push urself firstly. you can easily do 15lb in ten weeks ive lost 15 in six weeks and thats just using this site alone.

plus this site is free!! :)
March 8, 2011 7:51 AM
Thanks everyone! I'm going to do a semi WW. I'm not going to join but I'm going to track everything here and start doing at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. I'm thinking of trying the P90X but my sister in law says it's more for avid exercisers than for someone who's just starting out. I'm sure I can do whatever I can each day and build myself up to being able to do the full DVD.
March 8, 2011 8:44 AM
QUOTE:

Thanks everyone! I'm going to do a semi WW. I'm not going to join but I'm going to track everything here and start doing at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. I'm thinking of trying the P90X but my sister in law says it's more for avid exercisers than for someone who's just starting out. I'm sure I can do whatever I can each day and build myself up to being able to do the full DVD.


I agree with your sister in law. P90X is not for the novice. I would say start out with something like Slim in 6 specially if your goal is to lose weight. The workouts are quick and it's total body.

I'm in my 10th week of doing P90X.
Edited by FitPhysique On March 8, 2011 8:45 AM
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March 8, 2011 8:46 AM
MFP.

Free
Safe
Effective
Works!


Why would you pay for WW when MFP is free? Atkins is bad, mmkay?
  115737
September 27, 2013 12:36 AM
Weight watchers i hear is awesome so going to do it when i get my next check. For anither thing you can do p90x i am prior military and got injured in basic after 4 kids im no spring chicken and i can do it you are correct do what you can to start and keep building you dont have to push youself to the extream dont do plyometrics off the bat instead do cardio x then when you feel youve concord cardio x then do plyo.
September 27, 2013 12:51 AM
MFP- save your money and go out and buy a fitbit flex. It will only cost $60 and they walking is free. A no brainer to me. Just put your shoes on and start walking. The combination of the two is the best program I have ever used.
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September 27, 2013 1:01 AM
WW teaches you long term goals.. Atkins for me was short term and stressful... Both failed for me. Both failed for my mother and my aunt. MFP is the same as weight watches only you get a bigger community site, more help, more variety and a bigger data base. It's 100% Free... You don't need to follow the WW counting system which is harder to take on after you get to goal instead you learn about what kind of food you should eat as well as how many cals are in what and how much you need to exercise to fit food in each day. All in all. MFP is better than both WW and atkins.

You can however if youre finding making food is hard go with WW and have them send you food and use my fitness pal for the cal counting and community help. It's all about what you want and what you need to help you. For me i needed to be reeducated about what i put in my mouth and how it will effect my body and weight. 4 month of just MFP i've lost around 45lbs. Just from logging my food EVERY DAY.... And i'm now doing a nutrition science course because everything you learn on here is so amazing and interesting =D

I just noticed you only have 15lbs to go... If anything you may want to tone more than lose... if that's the case you should be looking at losing slowly or you might end up "skinny fat" from losing muscle by eating low cals in an attempt to try to lose as fast as possible.. If you try to lose 0.5- 1lbs a week, drink up and eat more protein...and do something like 30 day shred and some strength training you will be toned in no time =D Good luck on your journey!
Edited by misskittyninja On September 27, 2013 1:08 AM
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September 27, 2013 1:09 AM
QUOTE:

MFP- save your money and go out and buy a fitbit flex. It will only cost $60 and they walking is free. A no brainer to me. Just put your shoes on and start walking. The combination of the two is the best program I have ever used.


Just maintain a deficit and do some walking?

Surely it can't be that simple.

Works for me too. ;)

No point in restricting carbs unless you have a good diagnosed medical reason to, just eat what you like and is sustainable for you.
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September 27, 2013 1:50 AM
If you are only comparing the two, I would have to say that WW is a long term "fix". Adkins will help you lose lots of weight quickly but as soon as you eat "normal" foods, then you will gain it all back just as quickly. WW helps teach you which foods are the best to eat while still giving you some wiggle room on eating unhealthy snacks. However, I would say you could just track your calorie intake here on myfitnesspal and log your exercise. You will get the same benefit without having to spend any money or go to any meetings.
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September 27, 2013 2:48 AM
I've done the old WW and was pretty successful with it (lost about 50-60lbs and quit when I got stuck on a plateau for a month or so). I tried the new WW and did not have any success with it. I've never done Atkins.

I would stick to MFP and invest in a Fitbit, and save the rest of the money you'd be spending on WW for a new wardrobe when you lose all the weight. MFP has a great set up but their numbers can be off as I found out mine were. I was stalled for a couple of months, gaining and losing the same few kgs. But since I got a fitbit, the losses are continuous and no longer random. I know if I stick to the numbers Fitbit gives me, I will lose according to the deficit I am on. I've had it for about a month and love it.

ETA....the reason I liked WW is because I could eat anything I wanted as long as it it fit my points. MFP is the same way, except it isn't based on some magical number they give me and it is free. Atkins is too restrictive and I know I could never stick to something like that.
Edited by NarneyK On September 27, 2013 2:50 AM
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October 21, 2013 7:14 PM
As a nurse who has worked in endocrinology and diabetic clinics, Atkins all the way. WW is garbage by allowing trigger foods and high carbs which play havoc on one's insulin levels (the fat storage hormone). If you want gold stars and applause for losing half a pound, go with WW. If you want a natural approach to eating and numerous health benefits: Atkins.
October 21, 2013 7:27 PM
WW tracks points so its similar to MFP. I wouldn't pay for it unless you need that support.

I've lost great following Atkins/low carb ish (I've always eaten almonds/nuts and some berries or a banana). It works for me, I have more energy, pretty simple if you are good avoiding particular foods. It's harder the first few days, once you get in the routine it's easier. If you try it for a week or two and find it too difficult or too tempting to eat sweets or cereal or bread, it probably isn't the right lifestyle for you. Atkins won't work if you eat high fat beef and cheese but then polish off two bowls of cereal or eat a king size Snickers. Now you are high carb, high fat, and high protein which means high calories.
Edited to add: just like low calorie diets, if you do a low carb diet and eat just like you were before you'll gain the weight back. You can eventually eat "normal" foods on Atkins...just like low calorie if you're at your goal weight and you eat maintenance calories...you won't gain the weight back. Both are lifestyles that require a change in eating habits. In order to not gain the weight back, you can't go back to eating like you were before losing weight.
Edited by MelRC117 On October 21, 2013 7:31 PM
October 21, 2013 7:48 PM
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October 21, 2013 7:53 PM
Uh, how 'bout neither? Why not try eating at a reasonable calorie deficit, and get in a little exercise a few times a week? That's what's sustainable, and guess what else?

It's free.
October 21, 2013 7:55 PM
QUOTE:

Thanks everyone! I'm going to do a semi WW. I'm not going to join but I'm going to track everything here and start doing at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. I'm thinking of trying the P90X but my sister in law says it's more for avid exercisers than for someone who's just starting out. I'm sure I can do whatever I can each day and build myself up to being able to do the full DVD.


I found Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred to be a lot more appropriate for beginners, I'd recommend that to start out with.
October 21, 2013 7:55 PM
I've tried both and IMO I think WW is better. I have hypoglycemia and atkins isn't good for that and makes hypoglycemia worse, or at least that was my experience. My vision becomes very blurry on any low carb diet. I'm currently on Ww so my opinion is probably biased. I do find points easier than calories for some odd reason. I also need the support of the weekly meetings and the accountability. I also like the fact that WW database is smaller and not so cluttered with tons of different calorie counts for the same item. Of course you have to pay but for some people that may be the incentive that they need to stick with it. I'm not sure which plan would work faster between the 2 but I personally would focus more on which plan I could stick with.
October 22, 2013 4:29 AM
Neither plan. Both set your calories way too low and you only have 18 lbs to lose. Neither will teach you how to eat and what to eat to maximize your calories. Then set your account to 1 lb per week, macro's around 40% carbs, 30% protein and 30% fats and then do a combination of weight/resistance training and cardio (emphasis on the weight training). The last thing you want to do is lose muscle. When you lose muscle, you really aren't dropping body fat.

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