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    Default Weight Watchers vs. Low Carb?

    Hello Ladies,

    I was thinking about this while getting ready for work this morning and thought I would throw it out there for some feedback.

    Do you think that it is the weight loss in general that helps with PCOS or is it the low carb way of eating?

    I noticed a lot of women doing the low carb thing and was wondering if I should jump on that train, I am currently on my second week of WW and feeling really good about it.

    Thanks for the feedback!!

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    I should preface this by saying - I am NOT IR and I have virtually no PCOS symptoms (other than annovulation and resulting infertility). Other than post-partum, I have never had a problem with weight.

    Okay, got that out of the way . I did NOT like low-carbing. I felt truly awful on it. Dizzy and yucky. I LOVED WW. My problem was portion control. Namely during pg and nursing I ate like a cow and had a hard time stopping when it was time to stop. WW really really helped me with that. It's such a sensible program, teaching you about good food choices, but still including everything so you never feel deprived.

    So, if you like it and it works for you, then I think WW is fantastic and I recommend it to anyone that will listen! But that said, there are a lot of cysters that do not have success with WW because of the carb issue. Some cysters really need to keep their insulin in check better and for them, low-carbing is the way to go, especially if it's sensible like the IR diet. So to answer your question, I think it varies by cyster whether it's the diet you are on or just losing the weight that makes you healthier.

    WW does have a new CORE program that is lower carb. And of course even on the traditional WW Flex Pts program, you can simply choose whole grain, low carb foods over refined carbs. You can choose more protein and skip pasta. That's the greatest thing about WW.

    I lost almost 35lbs FAST on WW and I've kept if off for several mos now with no problems. The water is essential, portion control is good for all of us to learn, and exercise helps you earn more food points. Ya can't go wrong with it!

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    Naturaljoy,

    Thank you so much for your feedback! This was the information I was looking for.

    Congratulations on your weight loss!! I do love WW and it works for me so I think I will stick with it and just try to cut down on my carbs a bit.

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    One thing I want to add.

    I tried WW, and I lost nothing well 10 lbs, but it flucuated a lot! I followed it stringently and I could not budge past those 10 lbs.

    Here I am into my 3rd month on the IR diet and I am already down close to the 30 lb mark. I still have 120 to go, but it's the most weight I have lost on any diet thus far. I think that my body does not process the carbs right. So even though I was following the WW points, I still had a lot of carbs. IR diet is not a no-carb diet, it's a balancing thing. 2 basic rule of thumbs. For every 15 grams of carbs, I must have at least 7 grams of protein. No carbs within 2 hours of the last meal. Protein and Veggies are acceptable.

    Honestly I don't feel like I am missing anything. Sugar free candies and desserts taste just as yummy as the real thing.
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    Bubbles123

    First of all congrats on your wieght loss!! Thank you too for your feedback. Although WW does work for me, I have lost 30 pounds before, stopped following plan and gained it back, I am worried that I am eating too many carbs. I really like this plan because I do make better food choices while on it and I able to control my portions, I do tend to turn to the quick low point meals like sandwiches.

    Thanks again and I will take what you said into consideration.

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    Hi,

    This is a good debate, because like you, I have/am following weight watchers and wonder if I should be low carbing instead...but what I have tried to do is to take on board that I need to keep an eye on the carbs and incorporate that into my new healthier eating.
    I like weight watchers because I don't see it as a diet, its a new way iof eating and living your life.
    I've stopped drinking cola completely- before I was drinking at least 2lts a day, and bread I'm trying to cut down on too.
    I think that diff things work for different people though - if ww is working for you - why change it? If you find it starts to not work for you, then think about other options.
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    I've always been heavy (since 1st grade). I've been following WW since July 6th and have lost 27.5 lbs so far. I LOVE it! I do as other people have suggested - keep lower carb options in mind. Although it seems to come naturally to me to eat two chicken breasts instead of having a bun with the first. Just my personal preference.

    Good Luck! I agree with the other cyster who said, as long as it works for you keep doing it! Once you hit a plateau maybe consider changing things up a bit?
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    I tried the WW points thing before and lost nothing. I then became a calorie counter. That worked pretty good but I'd get huge uneplained weight gains. I'm now counting calories and doing the IR thing. If I screw up on the IR, I don't lose anything or will gain. I had a high carb day on Sunday and failed to lose the expected 1.6 lbs from calorie counting. I'm kicking myself now and will be in a sour mood for another day.

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    Several years ago I put myself on Weight Watchers. I didn't go to the counseling or anything like that. I just bought their frozen foods, drank diet sodas and exercised. I lost 85lbs in a year and a half.
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    I have done them all - WW, Atkins, Lindora, Jenny Craig, Nutri-Systems - and I have lost weight on all of these programs. I think WW offers the most sensible eating plan for my lifestyle. I also did not gain any weight back after being on the WW program. I gained all my weight back (and then some) on all the other programs. Just thought I'd share my experience. Good luck to you......

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