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I'm thinking about doing Atkins, or should I do South Beach instead?

Looking to lose 15 pounds, well maybe 20.

Mon. Sep 5, 3:11pm

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my opinion: neither. eliminating an entire food group like carbs isn't practical. sure, you'll lose weight quick but it can put your body into ketosis (diabetic shock). i've hear south beach incorporates good carbs so if either, i would try that. good old fashioned cutting calories works too! good luck!

Monday, September 05, 2005, 3:49 PM

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Atkins isn't as unhealthy as it sounds - you get a certain number of carbs per day, and carbs like fiber and sugar alcohols don't count towards those carbs. The first two weeks, you're not supposed to have pretty much any carbs at all, to "jump start" the diet, but afterwards, you can start easing them in a little. It's rough though (and unhealthy) because you're not supposed to have fruits really at all - South Beach incorporates fruits and whole grains, so that's probably better.

I personally like the Zone - trying to get 30% of your calories from protein, 30% from fats, and 40% from carbs - but making sure your carbs are whole grains (wheat or 7-grain low carb bread, rolled oats, high fiber foods) and cutting out "whites" - white bread, potatoes, corn, crackers, cookies, sugar, etc. It's sustainable long-term, while Atkins and South Beach probably are not.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005, 8:33 AM

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From what I've read, South Beach sounds healthier.

I don't do either, but I try to avoid carbs late in the day. Mostly eat them in the morning, and try to have good (complex, high fiber) carbs.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005, 1:28 PM

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I agree that the best way to lose weight and keep it off is not by cutting out any food group. Weight Watchers has always worked extremely well for me...the basic principles are great. It's all about eating healthier, and not denying yourself the foods that you want, you just need to learn to eat in moderation. Serving sizes are key-you can eat healthy foods, but you can still go overboard. You get used to it pretty quickly, and it is easy to keep the weight off, because you get so used to it. Good luck!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005, 2:13 PM

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going into ketosis is not a diabetic shock. I did atkins for a while since I am a type 2 diabetic it was easy. I lost weight quickly but gained most of it back. I have now lost 58 pounds with 30 more to go and the only healthy way to do it is less in more out. (less calories more exercise) I still eat a very low carb diet but I have to. I do eat brown rice, whole wheat pasta & breads and other healthy grains.

Friday, September 09, 2005, 12:49 PM

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I don't recommend either of those diets just because I have known people that have totally cut at carbs and as soon as they started hitting carbs again put weight right back on.

Friday, September 09, 2005, 7:17 PM

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Atkins

I had very good results with Atkins. And you can eat carbs again if you truly follow the Atkins diet and reach the maintenance level. You just can't ever go back to sugar and unrefined white flours.

Saturday, September 10, 2005, 7:19 PM

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South Beach

South Beach is neither low carb or low fat...it is really just a healthy way of eating. Yes, the first 2 weeks cuts out carbs, but you can skip that phase. The diet stresses fruit, veggies, whole grains, lean meat and fish, and, thankfully, dessert. It does ask you to keep the glycemic index in mind when choosing foods, but making good food choices is part of any "diet". This really is a good lifestyle choice, and my doctor recommended it to me.

Certainly picking a plan to follow requires some homework on your part...there are valid suggestions from several of the plans out there today. Just take a look at the choices, decide what you think is the best for YOU, and get started! Good luck!

Sunday, September 11, 2005, 10:46 AM

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My mom just started Atkins, and after the first "phase" - the strictest, which is supposed to jump-start your diet, she's lost 6.5lbs! In 2 weeks! She starts the next "phase" this week, and will continue to lose weight, but more slowly. Then 2 more weeks, and the 3rd stage starts, which is probably more healthy because it reincorporates even more healthy carbs and is fairly sustainable long-term, and by the time she gets there, she'll probably have lost 10lbs in the first month! If you follow it to the strictest sense, you'll have fast weight loss at the beginning, and continued loss throughout.

Monday, September 12, 2005, 9:06 AM

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Thankyou for all of the suggestions!

I decided to check out weight watchers because I wouldn't have to restrict any foods. I kind of like that if I really needed it, I could have a peice of pizza. I'll keep ya'll updated!

Monday, September 12, 2005, 3:15 PM

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