Trying Something Different (Again)

Oh hey, old friends! Soooo I posted this yesterday on my Facebook page, but for the last several weeks/months, I’ve definitely been in a rut when it comes to eating (and exercise too, but that’s another post for another day). I mentioned in my last post that healthy eating has just not been a central focus of my life lately because I’ve had so much going on, but I’ve definitely started to notice my clothes feeling a little tighter and not loving pictures I’ve seen of myself recently, so I knew it was time to get my butt in gear before things get too out of hand.

I sat there Sunday night googling, “kickstart your diet” and “healthy jump starts for weight loss”, as if I was going to come across something that I didn’t already know about. I think the trouble is with me that lately I’ve really had so much going on that I can’t do something that requires too much effort or attention for the moment. So, after perusing the results of my searches for some time and trying to make a corresponding grocery list, a light bulb went off and I realized the simplest, easiest, most result-oriented thing I can do right now is go for the low/no-carb thing, aka Atkins, to get myself back on track.

Now, I’ve done Atkins before and while it did help me lose weight, it did NOT help me keep the weight off. I lost about 40 pounds my senior year of college, and then I gained it all back (and then some! you know how it goes…) once I reverted back to my old eating habits. I didn’t really have a plan in place (ie, I’ll give this a go for such-and-such amount of time, OR, I’ll go back into such-and-such way of eating once I’m done with this), and I think that was my downfall the first time around. I was successful in losing weight, but as soon as I was done with Atkins I went back to my old eating habits and hadn’t really made any permanent changes.

This time, while I don’t know exactly how long I’ll do it for, I do know that once I’m tired of it, I’ll go back to Weight Watchers and rest on all the things I’ve learned about healthy eating and moderation from it. I think I’ve come a LONG way in the past 9 years (since the last time I tried Atkins), and I know a lot more about myself, my body, nutrition, and weight loss than I did back then. And, I also know it’s not reasonable for me to stick to a no/low carb thing forever, so this is just temporary.

There are definitely some things that really suck about Atkins, and they are:

  1. No fruit
  2. No bagels (wahh!)
  3. No sweets
  4. No pizza
  5. No bread? duh

But there are also some things that I love about it:

  1. It’s black and white. Things are either allowed or they aren’t, nothing in between.
  2. Portion control is less important, since it’s more WHAT you’re eating and not how much.
  3. I can eat an avocado with a spoon and feel good about it.
  4. Nuts are also not that scary anymore, and same goes for nut butter.
  5. I can eat the skin on meat if I choose without any guilt.
  6. CHEESE. That’s all.

So to be honest it feels a bit weird to be officially doing something that is not Weight Watchers after all this time, but it also feels oddly refreshing. I think when you know a diet (or a lifestyle! Winking smile) inside and out, it can be hard to approach it with a fresh perspective because it’s not… well, fresh.

Have you ever had luck with kickstarting weight loss with a program you don’t plan to stick with forever? What have you found to be most effective?



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22 Comments on Trying Something Different (Again)

  1. Nina
    April 16, 2014 at 8:57 am (6 months ago)

    I’ve been a Weight Watcher life timer forever, but in the last few years I’ve given it up. Thought I would never do that, but I wanted to start eating clean and get rid of all the additives in my diet. And following Weight Watchers, was hard to stay away from all the junk foods cuz you can have anything on it. I researched eating Paleo and now that is pretty much what I do. It’s a lot like Atkins, but real food. I’m doing so much better with this way of eating and I don’t have to worry about counting anything.

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  2. Sarah
    April 16, 2014 at 9:05 am (6 months ago)

    I think any “diet” that does not allow you to eat fruit is insane! That being said, I have done low carb before too, and it does give you quick results. Just be careful not to get stuck in a cycle! Look how far you have come!!!!!!

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  3. Alicia
    April 16, 2014 at 9:58 am (6 months ago)

    You should really look into “The Carb Nite Solution” it’s very similar to Atkins in being ultra low carb, but you get a weekly carb nite where you are required to splurge! The splurge resets your system and prevents plateau. Also the whole diet specifically works to burn off fat without destroying muscle too. Also, it is not a diet that is meant to be stayed on permanently. I just tried it to lose my post surgery/holiday weight gain (about 10lb), and although my number on the scale says I’m back to my old weight my measurements say I’m thinner and I can actually see my abs for the first time ever! Take a look, you won’t be sorry!!

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  4. Ang
    April 16, 2014 at 10:34 am (6 months ago)

    I’ve been considering doing a quick trial of South Beach for a couple of weeks. Mainly because it seems to improve some digestive issues and also because I’m getting into a bad dessert habit. I do think sometimes following a strict plan for a very short period can help spark renewed interest in healthy eating.

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  5. Laura
    April 16, 2014 at 10:58 am (6 months ago)

    I have done weight watchers since 2009, lost 60 pounds and after baby #3 (almost 1.5 years ago) sill have 20 pounds of baby weight to go (plus about 40 more). I started T-25 (beach body program) in mid-Jan and followed their meal plan… LOVE IT! I didn’t have time for exercise at a gym but 25 minutes in the morning I can handle. I could never do P90X or Insanity but I lost about 15 pounds and 9 inches in 5 weeks. It is sustainable too. No cutting out food groups and works well along side weight watchers. (I am not a coach, have no intention of joining).

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  6. jessica
    April 16, 2014 at 12:06 pm (6 months ago)

    I have been reading your blog for awhile and would love to see an update about your plastic surgery. I’ve been considering this and have followed your journey.

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  7. Less of Less (@lessofless)
    April 16, 2014 at 12:45 pm (6 months ago)

    I’m with you on the no/low carb diet. Although, I don’t think I could give up fruit… even for a little while.

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  8. Lyn
    April 16, 2014 at 7:10 pm (6 months ago)

    I just finished Whole30 and loved it. Good luck with Atkins.

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  9. Joyce
    April 17, 2014 at 12:35 am (6 months ago)

    Have you thought about WW Simple Start: all power foods at no counting and 7 points per day for a “splurge/carb” item. I’m kind of in a rut with WW too. I’m weighing in but that’s about it.

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  10. Adria
    April 17, 2014 at 10:06 am (6 months ago)

    It is so nice to know that I am not alone. I too have been in a rut for what seems way too long. The important thing is to let by-gones be by-gones and start fresh. Today is a new day! :)

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  11. Leah
    April 17, 2014 at 10:59 am (6 months ago)

    I’ve personally never had luck with switching programs in the middle of the weight loss process. Now that I’m thinking about it, it makes perfect sense to stop doing something when it’s not working for you anymore, but instead of giving up on all weight loss programs, just try a new one! Way better than my previous methods of, this is getting boring and repetitive, I’m tired of counting points or not eating carbs, let me now eat all the carbs.

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  12. River
    April 17, 2014 at 7:55 pm (6 months ago)

    I’m feeling the same way as you lately. Also a time/motivation problem. So the last week or so I have just been eating as much veges/fruit as I can and allowing a cheat meal or two a week, but no junky snacks. I’m noticing improvements already.

    I’ve also done the low carb thing before, and it is so effective at losing weight quickly, like you say, it’s just not a long-term thing. So that’s great that you have a plan for afterwards – that’s the most important. Good luck!

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  13. Kitty
    April 17, 2014 at 8:47 pm (6 months ago)

    I do follow WW almost all the time. But a couple of times I’ve gone through Phase I of South Beach which is fairly similar to Induction on Atkins. Some differences, South Beach wants you to eat reduced fat cheese and I think if I recall it allows Nuts sooner than Atkins does.

    I find South Beach a little healthier eating so that is why I’ve chosen it. It is a nice jumpstart.

    The thing you have to watch out for is that anytime you limit carbs your body releases a lot of water and so you have a water weight loss. If you go back to eating more carbs later you will get some of the water weight back. So, just be sure to expect that.

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  14. Matt
    April 20, 2014 at 5:47 pm (6 months ago)

    I love bread too much. Keep it up though. I enjoy reading your blog.

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  15. Amanda Kelly
    April 22, 2014 at 6:51 am (6 months ago)

    I am a long time reader and I love what you are doing just keep doing it Beth

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  16. Leila Lasota
    April 24, 2014 at 12:16 pm (6 months ago)

    Hello Beth,

    I wonder if you will be adding some nice Cardio sessions and also some weight lifting for making you stronger. In my opinion this is a must since it will give you much more energy in the long run.

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  17. Angel S
    May 1, 2014 at 2:25 am (6 months ago)

    I’ve tried the low/no carb diet as well, but didn’t really find it effective because, like you, it was temporary for me. I think that the best way to kickstart and actually progress with weight loss is to make a plan and stick to it all throughout. I would rather plan something realistic for myself that I can actually do for a long time rather than start with not eating carbs and then mess up along the way. Focus and discipline is key!

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  18. Angel Reyes
    May 3, 2014 at 10:02 am (6 months ago)

    Stay strong! I had a similar problem. I lost a lot of weight and then gained it all back. Now I’ve manage to loose about 80 lb, and I’ve kept it off for more than a year now, by taking control of most of what I eat. That means I make my own breakfast, I pack my lunch, and I cook my dinner. I eat out about once a week or so. I have focused on adding things to my diet, as opposed to restricting it. I eat more fruits and more veggies than ever, I try different cuts of meat all the time and I have a blast doing it. I avoid processed foods and artificial ingredients though because I’ve never been into them, frankly. The only thing I actively gave up were artificial sweetners because they make me hungry, and they make me crave sweets all the time

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  19. Kristin
    May 13, 2014 at 10:11 pm (5 months ago)

    Would love to hear an update of how you are doing! I hope your kickstart was successful!

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  20. Andreas
    May 16, 2014 at 9:06 am (5 months ago)

    Hey Beth, I have lost over 80 pounds with atkins. So I highly recommend it for your journey! Keep the good work going

    Regards Andi

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  21. dl grage
    June 11, 2014 at 6:16 pm (4 months ago)

    I love how pretty your food is, but the one thing my non-diet method did for me was to stop me from obsessing about food. I now eat to live not live to eat. And I haven’t really changed much except to do this method for about an hour each day, even on /Sunday.

    I no longer stress about what to eat or get upset if I fall back on old patterns once in awhile, I know the method I have developed will continue to assist in weight loss, but I know I will never gain it back like I have ever other time.

    I also discover why I overeat and when it started, then I had to tools to change my situation and I did, I’ve lost 19 lbs of the 40 I have to lose. I wrote an ebook about how to do it the way I did: http://www.40lbsin40days.com.

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