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Advice needed please

Just wondering if any of you inspirational people can help me. I've been following a low carb way of eating for a couple of years now after initially loosing 4 stone on Lipotrim. I'd pretty much maintained my weightloss in that time up till about 8-9 months ago when started straying and as a result have put on a stone. I find low carb good but very restrictive and feel in real need of a change. I've heard of 2 people recently doing so well on WW and after skulking round here for the last couple of days you all seem to be doing so well I've decided I'm going to join you in the WW journey. I'm going to keep within my points allowance and also try keep it low carb wherever possible. Don't want those awful evil sugar cravings to return:eek:. Has anyone else switched over from low carb to WW and if so whats your experience been like... I've started today but am so fearful that I may actually gain weight. Crazy really, I know full well that if you stick within your points you have to loose.. Thanks in advance if you're reading and for any advice or tips given xx
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Funky Mum

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No experience I'm afraid but I wanted to say and welcome! And good luck! It does feel weird being on a diet where you can eat anything (within your points) and it can be quite scary to eat chips and wonder if you will lose weight - but you can!
Give it a good go and see for yourself how fab it is :)
Thanks for the reply and welcome Funky Mum. I know exactly what you mean, especially regarding chips. I haven't had a chip in a couple of years :p


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I dont have experience but I have seen people switch from a VLCD (therefore definately low carb!!) to ww, some havent gained a thing, others may have put on one or two pound JUST in their first week. (but you know thats just water if you start eating carbs like crazy).

My advice would be to switch to ww (its fab!! so less restrictive than low carb so you can have what you want once its within your points) but I think you should introduce carbs slowly.. e.g.. (depending on HOW low carb your current diet is) No carbs first, second and third day on ww, introduce on the fourth (slowly) and so on...

Alternatively why not stick to the LT refeed sheet for 7 days before starting ww, this way it'll bring your water and sugar levels up to the correct level and then you can just jump into ww (this is what Im planning), Im sure your aware of it, having done LT but if not, in the LT forum there is a brilliant post on refeed of exactly what to eat (will get it for you if you cant find it)

All the best xx
Hi NikkiH,
That's a great suggestion for doing the Lipo week of refeed. Hadn't crossed my mind to do that. I have a copy of it somewhere at home. After doing very low carb for sooo long and only getting my carbs from mainly veg and cheese I'm petrified to even have porridge. It's going to take me a while to change my mindset and not keep checking the carb quantities and instead look at cals and sat fat instead. I'm excited at the thoughts of doing WW. First day today and feel full of enthusiasm, fingers crossed this will last. I'd been thinking about doing it for last week or so and then went to hairdressers yesterday and girl who does my hair is on WW since Feb and has lost over a stone so to me that was most definitely "A sign" to get to it....Thanks again for the advice.


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No problem at all! am so glad it helped. Here (just incase you cant find it):

Follow exactly - do not add extras and, more importantly, do not miss out any steps. You may have milk in your tea and coffee, if required, and you can now have diet drinks again. Avoid fruit juices (simple sugars) until the end of the week. No alcohol. Try to drink plenty of water. Most people do not drink adequate water and now you are in the habit, stick with it. At least 2 litres per day.

DAY 1.

Have 2 Lipotrim servings and one meal, as follows (men continue to have 2 servings, as before, while women take 1 less serving of Lipotrim).

at lunchtime or evening meal time you may have some skinless, boneless chicken breast or white fish fillet, or some skinless turkey (about 4-6ozs.) The fish or chicken may be steamed, microwaved, baked or cooked with a little water in a non-stick pan. Season with salt and pepper. Or you may have tuna fish in water or brine (drained). Vegetarians may use tofu or quorn.

You may also have either a moderate serving of salad (small breakfast bowl) from any of the following: lettuce, cucumber cress and watercress, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, peppers, bean sprouts, celery dressed with a little lemon juice or wine vinegar (try balsamic vinegar, it is quite special), or if you prefer, a moderate serving ( 2 heaped table spoons - no more)of some cooked vegetables. You may have bread, grains (rice) or pasta until Day 4. Fruit should wait until Day 4 at the earliest (later if you have carbohydrate problems). You can have milk in tea/coffee.


You will have only 1 Lipotrim serving and 2 meals, as described for Day 1.

Day 3

Same as Day 2, but you may also have - at one meal only - an 8 ounce potato, plain boiled, mashed or baked, but with no addition of any fat. You may like to top with some skimmed milk, plain yogurt or very low fat fromage frais and a sprinkle of herbs.

Day 4-7

A Lipotrim serving for your breakfast plus.....

up to 3 serving of fruit (if you suffer from the insulin resistance problem, then eat these late in the day and do not snack on them during the day)

up to 2 slices of bread or 1 pita or 1 roll or 1 bagel (without fatty spread)

Any vegetables you want except avocado, 1 or 2 servings with your meals (2 tablespoons per serving)

any of the skimmed milk products.

fish fillet (any size) or 6 ounces of chicken or turkey, as described before, or one tin of tuna in water or brine, drained. Vegetarians may use tofu, textured vegetable protein (TVP) or quorn.

Lean meat with all visible fat trimmed off

low fat recipes prepared with low fat sauces - eg lean mince with tomatoes Bolognese sauce

medium baking potato or 6 small new potatoes or one serving of instant mashed potatoes (the kind with no added fat- read the label).
Instead of potato, you may have 4ozs of rice or pasta (cooked weight).

This schedule may be continued for several weeks - especially if you have lost a lot of weight - 5/6 stones or more - as you will need time to adjust to a different eating behaviour and quantities. Check your weight every week at the pharmacy; if it is going up, then action must be taken to address the types and quantities of food eaten. The maintenance food products are advised during this time to add extra control whilst adjusting to your new eating behaviour.

Sample menu for days 4 to 7.....

Breakfast Lipotrim serving.

Lunch Fish fillet (any type - cod, salmon etc), serving of potatoes ( 1 medium jacket or 6 new potatoes or a serving-spoon mash - no added fat) Yogurt ( low fat).

Diner 4-6 ozs chicken (no skin), jacket potato, salad. Fruit (if appropriate) or low fat dessert.

Evening Sandwich (no spread of any sort), consisting of: pickles, fat-free mayonnaise, salad/carrot, slice cold meat (low fat).

Snack 1 or 2 pieces of fruit (evening, if appropriate)

Breakfast Lipotrim serving

Lunch Sandwich (no spread) - any low fat filling, eg tuna. Bowl of salad. 2 pieces of fruit (if appropriate) or yoghurt.

Dinner Spaghetti Bolognese, consisting of: drained lean mince, low fat sauce, 4 ozs. Cooked spaghetti, serving spoon of vegetables. Dessert.

Snack or Evening.

Tub of very low fat fromage fraise, flavoured to suit with either slices of fruit or low fat jelly crystals for a sweet option or herbs and spices with added crunchy vegetable, for a savoury snack.

If you dont want to go to the expense/ trouble of getting lipotrim sachets for this week, each sachet is equal to 147 calories therefore (if it was me), I would just substitute breakfast with something equal to 147 calories that is no carb (you'll be better at judging no carb food that I am!).

I think your fantastic for following low carb - honestly there is no way in hell I could do that - your going to find ww brilliant after being on such a diet and will have soooo much more freedom! Honestly, in 2007 on here, I lost 7 stone in 10 months on ww - I didnt exercise, could go out with my friends, eat chocolate AND had a dominos pizza all to myself every friday night after work.

Am looking forward to seeing how much (I know) your going to love it!!!! Maybe start up a diary (so I can nose he he) as I found that really helpful the last time, such supportive, lovely people in this section.
Hi Nikki,
Thanks sooo much for posted the re-feed info. Massive well done to you for loosing 7stone in 10 months. What an inspiration you are. Day 1 over me yesterday and feeling positive. You're so right when you say there's so much freedom with WW. Although I did find low carb good for maintaining my weight as soon as I'd have a binge usually one day over the weekend and not even with carb laden food I could easily gain 5-7 lbs overnight. Water weight I know but none the less so infuriating. Low carb is so restrictive especially when eating out which I tended to avoid as much as possible. Well not anymore. Changing the mindset as I said will I'm sure take a while to kick in. Usually when I went out for a meal, it was chicken wings (with skin on), steak with garlic butter followed by cheese. Ehm, not anymore. I'm off on hols tomorrow so hoping and praying I'll be able to stick to it as much as possible. Thanks again and for such a warm welcome to this godsend of a forum. It's great to see such success stories like your own and also for all the helpful hints and tips. xxx

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