Originally Posted by army2010
let me give you a run down, counting calories and exercise didn't work for more than ten lb weight loss, diet pills did not work at all for me, and i tried low carb and it worked very well. However, i looked at the new weight watchers but i'm scared to try it bc i'm scared i'll gain all my weight back.. has anyone switched over, or know anything bout carbs and points plus program?
If low-carb dieting is the only way you've ever found to lose weight without 24/7 hunger (I certainly have) then Weight Watcher's new system probably isn't going to help you any more than any other non-low-carb plan did in the past.
If you do decide to try WW's new plan, you probably will initially gain a few pounds. That's just what occurs when you switch from a low-carb plan to a higher-carb plan. It's not fat gain, it's water gain - because your body needs more water to digest carbs, so it holds onto that water.
I do alternate between higher and lower carb plans, and every single time my carb-count goes up so does my weight. If even a couple pounds of water weight is going to freak you out, do not switch to a higher-carb plan.
I have a higher-carb "alternate" plan (of about 1800 calories) for days in which it's going to be hard to restrict carbs (for example family gatherings). I don't lose very well on higher-carb, so to me it's more of a Plan B than my primary plan. The fewer Plan B days I have, the better my weight loss (not counting the three or four pounds that make up the transitional difference. I just consider 306 lbs my low-carb weight and 309 my high-carb weight).
For me, higher carb plans, even "good carb" healthy carb foods increase my hunger dramatically. Also on 1800 calories of low-carb, I lose more weight than on 1800 calories of higher-carb. I've proven it to myself dozens of times (to test it yourself, keep detailed food journals for at least three months on each diet - you'll learn too if you lose more on low-carb, document hunger too).
I know that the WW points plan would not help me lose better than I do on low-carb. Just the free fruit along would be a problem for me (I've even maintained my weight on an all-fruit diet in the past).
From what I understand, you can eat low-carb and follow the WW point system, but if low-carb is working for you, why on earth take on the expense and learning a new system.
If you want the support and accountability of a weekly weigh-in, consider TOPS (taking off pounds sensibly) or other non-profit weight loss groups. TOPS allows you to choose your food plan (though they offer information that is exchange based).