I used WW for a majority of my Weight Loss. I think it's a great plan, when followed as they instruct you to (getting all of the fats/veggies/lean protein/dairy/whole grains). When I got down closer to goal I made sure I got about 40% of my calories from protein to help get myself over a plateau and preserve muscle, but didn't feel it was a starvation diet at all- Very sound plan that worked GREAT for me!
I am not a body builder or figure competitor, but I follow the BFFM (Burn the fat, feed the muscle) method and I do "carb tapering"... eating my starchy carbs before 4:00pm ... after that, for dinner I eat only protein/fribrous carbs... I am somewhat starchy carb sensitive and this method has worked for me, as well as carb cycling... I had recently joined WW's because I thought the points system would be easier for me to follow, but it was practically a starvation diet and although it is more time consuming to figure the calories/macros, etc., everyday, it is well worth the effort..
I think that you have to experiment and try different methods to see what works for you because what works for me may not work for you... you can check out my blog regarding this method if you like at the that following link:
I have more carbs on the evenings that I have a heavy workout. On those evenings I have 1/2 a yam or brown rice, quinoa, or a little semolina pasta. If I worked out smaller muscle groups or had a lighter workout I stick to broccoli, asparagus, leafy greens and brussel sprouts with my dinner. Morning almost always start off with steel cut oats and most lunches have a little quinoa or brown rice in them or a whole wheat pita.
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I've just started to cur off starchy carbs at 3pm. As long and I've fueled properly earlier in the day - like oatmeal for breakfast and a wrap for lunch - I don't even miss them. I will eat a lean protein with lots of veg and some fat for dinner - my boyfriend usually eats pasta or rice or something along with the protein and veg.
I'm trying to fire up my metabolism and lower my bf% while maintain my muscle mass. I cut carbs to 2 1/4-1/2 cup servings a day for a month - I had no energy and I lost 5lbs of lean mass! Still tweaking my program to find the perfect balance. I weigh in tomorrow...it will be interesting to see whats changed.
Today, I compare myself to one other person: me yesterday.
Depends on my goals- If I'm on a cutting diet carbs are pretty much out, save veggies with dinner, after lunch for the last few weeks.
When I am eating "regular" I don't worry about it too much- I am more concerned about the kinds of carbs (not getting them from simple sources), and my total daily carb intake, which I like to keep equal to or less than my grams of protein.
What kind of carbs are you talking about? ALL carbs like fruit and veggies, or just ones like breads, pastas, rice, etc...?
I try not to eat any carbs like the end ones I listed. I have completely cut wheat, so only have bread that is wheat/gluten free, but I only go through a loaf (which is about half the size or less of a regular loaf) in about 2 weeks. I make quinoa instead of rice and don't eat pasta at all.
I find that my body craves those carbs more and more once I start eating them. If I don't start, I'm ok, if I start, I could eat it until it's gone! It's nuts!! I also find that once I eat those carbs, my stomach seems to grow in front of me... really weird!
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