I joined an organisation callled overeaters anon 12 years ago and have learnt by listening to lots of peoples experiance some of the pitfalls and ways to lose weight. I have discovered that any kind of drastic measures such a reduced calorie diets or diets of anykind just reduce metabolism and get people stuck and frustrated at not losing weight. I managed to lose about 12 stone by eating what they call in OA a moderate diet. I made only very slow gradual changes to my diet aiming to lose between1 and 4 pounds per month. I would do something like stop taking sugar in my tea, weigh myself only once a month and would not make anymore changes untill I lost less than a pound.Then I would either increase excersize a bit or make another small change to diet. I stopped eating in between meals and just had 3 moderate normal meals a day of food I really liked. I weighed myself on a good pair of scales at Boots or a sport center where the scales are calabrated well. It is a matter of taking things very slowly and has been tedious but worth the wait rather than the ups and downs of dieting, deprivation and binging. I have unfortunatley put back on a lot of weight with thyriod issues but I am hopefull that with my medication at a correct dose and my prior knowledge I will reduce again.