I should also have said that if there's one thing I've learnt, it's that every single one of us is totally unique - and that goes for the ability to make any particular diet work for us.
I've tried the slimming clubs - Weight Watchers and Slimming World - without much success. I've also tried Joanna Hall and also going it alone with my own low fat diet. I've never managed to lose any more than a stone with any of these.
What I like about the Slim Fast plan - and what many people would absolutely loath - is the removal of choice. I have pretty poor will power, so if I'm faced with a selection of M&S sandwiches at lunchtime, although I know which end of the counter I should be looking at, the delicious, luxuriously indulgent end just calls to me! So, the fact that I have very limited choice over what I have for breakfast and lunch really helps.
It also helps that I really like almost all of the choices available. There are five different milk shake flavours, so I have one each Monday-Friday. (They also do Smoothies, but these taste really artificial to me - if I'm going to have a smoothie, I want it to taste like fruit!). I also rotate the four different soup varieties and three different meal bars!
Another tool I've found invaluable is the meal planner on their website. You have to register, but it's completely free.
Finally - and I think this really is the clincher - I found Fatsecret in September!! I genuinely think the help and support I've got here has made all the difference. It makes me more accountable, especially when I'm taking part in challenges, so helps keep me on the straight and narrow.
Anyway - good luck with whatever you choose to follow. All I can say is find something that works for you
can stick to - it's so worth it!!
My weight-loss journey, so far...
09/07/2007: 210lb - BMI 36.6
20/08/2007: 196lb - BMI 34.2 (1 stone lost)
29/10/2007: 182lb - BMI 31.7 (2 stone lost)
14/01/2008: 168.5 - BMI 29.4 (3 stone lost)
31/03/2008: 151.5 - BMI 26.4 (4 stone lost)
09/06/2008: 139.2 - BMI 24.4 (5 stone lost and goal weight reached!!)