I went mainly for my son, who is overweight (but he lost 13 lbs. last year). I'd once been 5'1 and 180 lbs. and now I'm around 125 lb. Here are the tips the Nutritionist gave me for Lucas. She's the Nutritionist who inspired me to lose weight. 1/Work out at least thirty minutes a day five days a week. Even three days help, but the more the better. Sweating is good. 2/Your plate should look colorful, like a rainbow. Eat fibers before the main course--fruits and vegetables. They fill you up. Wait twenty minutes before eating more. It takes that long for "hunger pangs" to go away. (This is really helping me. I always want to eat right after I've eaten...lol) 3/Don't do fad diets. They don't work. Eat healthy. Cut out as much sugar as you can (I use Splenda rather than sugar). No sugary sodas. Caffeine can help retain water (I mostly drink decaf now--I know it doesn't taste that great, but I doctor it up with Splenda and sugar free syrup...hey, it's still warm on cold days!) 4/Don't have junk food in the house. Too tempting. 5/DO count calories. I can't stress how much this helped me. I kept a Food Diary, like this: 9:00 AM--had coffee and two hard boiled eggs 180 calories 10:00 AM had an apple 100 calories 12:00 one fish filet and brocoli about 200 calories This helped me be aware of everything I ate, not gorge myself, and gave me an interesting look at when I eat. For me boredom was a trigger. Exercise cut my appetite. Since I lost weight, I feel much better, can do more, and, although it can change at any time, I'm very healthy. I can run up and down stairs with NO HANDS...lol. I've slowed down very little, although I'm starting to get arthritis in my knees. (I resent that. How dare I have an "old age" thang). Anyways, just thought I'd pass along what helped me. I'm BIG on healthy lifestyle. My favorite treat is low fat yogurt. I also always drink skim milk and like soymilk too. It's good!!