I'd never really had a weight problem until I was 50plus and post menopause,when it started piling on around my middle - as we all know the most dangerous area to put on weight! So I dithered over what to do, until I read a couple of articles in the Telegraph, did some research on the net, and thought 'this may just be what I'm looking for' ... A few days later came across the forum, and immediately identified with all the people on here. It seemed a lot more real and honest than anything else Id come across (including the original Telegraph articles, one of which I think was by MS) so signed up at the end of April.
I have been a slow loser, and would have given up without the knowledge of those who'd been along the same route before me. Although I lost inches quickly, I didn't lose any weight for sbout 6 weeks, and it was the experience of others that kept me going, until the weight finally decided to come off later in the summer. Not as dramatic as some on here, but very satisfying all the same, especially now I am in size 12s again, 6 in off the waist, and a stone lighter.
And the added bonus of the cameraderie on here - the humour, craziness along with the honesty and openess, not forgetting the information and knowledge so willingly shared, whether it's a recipe or some arcane scientific article explaining something to do with this WoL ... I think part of the sustainability of the fast diet must be this forum, without a doubt. I hope 2014 is as good for us all as 2013 has been (or even better!)