Step one to a new lifestyle. It seems there is always the latest frenzy of diets. Brand name diets come and go as quickly as Octomom is having babies. Then there are the "Extreme" diets. I would say over 95% of diets out there work. I do question ones health on extreme diets that adervitise losing 7-10 pounds per week; when a healthy weight loss should be no more than 2-3 pounds a week. The problem with the word "DIET" is that you can't stay on them forever. One could end up with serious health issues staying on an "Extreme" diet over the recommended length of time. Forget the diets, forget the calorie counting unless you're a professional athlete. How about a lifestyle change. Make a decision, a promise to change the way you're eating, to excersie consistently, to have a new LIFESTYLE on your own health. Start by a decision. Write your goals down on a 3 x 5 card and place it on your bathroom mirror. The goals should be: How much do you want to weigh. When do you want to achieve the new weight. Be realistic on the time issue. You shouldn't be losing anymore than 2-3 pounds a week after your first 2 weeks of your new lifestyle. Take a head to toe photo. Take measurements of arms, chest, waist, hips (if female) and thighs. Get serious, take your lifestyle by the horns.