Yes, I think it's important to judge SLD not by the speed of weight loss, but by it's ease compared with all the other (mostly tortuous!) methods. I also think patience is significant. For many of us, the initial loss is so quick and easy, that I think we get a little spoilt by it, and get a bit petulant when it slows down or becomes more erratic (I speak for myself too!).
I agree. I think this weight loss game is a long slow process and trying to hurry it eventually is self-defeating both in terms of weight loss and health. As the song says: "nice and easy does it all the time".
SLD is great in that it is possible to sustain a reduced appetite over an extended period of time requiring little self-discipline. SLD should be viewed as a change of life-style which one chooses.