I'm on day 6. I'm a newbie, wet behind the ears and as hopeful and motivated as any newbie would be. I'm 46 and have been overweight off and on my whole adult life. When not overweight, I have mostly at least been about 10-15 pounds more than I feel comfortable with (ease of movement, sitting etc). I have a good deal of experience with different ways of losing weight: starvation, eliminating junk food, lots of exercising, food combining, vegetarianism, veganism, raw veganism, Eat Right 4 Your Type, Weston Price, reduced eating (non-deprivation), etc.
I've had the most success in the past with cutting out junk food, eliminating refined sugar, eating good healthy animal products & healthy vegetable oils, and getting in tune with my hunger (avoiding mindless eating).
I've had the least success with systematic calorie restriction, over-exercising (too much, too fast, too intense), low-fat, low-carb, low-protein, vegetarianism, veganism, raw veganism, ER4YT (and any diet that tells you what you can and can't eat), diet products. I'm sure there are more that I'm not recalling at the moment.
Since what I've had the best success with is learning to recognize and pay attention to my actual level of hunger -- satisfying the hunger while not overeating -- combined with eating wholesome, good-quality foods (which I was pleased to find are the best tasting) and effective vitamin/mineral supplements, I am combining that eating lifestyle with SLD.
My only real remaining problem has been that certain things trigger overeating. Once I get into an overeating trend, it's hard to get out of it. It's a life-long habit that I've only been learning to overcome in recent years without going to the opposite extreme of food deprivation, which is equally troublesome.
SLD is perfect to address that for its ability to suppress the need to overeat. It also has given me the motivation to go ahead and do what I've been feeling a need to do for months now: to stop seasoning my food. I have always been one to strongly season my food with salt and herbs and spices. I have a full array of them in my cupboard, all arranged so I can easily get at any one of them when I want to, since I use several of them for every meal I prepare. Although I feel good about the wholesome, home-cooked food I eat, I sometimes have have a gut feeling that I should stop flavoring my food. I haven't done it because I didn't want my DH to suffer boring meals. I've eaten unseasoned before and have enjoyed it once I got used to not having all the added flavors. I love plain steamed veggies and brown rice and unsalted butter, etc. I was happy to see that SLD includes a method to assist further weight loss this way, and DH is entirely ok with adding his own seasonings, if and when he wants to. Cool.
I'm feeling very good about SLD, it seems like maybe it's the one missing puzzle piece I've been needing to deal with the issue of overeating. So far, I'm not getting urges to eat too much. I feel like I can get back on track with eating the right amount of food and no more. Last year I lost 30 pounds easily by just getting into the groove of doing that. I ate whatever appealed to me. A large percentage of my calories were from high fat foods. I ate eggs, butter, whole milk, skin off the roast chicken (in addition to the meat), beef fat, sausage, bacon, cheese, sandwiches, plenty of EVOO on my salads, homemade pizza with whole milk mozzarella, you name it. I never allowed myself to go hungry to the point of discomfort, yet I didn't allow myself to get all the way full either. I avoided all the foods that make me feel bad: junk food, refined sugar and flour, foods with chemicals, most restaurant foods (many of them taste so low-quality anyway), msg, more than a little caffeine, low-fat dairy, bottled juices, etc. On my SLD page (link beow) I describe why I got off-track in the post where I discuss my diet history.
If anyone's interested, I made a "My SLD Page" which I'm using to track my daily data, display my SLD method, my dieting history, my ongoing experiences & observations, etc. so that all my information can be viewed, tracked and updated in one location. It's at:http://boards.sethroberts.net/index.php?topic=8136.0
I look forward to reading a lot more of everyone's experiences, which have helped me already based on what I've managed to read so far. I'm thankful that these forums exist, they are a great resource of information and support. Thanks to Seth who wrote his helpful book & provided these forums, and thanks to all the posters here who are willing to share their experiences to help us newbies.