Hi Sue, I follow Atkins, I like the lifestyle and it seems to work for me. Over the winter when I was not working I was sure I gained. I had only been loosely following the diet at the time. When there was a family gathering the diet went out the window. Once it was over I would go back to a loose form of the diet. I recently had to go in for a pre employment physical. I was surprised and of course pleased to find that I had lost 29 lbs. Of course pleased and encouraged by that I decided to buckle down and have since lost another 8 lbs. I won't be where I want to be come time for my cruise but I will have lost enough to make me feel good.