Ok, this is a tough subject. I am having a struggle with my weight. I love to cook and eat. I love good food. I am not one who over does it on sweets, as i'd much prefer to have what I call "good" food instead of sweets. I do not engorge myself however. I have a regular size meal. I am a rather big person, in that I have a big build. I have always been muscular. I am average height, but my weight is not what the experts say I should weigh. I'm 5'9" and I currently weigh 245lbs. I was about 260lbs before I started to go to the gym. When I go to the gym I do about 3.5mph on the treadmill for one hour. I then workout on the machines as much as I can physically do. I've had two back surgeries and face one more in the near future. I've only recently been able to do much physical exercise, as pain would not allow it. I have had 4 epidural steroid injections to the c-spine this year. Anyway..... what diets have been effective for you? I've done the Atkins diet and lost quite a bit of weight, but gained it back after going off the diet. Any good recommendations?