That's what I call it, anyway. This is a story about a fat guy's attempt to be less fat. Let me start buy saying, I'm a big dude. At Christmas time I tipped the scales at 376 lbs. I hate to admit that number in writing but sometimes the truth hurts. My weight has gradually gone up over the last several years but the day after Christmas I decided that enough was enough. Here's a short tale about what I've been doing and how successful I've been thus far. I hope this info can be helpful to anyone who has struggled unsuccessfully with reducing their weight. I've tried following low-fat, low-cal diets in the past. I know there's more to dieting than following a plan but it has been my experience that in order to make lifestyle changes you have to start with an eating regimine that is do-able. Low-cal, low-fat, carb-rich diets always resulting in an unsatisfied feeling with hunger a couple hours after eating. Never mind that much of the low-fat foods out there just taste bland. I lost weight successfully in the past by following the Atkins Diet. I was a younger man and lost the weight for a specific event and had no real intention of changing my habits or lifestyle. Well, I'm older now and have a house full of kids who need their dad so the weight has to go! I started on a low-carb, protien-rich diet the day after Christmas. Thus far, 121 days later, I've lost 51 lbs. That's almost 1/2 lb a day. I feel awesome! I have an unbelievable amount of energy and have found that I actually consume fewer calories when I'm not counting them. 51 lbs lost and I'm eating steak, bacon, butter, nuts, real cream in my coffee, cheesecake (without crust)....basically all the things that are either forbidden or at least highly restricted on a low-cal diet. That's enough for now. There's more to this story and things I've discovered along the way. If anyone is interested, I'd be glad to share.