Melissa and I started South Beach diet on July 11. Even though we were traveling through part of the first 2 weeks (known as phase 1), I lost 14 lbs in 14 days! During the phase 2 we have been on since, I have lost another 11 lbs (maybe a little more.. it's been a week since I weighed in).
What have I learned?
Despite limiting calories in the past, and trying to eat whole grains and fresh foods... Carbs and sugar are the reason I was fat. South beach has really made me feel like a new man.
If you want to loose weight... Esspecially gut and spare tire... Cut the carbs, eat your veggies, and drink lots of water. Sounds simple... But you have to also realize that Corn, Potatoes, Carrots, and some other starchy vegitables are actually more bad than veggie. Unfortunately for me... Those were the only veggies I used to eat.
My highest weight at the beginning of 2006 was 267lbs! I am now down to 215lbs. I feel so much better and have to much more energy even with the low carb diet.
I would reccomend that everyone at least read the book for the south beach diet, as I think everyone can take something away even if you do not choose to go strictly on the diet.