The Jillian Michaels Method.
I love Jillian. I've been a big fan since seeing her on the biggest loser, but then reading her books, seeing her DVDs and listening to her podcasts converted me even more.
Biggest Loser aside - because I know a lot of people either don't like the shows methods, don't believe in it or doubt that the contestants keep the weight off blah blah... I have 100% faith in her as a personal trainer & nutritionist and know she's gotten hundreds of pounds of thousands of people & a lot of them have kept it off too.
Her way of losing weight and keeping it off is as follows.. start calories low, never go under 1200 but 1200-1400 is her sweet spot for women & 1400-1600 for men.. eat as much clean & healthy foods as you can.. 80/20 rule so 80% is healthy and 20% of your day is treats... and workout 3-4 times a week for at least 30 minutes.
Then when you've lost weight, you gradually up calories by 10% each week until you're eating your maintenance calories which are BMR at goal weight X activity level - so TDEE.
She says if anyone does plateau, then to have one or two high calorie days at TDEE and then drop back down to the amount you were on (1200-1400).
She says never to start at a high calorie level & decrease because when you're continuously decreasing you'll end up having to maintain your weight at the low level you've decreased too!
I believe in her & I'm tempted to follow her methods and see how I go. She says she works for results & the quicker the better, but it's not a miracle 'melt the fat off overnight' diet and projected weight loss is 2-3lbs after the first two weeks where losses are higher due to water etc.
What do you all think?