Hello! I've used this forum in the past and am glad to be back! I much prefer this weight loss forum to the others I've tried. In the past, I always thought low fat, low calorie was the way to lose weight. I've not been successful with my past methods, although I haven't completely written off JUDDD yet. (It isn't for me right now, but maybe it will be again someday. And it could always be done in unison with a low carb way of eating, so there are possibilities!) I drop a few pounds but then I get tired of the hunger pangs, give into my cravings and sabotage whatever modest success I've had. I'm tired of losing the same 5lbs over and over again. Like many people, my knowledge of the Atkins way of eating was very limited and somewhat inaccurate. I've been reading up on it and am thinking it just might be for me. So I'm glad to say that today marked my very first day of the induction phase. Learning this new way of eating - and thinking - is taking some getting used to, but I'm confident I can do it. For the first time in a long time, I feel excited about a weight loss plan. To be honest, I'm scared too. I know I can't go back to my old way of eating...I need to reprogram myself by going through all of the Atkins phases. That sounds...challenging (but not impossible). I binge eat, and I'm an emotional eater. I've struggled with portion control for as long as I can remember. I also LOVE carbs. Normally I eat a ton of fruits and veggies, plenty of whole grains, lots of dairy and, when I'm off the wagon, lots of sweets. I like meat, but I typically don't eat it every day. So Atkins (particularly induction) is basically the opposite of what I've been doing. Since what I've been doing obviously isn't working for me, maybe doing the opposite is a brilliant idea. I hope to stick with the induction phase well beyond two weeks. I will wait and see how it goes, how much weight I'm losing and how I feel. Then I'll decide how to proceed. So for now, I'm just going to focus on getting through the first two weeks and getting more comfortable with the rules of induction. So far so good.