Firstly, hello everyone I'm new here. I'll be going to be first proper SW meeting on Tuesday and am feeling motivated and ready to lose weight! I've decided to go with SW mainly because of the great things I've heard about it, and at my old job two frequent women customers didn't come in for six months and then came in again and were half the size, and they have nothing but good things to say about SW. I've tried WW before. It is ok but I find the counting quite restricting and difficult - it makes my diet always on my mind which I don't like. So...this may sound a stupid question, but what exactly is SW? I know it's a diet obviously, but how does it work? Each diet I've looked into has some sort of method. So WW has their propoints, Atkins have their carb weeks...I've looked into it but I can't for sure find what method of dieting SW uses? I'm worried it is just simply 'healthy eating'. Is there a calorie limit in place? If not how do you lose weight? Also, side question - I noticed on the SW website you have a 'target weight'...is this target weight assigned by the group or by yourself? Just wondering becuase I know you get free life membership if you reach your target and stick to it, so it would make little sense if it was your own personal target. Thanks guys, I hope to stick around and hopefully have some happy weight loss posts here!