Hi all, I'm new to the site and trying to decide what road to go down. I am recently engaged and am petrified at the thoughts of trying on dresses the way I look now. I'd really appreciate anyone's advice and apologies for the long post. Last year I was diagnosed with a condition that meant I could not exercise at all and I have only recently begun to walk again. I went from being fairly active with an alright diet to being completely bed ridden and saying sod this and eating whatever I liked. I am now 75kg, up 10kg and I am disgusted with myself. None of my clothes fit anymore. I never realised how quickly weight could creep up when you can't exercise at all to keep it off. The thing is I just don't know where to start, there are so many different options. I know I need 'rules' or guidelines to help me but unsure whether to go low carb, slimming world, paleo, herbalife or 5:2. I would like a bigger weightloss to begin with to keep me motivated and to be able to try on a wedding dress without crying but in the long term I would like something more sustainable like eating clean with one cheat day a week. Living with a hungry man who loves junk food isn't helping either as it is always around. I just don't know what to choose, I originally planned on doing the idiot proof diet or Atkins as I feel it would suit me. Things like nights out and dinners always seem to come up though and I had read that once you cheat you leave ketosis and bloat. My sister is doing herbalife and getting on great but I am afraid of it as it doesn't seem sustainable. I need something that will give me a kick start but that I can tweak a little when I see results so that I can still live a normal life with occasional treats that won't ruin everything. I'm afraid of losing and then piling it back on. I need to find a balance. Does anyone have any recommendations as to what I should do or anyone a similar weight and height to me to begin with and what worked for you? (5'5 and 75kg) Thanks and sorry about the length, I'm just so confused!