In summary, I am not selling products or books, just sharing some common sense about eating habits that after 43 years of bad eating habits and an increasingly slower metabolism actually had me lose over 40 pounds in less than 3 months. It's amazing and you get to eat the same things you would have eaten before - with modifications. It's very similar to Weight Watchers, but it's just trial and error that my wife and I came up with and it works.
This is not a weight loss program or a diet - it's a way of thinking and doing.
We both talked to our doctor and got an estimate of what were should intake in calories per day. We both were told 1800 calories should cause a slow but steady weight loss when combined with exercise. My wife has hip and back trouble so we decreased the doctor's estimate (do so at your own risk) to about 1200 per day. Neither of us eat breakfast anyway so this was not seen initially as a problem. More on that later.
Step 1: Rules for adjusting your food habits
Rule #1 - NO SUGAR. This is a little flexible but the number one thing was to eliminate all sugar in the house. This means, as it did for us, adjusting our kids' habits as well (they needed it too). No sugar means no granulated sugar, powdered sugar, or brown sugar in your coffee, tea, Kool-Aid, or recipes. It is poison and I never believed that until this past summer. Get it out.
We replaced it with Splenda. Before I get 1000 comments about artificial sweeteners, ask yourself if the rumored negatives outweigh (pun intended) the positives. We attribute our weight loss primarily to this step. We tried Truvia as well, but honestly, the taste difference is minimal and Splenda dissolves much faster in cold tea than Truvia.