There is hope for those of us who want to get in shape and/or lose some weight, but LOVE bread and other carb foods. I lost 16 pounds in 21 days (started at 183 on January 30...weighed in at 167 tonight), during which time I have eaten: 10 slices of pizza in one buffet sitting, tuna and turkey sandwiches on whole wheat bread, and bacon cheeseburgers twice. I did not eliminate carbs, I simply reduced my intake of them...and am eating more sensibly overall. My approach was simple, I wrote a list of the 10 foods I could think of that I eat the most of, but that probably contribute to my being a little overweight and bordering on high blood pressure and high cholesterol and diabetes. Those foods/drinks included: white bread, flour tortillas, hamburger meat, soft drinks, artificial sweets, Ramen noodles (I'm single), pizza. There were some others. My goal was to eliminate these foods/drinks from my diet. Anyway, I wanted to get on an exercise/diet plan that is reasonable and one that I can make a permanent part of my life. After two weeks I realized I wasn't going to live forever without pizza and hamburger meat, so I went to buffet and cut loose, and I've had burgers. Mind you, I am eating many frozen dinners (Michaelangelo's Chicken Parmesan, which has a good amount of spaghetti) with salads sans dressing...and a lot of baked chicken, and air-popped popcorn with a little bit of butter, and a lot of cereal. I have knocked my daily calorie intake to 1700-1800 a day. I am eating 3 meals a day with a snack at 10am (fruit) and a snack at 3pm (veggies...a lot of carrots). I have also been walking/running for 30-60 minutes and lifting weights at home. I would say I have exercised at least every other day, but never 3 days in a row. I don't want to burn out too fast...I am hoping I can make this more active life a permanent change. The results speak for themselves...so far. I think these initial results show that if you are a little to somewhat overweight, you can lose some pounds without having to turn your whole diet and life upside down. I hope I am able to stick with it, and I hope some of what I have shared is useful to folks out there in similar situations health/weightwise.