I requested the book "The 4-hour body" as a Christmas gift and read most of it within 2 days. It gives many low carb diet recommendations but includes a lot of beans. I followed this diet for about a month and didn't really start losing weight until I removed the beans I was eating at every meal. I stumbled across Gary Taubes's article from the New York Times magazine and then onto the Paleo diet websites where I read and read and read. I couldn't get enough.
I added more fat to my diet and completely removed any source of carbs that wasn't a green vegetable. I started losing weight immediately and it kept coming off. With almost no effort. I was blown away. I reached 193 lbs sometime in late September 2011 and maintained 195-200 lbs through Christmas and now have resumed losing weight and hope to be down to 185 or so by spring break.
The new Doug.
Cooking constantly was the biggest challenge.