About 16 months ago I decided that I had enough of being overweight and it was time to get serious about fixing it. I have lived with a bad back and two wrecked knees that had seriously curtailed my physical activity and cause my weight to ballon over a decade. At 315 lbs, I made my mind up to fix it. Enough being overweight, and now it’s time to lose it. The difficulty is that losing it too fast can totally screw up the body’s metabolism (it took decades to gain and the body has adapted to it). So I chose a simple 300 calorie per day plan to always make my caloric intake 300 calories less than my burn rate. That should equal about 9000 calories per month lost...or about 2.5 lbs. Here’s where I started at 315 lbs 16 months ago. About 6 months later, I had lost 17 lbs and looked like this. A little over a year later, I had lost 30 lbs and looked like this. I had lost 2 shirt sizes and over 5” off my waist. Now, exactly 16 months later...I look like this. I have lost 38 lbs in 16 months. No change in anything I eat or drink (pizza and beer are still on the menu), I am just maintaining an average 300 calorie difference between intake and energy expenditure. My average is 2.4 lbs per month weight loss, very close to as I had planned. I still have another 2 years on this plan to get to where I want to be...but it is working and I will stay with it. I have more energy than I have had in years, my knees don’t bother me anymore and my back is far better than it was. Perseverance pays off. Just thought I would share.