About three months ago my dad mentioned a new diet that his doctor was recommending, and he wanted to know if I was interested in trying it with him. I was very skeptical at first, but eventually softened my opinion as I learned more about it. It involves giving yourself an injection every day, and eating a very low calorie diet (VLCD) for 40 days.
On the last day of injections you record your weight, which is referred to as LIW (last injection weight). From this point you try to keep your weight stable, with no more than two pounds above LIW, and no less than two pounds below LIW. With the exception of one day, I’ve been able to keep my weight in this range. I couldn’t be happier with the results. The idea is, your body’s thermostat resets at the new weight, and you just eat sensibly to maintain it. I haven’t counted calories at all. I just eat a comfortable amount of food and generally avoid foods with high sugar or starch content.
The graph below shows my weight loss and the plateau through the maintenance phase.