About 50 pounds to go.
I was way up at one point, following some reconstructive knee surgeries and a lack of a proper diet. It turns out going from active and eating like crap to a couch potato and eating like crap is a bad combo!
From my high point of about 293 I worked down on a low-calorie diet to the 240s... then continued to get down until I was at my recent low in the low 220s around Sep. 2010. Since then it was a struggle to keep the weight off for me, and my second job as a beer writer did not help.
I stumbled upon this Slow-Carb Diet, and it really seems to be the ticket for me, but I'm still learning a lot about it. I was at around 257 when I started and so far I like this diet a lot. The pros: I can drink beers one day per week and review and write about them shamelessly. The cons: I fucking hate beans. Or so I thought... I've learned to love lentils but am still struggling with other beans.
I'm only on week 2, but I think I can stick with this and continue towards my ultimate goal of getting below 200.
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I am in almost the same boat as you, like beer hate most vegetables.
I also am currently at 257. I started at 278 July 1st.
A couple things to be weary of:
There are a ton of foods that are not on the approved foods list that are really easy to - "Just a tiny little bit of bbq sauce or corn can't hurt" For me, those are the things that stalled progress.
On this diet if you start a new workout, eat canned food or a lethal water retention combo of the two - you will gain weight. Make sure because of the increase of fiber and the carb loading cheat days you up your water intake to a gallon a day if you can.
Good luck man, I have the same exact goal - 257 trying to get to under 200. Stay strong