My wife and I both lost weight on Weight Watchers, me = 65 lbs, in 2002; she has kept hers off,and is a lifetime member, but mine found me again within a couple of years. I hated having to limit tasty foods and fought with hunger trying to keep weight off.
I tried a program about 2 years ago that was pretty much paleo, at least got me off of sugar and processed foods especially flour, and the weight just fell off of me. 15 lbs the first week, 10 the next, 8 the next, and I was never hungry! I couldn’t believe it. I was eating protein, some whole vegetables, and used fats like butter, coconut oil, and bacon grease to cook in - no where near the amount of fat I consume now.
About 4 months in I hit a bit of a plateau so I started looking to see How the diet worked and I searched ‘insulin resistence’ as I remember that term from the start up materials. My eyes were opened: I changed my eating and cut my carb intake to <20 g/day and increased my fat intake. The weight started coming off again!
I had seen my doctor shortly after starting the original program and he was amazed at how much my HbA1C had dropped! He asked what kind of exercise I do and I told him “I roll out of bed in the morning, and back in at night!” I was due back, quarterly visits, after I changed to keto and he was amazed that I was no longer pre-diabetic and my triglycerides were coming down for the first time in 10 years!
I also noticed that my HDL was on a climb from 23, where it sat for those 10 years, and was at 35 for a marked improvement. I explained my diet and he became worried and told me to come back monthly.
Each visit I brought him a book of a small stack of studies supporting the ketogenic diet and explaining how my numbers were getting so much better. 9 months after I started keto he took me off all of my prescriptions.
My wife is still doing Weight Watchers and gets hangry quite often but she will not try keto because I am trying to kill myself and she could never eat all that fat. She has even gone to all of my doctor appointments and seen the evidence. She even brings me to her 4 different doctors so they will talk some sense into me. I just bring my blood tests from the last 2 years and they have no comments. Well, her Chiropractor told her that I was the smartest patient he has ever seen and recommended she try keto as well!