Well, Im certainly a FFB. I went from 290lbs to 170lbs in a little over a year. I started on Atkins, and then my diet progressed as I got smarter and leaner. Here are somethings I have learned about myself...
1) Be prepared. If you dont have meals readily available to eat at the right times then you will be more likely to eat too much later on, even if its the right kinds of foods.
2)Avoid "trigger" foods. For me, its salty carbohydrate. When I go into a Mexican restaurant I dont even let myself touch the free chips. I know if one hits my lips I will eat the entire basket. Everyone has foods like this.
3)"Tommorow" will never be today. I find that when you fall off the wagon, a lot of people say "Well, I will get back on tommorow, but have fun tonight" Tommorow rarely will come. Today is where its at!
4) Radical diets WORK! However, they also leave us afraid of food. People who are on Atkins extensively lower their tolerance to CHO and fool themselves into believing carbs are bad.
5) Consistency. I have found my best results came from eating the same thing, at the same time EVERYDAY. This seems boring, but its the BEST way to measure results. I suggest eating the same thing everyday for a month or so till your eating habits become a no-brainer.
6)PWO Drinks wont make you gain weight.
7)Grow some balls. Friends are the most toxic people. You will always be pressured into boozing or "cheating just a little" when you go out with friends. LEarn to stand up to social situations.
8)Cheat days dont exist. Cheat days ruined my progress. People who formerly VERY obese like myself tend to easily fall back into the comfort of feeling stuffed.
9)P+F/P+C meal dileneations make it easy to come off atkins.
Coming off LC diets...
This is the most perfect plan I have found.
1) change one P+F meal in your day to P+C (start with breakfast)
2) Monitor for two weeks
3)Still losing? replace another P+F one more P+C meal (after workout)
4) Monitor progress for 2 weeks
5) Rinse and repeat.
I have learned so much about myself from the process of losing 120lbs. We should come up with a FFB handbook that can compliment Shugarts.