The Chad Waterbury link is good. Pay particular attention to the comments and his replies.
Also, you might want to get a copy of “The Six Week Cure for the Middle Age Spread” and “Protein Power.” Both are by Drs. Michael and Mary Eades. These books will explain the science behind weight gain and loss. Turns out it is mostly insulin.
Here’s what happens. When we are young, our cells are very sensitive to insulin. So when we eat carbs, the insulin released from the pancreas is able to quickly and efficiently store the sugar in our cells for energy purposes. When we need the energy, our body uses glucagen to pull the sugar out of our cells and use it for energy. However, excessive carb intake, whether simple or complex, eventually burns out the insulin receptors on our cells. So the insulin can’t store the sugar in the cells easily, and so it converts the sugars to fat and stores them that way.
The books referenced above will instruct you to eat a lot of saturated fat rather than unsaturated fat. Turns out that the saturated fat will actually defat the liver. Most people that you see on the street will bellies, actually have what is known as fatty liver disease. This diet, as well as Chad’s, will bring the liver back to its normal state. So the key is to untax the liver so that it can do its thing. This means decaf coffee and no alcohol for the first two weeks. Also, you will have to cut down on any supplements or drugs that are processed through the liver. (No Tylenol, ibuprofen, birth control pills (?) etc., but aspirin is ok.)
Once your insulin receptors are burned out, there is no way to restore them. So if you want to keep weight off and stay lean and healthy, you are going to need to stay close to this diet for the rest of your life. And it really isn’t that hard. There are plenty of no-carb recipes on the internet. (Also, you will notice that your cholesterols and triglyceride levels will plumment.)
In the last year I have lost 38 lbs. It took me 11 months to lose the first 20 lbs., with heavy cardio 4 days a week. I found this diet program on line. I lost the last 18 lbs. in one month, with no gym days whatsoever. I lost 8 lbs of pure fat in the first week alone. Ditto for my girlfriend.
As a final note, let me relate the following. Last year I happened to be watching the Discovery Channel where they were interviewing people in Dallas in 1963. These people were in Dealy Plaza at the time of the Kennedy assassination. As the cameras interviewed these people (kids included) and panned the crowds, I noticed that none of them were fat. But scanning the crowds there today, most everyone was fat. In 1963 fast food joints and diets were not that prevalent…today they are. So there you have it.