Thanks for the 50 shades refer - I checked it out definitely helps make sense of what some of the numbers people on here go about! Yes very low cal compared to what was eating before, I just kind of think to the future for example today had carrots, guessing 10g/100 carb - if not on low cal might have twice as much then obiously would be twice the carbs. I'm guessing they would be much better carb than say the pasta or something worse like mcdonalds I would have had in the past - it was pretty common to have a big Mac combo a quater pounder and a cheese burger for dinner, some lollies biscuits or chips after that at some stage and take a bottle of fizzy to bed to drink in the night when woke up I was prob 2500 cal just for dinner /evening before! I've found even on low carb I actully feel better - I used to struggle to stay awake in the afternoon but don't seem to now - can only put that down to better nutrition really - and now I'm used eating this way (healthy things) I feel I've kicked a sugar /carb addiction really- but I just don't even look to those things as a option now and frankly don't really miss them- don't want to risk trying to see if I do! With exercise is actully easier than used to be - it's fair to say I'm never going to be a active out doors person but I'm feel pretty good if I get 10min exercycle after each meal and a 30-45 min fast walk with the dog most days-that's what I class as exercise (on top of running around with a toddler most days) - don't really feel hungry or lacking - my weak time is when sit down infront of tv-even then I'm only tempted to eat out of boardum not hunger - I'm really hope that the kgs don't come back to easy after the diet and was planning on increasing cal by couple hundred every month till get to a maintenance stage - by then in hope will be at a healthy weight. Atm doc said by what I'm losing in in ketosis or something, didint say was a bad thing so I'll roll with that for now BTW congrats on your weight loss - it's definitely no easy thing esp if the weight was a symptom not a cause! But if a pity when really love food though if have to portion control your favourite things - but hay if that's what you like is allot better than not having them at all right!