When I first discovered Weigh Down in 1997, I was extremely overweight and miserable. My weight had reached an all-time high of 286 pounds. I was outgrowing the largest size in the plus size store. I was on antidepressants, my cholesterol was high and I often dealt with acid reflux. My joints ached. I was angry and unhappy. I felt trapped and hopeless, with no way out. I had tried all the popular weight loss programs, with no success. Then I read The Weigh Down Diet, by Gwen Shamblin. The first week I lost 7 pounds! I lost 147 pounds overall, and I am off all of that medication with great health!