I wonder how many people choose a diet that has been designed by someone else - like the ones in the best selling books - compared to creating a diet for yourself based on your own self knowledge. Jared of Subway sandwich fame made up his own diet and look where it got him!! The times in my life that I've been the most successful have been when I sat down and conscientously drew up a diet plan just for me, then stuck with. Of course, those old eating habits crept right back in over time so I've never made the successful diets into a lifestyle change. I think everyone who has battled with weight loss has some successes and some losses (literally!). What has worked best for you in the past? If it didn't last, do you know why the weight came back?