I've lost 4.5 lbs so far, in 2 weeks following the MWL program. Most of that in the first few days. I haven't been perfect but I've been pretty darn good. Had some bread yesterday with homemade gooseberry jam - hey, a girl's got needs, and homemade jam is one of them!
Still a work in progress but I'm feeling pretty good about the quality of the food I'm eating. The really interesting part of the last 2 weeks has been weighing how much food I eat to feel satisfied. Turns out I eat about 5 lbs of food each day, at about 20 ounces each at 3 meals and 2 10 ounce snacks. I find this to be very exciting and interesting. I've learned that I don't have a bottomless stomach, that I do have a fairly stable need for 5 lbs of food a day. I'm encouraged by this - that I'm not out of control when it comes to food, that I do have natural limits! Hooray! This is information I can work with. Since I desire 5 lbs of food/day, I can focus on keeping the calorie density (CD) of those 5 lbs to approximately 300-400 cals/lb and I'll be taking in 1500-2000 cals/day. What I don't know yet is how many calories/day is best for me to get to my ideal weight, losing at a rate of 1 lb/week. I'll be happy with a nice slow pace of one pound/week.
So my next set of experiments will be to track the CD of my food and try to keep it within the 300-400 cals/lb for each meal. I think the MWL aims for something in that region too, but since I'm not perfect, I intend to track it myself.
Ooh, I almost forgot. Other big news is that by eating to my full satisfaction (the 5 lbs per day), my sugar cravings have dwindled significantly. I'm so excited about that. With sugar cravings under control I feel like I can reach my goals! That's the first time I've believed that in a long, long, time!