Similar yet different story to @lltfdaniel - except I didn't start with what most people consider overweight. (85kg & 6'1") Last year I wasn't feeling great, running out of energy, struggling to walk up a local hill, which was completely not me. So went to see the doc - one test later, pre-diabetes. I cut out ALL added sugar. Side effect was my weight dropped at an alarming rate - just under 1kg a week, but it stabilised and i'm now 71-72kg. The learning to cook/takes too long - well yes, at first. but when you've learnt how to make things, and don't need to look at the recipe book, and read each line 3 times, and have practiced chopping veg etc - it's not slow anymore. It's like anything, it's just a case of skilling up. Learnt a lot about how our bodies work with food, and what exact foods to avoid (there is a cheap brand of plain chicken breast with added sugar... like WHAT??!?) Swapping to fruit, rather than fruit juice (slows down digestion, meaning it's easier for your body to deal with etc) Feels like i've hacked my body I really do blame the food industry for putting sugar everywhere - normal folks are going up against massive corporations trying to get us addicted to their products What chance do we have?!!? The sugar tax should be quadrupled, and the profits used to offset fresh fruit & veg, non processed meats, nuts etc.