TL;DR - if you cut out sugar and bread, you will lose a lot of weight fast and feel amazingly better. No heartburn, fewer headaches, more energy, less hunger. Americans are BIG. We as Cigar smokers in general are even bigger. This leads to tons of health and quality of life issues, many of which we're not even fully aware of till we're no longer dealing with them. Huge numbers of Americans are pre-diabetic and don't even know it yet. And many are already on insulin. But many have been able to improve or even reverse these dangerous problems , just with this way of eating. I knew my heartburn was bad, but I thought it was just normal and probably genetic... Same for my regular headaches and migraines. Didn't think there was much to be done for my arthritis other than taking ibuprofen... And had no idea that there was a simple food change that could fix my blood sugar problems and constant need to snack. This is just a few examples of dozens of problems that have been easily remedied for thousands of people by switching to some form of, or something similar to, a Ketogenic or very low carb, form of eating. Probably the most amazing benefit being the slowing and even stopping the growth and spread of many types of cancers! No shit. (Many cancer cells metabolize sugar at 200 % the rate of other types of cells. By cutting out sugar you can essentially starve the cancer cells in many cases.) Intellectualy we all know that eating less, and eating healthier will makes us feel better and lose weight, but for some reason it's just not enough. It's hard for people to stick to, results are slow to see, and despite knowing it, you don't see people's situations improving. It was a comment somewhere on this board some time back that initially sparked my interest, but finally getting fed up with increasing weight and health problems made me look into it seriously late last year. I started going low carb sometime in October 18 and went full keto Nov. 21. The health improvements have been amazing. Ive lost 25 pounds in just a few months, have nearly completely eliminated my heartburn and reflux. (down from a cycle of prilosec every other month and pepcid or tums almost daily.) I haven't felt arthritis since I started this. The craziest thing is the lack of hunger and cravings. Not needing to constantly eat and snack is so... , I dunno, freeing. Not getting strained when bending over to tie your shoes is just so damn relieving. Being able to see your feet, or... , whatever when you look down, is, nice.. And not having a belly in the way really improves "sexy time" (TM @bwhite220) There's several of us here trying this out and having great results with it. So I wanted to let more of you know about it. Give you some info, tips, links and recipes to make it easy. And honestly, it's a LOT easier than you would think. Or than I thought it would be. And man, it is so worth it. The health benefits just from severely cutting carbs and sugar, not even going full keto, are amazing. Is keto the only way to get fit and healthy? Hell no. Of course not. Is it the fastest way to lose weight and see health benefits? Most likely. Is it the best and fastest way for sedentary people? Without question. There's no doubt about it. I'll try to fill in the following comments with helpful links and useful info shortly.