Megbel, I totally understand your questions. I have not received the book yet, and one thing Dr. Nina pointed out to me in another post was that the First article actually sort of combined information from more than just the Serotonin Power Diet book, and so I want to wait for the actual book to see what the true recommendations are.
I am 42, not quite 5'2, and before I met my husband this time last year, I weighed close to 150. Due to traveling all the time after meeting him (he lived in Kansas, I was in Texas) and now moving to a town far from gyms, etc. in Kansas, I have put on nearly 20 pounds and I hate it. My body itself is just much too small for it. I am not unused to it, unfortunately - my highest weight ever was 232, many years ago. And all this lovely weight gain without any prescription drugs!
I hear you when you say losing 1-2 pounds a week is not motivation enough, BUT, two pounds a week is 8 pounds a month and that sure puts us heading in the right direction. I want to lose about 50 pounds - it feels daunting to think of it that way, but that is the reality. I used to have a goal of being 140 or so, but that is still a lot of weight on a small frame, so I want to go for what I TRULY want.
And I have fears and am skeptical and most of the time feel it will just never happen. That's where I am right now, in fact. I have been trying to sort of eat according to this diet, and it is a bit hard for me. I'm struggling with giving up carbs for lunch, protein for dinner, and I had not realized how much FAT I actually consume. I am a total cheese addict, and while I crave carbs too, merely having them WITHOUT the cheese, butter or whatever, doesn't seem appealing at all. Last night I had 10 sesame pretzel sticks - they're thick and that was how many gave me the right carb grams - and they were the driest things on the planet!! Crackers and cheese and a bit of lunch meat would have been more delightful.
All this to say, I don't know if I can really do this or not, but there are some ideas that ring true to me and I find the ladies that have lost weight, on this board, very inspiring. I do feel depressed lately - I think it's situational, because I'm homesick, and I hope the serotonin diet will help with that. I am pretty sure I am going to give it a try, but my attitude is not where I wish it was right now. I'm pouting and emotional about giving up things - I think because I have given up so many things already, moving away from home.
Are you going to try it? I definitely think it's worth a shot, no matter HOW much someone weighs. I answered almost every single question posed (except for pills causing weight gain) in the
First article and on this site with a "Yes", so I think it's definitely possible this diet will help me.