When I was younger I ate everything fat free because I thought it would help me lose weight and I was the fattest I ever was...now I eat all the good fats, black olives, avocados, nuts, coconut oil, stevia instead of sugar etc. and I never looked better. Working in the nutrition field has helped me to learn so much about what our bodies need to work at their optimum performance and I would never go back to my old ways. A wise man once said, "Let your food be your medicine and let your medicine be your food" Hippocrates. I always tell people instead of looking at your diet in terms of losing weight focus more on being healthy. Having healthy habits is a way of life, if you eat what your body needs, foods that are full of nourishment, vitamins and minerals, exercise and drink plenty of water you will feel great and have tons of energy....which then leads to losing, toning and sliming! But when you focus only on weight lose the fat-free, sugar-free, low calorie JUNK jump out at you and then you fill up on non-nutrient garbage that doesn't help your body to function or perform at its best. Good Luck & here's my favorite dessert recipe: Cocoa Almond Pudding This makes a delicious pie filling for pie crust in the raw, or layered with fruit for fruit parfait, or served frozen as almond sorbet. 6 oz. coconut cream 1 cup cocnut milk 2-3 TB. almond butter 6 large dates, pits removed and chopped 2 TB. unroasted cocoa powder 1 tsp. vanilla extract pinch sea salt Stevia clear liquid to taste (I use the Sweetleaf Vanilla Creme liquid flavor stevia) Blend all ingredients in a food processor untill creamy. Adjust sweetness to taste. *Coconuts form of saturated fat actually helps prevent heart disease, stroke and hardening of the arteries. Unlike other oils & fats, coconut oil contains a large amount of the fatty acid known as lauric acid, which is the predominant fatty acid found in mother's milk. The Lauric acid makes breast milk easily digestible, it strengthens the immune system and protects against viral, bacterial and fungal infections. Studies have shown coconut oil's effectiveness with HIV, SARS, Crohn's Disease, as well as other chronic illnesses. It detoxifies the liver, helps build lipoproteins, fats and hormones and bile, which is necessary for digestion. Coconuts amazing healing properties are also attributed to reducing the risk of other degenerative conditions such as cancer, osteoporosis, and diabetes. The medium chain fatty acids help to create a healthy digestive tract, which in turn allows for better digestion and absorption of the nutrients in our foods. They also speed up metabolism providing an immediate source of energy while supplying fewer calories than other fats. It is the oil of choice for dieters and for hypothyroidism. Coconut oil helps protect against skin cancer and other blemishes and helps prevent premature aging and wrinkling. As a cooking oil, it is highly resistant to heat and spoilage. In fact, coconut oil has been called "the healthiest dietary oil on earth". *Stevia is an all natural herb that has super sweet leaves. It has been used for thousands of years by the natives of Paraguay and has many medicinal properties. Doctors in South America use it to treat diabetics since it helps to balance glucose levels and has a zero glycemic index, zero calories and zero carbohydrates. You can cook and bake with stevia, which makes it the healthy alternative to refined sugar and artificial sweeteners. Stevia is the perfect choice for dieters or health fanatics who want natural zero calorie sweetness. Good Luck to you all, Peace & Love & Health to All!