I think I have a foot in both camps...the P McK one, and the "I must watch what I eat, limit foods, count calories" one. I just cannot get on with 'diets' at all, or regimes, so I do think a more natural way to control eating and caring for ourselves has to be good. I DO know that 'diets' and weighing scales have actulally been counter-productive for me in the past, and more than that, they also messed with my head, my self-confidence and my self-esteem (because the minute you stop a diet the weight returns.) I just cannot bear the thought of being on a 'diet' for life or living as a fat woman for life...so now my way is healthy eating...and I rarely weigh myself. I am middle aged and find it very hard to shed the lbs, but slowly, slowly I am learning to enjoy good healthy foods and shun those which offer very little in the way of nutrition. I have learned to love water too... I like the fact that constant weighing is a no-no. I just abhor the diet industry but I also fully understand why women (mostly) keep it ticking over! Some people seem to need that support and the guidelines offered by slimming groups. I was talking about weight-loss with a friend recently and she mentioned P McK as her friend, also in her fifties, following his advice and methods, has successfully lost three stones in the space of a year without 'dieting' or becoming a gym junkie. Definitely worth investigating, for someone so useless at following diets, so anti-dieting - like me.