If you are looking to lose a lot of weight fast, this is not the diet for you. I only lost one pound in the first week that I used it, but over time, the pounds started coming off. The goal of this diet is to remove your weight through getting rid of fat. I found that I not only got rid of some of the fat on my body, but I also was able to keep my muscle. I liked that I was still able to eat three meals a day, and the diet also allowed me to eat two snacks. Personally, I really like carbohydrates, and one thing I had to do was minimize my intake as much as possible. This was a little difficult, but I simply replaced the carbs with protein. Although I thought fruit and vegetables were good, I wasn't able to eat too many because of the amount of sugar they contain. I did not like that much. You are allowed to eat a little bit of "good" fat, but not much. The food change was a little difficult at first, but I quickly adapted. I would recommend The Zone Diet.