That being said, with as much stress eating as I have done, I have been surprised that I have only gained 6 lbs. I believe it is because of the amount of fat I eat. I am not afraid of fat. I know fat is healthy (the natural fats - not man made fat). I know it is satiating. Fat is brain food. The benefits of eating fats are many. The dangers of not eating enough fat are incredible! Read this: 6 Risks of Eating a Low-Fat Diet
... and this: 5 Signs That You Don't Have Enough Fat in Your Diet
Most resources will tell you to avoid saturated fat (animal fats). I don't know if you believe in God or not, but I believe God made animals with delicious fat and even if you don't believe in God you have to admit that animal fats are naturally occurring. There are plenty of resources to be found proving that saturated fats are good for you but I do believe that because of hormones and such, our factory produced animals have far more fat than they should, causing me to believe we should still be careful not to eat too much meat fat. However, I use butter freely.
For more info, check out:
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig (also authors of Eat Fat, Lose Fat)
Or a highly entertaining and interesting documentary called Fathead where he disproves the lipid hypothesis and proves you CAN lose weight eating only fast food for a month.
I have stopped drinking sodas almost completely. I did not consciously choose to stop drinking sodas but the information I have read about high fructose corn syrup and aspartame* causes me to cringe when I look at sodas. I can barely drink them myself and usually only out of habit if at all, but I feel like a really bad parent when I let my kids drink them.
*That documetary is available online for free now: Sweet Misery
Not having a support system (as well as stress eating) has been a really big downfall for me. I think that's one of the reasons Weight Watchers is effective; you have someone besides yourself to answer to. I still don't have a support system but I'm not going back to Weight Watchers. My pride may be involved a little but I don't like their new 2012 system and I don't want to spend the money.
I weighed in at 180.6 today and have decided to start out with cleansing especially after eating so badly yesterday.