I agree slowly.... initially maybe 3lbs a week but 1-2lbs a week better.
I also think re-educating yourself by reading - John Briffa is great, also South Beach diet - both very healthy and sensible. Paul Mckenna, or Lisa Jackson both good for hypnosis.
I lost 4 stone so much less, but I liked my fitness pal - log EVERYTHING you eat, I think this is really important whatever you do. I don't really agree with calories counting on its own as I don't think 1 calorie of sugar = 1 calorie of chicken but I do think MFP combined with a healthy (lowish carb) eating plan is the way to go.
Some people need the discipline of a weekly meeting and weigh in though.
I've been using My Fitness Pal for the last couple of days and am completely at the calorie content of many of the foods I regularly eat to much of...no wonder I weigh what I do! I at as normal on Saturday to compare the days between eating whatever and days where I think about what I'm eating...and bloody hell...the difference is crazy...worryingly so!!
It's been really handy to track everything and I'm slowly starting to really think about what I eat
I STILL haven't managed to get to the GP...worj is crazy right now and I just don't have time! But am weighing food to control portion sizes (this is nuts...my bowls of cereal where easily 3 portion sizes!) and starting to walk more and eat less
In June last year, I had 9 stone to lose. I now have about 4 1/2 still to go, I have been doing Slimming World and losing about 2 pounds a week.
I do regret not speaking to my GP first, in some areas you can be prescribed 12 weeks at SW for free (not my area though), and in other areas they can refer you to a specialist or give you free gym membership (which is what I could have got if I had seen them at my start weight), Also as I am on long term medication the change in eating habits mucked up my dose for the first few months.
As you can't get to a group, is there anyone that you know that can form a little "group" with you, with weekly weigh in's. One of the men I know from school is doing this with a friend how now lives in HK, they both weigh themselves on a Monday and send each other the results via facebook.
Just knowing that every week I would get weighed and have to tell my family how I was doing has really focused my mind, that and the fact my DM has offered to pay me a £ for each pound lost.
The hardest step for me was the first one, over the years I have bought the Paul McKenna CD's and joined Rosemary Connelly but I wasn't in the right mindset to lose the weight. The Paul Mckenna CD's don't work if they are never played.