Re: "la weightloss"
LA Weight Loss is a great program, and can work if you work it, but...
My story: I went from 335-268 on it in 2 years and plateaued for months at a time, then started gaining while on it and not cheating. I left at 291 feeling defeated and, well, broke.
What I like about it is that it's real food, but they really push their own food supplements (bars, drinks, snacks) and they are not only expensive, can get you into a bad habit as a lot of people cheat on them (eating more than allowed) or by storebought which is not the same. YOu're better off just following the diet without the supplemental food.
What I didn't like about them is that the counselors are not well educated. 2 years after I stopped LAWL, I learned from a trainer why I had gained back the weight in spite of the program...the diet had caused my body to turn to muscle for fuel, thereby decreasing my metabolism. When I was plateauing, no counselor explained that to me. They suggested I was cheating or not compliant.
Whatever you do, and I can't say this enough, include weight training with your program. DOn't worry too much about cardio, but do 3-4 days of 45 minute long strength training, 2 sets of 6-8 reps lifting HEAVY and to failure. It will jumpstart your metabolism. You might gain at first (2lbs?), but then it will start working.
I started this 3 weeks ago and while I still do the basics of LAWL (high carb, low glycemic), I have lost 2 lbs/week.