Yep, Iv tried it. I needed to lose 7 pounds too! It worked but I was hungry a lot I just really disaplined myself.
I think the best way to lose weight is to change your lifestyle.
Everytime I have lost weight I have put it right back on. I have recently learned (12 months) that changing my lifestyle is the best, safest and most reliable way to be healthy and stay at a nice weight.
I eat a nice natural energy releasing breakfast so that I feel motorvated at the begining of my day - I snack on natural sugar type foods so that I dont get instant energy boost and then have to come down from that and need something else. For lunch I eat a nice healthy sandwich that isnt gonna make me feel bloaty or sleepy so that I can carry on with my job for the rest of the day. Again, I snack on a banana or have a yogurt around 4pm so that I dont get hunger pangs. For dinner I have a piece of fish or meat with rice and veggies.
I make it my job to exercise at least 3 times during the week - even when I dont feel like it I take myself to the gym, and if I just dont want to work out I do a long walk on the treadmill - therefore I have kept within the routine of exercising.
for drinks I have cut out soda b/c all that done was give me gas and make me feel full up (bloated) and race my sugar levels.
I drink boiled water (great for complexion) 100% natural juices and water.
if I feel like something that I know is bad for me I have it. I never deprive myself from having something fun but unhealthy however, I dont do this everyday - I keep it to weekends and after eating good foods all the time I feel the need for bad foods less and less.
natural teas are yummy too! replace caffeine with these.
I hope I can inspire you a little