Personally I'd prefer a less formal thread, like this one. I struggle with not having regular or expected weight loss from week to week, so tracking my weight gets very discouraging, even when I lose ("oh, it's probably just a fluke and will be back up tomorrow or next week..."). Whereas just sharing frustration and successes and getting support is more motivating for me. But I think there is definitely a place for both approaches and some people do better with the more formal weight tracking thread so I think go with what works best for the most people (most of all the person running the thread!)
I'm neither counting calories or carbs overtly, although minimizing carb-based foods is pretty ingrained by now anyway! Instead I'm focusing on having a high-fiber, plant-based diet with some kind of fermented food (mostly yogurt) every day. I decided I would go 2 weeks without alcohol, sugar, sweeteners, or wheat-based foods to start, too, although I'm not being too intense about it (ex. I will have balsamic vinaigrette that has a bit of added sugar, or soy sauce, which has gluten).
I'm one week in and haven't lost anything as yet
But I did let myself get talked into a heavy potato-based dish last Thurs. / Fri. and on Sat. my in-laws were in town so we went to a buffet and I had to break my no-sugar, no-wheat, no-sweeteners rule or I wouldn't have had any options at the buffet except lettuce! But it was just the one meal so it's not the end of the world
No diet plan will work if I can't go off-piste from time to time anyway.
On the positive side, when I'm not in a restaurant this diet is very easy to stick to, I find. Already not having any cravings for sweet things and hardly any for starch, don't feel like I'm just lurching from one meal to the next. Definitely feel like I'm eating healthfully - whether it actually gets me any weight loss remains to be seen! Really hoping I won't have to count calories in the end because I know I won't be able to maintain that in the long term.
Here's hoping for some clearer results over the next week! Keep up the good work, everyone!