I just read this article: (here) A new study announced this week suggests that an extreme, low-calorie diet could beat Type 2 diabetes in just four months. According to a study presented at Chicago's Radiological Society of North America this week, a low-calorie diet eliminated insulin dependence and reduced amounts of dangerous fats around the heart in obese patients with Type 2 diabetes -- even better than any prescribed medication. To reach their findings, a team from Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands analyzed cardiac function and pericardial fat (the fat around the heart) in 15 patients with Type 2 diabetes -- including seven men and eight women. Subjects consumed a diet consisting of just 500 calories a day for four months. Changes in body mass index (BMI) were also measured. "It is striking to see how a relatively simple intervention of a very low-calorie diet effectively cures Type 2 diabetes," said lead researcher Sebastian Hammer in a statement. "Moreover, these effects are long term, illustrating the potential of this method. Lifestyle interventions may have more powerful beneficial cardiac effects than medication in these patients." While the results are promising, not all patients are eligible for this type of therapy, warned the researchers, adding that patients should consult with their doctors before beginning any type of reduced-calorie diet. In another study announced this summer, scientists from Newcastle University in the UK enlisted 11 people with Type 2 diabetes in an eight-week diet, cutting their daily calorie intake to just 600 calories a day. Within a week, the volunteers' blood sugar levels returned to normal. Within months after returning to a normal diet, seven of the 11 volunteers remained free of the disease. So, it got me thinking..Last year I joined a gym..and while currently I've lost my..passion for going to it as much as I used to, I know I need to cut back on what I'm eating and eating better to see more results. I'm not one much for the kitchen or cooking, or eating at home even. And I know that doesn't help really. But anyways--I'd like to make an attempt at this, and I figure maybe there are a few other people on here who maybe would like the chance at the same. Anyone here looking to join in, post ideas, thoughts, receipts etc. Anyone want to join their local gym and set up a goal to lose some lbs etc? Please feel free to post, and maybe we can all work together here. I'd basically like some feedback as to any sort of diet plans, cooking, foods etc that could realistically be done, consumed, and keep it around the 500 calorie a day mark. Any ideas? Please post..