Of all the parasites that affect humanity, I do not know of, nor can I imagine, any more distressing than that of Obesity, and, having just emerged from a very long probation in this affliction, I am desirous of circulating my humble knowledge and experience for the benefit of my fellow man, with an earnest hope it may lead to the same comfort and happiness I now feel under the extraordinary change—which might almost be termed miraculous, had it not been accomplished by the most simple common-sense means.

The statement above was written by William Banting, author of the influential Victorian diet book, the celebrated Letter on Corpulence (1865). It perfectly sums up my experience and resulting aim, which is to help you cut through the mass of conflicting and often unbalanced information to find the eating regime that suits you best, whether your goal be weight reduction or better nutrition.