I love before and after pictures, good job to the ladies and those that shared their weight loss testimony in this thread!
I wholeheartedly agree with finding a method of weight loss that makes it possible to easily transition back to a regular calorie intake or regular exercise routine. Basically something you can keep up with.
Lifestyle changes over crash dieting. Nothing good comes from crash dieting, sure...if you can find a way to recover from it without weight gain or health problems you've dodged a bullet.
One thing that is also hard to do especially when not feeling hungry in the morning or afternoon is not waiting till you actually feel hungry but to eat at steady times to 1. start your metabolism up 2. keep it in check and 3. to prevent weight gain from eating too much once you do feel hungry or your metabolism slowing down. But it pays off, plus you'll have more energy and more energy means you can be more active.
And drinking water with every meal, even a snack, makes it easier to get the daily water in take, which is good for the digestive system, energy, skin and of course can help in weight loss. Plus some warm beverages like coffee or black tea can dehydrate so it's good to drink a glass of water after that as well and before you know it the end of the day has arrived and you've got your daily water dosage down.
Peppers are good for the digestive system, unfortunately my sensitive taste buds lower my tolerance for peppers, but I do try to add a moderate amount of peppers to my meals.
Also keeping vitamin intake in check is important, vitamin deficiency can cause fatigue among other problems. And when you're low on energy exercising can become an impossible task. So adding supplements to your breakfast can be necessary if you're not getting the amount of vitamins you need from your meals or from the sun(vitamin D).
Finding an exercise that you like or in a comfortable environment are things that I think will make it easier to keep up with it. And not rushing in to things, I agree with the person that said building up slowly is important.
I guess the keyword is routine which is the easiest part once you're in it and the hardest part once you're starting out or get out of it and have to get back in to it again.