I have the south beach book also and was part of a thread of south beachers on my weight loss website when my dh has his surgery and I just couldn't keep at it, concentrate on everything and take care of him too. I am with all who want to South Beach starting in January. Oh and you don't really have to start South Beach with the killer two weeks. He does that to get rid of toxins, sugars and such. If you look at a lot of diets, they do that, Dr Phil, Richard Simmons, even WW has a quick start program.
On the other hand my sil had gastric bypass, and she looks horrible, she can only eat 2 ozs of food at anytime, and anything like a sauce upsets her stomach, she has lost 145lbs in 10 months , which is great for her joints and body, but she looks like shes going to faint all the time. She used to be high energy, socialable, outgoing and alot of fun to be around. Now when we get together as a family she looks pale, gaunt and always grabs the nearest chair and sits and moans about everything.
My sister's sil had gastric bypass and ended up back in the hospital. She couldn't keep food down, had a punctured instestine and some other stuff. She was probably near or over 300 lbs and probably weighs 125 now and looks ghastly. She is a stick, is pasty looking, cannot eat more than a couple bites and she did this 3 years ago! It doesn't always turn out badly, but it IS a drastic measure for people to take. My insurance will only cover the more radical bypass not the lap band, which they say is still too experimental. I am over 300 lbs and it would be the only thing I would ever consider and I would truly have to be dying and know that I would die and soon to have it done. I did this to myself, no one else did (well, my big babies didn't help, but still) and I want to fix this myself through exercise and good eating habits. So, I am with you gals!!!!!