Hello all, I am overweight. I want to lose about 40-50 pounds. I just decided its time to lose the spare tire and do something healthy. I am planning on meeting with a personal trainer in 2 weeks. I also wanted to get some suggestions on books to read which might help make good suggestions as to help me live a healthier lifestyle. A buddy of mine swears up and down by the Atkins diet but I am not so sure that is a healthy diet as it seems suspicious. Another friend is on some P90x diet that looks better but as it is sold on TV I am skeptical. Primarily I wanted to know what some good foods to stock up on would be. I suspect that I may be diabetic as my mothers side of the family is and I am prone to it as I am overweight. So far I started walking around late at night as I am a night owl and it is better than watching TV. However the neighborhood is getting worse with crime and I am not allowed to carry so I plan to start jogging on a treadmill. But as it goes I am going to be hitting up the gym after this week is over. I have a workout partner and will be more motivated to work out with someone than alone. Is there any advice you can give. I expect diet and lifestyle changes to be a big pain in the ass. I figure if I can quit smoking than I can lose weight. As it is I am now 4 months without a smoke. Its been a long 4 months though. I also have a problem with cooking. My house is populated with *******s. My roommates will eat my stuff, not clean up, and leave a mess. I would prefer food suggestions that do not require much work. Cereal, yogurt, sanwhiches, etc. Nothing that requries cooking as they want to live like animals and I refuse to clean up after them. Thanks for any replies in advance.