I am new to vegetarianism and new to the veggie boards. I have been trying to lose weight using the vegetarian version of the South Beach diet. There are a few semi-vegetarians on the South Beach board. I am finding it hard to give up rice and bread though. But if you want to go low carb, South Beach is great--very healthy. I wish they had more vegetarian recipes in their cookbook though. It was published before Dr. Agaston came up with the vegetarian version. South Beach has a 2 week quick start period but it is NOTHING like Atkins. You can eat lots of veggies and nuts and it is low fat. You can also substitute vegetarian/vegan soy and veggie products for meat. I lost 5 lbs. this week since starting on Sunday. After the first 2 weeks I can begin to start adding back carbs like whole wheat bread, bagels, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, potatoes and fruit. I need a lot of encouragment with my weight loss as well as my new vegetarian lifestyle. Right now I am a lacto-ovo, but am aiming at becoming vegan someday.