Boy, oh boy, can I relate to what youre saying. Have you had your thyroid checked? This can be a HUGE reason why its hard to loose weight. Check out the hypothyroid forum here. Also, I suggest checking out one of the Iodine forums. Long story short, bromine can keep fat bound so, no matter, how you eat (or dont) or how much you exercise its is next to impossible to loose weight. I finally convinced a dr to let me try armour thryoid. Compared to levothyroxin (synthroid) made a world of difference. Started taking "the iodine" and I have liteally "softened up" and am now loosing pounds at a steady/safe rate. Hope this helps a bit.