As Community Manager of the Cooking Light Diet since its inception in May 2014, I've had the privilege of speaking with our growing number of community members from all over the U.S. and Canada. I've talked with software testers, dog trainers, constantly on-the-go sales reps, moms cooking for 10, world travelers (have a safe trip, Roanne!), and more. Through all these interactions, I've received some glowing feedback from people experiencing real success in reaching their personal goals using our program. So, I thought it was about time to start sharing that feedback with you.

To that end, I want you to meet Katie Anderson. Katie is a blogger and mother of two from Newnan, GA. She discovered the Cooking Light Diet and has enjoyed it so much she began chronicling the experience on her lovely blog. I'd encourage you to check it out—her headlines are so good I actually borrowed one for this post. She's on week three of the Diet, so I sat down to chat with her and see how it was going so far. Here's what she had to say.

Matthew: What made you decide to join the Cooking Light Diet?Katie: I saw a Facebook ad. I really was not actively searching for a diet. In fact, I was in denial, really. But I love Cooking Light recipes, so I clicked on it. As I started reading through, it just sounded exactly like what I needed…When I saw it, it was easy, it's not much money, and it's good food so I thought, "Well, why not? Why not give it a shot?"

M: How do you plan your week?K: On Sundays, or sometime over the weekend, I'll sit down and go through the recipes. Usually I'll pick maybe 3 or 4 of each—breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack. I'll kind of pick 3 or 4 and then do leftovers or go out.

M: When deciding what meals to prepare, is the degree of difficulty preparation-wise a deciding factor?K: Most everything so far has been very doable. Especially during the week. You know, it's got to be something that I can do fairly quickly, within 30-45 minutes…I mostly just choose meals based on what looks good and what sounds good!

M: Is the rest of the family enjoying the food?K: They are! I have a 10-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old son…I did tell them we're going to try and get healthy around here, and you'll notice that our dinners are going to be a little different. So the first dish I served I was like, "This better be good, because I need this to work out and them support this!" [Laughs.] And fortunately it was delicious, and they loved it! It was Garlicky Kale and White Bean Linguine. And it was so good and they loved it, so that was great!

M: Are you still dining out while using the plan?K: During the week we eat out on Wednesday nights. And then on the weekends…[laughs] Friday night is pizza night. You gotta have pizza night! …That's the other great thing [about the Diet] is that, I definitely need flexibility, and I think people that like food need to have a little flexibility even if you're trying to lose weight…It's nice to have that.

M: Why would you recommend the Cooking Light Diet to other people, assuming that you would?K: I would recommend it because the food is good, the recipes are doable, the price is reasonable, but mainly the food is good! I hate diet food, so it's got to be real food. For me and my family—we love to cook, we love to sit around the table; we're good Southern people [laughs]! That's what we do. We cook together, we eat together, and this Diet just fits that. It just fits our life.

You can follow Katie's Cooking Light Diet journey on her blog (, or check back here. She'll be guest-blogging for us on Wednesdays. If you'd like to know more about the Cooking Light Diet, visit, or email us at We'd love to hear from you! Cheers.

Members following the Cooking Light Diet, on average, lose more than half a pound per week.