I consider it a great success when I can get someone to stop gaining weight. This is a key principle of pediatric nutrition. If I can get a 6 year old to stop gaining weight at such a rapid pace, he or she will then grow into that weight eventually. Unfortunately, adults will not grow into their weight when they stop gaining, but just as you would not take a car going 70 mph on a freeway and throw it into reverse; I do not take an adult who has been gaining weight and throw them into weight loss mode the first week. First we must stop the weight gain.
When calculating how much weight one has lost, people forget to add in how much they would have gained had they not been paying attention. Eventually those love handles will melt away, but give it some time. So let me ask again, how fast are you going? Are you flying forward gaining weight at a shocking rate or are you in reverse? Remember you do not want to reverse too quickly, you might hit something!