All I can tell you is that I love LAWL and am now in Maintenance. Nothing else would have worked for me and didn't - this did the trick!
As far as bars, if you are looking for an alternative, the Pria Complete ones are great! They have a chocolate mint crisp ( I love these, kinda like Girl Scout thin mints and I wasn't fond of them before and they have a peanut butter crisp). I like them much more than Luna, but just my tastes!
Only other advice is to get support and knowledge from these boards. I would not have known how to save some money with bars and take off without these ladies. I like the Kndusens juice much better than LAWL and it is so much cheaper. I also learned to not let the counselors intimidate you and try to always sell you stuff. They are not always consistent with their answers either, so when in doubt I would double check here also to get other opinions.
You will love it. I was never one to be able to diet before, measure foods, etc, but it really was not hard. Since on Maintenance, I found I am eating what I want within reason and staying within a pound to pound and a half and it has been about 2 months.
Begin Stabilization 04/06/06