I grind the erythritol to a powder form. I have found that helps with dissolving in the recipes. I do not use just erythritol, as I said before. I use a combination of erythritol, Just Like Sugar, and a drop of stevia. Yes I originally lost fifty pounds. I have gained some back due to me not eating right. I made the decision this week to get back on track because I really want to reach my goal weight. I have along way to go, 75 pounds. This time no desserts. They really slow my weight loss. I have used lots of her recipes. I also enjoy creating my own.