Welcome it sounds like u have made some good changes already. I don't follow any plans but cut out my one a day soda habit along with most sugars. I also researched healthy recipes and try to keep my meals to 300-400 cals. I don't always weigh everything just estimate but use mfp to help. If I am not losing I start to be a little more picky. But just cooking healthy, eliminating most sugars and a lot of carbs helped me reach my goal. I used to make rice, pasta and breads 5-6 times a week but now only cheat with one if those items once a week. Best of luck I hope u find something u can stick with and find success on your journey.