Bravo your last message Suzanne. Anne Fletcher in her research of hundreds of folks who have lost weight and kept it off, reported in "Thin for Life," arrived at the same conclusion. You try different things. You find what works for you. You develop your own system. You find a way to stick with it.
It's finding a way to stick with it that's hard. Finding a way to make your new habits ...habits. Or at least that's been the buggy-boo for me.
Caveat: Keeping the simple sugars and fiber-less carbs down has been a long-term recommendation for people who have or are threatened with diabetes. The help we get from the low-carb movement is lots of interesting recipes. And that helps a lot.
A really average person who lost 100 lbs in 2001 and works hard every day to keep it off.