This diet is for people who suffer from hand-to-mouth disease....
I've done a lot of research, I've gone over a lot of data, calorie counts, metabolism, carbohydrates vs. fats, lean meat protein vs. beans, nuts and legumes, eating three squares a day vs. 5-6 smaller meals....
Here's what it boils down to.....
Quit putting so much crappy food in the pie hole!
That's what I've been doing for years and it's cost me. And no, that's NOT a slam on my ex-wife's cooking, she's an EXCELLENT cook. She could have her own cooking show, seriously. But in addition to the high quality, great tasting, nutritionally balanced foods she created from scratch for our family, over the years I've been taking in not only the large portions, the second helpings, but sodas, Doritos, the double-cheeseburger instead of a single, the tailgate style foods on football Sundays, the snacking, the beer. And to top it all off, I had a sedentary lifestyle.
My job consists of sitting at a desk for much of the day, typing away at a computer, doing some paperwork, light filing, talking on the phone..... My physical activity includes walking, some sweeping, some pulling of weeds, a trip to the dumpster to empty trash..... On the weekends I do some gardening, work on my truck, perhaps a small project for my apartment. Considering my job is not all that physically demanding, I've failed for years to compensate by routinely doing some kind of physical activity before or after work. Sure, I would do something like weight lifting in spurts, but I did nothing for extended periods of time, consistently.
According to the so-called experts, a six foot tall male aged 40-50 who engages in light activity wanting to maintain a weight of 215 pounds (Nope, not me, not yet anyway) can consume up to 2,500 calories a day. Stop doing the light activity, or consistently consume more than 2,500 calories a day, and you'll gain weight.
That's my target weight, 215 pounds.
The diet I'm on is not complicated, it doesn't require calorie counting (although I do just to increase my knowledge of food and the nutritional breakdown), it doesn't starve you, the food tastes good.
I've also picked up the physical activity, getting some kind of activity in at least five times a week. A friend of mine has suggested an outside the box approach to physical activity, which looks promising. More details on that later.
For right now, it's onward and 'downward.'