My general weight loss advice is this: Of course, you should make sure to eat healthy, low fat, high vitamin foods with enough protein. BUT, stay away from all gimicky diets that urge you to eat only one kind of food or give you all sorts of complicated instructions and remember: ***in order to actually lose weight, you must spend some time being HUNGRY, ie. you need to burn more calories than you eat. Rather than spending time doing math and figuring out the calories, just stop eating before you are totally full, and wait a couple of hours after you start to feel hungry before you eat again. Don't starve yourself or anything! But just listening to your body and making sure that it gets hungry enough to start burning its own fat is the key. I also agree w/ Megs and Balengacia, that keeping your metabolism up w/ small meals -- after you've been hungry for an hour or two!! -- combined w/ exercise are the way to go. I've always stayed pretty thin by doing this.