Dieting is mostly common sense. Everyone knows what's bad and whats good. People just like to claim they don't so they can dodge accountability. I mean, honestly, has anyone ever met someone who was scarfing down a chicken parm and they thought it was a healthy option? I lost a ton of weight just sticking to the basics. Which is to me, John Berardi's 7 habits 1. Eat every 2-3 hours, no matter what. You should eat between 5-8 meals per day. 2. Eat complete (containing all the essential amino acids), lean protein with each meal. 3. Eat fruits and/or vegetables with each food meal. 4. Ensure that your carbohydrate intake comes from fruits and vegetables. Exception: workout and post-workout drinks and meals. 5. Ensure that 25-35% of your energy intake comes from fat, with your fat intake split equally between saturates (e.g. animal fat), monounsaturates (e.g., olive oil), and polyunsaturates (e.g. flax oil, salmon oil). 6. Drink only non-calorie containing beverages, the best choices being water and green tea. 7. Eat mostly whole foods (except workout and post-workout drinks). Pretty simple. Stay away from junk food, eat nuts and seeds as snacks instead of crap and you'll lose weight.