As a dedicated chowhound, food is one of the chief pleasures in my life. So, no surprise that dieting has usually been super annoying and not very successful for me. I'd usually eat fake crap (lite! lo-cal! sugar-free!) in the belief that it was either that or nothing but carrots, all-bran, and skinless chicken breasts. Bleah either way.
So here's what has finally really worked for me: The Expensive Diet. Seriously. I realized that this might be one place where throwing money at it might really help. So things like nuts, berries, really good salmon, avocados, beautiful baby greens, asparagus, very fancy olive oil, and steak went from being sparingly-used delicacies to the majority of my daily diet. I added staples like whole-wheat tortillas, quinoa, whole-wheat pasta, brown rice, and my one fake thing: splenda in my tea. I cut way down on my portion sizes and stopped snacking, but with all the deliciousness and fat and fiber, I feel so much less deprived than I usually do on a diet. Along with exercise and quitting my daily glass of wine (sob), it has worked really well. I've lost 10 pounds in a month, and I don't feel that desperate, grouchy need for a cheeseburger that I usually have after a month of dieting.
So, I'm not a doctor, blah, blah, this does not constitute Advice, but, dang, it works and it doesn't suck. Thought I'd share.