I'm counting calories and increasing exercise. That is the only hting that has ever worked long term for me. I've tried most of the fad diets -- and I lose -- and I gain with interest. Learning to eat well for life and getting active are my goals. I find when I over do it I can get back on track much easier than on a fad diet.
Everyone needs to find what works for them. I need to journal and weight daily. I do set two days a week that I record my weight so I don't have to record all the ups and downs. When i stop journaling I fall back into bad habits.
I find no increase in appetite with increased activity - in fact usually the opposite. And I like the reward of being able to journal the calories used up.
Using the forums also helps keep me motivated.
Good luck whichever diet you choose.
Restarting Jan 11th, 2014
Starting weight: 201.6
Current weight: April 15th, 2014 = 181.2
May 1st goal = 175
Ultimate goal Undecided ? 150 to be assessed once maintained for a while
Height 5' 3"