Like Fit4luv I do a plan. I do calories only with an emphasis on my macro-nutrients. I'm certainly not perfect at it but much more aware of what I'm putting in to my body.
Good luck. Find something that will work long term. Quick fix diets do not work and I will never do them again. The only thing they are good for is medical reasons where you have to lose a bunch of weight.
Highest weight October 1st, 2011 247.6
Starting weight January 3rd, 2012 227.8
January pounds lost 7.8 = 220
February pounds lost 4.4 = 215.6
March pounds lost 2.6 = 213 (do better in April)
Goal weight 160.4