Years ago, after I stopped using methamphetamine (a great way to lose weight - you know the weight of money in your wallet, the weight of friends and family, the weight of that job you work at... great weight loss program
), I swelled up to 262-267 pounds rather quickly. While I did workout with weights, My nutritional life plan sucked - After all a gallon of ice cream is a good nightly snack before bed - right?
I relied on Ronald, The King, Jack in the box, And Wendy to feed me...
Getting more serious about/over my 'growth' in a program of recovery after drug use, I went to the library and checked out all of these books on weight loss. I tried several diets with little to no success. It wasn't until I found this little gem: http://www.amazon.com/Bodystat-Reset-Your-Thermostat-Permanently/dp/0670859559
That I started to make some serious positive dietary changes. In a little over a year using the 'slow path' method I lost about 50 pounds of fat. That coupled with longer and longer walks, exercise I reshapped my body.
One thing about that book is that it promotes a healthier approach to 'junk food'. Instead of total denial of the 'tasty stuff' it suggests allowing yourself a few treats. Moderation being key.
For the past 15 years (roughly) I have been sticking to a lifestyle where Sunday through Friday I eat mostly good, healthy foods. Little added oil, Little added sugar. This is relatively easy since I do the cooking and I can modify how foods are prepared. We have two boxes of hamburger helper in the larder, a couple boxes of scalloped potatoes. Those are for the days that I am in too much pain to stand over the stove. Most meals start off with basic ingredients, raw veg, lean meats. I add little to no oil, and usually no sugar at all. I will use a bit of honey if the food needs a sweet under-taste.
Saturday is Junk-food Bonanza day. Taco hell, The King, Wendy, Ronald, Jack, etc will do the cooking for one meal or two. Lately we have been doing Panda Express more than anything else.
Moderation is the key. Its ok to have an occasional piece of candy. Its not ok if you buy the family pack of mini-candies and devour all in one night sitting before the Boob-tube. Its OK to have ice cream once in a while, its not OK to date Ben and Jerry to the exclusion of all others.
A one meal/two meals a week approach where you have your greasy, dripping hamburger and your large fries (super size me) is ok. If you are eating them every day of the week then you will have trouble.
Edit addition: I currently weight 210. I think. I don't know, its been over a 18 months since I last stepped on the scales. I keep track of my weight by how well my pants fit. I assume that since I had to tighten up my belt a couple three months ago I 'lost' weight. For all I know I could be 220 or 190.
I feel good, psychically, my pants are not tight, and my doctor hasn't looked at me and said 'Jesus Christ, your fat!'. My last operation 2 years ago the surgeon accused me of being 'thin' after my knee operation. He is the expert.