The average size woman requires about 1600 calories per day to maintain her ideal body weight, while the average size man requires about 2000 calories per day. How those calories are consumed will in great part determine the likelihood of success or failure in any diet program you embark on.
Following this formula will stabilize your metabolism and insulin levels, keep you from feeling hungry and lessen the likelihood of binging.
Remember those 40 lbs I gained when I was injured? Following this general dietary plan and resuming my normal exercise routine after recovering from my injury allowed me to lose 40 lbs in 5 months and keep it off for the past 3 years. The hardest part for me was decreasing breads and desserts especially when going out to a fine restaurant. However, once I achieved my goal I learned that it was ok to treat yourself. However, like most things, when you do treat yourself, you need to do it in moderation. I will allow myself some bread, but instead of half of the basket, I will have 1 or 2 slices. Instead of having the entire dessert, I will split it with my wife. I rarely feel like I am missing out or depriving myself of a good time.