I’ve tried Slimming World and My Fitness Pal. For me personally, My Fitness Pal works the best, for a few reasons:
I can cut back some days, and allow myself a ‘splurge’ day once a week, so I can have a few drinks etc. This gives me something to look forward to.
It has educated me even more about food, and now, I think twice about what I’m putting in my mouth, and find I make healthier choices. When you put a slice of take-out pizza in at 350 calories, it’s a shock: I think ‘I could have a grilled chicken breast and huge salad for less than that!’. I’;ve found I’m drinking less, and I rarely get take-aways; and when I do, I make healthier choices (eg chicken shish kebab, with a small amount of extra-light mayo and loads of salad, at 430 calories, rather than half a pizza at like 1800!)
It’s easy to record what you’re eating, so there’s no escaping/lying to yourself about what you’re eating.
I didn’t have a huge amount to lose, and wanted to lose it slowly; I was 144 pounds at my heaviest, and shifted 18 pounds in about 3 months eating 1500 calories a day, dropping to 126 pounds. I then maintained this for about 6 weeks, by eating about 1800 calories a day, and since then, have lost a further 6 pounds, and am now at 120 pounds, and planning on maintaining this.
I also love that you can add exercise in (do be careful though; eg their swimming one isn’t accurate as calories burned depend on your weight; because I’m small, I burn less than they say I do, and if you’re much bigger, you’d burn more); it’s educated me more about the benefits of exercise and I’ve become much more healthy. I also use it as a way of ‘earning’ a treat eg if I’m going out for dinner, I will walk very very briskly to the pool (3 mile round-trip, up-hill) then do an hour of swimming, burning off around 700 calories in total. This then allows me to have a bottle of wine/pizza without going over my calorie allowance.
Another thing I did was tape a picture of myself at the weight I wanted to be to a cupboard in the kitchen, so that when I’m in there, I look at it and it makes me think twice about having that extra biscuit! lol