In another thread I note that Leon posted a warning against pasta. Through the years I have read about so many different diets and warnings about certain foods that when I entered my current diet I would do nothing but watch calories. I do intend to find some exercises I can do when the winter finally lifts. It will probably be mostly walking although my knees will probably limit that. I started some limited excercise earlier but got my back out of whack, probably from lifting a 27 inch TV and need to ease back into that. But the particular post that caught my was a warning against pasta. My method of dieting has been to limit byself to two diet meals a day, usually 300-600 calories each. I have dry whole wheat toast for breakfast and then the two meals I mentioned. If I have stuck to it I allow myself a 100 cal bag of popcorn late at night. I make sure I get some protein each day and allow myself the occasional cheat. I drink a liter of water each day during work and my other liquid intake is either more water or Diet Cokes or unsweetened tea flavored with lemon. And I eat very few sweets and next to none fried food. Have not had a hamburger or fries since I started the diet and I love those. The diet meals I eat are either Marie Callendar or Healthy Choice. So what caught my eye about Leon's warning? Many of the diet meals I am eating are pasta and veggie based with some meat. I started my diet the last weekend of September. As of this morning I have lost 60 pounds. I am still 40 above my weight when I retired from the Army reserves and still 20 above my weight when I quit smoking and I intend to keep going. (Now you know why you don't see me post pics of myself.) When the weight actually goes and you have to find clothes you have not worn in over ten years it is not that difficult to keep going. So what diets work for the others on the board?