Thanks Selenap, I wholeheartedly agree.
The diets I have lost weight on have always been fad of some description or other and as you say have always been "diets". High protein, F plan, oranges and protein, one which meant visiting a Harley Street Doctor in London every week for vitamin injections and pills and the latest one "lighter Life". On all five I have lost between 80 and 110 pounds and have always quickly put more back on than I lost during the "diet".
This time I am trying to eat as normally as I can but cut out or eat very small portions of the foods I know will add weight. My biggest problem is living quite a hectic social life that seems to revolve around food. We are out all but one night in the next seven and at every meal alcohol will be served. So far I have managed to avoid alcohol all together but I am only six days in!
As per your suggestion I am going to try and make real changes in lifestyle but don't want to back out of the social life I very much enjoy. Changing my attitude towards food and booze seems to be the only way forward but I think it will be tough!
Keep calm and keep strong!