Jenafire - I am sure that each person will advise you to use the plan that they are on, and there is nothing wrong with that. You really have to find the plan that works for you. Research them all and find one that you can make a way of life. I like Low Carb; it has always worked for me and many people are successful. I would suggest you check it out, but that is because I am successful with it. Good luck on whatever you choose.
Start weight 245#
1st goal: 220# - met 04/07/11
2nd goal: 210# - met 05/21/2011
Start over: 221# 11/08/11
Start over: 233.2# 10/2012
Start over goal met: 220# 11/14/2012
Mini goal to be in 212's by Dec - met 12/31/2012
Mini goal: 207's by end of Jan- met 01/31/2013
Mini goal: 197's by end of Feb - met 02/27/2013
re-start grrr Mini goal: 197's by 09/19/2013
I have to restart again as I slipped. I am leaving the above so I can keep track. It happens and I have to keep learning.