I lost 33 lbs between November and May and have since kept it off. I did that by counting calories (on an app on my phone, it was easy) and of course exercising. But the loss really came from the calorie deficiency. During the summer I relaxed, didn't really count the calories but tried to be careful. At the most I gained 5 lbs at one point (in 3 weeks) but then lost it in about 3 weeks. Now that school has started I am back to be being disciplined, but I find it harder. I always seem to be hungry. It was like this in the beginning. So some foods are my best friend, because they're low calorie but satisfy cravings or fill me up, and others are just not worth it. I'm trying to get more variety. Low calorie: - green beans (in a can). I know it's not best for nutrition, because it's in a can, but I can add some fat free Italian dressing, even eat 2 cans, and I'm good lol. (100 cal. total) especially in the evening when i just have to eat something, but that would mean I'm going over my limit. - zucchini. The best. Very low calories and very tasty - cabbage and cauliflower are the same as above - low fat or fat free cottage cheese mixed with fat free yogurt - chicken, pork, fish. I did not know pork has the same calories as chicken, which is very low (of course as long as it's lean) - can of tuna The "enemy" - oatmeal. Oatmeal wouldn't be bad in itself, filling and nutritious, but by the time you add things to make it better, it's just too much. The other day i decided to make oatmeal for lunch (for school) I only added dried cranberries and raisins, very small portion, and by the time I was done it was almost 500 calories! My port / rice / beans lunch was half of that. And let's not even talk about adding nuts, chia seeds, or milk. - dried fruit - cheese, I love it, but it's just not worth it - crackers. If in moderation, it's great, but I want to have a nice portion with cheese, it's just not worth the 400 calories. - sandwiches. For me, the bread itself has too much calories, and it's not even as filling as the same calories of potatoes or rice. - anything prepackaged, either frozen or boxed. Luckily I don't really eat these, but for example a hot pocket is just not worth it. - fruit juice. A glass of cranberry juice is over 100 calories. Then I might as well eat a banana. - olive oil. It's very healthy, and everything, but one teeny tiny teaspoon is 120 calories. - pasta - hummus. I love it but by the time you add the oil and the Tahini sauce, it's too much. I only eat it once in a big while. What would you add?