I lost 20 lbs when I gave up junk food for lent. When I say junk food I mean all junk food. No sweets, fast food, chips, or basically anything else that I had to think twice about. After a while I just got used to it and now carrots, apples, strawberries, grapes, and a bunch of other fruits and vegetables are much more appealing to me than junk food and I get plenty of fruits and veggies in my diet. Not only did I do that, but I exercised a lot. I ran and worked out in the gym almost everyday. The thing about dieting is, you have to eat right and exercise to healthily loose weight. Many people will eat less and loose weight, but not exercise. Yes, they might be loosing weight, but a lot of that is muscle mass and then you end up with "skinny fat" where you look skinny, but a larger percent of your body weight is actually fat. A thing that also really helped me was cooking my own meals and not going out too often. That way I could control what I was eating and knew what was going into it. So, eat a balanced diet with as little junk in it as you can and get good, aerobic exercise like running or biking as much as you can and the weight will come off.