I hate saying this on a SBD site, but I LOVE weight watchers. The point system has always worked for me. Whenever I start to slip (am bad) and put on a couple pounds, I just go back to watching my points and it works every time. By the way, after a short time you are not actually countting anymore, but just making better everyday choices. Even small, simple ones can make a huge difference.
The BEST part of the diet is that I know exactly how to cheat on it and still get results. I have weaknesses for certain foods (as I'm sure everyoe does) and I don't have to give up any of them. If I am craving something, I just save my points so I can have it. I must say, however, that I was pretty anal about the diet in the very beggining. I didn't half-ass it at all. I did my homework and counted the points pretty faithfully until I was around my goal weight. (Hitting it didn't take long either). By that point, I just remembered everything in my head, and would make better choices, here and there, to maintain. The initial time I spent researching which foods held what points really paid off in the end. Since I spent the time to find low-point foods I actualy liked to eat, it became easy. Plus implementing simple changes, that seem minute, can actually make a huge difference. An example that helped me was not putting cream in my coffee. I know this may seem unimaginable for some, but it wasn't hard for me. It saved me a couple points a day that I could use for something more worthwhile. I'd just think to myself why waste the points on that??? For those who feel cream in coffee is WORTH the points, there are plenty of other fast and easy small-change-options avaiable. It is individualized around your own tastes and cravings. You have choices and freedom, but within established limits and portioning. Plus there are some yummy low-point snacks that I could not believe. To discover these hidden snack treasures, I really had to investigate in the beggining, but the initial time investment ended up paying off later. I guess I am just an expert at working the points system!
I do not believe this plan is as good for men though. I think a low carb plan, like SBD, is more suitable, especially at satisifying their appetites.