My thoughts on losing weight are that it isn't easy, but it isn't rocket science either. I have written many articles on fat loss and the strategy is the same here. Consistency in the kitchen is the key here. You have to focus on changing your habits and then keeping consistent with your new habits.
If you are focused on losing weight you must plan your meals. So many people complain about calorie counting because they skip the meal planning step. Meal planning makes it so your food is ready and your calories are already counted. That's right! When you meal prep you are also taking care of calorie counting. Think that through.
During meal prep you determine how much food to prepare and what food to prepare. That delivers a calorie count for you. Meal planning also helps you stick to your nutrition plan. You are less likely to binge eat if you have prepared your meals in advance. Think about how amazing it would be to just go to your refrigerator before work each morning and grab the meals for that day!
You need to have goals in order to determine the right mix of foods to eat. There are some guidelines that just work and those are where you should begin your journey. Set your goals so that you are eating 40% protein, 40% carbohydrates and 20% fat. For a 2000 calorie diet that would mean 200 grams of protein and carbs and 45 grams of fat. Yes, you need fat to lose weight. Do your best to hit these macro goals and losing weight will become second nature.
Some people like variety while others do not care. I personally think keeping your eating regimen the same each day is the safest way to go. You know what you are putting into your body daily. It has to work. There are no variables. When you change things up too much with eating, the food profile changes and that changes how your body responds. I prefer to keep things the same with what I know works. Other people like variety when losing weight. I caution those people to be careful with their food choices. I suggest they examine what they are eating and make sure the food profile fits their goals.