I am about to begin this diet and like the sounds of everything except I really dislike the low-fat dressings and mayonnaise. If used in moderation, is this going to cause the diet not to work in terms of weight loss? It also doesn't say anything specific about the proportions. Do you figure calories or try to eat in moderation?
Every extra 110 calories per day you eat on the average causes you to maintain an extra 10 pounds. Yes, it matters. Do you have to use the low cal...maybe not.
Every mile you average walking per day (say 21 miles in a week gives you an average of three miles per day), burns an extra 100 calories (more if you're morbidly obese). So, for every mile per day you go up, you'll keep off an extra 10 pounds. If you're only 30 pounds over weight, and haven't been walking at all, walk 3 miles per day and you wouldn't need to change your diet at all to maintain your perfect weight.
See http://www.mypyramind.gov for the latest recommendations at the new food pyramid web site (the pyramid's still of little use in my opinion except they added someone walking up the side of it to emphasize you're not likely to ever keep a normal weight until daily walking becomes your habit)...60 to 90 minutes of walking every day. Find a grown woman who keeps her perfect weight most of the time and chances are she's a walker or jogger.
Also, see book reviews by me for more advice and recommended reading.