The WW approach, of "You can have whatever you want, but you have to pay for it..." is much more likely to be effective for me. The gamification of the points budget, even if it feels a bit corny, really does boil things down into an easy-to-handle program that still gives you wiggle room.
Using the food tracker also makes for some eye-opening moments. A giant plate full of grilled shrimp? 1 point. A blended margarita? 11 POINTS. O.o After a few such moments, you quickly learn what in your diet is actually causing you to go over. My small bowl of mixed nuts, which I thought was a pretty sensible snack, was 12 friggin' points, my biggest hit for the day!
Laurie has actually been on WW for a while now and has been seeing results, a fairly steady reduction in her weight as long as she stays "on the wagon," and I have a good feeling about it in my own case. There are only a few things in my diet that I actually WANT, and everything else is negotiable. If I have to "pay" for those things in the dietary budget, I can do that.
Now if you'll pardon me, I'm gonna finish my morning mocha.
-The Gneech ("Aaaaaaah.")