I lost 35 lbs last year doing a low calorie diet and so far have kept it off. Once I hit my goal I started eating more calories because then the objective changed from losing to maintaining.
Personally, I think you should decide what you want to be eating 6 months, a year, 2 years down the road. The type of food you like and diet you choose should reflect how you want to eat forever as forever is how you're going to have to do it to keep it off. I chose counting calories because I like normal food and snacks. I can't imagine going through my life not eating cookies or bread or well, everything good.
I do think people eat a lot of bad carbohydrates such as too much fast food, too many chips, cookies, snack foods etc. No one can really eat too much of that stuff and maintain a low weight no matter what diet you do. I think if you choose your calories wisely you can have the food you love within reason.
I eat all the food I love. The only thing I really changed about my diet was the amount of food I eat. I seldom eat fast food and I've virtually given up potato chips. I eat the serving size of everything I eat; it's right on the package. Other than that, I still eat goodies but just not the whole plate full.
I also use www.******.com
and couldn't have done my diet without it. It's a free calorie/exercise journal on the net and it's so cool and easy. I watch my calorie intake every day now as I'm afraid to gain. If I gain 2 pounds, I go back to lower calories for a couple weeks/a month until it's gone. I won't let myself gain more than 2 pounds without getting a handle on it. This usually happens if I drink too much alcohol though. I'm prone to dipping into the rum too much now and then.
Whatever diet you choose, try the ******. It keeps track of carbs, cals and fat so will work for any diet.
Good luck to you. You can do it. Just remember it's a long term thing. You will still be doing it years from now so make changes you can live with.