Now, let me preface this by saying I am *not* an expert, by any stretch of the word. Far and wide. I'm a software developer, not a nutritionist. One thing I hope to accomplish with this post is to dispel some of the myths that I hear from so called "experts", which are usually guys that read an article once. Now that's out of the way, I'll go ahead.
I started a diet about 5 months ago. I was 165 lbs, the biggest I had ever been in my life. I had little energy, slept constantly, and never felt "good". It was awful. Something snapped in me one day, I only wish I could put my finger on what it was. I started dieting. Not any specific diet from any website, just the common sense stuff we all know. I immediately switched what I was drinking at every meal to water. 0 calories. I was a sweet tea FIEND. I eliminated all snacking between meals. My meals switched from double cheeseburgers and gigantic bowls of pasta to chicken breasts, lean pork chops, lean beef, various fish, and smaller portions. Like, I would still be slightly hungry at the conclusion of every meal. I believe I was down to about 1400 calories a day. I also did my first 30 days without alcohol, and did 0 cheat days. After my first 30 days, I was down to about 150 lbs. I added a small amount of alcohol in (helps my aa). But everything else stayed the same. Another 60 days, I made it down to 135 lbs. I also worked out 4 days a week (weight training) with 3 days a week of muay thai for cardio. I am finally at a weight I'm content with, and a body fat percentage that allows me a lot more opportunities to be super confident when sarging. I was told I was "kind of cute" when I was chunky, now I have been told that I am cute/hot/whatever. It makes a huge difference. Your confidence will go through the roof.
Here are the myths I would like to dispel:
"Eat breakfast, it kickstarts your metabolism." - I'm not even sure how that would work, but I almost never had breakfast, if I did, it was a banana or an orange.
"You can't starve yourself, your body will actually store more fat." - I promise you, if you deny yourself enough calories, your body cannot physically store fat at a certain point. It *has* to burn the fat into energy, lest you die.
"Diets don't work!" - Yes they do. As long as you stick to them.
"Eat 5-6 times a day instead of 3 big meals" - This one might actually be true, but if you are like me and have a hard time committing to that, my 2-3 a day with very controlled portions is fine. 5-6 times a day would cause me to snack. Having a "rhythm" was the best thing for me. Your mileage may very.
Having come through the other side of this thing, these ridiculous myths (usually told to you by people who have no idea what they are talking about. I've even had advice told to me by fat people. WTF?). The facts are in - it can work for you. If you aren't at a weight where you are happy with your body - change it. It *will* help your ability to game. If nothing else, it gives you confidence, and that is more important than almost anything. You can do it.