Welcome Music Mom!
Don't let yourself get discouraged...keep at it.
I think Casey is spot on...eat as naturally as you can. Often processed food has hidden pitfalls, i.e. sodium or high sugar or carbohydrate content with lower calories...I try to stick with fruit, veggies, protein and lower carbs. It does work...keep us posted! My DH used the My Fitness App and really felt it worked for him.
Grandma Pam to 3
Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
― Edith Sitwell