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
“Other creatures receive food simply as fodder. But we take the raw materials of the earth and work with them—touch them, manipulate them, taste them, glory in their heady smells and colors, and then, through a bit of alchemy, transform them into delicious creations.”
― Judith Jones, The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food