Avoid dieting, eat and exercise better.
Dieting conjures up the thoughts of the Spanish Inquisition or torture in a sweat box in Southeast Asia. Part of me would rather have bamboo shoots under my finger nails. To say the least, I am not a fan of the term diet. A diet is often too restrictive to set you up for long-term success and to be honest; most dieters fall off the wagon almost as quickly as they get on it.
Personally, I recommend focusing on eating more healthily and adding a little exercise every day. I am not saying that you can lose weight by just eating healthy because you do need to make a calorie deficit. I also know exercise does not help as much with weight loss, but it does help with health and fitness. I try to avoid cutting out specific food groups, but I do try to focus on getting the highest nutrition from the foods I eat. You are already cutting back a little, and you need to avoid being malnourished of the essential nutrients you cannot make. I find that eating healthy makes weight loss easier and I feel less deprived. It may take longer to lose weight with this method, but I am a lot happier.
The bottom line: Try to make it less of a chore and focus on health and less on dieting. It should not be a choice between eating or starving yourself.