All I know is I was a lot skinnier when rice and spaghetti were treats instead of staples of every meal. Of course, getting older had a lot to do with it, but I think that getting away from the high-protein, low-carb (heavy on the meat and vegetables, light on the starches) meals of my youth helped a lot. I'm trying to change, but geez, meat is expensive.
Whole chicken fryers tend to be cost effective. My other favorite is sausages of all types on the grill -- bratwurst, applewurst, salsiccia, knockwurst.
Honestly, eating a high prtein, high fat diet and losing weight while concurrently lowering my cholesterol has me beginning to believe that almost everything we are told may not be true.
You're right Charles. I began trying the Atkins back in the mid 90's with great success. I tend to have way fewer cravings for the high carb dishes when I am higher in proteins and fats, and can easily lose 10-15 lbs. on a whim if I just become a little more strict. The only downside is that it works so well I get a bit out of control with my weight for periods of time, knowing that I can always lose it quickly.