Easy is relative. And which of the many many diets you'll choose most likely will be determined by your temperament. The evidence suggests that Atkins and Stillman work, although equally clear from all the medical controversy is that neither plan is absolutely healthy over the long haul. And when Dr. Solomon (The Truth About Weight Control, 1973) discusses why not (including the recent cider vinegar-lecithin-kelp-B-6 fad diet) he makes good sense, as does his own proposed regimen based on 1200 calories (adjusted for those who don't burn carbohydrates) which is increased to 1800 for a ""figure-keeper"" routine. But rather than have you count calories Dr. Solomon sets out ""shares"" -- six protein, three fruit, two dairy, etc. -- so many of each allowed per day, to be apportioned in whatever way a dieter prefers, along with a supplemental list of 43 no-limit vegetables. Once you get the hang of it, the diet is simple to follow and, more important, should help you to reeducate eating habits. And that's what it's all about: ""Let's face it -- you will never be able to eat as freely as your naturally slender friends.