Hi, and welcome! I agree - there doesn't seem to be much agreement in the diet world about how to eat, what to eat, how much to eat, etc. I think one way to make it easier is, what would you like your food to give you? Nourishment, good health, and maintain comfortable weight are common goals. And some people have dietary preferences like eating organic, wholesome, vegetarian, local, gluten-free, slow cooked, raw, etc. Those can be very personal. Health claims tied to foods are also very confusing especially since labels are confusing and the quality of foods varies widely (such as pesticide-laden fruit flown across the world vs. lemons grown in your back yard). For many people on antidepressants and related medications, they want food to give them control over their appetite. We have the answer: eat in such a way to boost brain serotonin so you can control your appetite. So that's what the diet is focused on and confusion is eliminated.
If I haven't made your head spin yet by acknowledging how confusing it can be to understand which weight-loss diet to try, I'd like to suggest that because your appetite feels out of control, you choose to eat in such a way that you control your appetite. Being on the serotonin power diet, you will increase your brain levels of serotonin in such a way that your appetite will be more controlled. You may at times need to eat more than is recommended on the diet, but in general if you follow the guidelines, you will be able to eat less and lose weight. Many of our readers and clients choose to cut out refined sugars and processed starches like white flour (generally accepted as unhealthy), and if that is your choice, you can eat wholesome carbs like whole wheat pasta, sweet potatoes, brown rice, and rolled oats rather than the refined versions. We offer refined flours and white sugar options for those who can't live without them, and a diet without those foods would be unsustainable. It's a personal choice, and moderation can be used with such foods as well.
For some people, a high protein low carb diet is fine. But for many people on Lexapro, low carb high protein simply doesn't work.
I invite you to try the diet - it's all normal foods so there's no risk. Let us know how you feel eating this way and we can help you tweak it to make it work for you. There's a UK version you can get on amazon.co.uk that we wrote but it's called "The Good Mood Diet" which you may find much easier to follow than the US "Serotonin Power Diet" version.
Wishing you the best - keep in touch if you find it helpful,