How do I diet?: Diet is a terrible four letter word. You do not need to diet- you need a lifestyle change. Diets last for short amounts of time and tend to cause the "yo-yo" feeling of losing and gaining weight repeatedly. By modifying what you eat, the number of times of day you eat, and the types of food you eat, you can find success in a short amount of time.
What should I eat?: Focus on meals that are well balanced. Focus on main factors such as fat content, calories, fiber, protein, carbohydrates and sugars. Try to avoid foods that are high in carbs but low in protein and fiber. Sometimes a little higher fat or calorie count is ok, as long as you balance them out with adequate amounts of protein, fiber and carbs. Avoid processed foods and foods that contain high fructose corn syrup to start, and work on eating more fruits, veggies, proteins and whole grains.
How many times a day should I eat?: Try to incorporate 6 meals into your day. A 'meal' can be something as simple as a Fiber One bar or a protein shake. You do not have to have a full serving of steak and eggs to constitute a meal.
Watch your portion sizes: Unfortunately many people have become accustomed to portion sizes that are 2, 3 or even 4 times larger than the recommended serving size. Restaurants have desensitized individuals and provide portion sizes that are much larger than recommended by the FDA. So cut down the portion sizes to appropriate servings and you will notice a much better result.
You have to Exercise to lose weight: Many people attempt to stave themselves in an effort to lose weight; however, only end up sabotaging their efforts with the yo-yo diet cycle. As you exercise and build muscle, you will start to burn fat stores more quickly and more easily than with a 'diet' alone.