2) Choose healthy snacks over unhealthy. One apple is about 90 calories. One cookie is double that. And the apple is more likely to fill you up, whereas you might still want another cookie after the first one.
3) Start an exercise program with things you enjoy doing. If you force yourself to do it, you'll probably burn out and not want to continue it. Start slow--even ten minutes a day twice a week, and then every couple of weeks, add to either the frequency or the duration.
4) Realize it's a lifestyle modification, not a diet. Accept the fact that you're not going to lose the weight overnight, and there may be times when you actually gain a little bit of weight back, but it's not the end of the world. This also means that an unhealthy snack doesn't mean that you've gone off your "diet."
5) Give yourself a non-food related treat when you reach your first 10 pounds or whatever goal you set. If you want that new CD, tell yourself that you're not going to buy it until you have lost the weight you want to lose.
Make sure you drink plenty of water and eat fresh veg and fruit and walk around the block or use the stairs rather than the lift. I have a mini trampoline which I use while watching TV. This is simple but effective.
I personally use this and my weight is kept under control. I hope this helps.
When you first start losing weight, a good portion of the weight loss the first week is going to be water weight, so right off the bat you're going to easily lose about 3-5 pounds (depending on how overweight you are).
The other 5-7 pounds will come off through diet and exercise.
The lowest you should go in calories to lose this weight is 1,200 calories/day.
For your diet, find foods you enjoy eating to make staying on the diet easier. But make sure that the majority of your diet is veggies/lean meats and fruits as these tend to be low in calories yet relatively filling.
Be strict and count every calorie you put into your mouth....weigh you food with a food scale (costs $20)...get meticulous about this...
A lot of people say eat 5-6 small meals/day but really, it doesn't matter if you eat 5, 10, 50 or 1 meal a day, all that matters is the TOTAL calories at the end of the day.