Losing weight is simple. It's getting started that's difficult. The simple truth is that it's not as complicated as we are led to believe by all the diet food promoters. All you have to do is to make sure that each day you put less calories into your body and you take more calories out.
The easiest way to burn the calories is to do some exercise. No. Do not join a gym. Just move about a lot more. Find reasons to have to go up in your house a bit more. Use stairs and not lifts in stores or at the office. Run if you want but walking is alright as well. Watching TV? Get up and walk around the room during the ads. Standing in the kitchen? Move your feet, shuffle, put some music on and dance while you're peeling the potatoes. Going to the corner store? Try walking. You've too much to carry? Then make several journeys over the week.
The important thing to remember is that any movement of the body will increase the body's metabolism to burn off additional fat or calories so look for any opportunity to move about more, even at work.
And when you go shopping remember to buy some fruit. These have 'good' calories in them and eating an orange rather than drinking a glass of orange juice gives you fewer calories. And get some vegetables to keep in the fridge. Raw carrots and cauliflowers actually taste very nice ñ and contain nutrients, some of which you'll boil away when you cook them. Having healthy snacks such as fresh fruit and raw vegetable between meals is much better than cookies or chocolate bars. Dried fruits nuts and yogurt will also help to turn you off the sugary snacks you might be used to.
It is also important to drink a lot of water every day. Generally the advice is to have at least 8 glasses of water. Quite often, when we feel we are hungry, we are actually dehydrated and our body is asking for water rather than food. So, next time you feel hungry try drinking a glass of water. And following through on this, drink a glass of water before and during a meal and you will feel full before you have finished eating.
Water is also valuable for cleaning our system. It helps us digest our food better and, most importantly, it is probably the only drink which contains no calories at all so we can drink as much as we like.