1. You need a diet that is also a lifestyle.
Stay away from crash diets, and learn to eat in a way that you can stick with while you lose weight slowly over time.
2. It's helpful to put in writing what you're going to do to lose weight.
Write down the principles of the diet you're going to follow.
3. The diet that I've lost lots of weight with is one that has become part of my everyday life, without counting calories or carbs, and without going hungry.
That's a lifestyle, not just a diet.
4. Healthy weight loss from a healthy diet takes time.
Do not rush to follow the diets that promise you huge overnight weight loss. They either will not work, or you will not be able to stick with them.
5. You need to eat plenty of food.
This may sound backwards when trying to lose weight, but it's important that you keep plenty of nutritious food in your system so that your body will not think you're starving it and shut down your metabolism, and so that you can have the nutrition going to your cells that will keep your body operating properly.
6. Stay away from sugars and grains.
Even whole grains can be detrimental to your body by causing a chemical reaction to the blood sugar caused by these high glycemic foods. This chemical reaction causes you to store fat.
7. Watch the amount of food you eat.
But eat the right foods, and your body will take care of itself naturally.
8. Eat multiple meals a day.
Four, five, six meals a day. This will keep you from craving foods that you know you should not eat, as well as keeping your metabolism high.
9. Keep active.
Take the stairs. Park far from the entrance at Wal-Mart so you can take a nice walk. Do some fun things to get good exercise. But do not rely on exercise primarily to lose your weight. It's far more important that you eat the right foods.