Originally Answered: Can you tell me some ways to lose weight?
To speed up your metabolism, which helps burn more fat, eat small, frequent meals or snacks throughout the day. Aim for every 2-3 hours. Eat within two hours of waking up, the sooner the better. Do not eat for four hours before bed. There are some herbs and spices that can help you speed it up as well, such as green tea, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon. You don't need much of those for them to work. Stretching and going on a walk soon after waking up is a great jump start to your day.
Drink lots of ice cold water, all day. The colder the water, the more calories your body burns heating up to get the water to your normal body temp. Water has zero calories, sugar or salt, so it's the perfect drink. Keeping yourself hydrated helps your body function better, makes it easier to exercise and you'll be less fatigued, and can help you eat less. Whenever you are hungry, drink a glass of water, wait 15 minutes, then eat. It's very common to confuse being hungry with actually being thirsty. Fill up on water and you will eat less at each meal. If water is too plain to you, try adding some lemon or lime, or add a splash of low calorie juice. Chewing gum can give you the same feelings as chewing up your food, while only adding around 5 calories per piece. And really, chewing 10 pieces is a lot better than pigging out even once. There are so many different flavors to choose from, so if that's your thing it's hard to get bored of it.
It's important to eat between 1,500 and 1,800 calories everyday. If you eat less, thinking you'll consume less calories thus lose more weight, you will actually send your body into starvation mode, where it stores extra fat from everything you eat. Basically you're tricking your body into thinking food is scarce so it needs to stock up. This also lowers your metabolism, making it harder to burn as many calories.
You should eat a good variety of foods everyday. Fill up on different colored veggies, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins such as lean chicken, turkey, fish and beans (not the pinto beans mixed with lard like at Taco Bell). I like to start my day with some homemade oatmeal, fruit, and yogurt. Have a turkey sandwich for lunch with some veggies, and maybe some baked chicken, brown rice, and more veggies for dinner. In between meals snack on healthy foods like an apple, some grapes, or you could try my favorite snack, raw almonds. Regular roasted almonds will do just fine, there is just something about the raw kind that I love. Try to avoid excess salt though.
Be careful not to consume large amounts of dressing on your salads as dressing is full of calories when eaten in large quantities.
Finally, it IS important to resist bad foods, but do not cut them out entirely. Treat bad foods as a reward for doing so well on your diet. For example if ice cream is your thing reward yourself with a small cone of it after a few days of diet success. Or if you know of any ice cream shops near you, take a long walk/jog/run to it, order a low fat frozen yogurt in a small, regular cone, and enjoy it. Chances are you will have burned off most of the calories getting there and back.
Dieting is only one part of losing weight and being healthy. It's also important to exercise. If you're new at it, start slow, and don't feel bad if you can't do something at first. You can work your way up to it in no time. Make sure you stretch before doing just about anything, especially if you get up early in the morning for a nice long walk. Try lifting a little bit of weights to build some muscle. You don't need much if you're afraid of bulking up. Muscle helps burn calories, so having a little will make everything easier. Swimming is an excellent exercise as it works out many muscles at once while having fun in a nice cool pool. You could try biking, join a gym, or yoga. You can join yoga classes or get free videos online or at the library (another good place to walk there and back). Do little things throughout the day like parking further from the front of the grocery store, taking the stairs instead of the elevators, or taking your dog on extra walks (if you have one).
I hope I was at least a little helpful. Good luck! :)