I was asked to share what exactly it is I'm doing to lose weight. As I really have just started, I don't know all the tricks of the trade yet, but here are mine.
1.) Before you even start a diet like this, make sure you are ready. You have to be 100% committed. Is it OK to mess up once in a while? Sure, we are all human it is bound to happen. So make sure your head is in the right place.
2.) Understand no matter how much the commercials of TV infomercials say lose 20 lbs. in 1 month without exercise, well that is very unrealistic. So know and understand going into it that it is going to take time, and doing it right the first time will lead to better results.
3.) Set goals but add a new one each week. Do not bombard yourself and try to do them all at once.
I have done all of these rules. I quit drinking soda. The first week I drank water and tea. The next week I added the goal of drinking water with every meal no matter what (this allowed me to get use to the taste and liking it). Now I drink 1 cup of coffee in the morning and the rest of the day water.
I am eating foods I like and am trying to put a healthy spin on them. I will not starve myself or eat things I don't like. My goal here is to live this life style for the rest of my life.
I do count calories. My goal each day is 1490. I always come in under and I feel satisfied.
JOIN A FOOD TRACKER- I follow myfitnesspal, there is also Sparkpeople. Make sure to add friends on there, rather it be people you know or not. The more support the better.
Eat three meals a day...
Do some form of exercise. I am walking right now. I would like to get up to 5K Speed so that is my goal for now. I am going to be adding different things soon.
So that is it for now, I hope this helps and can't wait to write one after I have lost more.