2. Count your calories
Losing weight means cutting calories, but it doesn’t have to mean eliminating everything you love to eat. Just eat smaller portions, and focus on low-fat foods. Try keeping a record of what you’re eating and how many calories you’re consuming.
That way you’ll be able to identify the sneakiest calorie hits. Plus if you plan your meals and snacks ahead of time, you’ll have more success and fewer junk-food grabs. “Also, don’t skip meals,” says Blumer, “because you’ll tend to eat more at the next meal, and then your blood sugars go up.”