Write down what you eat, and check it against a calorie counter every night for the next two weeks. For many people, this is all it takes to wake up and reverse a lifetime of bad habits. Hey, this may sound corny, but it works. If you think you're doing a good thing by having a Caesar salad for lunch, you're in for a shocker when you find out the dressing adds several hundred calories. Once you start seeing how many calories there are in what you're eating, you'll know which foods to cut back on or eliminate.
This is my favorite tip. Exercise is the single strongest predictor of you ability to lose weight - and keep it off. Yes, exercise burns calories, increases your metabolism and energy, and develops lean muscle mass. But just as important, exercise catapults your self-esteem, which makes you more likely to do other things to take care of yourself, like eat less. Get moving means strength training AND aerobic conditioning.
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