How to lose weight? Here are some tips that really helped me and can hopefully help you.
1. Don't expect to change your entire diet immediately! Why do you think it's a joke about New Year's Resolutioners always giving up after a few weeks or months? People go from greasy burgers, fried foods, and all the best stuff to thinking they will be able to cut it all out and start eating nothing but veggies and meat cooked without frying, grease, and all that. Start with one meal, then work from there. Then slowly start changing the other meals after a week or so of doing just one meal. Check out this picture showing the difference in McDonald's and healthier foods.
There are people out there that have the will power to change everything all at once but it's not normal.
So, start your diet slowly. It takes time to get over the addicting greasy, fatty, and fried foods.
2. Look at the drinks you ingest all day. In one 12 ounce can of Mountain Dew there are 170 calories and 46 grams of carbs! So if you have 6 cans of Mountain Dew in a single day, that adds up to 1,020 calories and 276 grams of carbs! Also look at the drinks you go and get at Starbucks. All of the shots of stuff and sweeteners will add up quick to a huge amount of carbs and calories. Black coffee has almost no calories and actually helps with weight loss. Like with the changing of the diet, take this one slow also if you drink a lot of soft drinks or Starbucks. Start by cutting yourself down to a limited number of drinks or you can only drink them at a certain time and go from there. If you fill your drinks with all the add-ons, start slowly by cutting a few of the shots out and try to find better alternatives to the sweets and other things you fill your coffee with.
Look at the drinks you ingest daily, the numbers add up quickly with these and start slowly if you have a problem with caffeine.
3. Get some kind of exercise. Get your body moving and add a little muscle. Adding muscle will help you burn more calories throughout the day plus give you some definition. Everything your body does, requires energy, so when your body is using energy, it's burning calories. Add some exercise to help your body burn off that extra fat. If you're a beginner, start slow, but try to get where you're getting some form of exercise daily even if it's just going for a walk.
Add some exercises to your daily routine and try to find you a workout plan that incorporates some weight lifting.
4. Download an app like MyFitnessPal and log your food and exercises. You can add friends on there and see what they're up to as far as their diets and exercises, that'll help motivate you and also hold you accountable for your progress. You can also customize your profile to help you set your weight loss goals. It will tell you how many calories you can eat daily to reach that goal and also help you see how many calories you burn in your exercises.
Log your food and exercises preferably through an app that helps track your calorie intake.
5. Realize that it takes time. There isn't a healthy way to lose a ton of weight fast so don't fall for some of these weight loss schemes that people are selling on Facebook. 3500 calories makes up a pound so to lose 1-2 pounds a week, you'll have to be at a calorie deficit of 500-1000 calories a day. That is a healthy number to be at so I wouldn't shoot for much more. Also, when you start dieting and exercising, you'll usually lose a little more weight at first because you'll be losing water weight. So at first, the pounds will sometimes start coming off faster so don't get discouraged if it starts to slow down a little.
It takes time, so be patient and stick with it.
These are some tips that I like to tell people that are new to dieting that is wanting to shed a few pounds. Obviously, there is so much more that I could tell and explain but these are mostly for beginners. This will get you started in your weight loss journey and eventually you'll hopefully find you a diet and exercise plan that is extensive to get you further. Let me know if you have any questions and GOOD LUCK!