I went from 250 to 198 in 6 months just by changing my diet. I didnt go on a diet, that would imply I would eventually go off it. Its a permanent change to what I eat. My goal was not a specific number on weight and I did not work out any more than my regular semi active workday. I took a VERY hardline approach to sodium intake due to high blood pressure and that alone helped me to rule out so many unhealthy foods. Foods that claim right on the box or can to be healthy.
I learned to cook. Theres a billion step by step recipes on the web.
No salt on anything, if a recipe wants salt to taste I add spices instead.
I dropped all fast food of every type completely (yes, Subway is fast food)
I dropped all junk food completely. No chips or cookies or crackers or anything resembling a desert ever
My friends teased me when eating out about me eating salads or fish with rice at pubs, until I trimmed down while they stayed chubby. They dont have much to say about it anymore.
Nothing from the bakery section except a couple very specific types of low sodium breads (2 slices a day max)
Very tight control of all processed foods. 99% of it is very high in fat or sugar or sodium or all of the above.
I learned to read the nutritional content on food products properly. Most people look and say "oh its low fat" when they arent even skimming the portion size when its only a 1/4 of the portion they will eat etc.
Lots of fresh veggies, TONS of fresh veggies, from the point of nutrition corn does not count as a veggie
Lots of fresh fruits especially blueberries and raspberries but its hard to go wrong and also unsalted nuts
skinless fresh chicken or fish for protein ( If you are on a VERY tight budget like a student decent protein can be expensive to get) and for fish I dont mean anything breaded or deep fried. Raw cook it yourself fish.
Lots of rice ( buy a decent rice cooker, makes it easy)
If you can do not have any junk food in your house to tempt you. Its a lot easier that way at first.
I didnt follow any fad diets, any diets at all. I dont eat 7 meals a day. I eat 3. I read a lot when I started but only took what I needed from each piece of info. So much contradicts other stuff and so much is BS right off the bat. What worked for me in general should work for just about anybody. If it doesnt fit, make adjustments.
Edited by Offensive Threat, 27 May 2012 - 05:40 PM.