Ok everyone I am writing this for two reasons! First because I have a feeling the "Title" will gain me lots of comments! Second because it's true and maybe someone will find it helpful!
I know I know your thinking what is it??? First of all no liquid calories!!! Moderation, and exercise excercise, thats it!
Three years ago I went on a medication which caused me to gain 20lbs in 1 year! I freaked out and decided to lose it the old fashioned way, yuck! diet and exercise.
So no liquid calories means don't waste your calories on soft drinks throughout the day instead switch to water or maybe tea with no sugar of course! maybe a little splenda is okay, and well a glass or two of red wine never hurts at the end of a hard day! LOL
No more white bleached flour instead limit your carbs some (moderation) and eat whole grain only and lots of fiber too is great. Eat low fat but not no fat, if you limit all of your fat you will find yourself starving even when your stomach is full, besides our skin and hair needs a little good fat like olive oil. Tons of fresh fruits and vegies, and oh yeah, count your calories find out what your ideal calorie intake is for losing at a reasonable rate not to fast or you will gain it all back because your body feels starved and then you overeat to compensate. And meat is fine just choose lower fat meats, moderation again.
Next hit the gym! Strength training is important for everyone! I always see women come in and only do cardio they think thats enough, well it is very healthy for you but strength training helps as you age with keeping your bones strong and it also helps keep you firm so don't skip it. Try to work out at least four or five times a week.
Vitamins are good too, but be careful and be selective because most of the ones you buy are made from chemicals and cannot be absorbed by the body I take a liquid organic supplement called Vemma.
This of course is only an opinion but it did work for me and I feel soooo much better. I know your thinking I already knew this! You probably did but everyone always asks me how I lost weight like I must have had some magic pill or something but really it's obvious how anyone loses weight but sometimes we just need to hear it again.