1. Exercise! get your heart rate up at least 5-7 days a week for 30-60 minutes. Short on time? Try 10 Minute Trainer.
2. Add strength training to your workout. By working out with weights regularly, you increase your lean muscle mass, and lean muscle burns calories at a much higher rate than fat does. The more lean muscle you have, the more calories you'll burn -- even when you're staying perfectly still.
3. Drink 8-10 glasses (8oz) of water per day.
4. Get plenty of rest. At least 7-8 hours of sleep at night.
5. Keep a food journal to help you keep track of your eating pattern so that suitable changes can be brought in accordingly. I recommend using livestrong.com to log in your meals and WOWY for logging in your workouts.
6. Make your plate look like a rainbow! eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies everyday.
7. Instead of eating 3 big meals, try to eat 5 - 6 smaller meals throughout the day. Eating small frequent meals helps to balance your calorie intake throughout the day and to keep your blood sugar level balanced.
8. Eat smaller portions. Check out this guide on portion sizes.
9. Replace 1 meal per day with a meal replacement shake, I highly recommend Shakeology. Contact me for a FREE SAMPLE.
10. Make this a lifestyle. Stop calling it a "diet". Diets are temporary and do not work because as soon as you stop them you gain all the weight back and some more. By changing your habits you are putting yourself on track for long-term weight loss and weight maintenance success.