It doesn't take a genius to figure out that if you raise the amount of calories you burn and watch what you eat ; both the food and the portions, you'll eventually start losing weight. Don't make it more complicated than this.
Exercise. You have to. Do cardio and this doesn't mean you HAVE to run. There are plenty of cardio exercises that will give you results and this includes walking at a good pace. And add weight training to the mix because the muscles you'll build will help you burn more calories.
Watch what you eat. You have to. Nutrition is where it's at and until you realize this, it's going to constantly be an uphill battle. If you feel guilty eating something, then don't eat it. Use your head because it's not that hard. Avoid the foods that you know you should avoid and watch how much sugar you take in. But have one day that you eat whatever you want because otherwise you'll go crazy.
A leading health magazine I read also recommends:
- Drink protein shakes throughout the day (yes, females too) because it will help prevent overeating. Plus, protein is important. Two shakes is good.
- Get 7-9 hours of sleep to keep your body in top condition.
- Add whole grains to your diet, like oatmeal and brown rice, because of the fiber they provide.