I echo the comments on calorie intake. Keep a journal of everything you eat (and when you eat it) and add up the calories. Then go to http://www.stevenscreek.com/goodies/calories.shtml
and calculate how many calories you are burning per day. In order to lose weigh safely & effectively (keeping it off) you should be burning about 500 calories more than you take in. So if you are burning 3000 calories a day, eat 2500 calories.
So should those 2500 calories can from stuff like soda, pizza and junk food? Obviously not. Take a close look at what you are eating and the nutrient content. Try to limit, or completely omit, heavily processed and/or refined foods from your diet and try to incorporate more fresh fruits, vegetables and lean meats. Develop a diet that has a good balance of protein, carbs and fats and try to eat a bigger breakfast and lunch and a smaller dinner. Avoid sweets & soda as much as you can but don’t hesitate to snack in between meals if you’re hungry, just try to keep it healthy. And drink water – lots of it!
NOT LIMIT ALL
CARBS! Complex carbs are essential in building and fueling muscle, which in turn helps you burn more calories & fat. Just avoid the simple carbs found in most snack foods and processed foods.
Since March I have lost 35+ lbs following what I wrote above and it hasn’t been too hard. It’s not restrictive like the Atkin’s or South Beach diets. Instead, it focuses on moderation. I occasionally cheat and have pizza, beer & ice cream and that hasn’t hindered my weight loss. When you exercise and maintain a healthy diet, your body can easily process the occasional cheeseburger or slice of pizza.