First, as I have written before, you have to track how many calories you are eating. Eat right. My daily goal is a net intake of 2040 calories.
Second, you need to exercise. Read yesterday's post for some of the benefits.
Third, you need to know your BMR - how much does your body need to maintain your current weight.
Fourth, remember that a pound of fat is roughly equal to 3,500 calories. Want to lose 5 pounds by the first of the year, then you need to lose a pound each week which means that you need to burn 500 calories more each day.
During the holiday season it is difficult to cut back on the food intake. You can make up for it by ramping up your exercise routine. Take a two mile walk. Hit the treadmill for 25 minutes. Do some pushups. And let me repeat: plan ahead.
Going to a party? Anticipate what you are going to eat and plan your exercise and eating in advance. Don't skip any meals, but perhaps a little lighter breakfast, or a lighter dinner, and some extra exercise. You see, it really is that simple. Please remind yourself that you are not on a diet; instead, you need to see your decision as a life style change.
Need some ideas for exercises? Try this article geared to women. (Men, it's okay; the tips will work for you, too).
Here are some other links you might like.
Eat Great to Lose Weight
Survive the Holidays without gaining weight
20 Fan Fitness Pages You Might Like on Facebook
Can't or don't want to pay for a gym membership?
Eat Right. Exercise. Get Plenty of Rest.
It's that simple!