Choose lower fat cooking methods
By steaming, grilling, boiling or baking food without adding fat you can cut a lot of calories and still enjoy the foods you love. Avoid fried foods as these tend to be higher in fats and often the bad fats that are unhealthy for the heart. Cutting any visible fat from meat before cooking and avoiding the chicken skin can also cut the fat. A little healthy fat such as in olive oil, avocado or nuts has been shown to have health benefits and may even help with weight loss.
If you are hungry between meals, make sure your snacks are healthy as snacking is an easy way to add a lot of extra calories without really meaning to. Try fruit, low-fat yogurt, hummus with vegetables to dip or a few unsalted nuts for healthier options.
Along with a healthy diet, exercise is the other factor that will improve your health and how you look. Try to do some exercise each day, be it running, swimming or a dance class. Get your friends involved to make it more fun and find something you enjoy to make it easier to stick to. Doing exercise will help tone muscles as well as make you feel more energetic.