In case you need to drop 5 lbs again in a jiffy, here's what worked in the past:
- Use myfitnesspal.com to track calories. They give you an allotment of 1400 calories per day based on your weight but if you eat closer to 1100 you'll lose weight faster. Count everything.
- Drink water. I know you hate it but do it anyway. It will keep you full and away from snacks. It takes energy for your body to warm it up so you also burn a few calories with every sip. Plus, added bonus of getting in those steps walking to the bathroom hourly. It's a feature, not a bug!
- Choose healthy. I know you'll lose weight if you stay within your allotted calories regardless of what you eat, but if you make good choices for those calories you won't be as hungry. For example, when avoiding sugar and white flour you lose faster. When you fill up on veggies and proteins, using fruit as desserts, the lbs are less stubborn in coming off. Don't go nuts - stay within your calories even for the healthy stuff. It will help you avoid blood sugar crashes and even hunger pangs. If you don't start with the junk food, you don't have the taste and it's easier to avoid so just stay away.
- Soup. So what if it's summer, just do it. I know you'd rather eat Chinese food or doughnuts for dinner, but soup is filling and nutrient dense and lower in calories than anything else you'd fill up on.
- Weigh in daily. Accountability is key and avoidance is not an option. It's motivating to see numbers go down. It's depressing to see numbers go up but necessary to stay on track.
- Go walking. The new app that maps out your run is more motivating than you can imagine. Even 20 min is better than nothing.
- Find motivation. Something that speaks to you. Suddenly the cookie doesn't seem as enticing when there's a a fear of a cycle getting canceled.
TL;DR Eat less.