In order to lose weight, you need to manage the balance of calories in versus calories out. If you eat more calories than you burn, you gain weight. Conversely, if you eat less calories than you burn, you lose weight. However, you can’t just starve or deprive yourself beyond what is healthy and expect to lose weight. We all need a set number of calories/day to meet our basic needs. It’s a delicate balance.
Do you know how many calories you eat during the course of a day? A three day food log can help you get a handle on what you’re putting into your mouth. See if you can commit to tracking what you eat for three days without adjusting anything, so you can get an honest look at your starting point. Write down what you eat, what time you eat, and any other notes such as how you are feeling, so you can get a sense of your own personal food patterns. This is simply an act of observance. You don’t need to judge yourself for where you are.