If you want to lose weight, you should drink a minimum of eight eight ounce glasses of water every day. This makes sure your body stays hydrated and doesn't store excess water. If your body feels it doesn't have a good supply of water coming in, it will store water, causing you to gain weight. Drinking more water helps increase your metabolism as well so that at a rest you'll burn more calories.
An easy way to cut calories from a meal or snack is to cut back on what you're adding to it. A cheesy pizza is still a cheesy pizza with less cheese or low-fat cheese, and a decadent birthday cake is still a wonderful sweet snack when made with egg whites instead of full eggs and low fat margarine instead of butter, but the amount of calories in each of those can vary greatly.
For some people, at some times, a low-carb diet may really be the answer, at least in the beginning. The reason low-carb diets work is that your body normally uses carbs as a first fuel. When you give your body no carbs (the "induction" phase of most low-carb diets), your body needs to use something for fuel, and so turns to burning your own fat. These diets have proven very successful for many people, but should be undertaken with care as people do need some carbs in their diet. Most low-carb diets nowadays move from an induction phase into a much healthier maintenance phase, where "smart carbs" (high-fiber, lower-calorie choices) are reintroduced.
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