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I have found that for me, one of the best ways to be sure I get the sufficient amount of water (and not overeat!) is to take a sip of water between each bite when I eat. Even if it is a snack, I do this, and it has really helped with my weight loss goals!
If I eat a smoothie in the morning- simply blending any kind of frozen fruit together with some milk and a few almonds- it gets me off to a healthy start and makes me more likely to eat healthy throughout the day.
I applaud those of you out there who lose loads! I was overweight at one point(2-3 stones). I needed to lose it for the ladies!- it was a must. Excess eating = weight gain. Everyones' metabolism is different. Fat stores are used as when food isn't available. All these statements were assessed...
I usually start the day with Coffee with cream, oatmeal, raisins, with fat free milk. That way every morning I start out on the right path. I measure everything so I can record my calories. Find an easy go to meal low in calories and make it your go-to meal. It must be something you really like.
I started using TVP, textured vegetable protein in most of my meat cooking. It looks a bit like oatmeal. Use about a 1c to 1 1/2c in a meat sauce, or a 1c + 1c water, let rehyd in lean ground meat, it has no fat but all the protein. TVP is tasteless, it takes on the favors you add, wonderful stuff.
I don't care what it is, anything decadent you eat out either has too much fat or too much sweetener. At home you can make the most marvelous foods without all the fat and refined starch. If you spend a half-hour in front of the TV, why not cook at the same time?