When it comes to weight loss you should make an effort to ensure that healthy weight loss is your desired goal. It is easy to lose 5-10 pounds over a short period of time but that really should not be your goal. Instead, you want to have a plan that allows you to lose weight very slowly so the loss will be maintained permanently.
A weight loss diet is considered healthy when you do not deprive your body of the essential nutrients that it needs to function normally. All too often people have the habit of going on starvation diets were they do in fact lose weight but it comes with a cost to their body. Not only do they regain most of the weight that they lost back again, but they might also put their health at risk during this extreme diet period.
The best way to transition from your current diet to a healthy weight loss diet is to begin to know exactly what goes into your body on a daily basis. This means that for at least a week or two you should carry a little notebook with you and write down everything that you eat.
After the two weeks spend some time with a book and try to determine the amount of calories that you are taking in daily. You may have a difficult time calculating the calories and fat that you're ingesting if you eat out at commercial restaurants frequently. The reason for this is that it is hard to know what exactly goes into the meals at many of these establishments.
The only true way to know exactly the caloric and fat intake daily is to cook for yourself. Many people find this difficult because they have such busy lives, but you need to find a way to cook your meals in advance if necessary so that you can control the ingredients that go into each meal. Only then will you be able to reduce your calories slowly so that your weight loss is healthy and does not adversely affect your body.