The first thing is to recognize what foods to avoid, to help with this please read 10 Absolutely Worst Foods to Eat. You will notice that soda, and fried foods made the list, they will make any list that is talking about bad foods for a diet. The biggest fried food that we eat is potato chips, they are greasy, salt ladened greatness so how do you avoid them. For years I ate chips, I need something to snack on between bites of a sandwich. The most common suggestion is almonds, they are great for the body but if you indulge you pay the price due to the high fat content. I like to use Oyster Crackers with my sandwich, again just a handful is plenty but you get that crunch and a little salt in between each bite of your sandwich. Remember you're not trying to drive yourself crazy you want to make small changes that cut out unwanted fat and calories. What about soda?? This was one of the toughest changes for me, I will still have a glass of diet coke when i'm out to dinner with the family or with friends. I would much rather have a soda than a beer, personal preference. Eliminating that sweet carbonated goodness was tough but I have replaced it with water and Mio. Mio probably isn't the best product but I'm getting a lot more water. A better alternative however is flavored seltzer water, the flavors are great and it is a zero calorie drink, it doesn't get much better. Finally I had to eliminate cookies, what do I do when I need a snack after a meal or just want a lil snack. This may sound simple but I turned to fruit, apples, blueberries, cranberries, raisins, prunes, kiwi, and pineapple have replaced the amazing but fatty empty calorie cookies pictured below.
At the end of the day it is all about self discipline, we all have foods that we eat everyday that are bad for us. Don't go crazy and eliminate them all at once. Small steps become the big steps in the end, ween yourself off of whatever it is you like to snack on. That is the secret and that small step will lead to the loss of a couple pounds each week. You have to start somewhere, find out what is bad and try to replace it.