Tons of evidence* finds that tracking, or keeping a food and exercise log/diary helps considerably with weight loss. If you’re not yet willing to commit to Weight Watchers, or just don’t want to give them your hard-earned money, consider using an online calorie counter tool like myfitnesspal.com. Granted, this doesn’t take in the nuances of how different foods are digested (like Weight Watchers’ PointsPlus program does), but it’s a start toward becoming aware of just how little food your body actually needs to function at its best. Oddly enough, when you eat less and you eat the right things, you feel more energetic—I swear!
Also, I swear, the time it takes to track decreases rapidly. It’s a small price to pay for feeling (and looking) amazing every day. I never thought I could be this size without some crazy pill that landed me in the ER (which I therefore refused to try), but here I am feeling awesome at a lower weight than I ever dreamed—for three years so far.
*If you’re interested, one piece of evidence for tracking’s success can be found in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. See the August 2008 study by Kaiser Permanente.