There's a lot of information on fitness out there. A lot. I'm not an expert or a doctor however, I am someone who has studied and researched and found a system that works. So here are the main "rules" or truth's that I've found to be the cornerstones for success.
I know there are a lot more healthy options available in restaurants and takeout places now than there used to be and I'm all about enjoying a dinner out however unless you cook it yourself you don't really know what's in it. Preparing your own meals at least 5 times per week can really help you stay on track. Make extra and take for leftovers or to grab in a pinch.
Most people have no idea about the correct serving sizes. I didn't either until I actually started measuring things. Here is what your serving sizes should look like
Life is too short to never enjoy the foods that we love, like cupcakes, wine, lasagna, or a bowl of ice cream. There's no reason you can't enjoy your favorite foods in moderation. There's a big difference between a bowl of ice cream and a pint of ice cream. I always strive for 80/20 this way I don't feel deprived and I can stay on track without feeling like I can NEVER treat myself. I always have 1 cheat meal per week and 1 cheat snack. Make it a choice to indulge.