Water- 8 glasses a day. No negotiation here, 8 or more 8 oz glasses a day and work for twice this.
Food-Eat less crap. Eat more veggies. Lean meats are your friend, and yes.. bacon is permissible once in a while.
Exercise- Do more of ANYTHING, except for eating.
This sounds like a super douchy post, and it is.. but not without reason. I weigh more than I should. You don't have to cut out crap you like to lose weight, you just have to eat fewer calories than you burn in a day. You can eat nothing but crisco and chocolate, but if you have a 3500 calorie deficit at the end of the week you will lose a pound.
And besides: Atkins isn't feasible LONG TERM (as in rest of your life). Yes, counting calories sucks some big old balls.. but it is something that can be maintained without a doubt. Figure out your Basal metabolic rate and subtract 500 from that a day to lose 1 pound a week. Subtract 1000 to lose 2 pounds a week.
Yes, it is possible to lose more than two a week, but if you are larger and losing crazy fast you will regret it more than you will ever know, because instead of being overweight with self esteem issues, you will weigh less, be healthier, and feel like crap and fight fungal infections forever because of loose skin.
Experts recommend 1-2 pounds a week max because it has been proven to be safe and maintainable. 1-2 pounds a week for a year is better than 14 pounds a week for 3 weeks and then putting 50 on when the diet crashes.
Apologies if I offended you. I'm a big guy, and what got my ass in gear (down 50 pounds in about 5 months) was hearing the truth not the sugar coated back patting bs about take this pill with this powder and spin in a circle while putting a hex on carbs and cursing fats.
if calories in are less than calories burned you will lose weight. This process will continue as long as you need it to. Plateaus, while real are crap. If you hit one, drop the calories lower and exercise. You will continue to lose.