First things first—avoid fast food. While the occasional trip to Subway is OK, burgers and fries are big no-no’s. Try to eliminate red meat entirely and replace it with sources of lean protein. Lean protein helps speed up your metabolism and helps you lose weight; chicken and fish are great sources. Eat lean proteins with every meal, but limit sushi and other fish to once a week to reduce your mercury intake. Next, don't skip breakfast. When you do, you probably tend to overeat by the time afternoon rolls around because you’re so hungry. You also want to make sure you get plenty of fruits, vegetables, fiber, whole grains and good carbohydrates mixed in, and drink at least eight glasses of water a day.