Originally Posted by sigsby
There is only one way to lose weight. Consume fewer calories then you burn.
This is actually a fairly common misconception. If weight gain/loss was as easy as addition and subtraction then everyone could be a picture of health by sitting around doing nothing but counting calories all day.
Weight gain/loss is in part effected by calories but it is more important which kind of calories you are eating as well as how much insulin your body produces and if you are predisposed to weight gain or loss.
You should walk every day. Exercise should be a part of your life and not just something you do because you have a set goal. It's a better idea for you to just integrate a daily walking schedule and let the weight gain/loss problem become secondary to being healthy.
Eat foods with fewer refined sugars, eat fresh foods over processed foods when possible and make sure to eat slow burning foods more than fast burning ones. This means eating foods that are high in protein, high in fat and low in carbohydrates.
How long every day you should be walking is dependant on you. If you would like a recommendation then I suggest that you walk as long as you can in one direction until you feel tired, then stop, wait one minute then turn around and walk back. That will be your base line. Once you have a base line you can develop personal goals from there. A certain % higher of time/distance over a set amount of time.
Another good way to integrate exercise in your daily life is to just make simple changes that force you to do more. Like parking at the back of a parking lot instead of near the doors, taking stairs instead of elevators or escalators, simple things.