I had a new patient today. I get so happy when I see a young person determined to make a healthy change in their life. Many people are overwhelmed about nutrition and dieting. There is always a new study and a new fad diet. It is important to get past all of that and focus on the basics: calories in and calories out. You lose weight when you burn more calories than you take in. It really is simple when you think about it that way. You need to decrease the calories you ingest and increase the calories you burn. And every little thing counts. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking further away in a parking lot, walking instead of driving. In fact, one burns more calories each day through all of the little things than by going to the gym and working out. I always stress to my patients that little changes make a large difference. And little changes in diet help as well. Drink water instead of fruit juice. Use low fat peanut butter instead of regular. Every helps in the weight loss battle.