How, specifically, have I done it? There is a combination of a few things, which I am happy to share with you:
1. I keep track of every calorie I consume. While this sounds tedious, it really isn't, especially after you have been doing so for a while. I use MyFitnessPal to track both calories consumed and calories expended. This is VERY easy to use, and once you have entered a few meals it gets easier because the app will list your recent food entries. For example, below is the listing that comes up when I click on add food for lunch:
As the top tabs indicate, this list can be sorted by frequently used foods or recent foods. I prefer to sort using frequently used foods because I tend to use a lot of the same ingredients on a regular basis.Once you get used to using MyFitnessPal you'll see how easy it is to use and will wonder how anybody ever lost weight prior to smartphones! Also, there is a place to keep track of they type and amount of exercise you have done and MyFitnessPal converts it to calories burned.