Sorry its been so long. I dont have access to the internet at home so its hard to post :)
These next two are smaller but just as important!
So anyways here is tip number 2 & 3
Do not eat after 6pm
Eating earlier in the day helps you to be able to burn some of those calories AND digest all of your food before you go to sleep. It is best to eat before 6pm (if you go to bed at a relatively normal time) if your a night owl make sure you give your self plenty of time after you eat before you go to bed
Water, water and more water!
So many people don't realize how many of their calories they are DRINKING. An 8 oz glass of 2% milk is a 120 calories! And I know most of us dont stick to 8 oz :-). Also with that stay away from diet sodas. I know they do the big claim of ZERO calories. Which is great. But the sweetener in them is aspartame. Aspartame not only can cause cancer but it also contributes to belly fat.
The more water you drink the fuller you'll feel. If your hungry go drink a glass of water. A lot of the time it will help you fulfill the hungry feeling.
Now that doesnt mean you cant drink anything. I enjoy my daily can of soda. BUT while I was dieting I didnt drink Soda daily. I drank maybe 2 a week at the most. I only drank milk in my cereal (but I take vitamin supplements to balance out what I cut out). If I was thirsty I drank water and plenty of it!