Too much exercise is a metabolism killer. What does it profit a man if he exercises intensely for an hour and then spends the other 23 slumped in a chair, semi-comatose? Likewise sore muscles tend to result in a decrease in activity during the day and the law of inertia asserts that whatever is at rest will tend to remain at rest and anything in motion will tend to remain in motion. So exercise, like alcohol, is best used in moderation. I leave the reader to define moderation in these matters.
It's an article of faith in the dieting world that drinking water displaces food somehow. Or that if you are semi-dehydrated you'll unconsciously seek the water in food rather than drinking it. I don't know how it works but I pass along the advice of those who know.
My tip is to drink 8-16 ounces of water first thing in the morning. Pretend it's beer and you're at college and people are yelling, "chug! chug! chug!"
It's easy, by the way, to tell if you're semi-dehydrated because your urine will be darker than it should. And it's easier for guys to tell this sort of thing since we pee standing up, facing the bowl. Thought you might want to know that. (Could that be called an unhelpful digression?)
If you normally have a milkshake with dinner every night, have a chocolate milk instead. If you normally have a chocolate milk, try a white milk. If you normally have a white milk, try skim milk. If you normally have skim milk then you should be skinny and I should be reading your guide to weight loss.
If you have a craving for chocolate cake, as I did yesterday, then your body is telling you it needs chocolate cake. Listen to it. It does no good to eat five salads and two hamburgers for lunch when all you really wanted was a bit of chocolate cake and a half a hamburger. I had two pieces of it yesterday and now, today (voila!) I don't want chocolate cake, so the problem is solved and I can move along to raw carrots.
Carbs are not your friend. Or at least they need to be chaperoned by protein. Never allow carbs to enter your bloodstream without being accompanied by protein. There are deeply complex biological reasons for this. Man has not evolved to live on processed sugars alone.