The answer is simple: expend more calories than you consume. If you're looking for "tricks" for lasting weight loss--there are none. The best way to get started toward a weight loss goal is to eat less than you currently do and exercise more. It’s that simple.
There are a lot of "fad" diets telling you that if you eat only cabbage or drink lemon juice and maple syrup for 10 days you'll achieve your weight loss goals. But the truth is: the best way to lead a healthy life is to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and other whole foods. Essentially, cut out the processed foods and refined sugar.