Beans are ok, it’s all about the portions!
Cut out sodas/juice if you can, and drink lots of water.
Cut out as much white foods as possible (potatoes, rice, pasta, bread, mayo). Instead, opt for whole grain rice/pastas and wheat breads or sweet potatoes are good too.
I started a 5 meal a day diet that works well. It’s supposed to keep your metabolism going throughout the day. I’ve lost 10lbs so far, and I can tell the difference in inches. (I also go to the gym at least 3-4 times a week.)
Breakfast: I usually eat yogurt or some type of breakfast bar like the oatmeal squares by Quaker Oats, or the Belvita cookies because I’m not a big breakfast person either and this is quick and easy. I’m not a big cereal person, but you could eat a healthy cereal with skim milk or cook some egg whites or something if you have time for that.
Mid-Morning snack: If I didn’t eat yogurt for breakfast, I’d eat it as a snack. Just plain vanilla yogurt with some granola. You could also snack on some fruit, or sometimes I’ll have half a wheat bagel with low-fat cream cheese.
Lunch: I usually eat leftovers from dinner, a healthy choice meal or I make sandwiches using 100% whole wheat tortillas and use salsas instead of creamy spreads/dressings like mayo or ranch. I bring containers of cut fruits or veggies with me to work. If I didn’t bring lunch, I go grab a salad and avoid creamy dressings, or get a grilled chicken sandwhich and eat it without the bun.
Mid-Afternoon snack: I usually get that “2:30 feeling” at work and I get a sweet tooth. Most of the time I keep Nutella in my desk and put a little on some apple slices. If I need something crunchy, I get those 100 calorie Special K chips.
Dinner: I just pretty much changed the way I cooked things. I use olive oil instead of veg. oil to sautee veggies, or steam them. Bake or grill your meats instead of frying. Drink a glass of water before eating. It will make you feel more full, and keep you from eating too much.