The significance of exercise in a weight loss journey cannot be ignored. But you know what else can't be ignored? The food you put in your body, that's what. If you are ready to make a lifestyle change and don't want to feel like you are fighting against food all day long -- the struggle is real, I know -- here are some tips that can make your transition so much easier. 1. Lose the Mindset that Foods Are Off-Limits. As soon as you tell yourself you can't have something, you will want it. Try things in moderation instead. 2. Keep It Clean. Replace those processed foods in your diet with whole, natural foods. They are more nutritious and more satisfying. 3. Opt for Whole Grains. Refined, processed carbs are not a good choice for weight loss. use fiber rich whole grains to keep your hunger in check and to support healthy digestion. 4. Greek Yogurt Is Your Best Friend. Use Greek yogurt anywhere you would use sour cream. Actually, it is a great substitute for dairy in general. Try it in a pasta dish or a smoothie. Yum. 5. Make Your Snacks Smarter. Try to build snacks that include more than one food group. A snack with protein, carb and fiber will keep you going through your workout and the rest of your day. 6. Eat (Don't Sip) Your Produce. Skip the juices and go for the real deal. Eating a piece of fruit where the fiber remains intact, will help you release blood sugar more slowly and help keep you satisfied. 7. Eat Carbs in the Morning. Cutting out carbs completely is not necessarily a sustainable solution for your weight loss. If you eat your carbs earlier in the day, you will have more time to burn them off. 8. Top Your Salad Right. You don't need croutons or dressings that are full of preservatives. Top your salad with veggies and fruit. Make a lighter dressing at home. Lots of great recipes to be found out there. If you are missing the crouton crunch, add seeds or nuts to your salad. Once you start, you'll never go back! How do you stay on your weight loss path in your day to day?