Especially if we want to start a diet "do it yourself", the first thing you need to do is keep in mind what the best dietary foods are, or at least the ones that are the most useful for weight loss.
Water is the #1 in the Best Dietary Foods
Some cardio is good for your heart and health, but too much cardio is bad for your muscle.
One day a friend of mine was complaining that, although he was eating much more than me, he couldn't build any muscle while I was getting bigger quickly.
That was some years ago, btw. [...]
Did you build some muscle and now decided to burn fat? Did they tell you to change workout routine and start doing high reps and low weights to tone, and hours of cardio every week?
Ok, don't be offended, but that's all BS!
That's certainly a great way to lose weight, don't get me wrong, but
Lose weight means lose fat and muscle too
I want to answer the question What to eat after workout? with another question
Should I eat after workout and how long after workout?
...because this is the real point.
When you work out your body requires lots of energies, so it's clear that you have to provide some good calories before you hit the gym (like 1 to 2 hours before). [...]