Now that I've kicked the smoking habit, I plan on attacking my soda addiction. This one is almost as hard as nicotine, at least for me. Seriously, if I laid off sodas and excess sugar in my diet the weight would come off, even without exercise. But I'm gonna have to hit the gym and start walking, building up slowly to running, to burn off all the excess weight I'm carrying. I did it a few years ago (lost about 50 lbs. in 3 months) by walking, cutting out sugar/white bread, increasing water intake, drinking green tea, and eating about five small meals per day. It really worked. This has been proven to change your metabolism, in combination with exercise, in that your body burns calories more efficiently. If you try to "eat less" by skipping meals it's actually counter-productive. The challenge is it takes much more planning (buying groceries, preparing meals), but it pays off. It's so much easier to skip breakfast and then go load up at lunchtime with a big meal at a restaurant, but that hasn't been working for me, as Dr. Phil would say!