Going on a diet and exercising nearly every day would be ideal, but few of us have the time and patience for including such a regimen into our already busy lives. Thankfully there are some simple changes that you can make in your diet that can help you lower your calories intake and start losing weight.

The diet equation in its simplest form is that you gain weight when you consume more calories than you burn. And you lose weight when you burn more calories than you consume. So simple changes to your diet can help you lose weight because the less calories you consume the more likely your body will start using stored fat to burn for its daily needs.

Here are five diet changes that you can make that will help you to lose weight.

Water: A New Drink of Choice
Drinking plenty of water is ideal if you want to lose weight. When you cut out soda, coffee, blended drinks, smoothies, alcohol, and other non-water beverage from your diet, then you will cut your calorie intake significantly. If cutting out coffee is making your cringe, then consider limiting yourself to only one cup a day or replacing creamer with non-fat milk. Another alternative that people have found for coffee is drinking tea, which has less calories yet still about half the caffeine as coffee.

Cut out the Meat
Eating meat, especially red meat, adds significant calories to your diet. Consider opting for lean turkey or chicken when ordering lunch or dinner. Even better would be if you opted for a vegetarian dish which would not only decrease your calorie intake, but also nourish your body.

Don't Go Condiment Crazy
Condiments added to hamburgers, sandwiches, and salads can add unnecessary calories to your diet. Consider opting for mustard instead of mayonnaise the next time you make a sandwich. Or choose hummus instead of ranch dressing for your vegetable dipping. Or instead of sour cream on your omelette, how about fresh salsa? Over time a better choice in condiments, dressing, and dips will help to reduce your overall calorie intake.

Snack Awareness
Sometimes we don't consider what we munch on in between meals or when we're in a rush and want something quick. Usually snacks fall by the way of junk food like chips, crackers, and candy. Consider replacing your junk food snacking habits with better choices like fresh fruit, roasted nuts, and granola bars. Keeping a supply of these items handy will help when you are in a rush and need something quick and tasty.

Out with the Bad, In with the Good
Consider going through your refrigerator, pantry, freezer, and dumping all of your junk food. Because you can't eat what you don't have. Replace fried potato chips with baked pita chips. Replace fatty refried beans with black beans or non-fat refried beans. Dump your bottle of ranch dressing and replace it with a vinaigrette instead. If you can't stomach the thought of dumping food, then make a vow that once the junk has been eaten, then you will replace it with a healthier alternative.

Making small lifestyle changes in your diet will be better for you and your body in the long run. The small changes above should be easy to implement, even if you work on one or two you will be doing your body good.