Hi, I'm sorry you arent losing weight as quickly as you want. Losing weight is alsmot tougher than nursing school! I dont think diet pills would be a good idea, they are expensive, may have harmful side effects, and they might not work. I lost about 20 pounds 3 years ago and have kept it off. I will share with you some tips that have worked for me. Its really hard to change the way you eat and sometimes its expensive buying special diet foods. So firstly, keep a journal. Write down how you feel......I used to and still do eat in response to emotions or problems that I have. Bu keeping a journal, you will get some of your feelinsg out on apaper and you wont have them bottled up in you, provoking you to snack on something. Next, I would say to start leaving a little food on your plate at meals..I sometimes feel as though I am wasting food, so you could give it away to a pet or child or you could save it. But if you leave a little food on your plate at each meal, you will save some calories......and when you eat , eat on regular sized plates not jumbo plates! Also, drink a glass of water before meals and snakcs........try to eat slowly, enjoying the flavor and smells of the food. Make a scrapbook of pictures you cut out from magazines of healthy fit people, inspirational quotes, weight loss success stories and reasons why you want to lose weight........when you feel like slipping on your diet, look through it. If this doesnt work, do a little exercise, a few situps of pushups or a short walk, anything to remind you of your goal to get fit.....or read or clean something. If you must have your snack, eat it in front of a mirror and watch yourself...you will most likely stop eating. Try to just eat less in tersm of portions, like 2 slices of pizza instead of four and maybe a nice salad with some low cal dressing...........and some fresh fruit. Its important to stay hydrated, so try to drink lots of water during the day and if you want to munch on something, do so on low cal things like pickles, celery, carrots, sugarfree gum.......if you feel hungry between meals, have a few almonds and maybe a little cheese or a little 40z conatiner of yogurt...the protein will keep you full or have fruit, the fiber will keep you full. Try to find some low fat recipes( you can use half applesauce or baby food prunes to replace half the butter in baked foods like cookies), you can use lowfat milk instead of whole.....If you are in a hurry, and eat fast food, choose the smallest servings of things and always get a side salad with low cal dressing. If you want french fries, have them but order small and enjoy! If you want some icream, have it too, but that means no fries...and order small and enjoy.....eat the foods, you enjoy just smaller portions and trim calories elsewhere in the meal. If you want pasta for dinner and you usually eat 4 scoops, eat only two scoops and have some green beans or corn on the side. You can eat regular food and still lose weight, just cut your portions in half. If you are etaing for emtional reasons, you have to find ways to dela with how you feel other than eating. Just remember that how ever you feel, eating is not gonna help and after you eat, the problem will still be there and you will feel worse. Ok, and exercise is important......so you can maybe buy a jump rope, its really cheap and it burns lots of calories, builds up your bones too! If you can only jump 5 times at first, thats ok, try to jump 6 tomorrow. You can use canned goods or watre bottles to do exercises or you can buy a set of dumbells........you can walk.........use a workout video. You could walk 10 minutes in the morning and another 10 in the afternoon, or you could walk 20 minuets at once. Just try to get in a little exercise every day.....focus on feeling more energized when you exercise and not just calories burned.......and make sure you reward yourself for sticking to your eating plan. Make goals such as, I will drink 6 glasses of water today and I will eat dinner slowly and enjoy the food or I will eat 2 servings of fruit today and I will walk for a total of 20 minutes.......buy a pedometer if you want and try to work up to 10,00 steps, that will help the weight come off. Make sure you do some form of muscle shaping exercises like pushups, sit ups, and squats or use weights.....at least 2-3 times a week. The wieght wil come off so much quicker because muscles burn lost of calories just to exist on your body and even more when you use them, know how much calories fat burns,? ZERO. You wont get bulky.so dont worry.....you will feel strong and look sleek..........And remember that it takes time to lose weight, so aim for a weight loss of 1-2 pounds a week but dont be a save to the scale, pay attention to how your clothes fit, how you feel, how much better your hair and skin looks, or how you have more energy......your body can hold water or just be darn stubborn and not lose any weight, so sometimes the scale isnt the best indicator of weight loss. Dont think about your eating or exercise plan 24/7..........just make better choices and focus on you, your family, friends, hobbies, and doing well in school. When I was losing weight, I couldnt afford to join a wieght loss program or buy a lot of fancy equipment but look on the internet or in magazines for good advice and motivation!!!Good luck and be healthy!