1. Only cut calories moderately - You should only reduce your calorie intake about 20% below your baseline for body weight maintenance. That means an active woman who consumes 2,000 calories a day should consume no fewer than 1,600 calories per day. The good news is that you will keep muscle, lose body fat and you won't starve yourself, either.
2. Eat multiple small meals per day - Taking in six meals a day will help you in multiple ways. First, it will keep a steady stream of nutrients in your body. Second, it will help keep you from feeling hungry. Third, it will rev up your metabolic rate so you burn more fat round the clock! Tidbit: It will also help you burn more calories because digesting food takes calories! It's called the thermal effect of food. The more often you eat, the more you burn. That explains why the flip side, eating only one meal a day, leads to body fat storage, as its starving and holding on to that food for fat storage.
3. Consume more fats and protein - Fats provide satiety, and protein gives you amino acids that help prevent muscle-tissue breakdown. In addition, consuming protein also boosts metabolic rate, increasing your body's ability to burn body fat.