|Hi Rick, welcome to CK.|
I personally find a really good way to start is to spent a few days eating what you normally would but weighing (get some kitchen scales if you don't have some already) everything and entering it. That should give you a good idea of exactly where your cals are coming from.
Then you could spend a few days changing one thing each day so that you can ease into making better choices. Find a few things you can swap out eg, if you like potato chips maybe try some rice crackers or crispbreads instead.
I think people can get themselves bogged down when they first start in all the things they are told are myths or are facts or they should or shouldn't do and it can just seem like too much. If you make it too hard for yourself there is a good chance it might just all seem like too much effort.
I think it's a self evolving cycle where you do something, observe that it might not be the best way and then try something new, then you see how that works and so on until over time you have progressed but at the same time done your own info gathering on the things that make sense for you and works for you. If you read something that doesn't seem right or do something that doesn't seem right then do some more investigation and eventually you will find what meshes for you.
I have personally come around in my 'journey' to a point where I use full fat products but more because of the way the milk is manufactured to make it skim and for the fact that I use less and it tastes so much better. So I get better taste and no more calories because I've used half as much. Same for cheese. Yogurts are really dicey and my biggest bugbear because some are them ARE full of additional sugars, some just have the lactose but some really should be labelled pudding in my opinion. But that was just something that took a while of looking around and reading, etc to change and it felt right to me. It won't be the same for everyone.
Also, doing the CK program under the club menu, that is an excellent place to start.
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