i hear this all the time "doc, i would love to lose weight but i dont have the time" i dont care. exercise for fitness. not weight loss. any weight loss from exercise can be considered a bonus. then i get what foods should i eat. again. i dont care. fix the portion control first. control the appetite. eat the kind of foods you like. just less. as far as meat goes. it has gotten a bad rap. true, beef/fat will raise your cholesterol but it raises hdl more than ldl and your ratio actually gets better. fix the weight first by appetite control. soon, your body will let you know what to eat. i had a patient who had borderline cholesterol. he became a vegan without weight change and his lipid profile is actually a little worse. his ldl dropped by a point or two and his hdl plummeted. bottom line, you drink what you enjoy in moderation (hopefully), eat in moderation.