Re: Workout/Staying in Shape Thread
For easy starters, I'd avoid anything cooked in oil (fried), and desserts in general. If you want to get technical about it, then eat below maintenance. At 217 lbs, your maintenance should be around 3300 calories. Eat less than that to lose fat.
But at 17, I'd just focus on eating healthy and getting enough exercise. You can complicate your life later.