Set realistic goals: Avoid setting unrealistic goals. Start off with small targets and if increase gradually. Even small successes spur us on.
Be conscious of mindless eating: Do you often reach for sweet treats when you feel sad or anxious? Do you crave salty, crunchy, fried snacks when you’re bored? No matter how much weight you need to lose, you need to find out why you eat more than you need to. Identify alternative activities that would busy your mind or seek professional help.
Avoid a super strict diet: When diets rely on one type of food or cut out entire food groups, they’re too difficult to stick to for any length of time. Some very low calorie diets don’t provide enough nutrients to give you the energy you need to get through the day. And many times, dieters end up gaining weight instead of losing weight because they overeat out of starvation.
Be ready for mental fatigue: Almost every dieter gets tired. Most dieters also get stressed, frustrated and emotional at some point during the weight loss process. It’s normal. You will hit a plateau, and be tempted to give up. Make sure you have a plan in place to manage this.
Don’t forget to have breakfast: Breakfast can be the most important meal of the day. A healthy, low-calorie breakfast that includes fibre or protein-rich foods is likely to keep you full and satisfied until lunchtime so you don’t snack on undesirable items till the lunch hour.
Don’t weigh yourself every day: Most people are devastated by daily fluctuations without realising that it is a normal part of the weight loss process. Don’t weigh yourself more than once a week.