There are few things more frustrating than dieting without achieving results. You can reach your goal weight if you follow a few key steps.
Step 1: Stock up Stock up on healthy snacks to avoid a late night run for fast food. If you already have food in the house, you are more likely to use what's on hand.
TIP: To cut out snacking that can sabotage your diet, set a time after which you are no longer allowed to eat -- say after 6 p.m.
Step 2: Get exercise Get exercise -- 60 minutes a day if you can. The more muscle you build, the higher your metabolism will be. Get your strength training in, in addition to cardiovascular work.
TIP: Do little things -- walk around while you talk on the phone or take the stairs instead of the elevator to burn extra calories.
Step 3: Limit yourself Limit yourself in terms of choices at meals. If you have a whole buffet in front of you, you are more likely to overeat.
TIP: Don't ask other people to fetch food for you. Get up to get it yourself -- you might find out that you don't want it badly enough to actually go get it.
Step 4: Fill up Eat slow at every meal -- it takes 20 minutes for your brain to register than your stomach is full. Eat enough that you will be satisfied until you're able to eat again. Depriving yourself will never get you diet success, but making a goal and believing that you can get there will.
FACT: Jean Nidetch founded the weight-loss program Weight Watchers out of her home in the 1960s.