Try having a high-fiber appetizer before your actual meal. Salads can be a great appetizer but be sure to use low-fat dressing. You can also use a vegetable tray or fruit slices as an appetizer. If you eat an appetizer before your meal, it will help prevent overeating during your dinner.
Keep a food diary. Carry a notebook with you and write down everything that you eat and drink, and the time of day. You may begin to notice a pattern. Do you tend to snack during the late morning? This could be because you skipped breakfast. Do you fill up with snacks after dinner? You are probably snacking while watching tv, and aren't even aware exactly how much you are eating. By focussing on these patterns, you will be able to change your habits accordingly.
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If you follow the guidelines in the preceding paragraphs, you'll start losing weight right away. It is important to take it slowly and not to be too hard on yourself when you make a mistake. If you stray from your diet, do not obsess over it. Tomorrow is a new day that allows everyone to get a second chance.
For some people, focusing on the weight part of weight loss is discouraging. But you don't have to go about it that way. If you want to lose weight without looking at a scale, select a particular size of clothing to measure your progress. Saying that you "want to be a size x or xx again" will give you motivation. Also, looking at clothes in those sizes and visualizing yourself wearing them - will help you toward your goal.