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.
Try to avoid any fad diets, like 30-day programs or diets that prohibit eating whatsoever, i.e. liquid diets. While these types of programs might produce short-term results, they do absolutely nothing to get at the root causes of why people gain weight in the first place. In other words, they're worthless.
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Are you trying to lose weight in order to fit back into a special pair of pants or dress? Inspire yourself to get back into that outfit by hanging it up somewhere where you will see it. Next time you are tempted to overeat, the visual reminder of the goal you are working toward, will help you stay on track.
Take your measurements when you start a weight loss plan. While you may lose pounds regularly in the beginning, there may be weeks when you don't see the scale move. When this happens take your measurements again and compare with your original numbers. Knowing that you are getting smaller, will give you the motivation that you need when the scale seems stuck.