A vital step in weight loss success is understanding portion sizes. Get in the habit of reading the nutrition label before you eat or drink anything. Although the carbs and calories may look fine at first glance, you will often be surprised to find that there are two, three or more servings in that one bag or bottle.
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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Always have healthy snacks available in your fridge and pantry. Purchase a big container, made of plastic, with a cover. Purchase fresh produce like celery, carrots and radishes. One easy tip is to partially fill a container with some water and ice. Prepare your vegetables and place them in the container and store in the fridge. Having this healthy ready to eat snack ready to go will reduce the temptation of a quick bag of chips.
To help you reach your weight loss goals when starting out, you should make your goals reasonable. One to two pounds a week is what most people should aim to hit. A person should not try to aim for more than that because you want to be sure to take a healthy and safe route. Also aiming for a correct number will help you to succeed, not fail.
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.