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.
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.
Breaking up your meals into five to eight smaller meals a day instead of three larger meals a day is an integral part of success in weight loss. This is because your metabolism is continuously working to break down food and as such has the effect of increasing your base metabolic rate and making it easier to burn calories.
It doesn't matter if you are attempting to lose a few pounds or a few hundred pounds, the same principals will get you to that final goal, either way. This article has outlined those basic principals and a few more to get you to that ultimate number on the scale.