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.
A great way to lose weight is to write down how you feel about yourself and why you want to lose weight. If you struggle when dieting, you can always refer back to what you wrote. It will remind you of why you ventured to lose weight in the first place.
Test yourself with a 10-pound dumbbell. Hold up a dumbbell and feel how much weight you will be eliminating from your body. You should find this enough motivation to get this out of your body as soon as possible.
Many times a restaurant will give you way too much food for a meal. If they let you, order off the kids menu. The portion that kids are served are really the amount that an adult should be eating. If they won't let you place the order, order your meal from the appetizer section.
To help you lose weight, you should make sure to chew your food thoroughly. It takes a while for our brains to interpret information on fullness. This means if we eat quickly, we tend to overeat because our brains do not recognize that we are already full until it is long past this fact. By chewing your food thoroughly, you will slow down your eating pace, which will ultimately help you to eat less and prevent the consumption of extra calories.