5. Celebrate your successes. Take a trip down memory lane: Think back to how much you weighed and what your health was like when you began your weight loss program. Now pat yourself on the back for a job well done. Keep an old photo nearby to remind yourself how far you've already come. Celebrate your accomplishments, and let them help motivate you to keep up the good work.
6. Track what you eat and your physical activity. The simple act of writing down this information has proven to be one of the most powerful weight loss tools.
7. Enjoy how good healthier weight feels. Are you more energetic? Sleeping better? Has your doctor remarked on your improved blood pressure, blood sugar, or cholesterol level? Taking off even a few extra pounds can do wonders for your body and health. When you're tempted to abandon your healthy eating plan, remember how good it feels being thinner.
8. Fit in fitness. Physical activity is essential to burning calories, losing weight, and relieving stress. If your schedule is crazy, take 10-minute breaks throughout the day to power up your jump rope, walk around the block, or whatever you can do to fit in some fitness. Or strap on a pedometer and work on taking more steps throughout the day, wherever your day takes you.
9. Satisfy cravings. The best-laid plans can go astray when you're craving sweets or other favorite foods. So, satisfy your craving with a small portion of the food you desire. Eat it slowly, savor every bite, and then resist the urge to reach for more. Another option: Chew on a piece of sugarless gum. Studies have shown that this can be a calorie-free way to satisfy your urge for something sweet.
10. Weigh in daily. Keeping track of your weight is another trick used by people who lose weight and keep it off, research shows. As soon as you see the numbers on your scale going in the wrong direction, nip it in the bud by increasing physical activity and watching portion sizes more carefully.