1. Look at your weight loss as a total lifestyle change instead of just a short term means to a specific end. It's not just about losing weight; make a decision to adjust your eating and exercise habits so your health and life can improve.
2. Learn as much as you can about food. Learn which are the best foods to provide the best nutrients for your body and provide your body with the fuel it needs, rather than just stuffing it with rubbish that will cause it to be sluggish and unhealthy.
3. Understand how to work through frustrations, loss, and stress without resorting to food. In many cases, successful former constant dieters have turned to exercise as a means to cope with the stresses and frustrations that often cause people to resort to their old comfort eating habits.
4. Understand when you are truly hungry. Discover how to recognize your body's signals to stop eating when you have had enough, instead of continuing to eat for the sake of it.
5. Concentrate on your health and fitness, rather than dieting to look good. Don't look at dieting as a short term solution - getting into a bikini or looking great for a class reunion - be more worried about how the foods you consume affect your health and wellbeing for the rest of your life.
6. Learn to recognize correct portion sizes. Eating proper portion sizes will allow you to eat only the amount of food your body needs.
7. Acknowledge temporary failure for what it is. Rather than giving up when you step out of line, understand this is just temporary, and decide to start again the next day. Remember, the best thing to do when you fall of a horse or your bike is to get straight back on again!
8. Look for and use support from others. Finding a mentor who is a weight loss success, linking up with a support group (online or offline), or including a friend to hold you to your goals will help be successful.