Starting Your Best Life
At this point, most people know they cannot approach their eating habits as a "diet". If you're serious about losing weight, or maintaing a recent weight loss, then you must commit to a life change. Whatever you find that works for you, you must commit to keeping those habits up for the rest of your life, or you won't keep the weight off. Drastic methods, deprivation, and extreme tactics will assure a quick weight loss... but it will be short-term, and you may end up gaining more weight than you lost.
Change does not come easy... .especially changes that you're pledging to commit to for the rest of your life. But this is one change that you'll be happy to make. Nothing tastes as good as being thin and fit feels, and if you can repeat that mantra through the tough times, you'll regain the focus it will take to keep up the positive changes.
Get the enthusiasm to get going by finding motivation. Find a workout and healthy eating buddy. Read a book, weight loss or otherwise, that gives you the motivation to embrace change and challenge. Monitor your progress on websites like these to keep you focused. And remember, give yourself enough time every single day- even if it's only 5 minutes - to reflect on your mission, and to ask yourself, "Have I made myself proud today, or not?"