Commit to a Permanent Solution Permanent weight loss is about making small, realistic and permanent changes to your lifestyle. Permanent Changes = Permanent Weight Loss Temporary Changes = Temporary Weight Loss Change your Perspective Realize that diets, deprivation and drastic measures do not produce long term results. Accept the fact that permanent weight loss takes commitment, time and consistent hard work. Get Motivated Long-term motivation is essential to permanent weight loss. Temporary motivation such as losing weight for a special event will end once the event does. Why do you really want to lose weight? Recruit your Support It's hard enough to lose weight and keep it off without having to worry about doing it alone. Recruit a positive support system whether it's family and friends, co-workers, a local organization or an online community. Discover What Works for You It doesn't make sense to follow a plan just because it works for somebody else. Brainstorm ideas and creative solutions to fit you and your lifestyle. Find Accountability Knowing what to do is one thing; following through is another. Find a reliable accountability partner. It's amazing what you'll accomplish when you know somebody is going to meet you for exercise or follow up with you afterwards. Be Confident One of the biggest challenges people face is their lack of confidence to stick to a plan. Your past does not determine your future. You can do it! Stay Focused It's easy to get discouraged if you don't see your expected weight loss after a week of exercising. Stay positive and continue your efforts. Permanent weight loss is a journey, not a race and results will come with time. Don't Give Up Just as you wouldn't give up on a baby who falls down while learning to walk, it doesn't make sense to give up on yourself if you slip up or "fall". It's a natural part of any change and there is no such thing as a perfect week. Be Nice to Yourself Just as you wouldn't criticize a friend who didn't meet their exercise goal, it doesn't make sense to criticize yourself. We can be our own worst critic and sometimes just need a friend. Learn to be your own best friend.