The tried-and-true habits that have helped you lose weight the right way.
Dietting is not about starvation. It's about eating more intelligently. You can get the most bang for your buck by eating low calorie high fiber foods such as vegetables. Broccoli in particular you can eat as much as you want and not worry much :).
When you feel as if you will falter, picture yourself at your optimum.
I make it a point of staying within my caloric allowance. I plan my meals in advance. Because of my work, I am always on the road, I have to eat out almost every day. I avoid fast food chains like mcDo. I make a point of spotting the subways and tim hortons. And I drink water ...
Around 3 every afternoon I have a cup of coffee with a treat. But I always make myself eat a cup of vegetables first. Then I can have my treat (vita muffin, 100 calorie snack bar). This way I get more vegetables in also, my treat goes further, and I'm left with the taste of the treat.
Visualize yourself at your optimal weight - keep that image in your head and go for it!
I have learned that the scale is not our friend.. it is so much better to measure yourself on a weekly bases and only weigh in once every two weeks or a month.
Assuming I am motivated (and that's a whole 'nother story), I have always found it fairly easy to lose weight. I eat when I'm hungry, which ends up meaning several small meals a day of only the healthiest food. Fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grains, and a small amount of fresh nuts.
Dehydration can feel like hunger.
Eat breakfast 1 hour upon awakening. I eat cereal or oatmeal with fruit and juice or poached eggs & toast, large salad for lunch raw vegetables, and a normal dinner. Fruit and string cheese for dessert or else just drink seltzer water with lemon or lime or herbal tea until bedtime.
The best trick I've learned so far is dividing my dinner plate - 1/4 lean meat, 1/4 starch, and 1/2 veggies or fruit. Not only does it aid in portion control, but it's so EASY and is something you can do in almost any & every eating environment.