Pick one place at home to do all your eating. Be sure you're sitting down. It helps you focus on the food and identify only that spot with eating.
Limit the time spent in the supermarket. The more time you spend there, the more likely it is that you'll end up buying things you don't need.
Hide the TV remote control. Getting up to change the channel just once burns 3kcal. Otherwise, turn off the TV. Burn more energy by doing household chores.
Don't ever skip breakfast. Eat as soon as you get up and you'll burn calories at a higher rate until lunch.
Weigh yourself with scales weekly, but not daily. There may be weeks when you don't lose weight and some when you do. Aim to lose about 2kg a month or 10kg in six months.
Do ½ hour of exercise most days. Aim for moderate intensity activity, which means you notice a slight increase in breathing and heart rate. Try brisk walking, gardening or swimming.
Never starve yourself, or you may end up bingeing. Long periods without food slow your metabolism and make your body store fat.
Be careful not to overindulge in low-fat foods. Just because they have less fat doesn't mean you can eat all you want. They add up the same as other foods.
Do food shopping after a meal. If you head to the supermarket with a full stomach it will be easier to stick to your shopping list.
Use mustard on sandwiches instead of mayonnaise. Mustard has no fat and hardly any calories. Otherwise try sugar free jams or reduced fat spreads.
Get your beauty sleep. Sleep less than four hours a night and you're 73% more likely to be obese. Seven to nine hours of sleep is suggested for weight control.
Make healthy changes to last a lifetime, not for a short term. If you don't like what you're eating you're likely to give up. Try reducing your portion sizes.
Leave the leftovers for the rubbish bin. Just eat what's on your plate and don't have seconds, or eat other people's leftovers – it's better in the bin than on your hips.
Eat three serves of low-fat dairy to lose weight. Researchers say the more calcium in a cell, the more fat it burns.
Self-awareness gives you the power to achieve weight-loss goals. Try using a pedometer to gauge how many steps you take each day – gradually increase the number to 10,000 steps.
You need to be careful what you eat most of the time to slim down. But enjoy the pizza and red wine, or some dessert once a week to avoid feeling deprived.
Carbohydrates are important and the type of carbohydrates you choose to eat can make a difference. Slowly digested carbohydrates, such as whole-wheat pasta, brown rice, sweet potatoes and brown bread slows down the breakdown of glucose, which in turn stabilises your blood sugar levels, which means a reduction in the amount of glucose that is stored as fat or glycogen.
The size of your plates matters. Buy smaller plates as it can have a measurable effect on weight loss. According to a research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, people who pick smaller plates are generally thinner, and are able to lose weight more easily. Portion control is important for weight loss.
Incorporate exercises into your lifestyle if you are struggling to exercise. For example, doing housework, gardening or even playing with your children.
If you travel overseas often, pick a hotel with gym, swimming pool, healthy menu options to maintain your fitness and avoid comfort eating.
Recent studies have suggested that eating too quickly might make us eat more than we needed. Eat and chew your food slowly and you may feel fuller faster and consume less calories.
If you drink fizzy drinks, juices or smoothies instead of drinking water, cut back and limit these high-calorie drinks. Try drinking water throughout your day for one month and you’ll soon notice
Instead of turning to food for comfort, be prepared with some non-food tactics such as reading, listening to music, writing in a journal, practicing meditation to cope with stress.