The first thing you need to do if you're serious about weight loss is to set a goal for yourself. Most people do not set a specific number of pounds that they want to lose, they just say “I need to lose a lot of weight and I want to lose it quickly.” It is known that our minds work much better if we have a set goal formulated. So the first thing you need to do is set a goal. Write it down and even tell it to a few people.

The next thing is to figure out a plan to reach that goal. The plan that you create has to take into account the time that you have to dedicated toward that goal and your discipline level. If you are not able to exercise for several hours every day, and eat a very healthy but restrictive diet, you will not lose a lot of weight quickly. But think about this, you did not gain it quickly so why do you think you should lose it quickly. If you lost 2 pounds a month over a year, you would have lost 24 pounds – that is significant. Most people can make small changes in their eating and exercise lifestyle to lose 2 pounds a month.

And remember that you do not have to look like a supermodel. Movie stars and models have the time and money to spend to have a personal trainer and a personal chef with them at all times. If you have those resources by all means use them, but if you're like most of us we have to do it on our own.

Think about how long that you have been overweight. Has it been more than one year, maybe three or maybe even five? Is it worth it to you to make healthy eating habits and exercise plans and slowly take off 2 to 3, maybe 4 pounds per month over the next year? At the end of that year not only will you weigh significantly less, but you'll be much healthier.

So what are some things you can do to focus on healthy eating habits? There are a couple of things that most people can do right away that will make a significant difference. Replace soda with water. Most people think that diet soft drinks work just as well as water, but that's not true. Our bodies need water to function properly. And traditionally sweetened soft drinks are not healthy, in fact they can make you crave more sugar. Another thing you can do is eat whole grain bread and pasta instead of white pasta. White bread, and plain pasta are full of unhealthy starches that increase your insulin levels and keep you from losing weight.