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Starting a Successful Diet

  1. Cut 200 calories at a time.
  2. Add good food to your plate.
  3. Keep a daily food journal.
  4. Build muscle to burn calories.
  5. Consult a professional.
  6. Eat 6 times a day.
  7. Limit portion sizes.

By John Casey
WebMD Features

Reviewed by Charlotte E. Grayson, MD

Starting a successful diet is like starting a marathon. If you haven't put in a good deal of planning and preparation before you set out, you probably won't cross the finish line.

So, how do you plan and prepare? You use simple strategies that, in fact, are the same techniques you might use if you were training for a race. You focus on the long-term goal you've set for yourself. You take simple, daily steps over a long period of time. Much of your preparation has more to do with attitude than food.

Here are seven tips to put you on the right track. And for a regular dose of motivation once you begin your diet, click here to sign up for the Weight Management newsletter.

Cut 200 calories at a time