Aim for an outcome not just a goal
A goal is the weight you want to be, an outcome is what you want to do when you get there. So whether it's wearing a favourite pair of jeans, getting married, running a 5K or just feeling good about yourself, make it something tangible that you can almost 'touch'.
Clear your diet baggage
Forget what you've done before. This is 2013, and a new start! Positive attitude is half the battle when it comes to weight loss - don't think what you can't do, think what you can do....and reward yourself when you get there.
Being prepared can help you stick to your diet. Meal planning is a great way to start the New Year - plan out healthy recipes for the week ahead, and do your shopping with a list. It will help you to stick to your healthier diet, plus will probably save you money and time too. Stock up on healthier snacks for those times when you need a quick fix - pop one in your desk drawer, glove compartment or fridge door for an emergency.
Seems an obvious one but you'd be amazed by what people on a diet might choose to eat. Stick to your calorie allowance and choose foods from all the different food groups filling up on fruit and veg, starchy carbohydrates and lean protein rich foods. Get a good balance in your diet, and aim to eat regularly - five small meals might work better than three bigger ones.
Feeling hungry might be a 'given' of being on a diet but it doesn't have to be. Eat protein-rich meals, wholegrain based carbs or veg packed soup to help you stay fuller for longer.
Don't skip breakfast
Breakfast eaters are less likely to be overweight than breakfast skippers, so indulge in the most important meal of the day. Choose wholegrain cereal with skimmed milk, wholemeal toast with a poached egg or low fat yogurt with fruit compote for a healthy start to the day.