What did you see the last time you looked in the mirror? Were you completely happy with what you saw? Did you wonder what it might be like if you took off just a few pounds? Why not do it? Why not take some advice from these tips ahead and get the kind of response you want from yourself, since you are your harshest critic.

The most important thing to remember for weight loss is to take in less calories than you’re burning. You can accomplish this in one of two ways. You can either exercise more so that you burn off more calories, or you can change your diet so that you take in less calories. The best way to lose weight though is a combination of the two.

It may seem hard to find time to exercise when trying to lose weight, but you can burn calories by doing your regular household chores. Vacuuming, washing dishes, and doing laundry are all regular chores that burn fat. Since everyone finds time to do housework, it is easy to do some exercise every day.

Try eating smaller meals instead of bigger meals everday. Having smaller meals scattered throughout the day, not only keeps you from overeating, but it keeps your metabolic rate constant to help you lose weight. These small meals also keep you satiated longer until it’s time for your next small meal.

Keep your doctor informed if you start taking weight loss supplements. Your doctor may advise against certain supplements because of your personal health issues. He or she may also want to monitor certain blood levels and other health tests just to make sure that you are staying healthy while losing weight.

Weight loss may be figured out mathematically if you wish. In a single pound of fat, there are around 3,500 calories. Therefore, to lose just one pound it is necessary to burn 3,500 more calories than you take in. It is useful to think of this amount in 500 calorie chunks, working to burn 500 more calories than you eat every day. You can lose one pound every week in this manner.

Are you getting ENOUGH calories? One of the biggest weight loss “killers” is caloric intake. Do not skip a meal. Your first meal of the day should be the biggest and healthiest. It is the meal that will jump start your metabolism and set the tone for the day.

When trying to lose weight it is a good idea to have some long term goals. For example, you could try to run 200 miles on the treadmill by the end of the month. Constantly striving for that number could be all the motivation that you need to keep up a fitness program for an entire month and subsequently lose a lot of weight.

Allow yourself a treat. Deprivation is one of the biggest causes of weight loss failure. When you completely deprive yourself of foods you love, it can often lead to a binge if your resolve weakens. Instead of completely eliminating your favorite junk foods, allow yourself a small amount as a treat once in a while. Moderation is the key here – a single cookie instead of the whole package will satisfy your sweet tooth without spoiling your diet.

If you find yourself getting bored with your workout routine, most likely your body is too. If you don’t mix up your routine, your body will adapt to the exercise and you won’t be able to get the full benefit of the workout. Instead, mix things up and give your mind and body something new.

Before you attempt to take any weight-loss pills or supplements, you should always read the ingredients list and check them online to see if they’re dangerous or not. A product that says it boosts your metabolism might sound good, but this product might also be dangerous if you have a heart condition or high blood pressure.

It is easy to get caught up with a scale and with numbers when trying to lose weight. The number on the scale really doesn’t matter, it can fluctuate for many different reasons, and you can get discouraged easily. Get a tape measure and have a goal to lower your size, not your weight.

Donate your “fat clothes” to a charity once you lose weight. Getting rid of these clothes gives you the incentive you may need to stay on the right path. The fact that your clothing is all too tight and you cannot find anything that fits right will push you to begin losing weight once again.

If you find yourself struggling with portion control, try switching to a smaller set of dishes. Serving sizes can be hard to estimate, so many people simply fill their plate or bowl and then eat whatever is in it. If you’re eating out of smaller dishes, you will probably eat less of some foods without even thinking about it.

If you are looking for a dipping sauce for fruit, you should avoid any caramel sauces or any other sauce that is full of sugar. You can try dipping them in applesauce, sweetened fat-free yogurt, or cottage cheese that has no fat in it. That would save you a load of calories, if you are concerned about your weight.

If you are at home and start to feel a strong craving for dessert after you have eaten and don’t have the calories available for this then you should try brushing your teeth. The taste that this leaves in your mouth afterwards should break this desire and after a few minutes you will completely forget about the craving for sweets.

That wasn’t so bad was it. You learned a little, you thought a little and maybe, just maybe you felt that spark inside that said you were going to get it done. Why not now? Knowledge is wasted if it is not applied. Make the changes you need to make and get back in front of that mirror with a smile.