Drink waterAfrica Studio/Shutterstock
People often mistake thirst for hunger, so next time you feel like noshing, reach for water first. (You may mistake these other things for hunger, too.) Drinking also helps you feel full. Some experts suggest sipping water (or iced tea) just before you sit down to a meal. Continue drinking as you eat to add volume and weight to your meal.
Set realistic goalsAfrica Studio/Shutterstock
One or two pounds a week maximum is doable. Top weight-loss programs advocate stopping after the first 10 pounds and maintaining that loss for about six months before trying to lose any more. (Here’s what it really takes to lose one pound.)