1. Do not skip breakfast Skipping breakfast will not help you lose weight. You May Miss Out on Essential Nutrients

2. Eat regular meals Eating regular meals throughout the day burns calories faster.

3. Eat plenty of fruit and veg Fruit and vegetables are rich in fiber, low in calories and fat, and all three of these nutrients are necessary for effective weight loss.

4. Get more active Exercise has a number of positive health effects and can also aid in calorie burning.

5.Drink plenty of water Sometimes people mistake hunger for thirst. When all you really need is a glass of water, you run the risk of consuming extra calories.

6. Eat high fibre foods Foods high in fiber can make you feel full, which is ideal for weight loss.

7. Read food labels Use the calorie information to determine how a specific food works into your daily calorie allowance on a weight loss plan.

8. Use a smaller plate By using smaller plates and bowls, you can gradually get used to eating smaller portions.

9. Do not ban foods Don't cut out any foods from your diet, especially the ones you love. Food restrictions will only increase your desire for them.

10. Do not stock junk food To avoid temptation, don't stock up on junk food – such as chocolates, biscuits, crisps and sweetened fizzy drinks

11. Cut down on alcohol A typical wine tumbler can contain the same number of calories as a chocolate bar. Excessive drinking over time can easily lead to weight gain.

12. Plan your meals Plan your breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks for the week while staying within your daily calorie limit.