Are love handles, potbellies, and spare tires slipping their way onto your body? Do you fritter countless hours staring at yourself in the mirror hoping you had a better, fitter physique - like that of Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt? Is it hard for you to stick to a diet? Have most of your exercise routines, those you previously enjoyed, turned into something you now dread?

If you answered yes to any one or more of the above questions, then this is the perfect time to start applying self-help techniques to weight loss. If you are convinced that your well-being relies on your determination, then these tried and tested techniques are sure to get the results you want. In addition to shedding the unwanted flab, you will also become a fitter, sexier, and not to mention, a more self-assured individual in the upcoming months.

So let's get started:

1. Get SMART, Set Goals - Studies show the mere act of setting and writing down your goals has a magical effect in making them transpire. However, just like anything, there are right and wrong ways to set goals.

The right way is to make them specific, achievable, measurable, and to set a deadline. To set a goal to lose weight, it is important to not only write down the exact number of pounds you want to lose and within the time frame you want to lose it by, but also something that is reasonable so you can achieve results at a healthy and realistic pace. Health experts advocate losing no more than one to two pounds a week to maintain the body's equilibrium.

2. Break Your Goals Down into Mini-Goals - This means figuring out what you have to do and the lifestyle changes you need to make to get the results you want in the time frame you want them. For example, if your goal is to lose 20 lbs by summer, and summer is 4 months away, you more or less need to lose 5 lbs a month. So what can to do to lose 5mlbs/month? Among many things, you can eat less and exercise more. These activities represent your mini-goals.

You want to make your mini-goals just as specific and measureable as your main goal. To make your mini-goals specific, you can say cut my daily calorie intake by 10% and begin jogging 20 minutes a day, three days a week. The more specific you get, the clearer the path you pave for yourself.

3. Find a Weight Loss Buddy - Finding a partner will serve as a support system in your long and challenging journey to fitness. Choose a partner who will wholeheartedly support you, especially when the going gets tough. Having someone like this will give you a shoulder to cry on when you feel stressed and give you the needed boost in motivation when you feel like quitting.

4. Use Affirmations - Dispel negative thoughts about your ability to lose weight and replace them with positive pep talks. From the moment you wake up in the morning to the time you retire in the evening, repeat upbeat messages like 'I am positive and strong,' 'I can lose weight,' and 'Each day I get closer to achieving my goal of losing X pounds.' Repeating affirmations in this way will flush out the negative thoughts and feelings that have a way of self-sabotaging your efforts.

Now that you know how to use the tricks of self-help experts to get sexy and lean, what are you waiting for? Start by writing down your weight loss goal. It doesn't matter where you write it, just write it down. Do it right now.

Author's Bio: 

Mike C. Powers of SelfMadeEasy.com - A Personal Help and Self Growth Company to help you in the areas of Self-Improvement, Health & Fitness, Personal Finance, and various How to subjects. To learn more, visit us at www.selfmadeeasy.com.