Summertime is coming close, so get your body ready for summer swimwear. While going it alone can work for a few people, a good plan involving diet, exercise and sometimes supplementation, can give you the boost you need to reach your goals.

To heighten awareness of your daily caloric consumption, try keeping a diary that catalogs the foods you eat. If you keep a record of what you’ve eaten, you may discover problems in your diet that you never knew existed. Since every little bit counts, having a diary to keep you conscious about your consumption is a great way to track and reduce your calories.

Use smaller plates and bowls. Using smaller settings will make your portions look bigger and keep you feeling satisfied after a smaller meal. That is a great way to stop eating so many calories.

When losing weight, instead of trying to achieve a specific weight, try to reach a specific clothing size. Don’t look to your scale as the end all to your success. Weight is different for everyone. Because everyone will have a different healthy weight, it is not a good idea to aim for a goal that may not be in your best interest. You should aim to fit into a specific size of clothing instead.

Set yourself up for success in your weight loss program by stocking your house with healthy snacks. Buy a jumbo-sized Tupperware container. Buy celery, carrots, radishes and other fresh vegetables. To keep vegetables crisp in the container, place ice in the bottom before adding your vegetables. By doing this, you can have yourself a handy snack ready to grab whenever you have to leave.

Keep a positive outlook, and keep setting realistic goals each week. If you stay diligent and follow your plan to a tee, there is no doubt you will see great weight loss results in no time. Once this happens, you’ll only need to keep up your good habits after you lose the weight.