The first rule of weight loss: Do not talk about weight loss. "Let's be honest, nobody wants to hear about your thighs, your portion size, your fear of carbs, or your vegan-on-Friday rule," says Ramani Durvasula, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and professor at California State University, Los Angeles. "It's a buzzkill-plus, having a super-restrictive attitude isn't sustainable." After all, she points out, you wouldn't dive into an Olympic-level workout right away-you'd start slow and then slowly build up your fitness. "Do the same with your eating habits, and you'll be less likely to get discouraged," says Durvasula. Here, 10 tricks that will make the process painless.

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