Trying to lose weight is like climbing Mount Everest. To be successful, you have to want it bad enough. The reason why a lot of people see their weight seesaw is that they were never fully committed.

In addition, many factors affect the rate by which you can lose weight. It's not just about your food intake and exercise program. You will also have to consider your family history, medical condition, if any, and lifestyle.

Let's look more closely at how these factors affect your weight loss plan. If your family has a big bone structure, which means that your family tends to have big builds, then maybe your ideal weight should be adjusted accordingly because you can not change your entitlement bone structure. One way to check what your ideal weight is to find out your Body Mass Index (BMI).

If your lifestyle is too stressful, and you have a tendency to munch away the stress, this will add to your weight gain. On the other hand, if you work at an office table all day long, sitting down most of the time, you will tend to develop additional weight around your abdomen area. Sitting down right after eating is not a good idea because it slows down the digestion process. You should try walking around a bit after every meal.

If you have an active social calendar, try to stay away from too much drinking. Before sleeping, drink at least one glass of water to help flush out your system. Alcoholic drinks contain a lot of calories and can sometimes make you eat more than you normally do. Those appetizer trays are also rich in calories, so choose your appetizer carefully.

Monitor your food intake. Try to add more protein and vitamins in your meal. Lessen the red meat by substituting it with fish and skinless chicken. Stock up on fruits and vegetables but stay away from mayonnaise-based salad dressings. One word of caution about vitamins – check first if it will stimulate your appetite or not because some vitamins can cause you to eat more.

A balanced meal is better than those fad weight loss plans like liquid diets. For one, fad diets do not satisfy your need for food, and two, you need food to function properly. Eating properly is much healthier than not eating. You could try small meals frequently instead of 3 large meals. Another option would be to have a big breakfast to help you through the day, then smaller meals during the day.

Instead of munching on chips and sweets, try fruits, and rather than make a beeline for the desert tray, have a diet chocolate bar in your bag to satisfy your craving for something sweet.

There are so many products out in the market that are sugar-free and taste really good. They are a little bit more expensive but the extra cost is worth it.

There is also no way around it: you have to exercise. It has to be part of your weight loss plan. It will keep your muscles toned as you shed pounds. You will also avoid that fatigued, haggard look. The thing about exercise is that it's hard to start going and getting into, but once you've accustomed yourself to the challenges of exercising, you will start to want to push yourself more.

Being successful in losing weight is not only about losing the pounds, it's also about maintaining your ideal weight. So, if you stop exercising, and go back to your previous lifestyle and diet, the pounds will start coming back. It's your decision whenever you want to have your ideal weight for a lifetime, or just for the family wedding next month.