If you want to lose weight for life, don’t focus on the weight you want to lose; focus on the habits you need to change. Weight gain is only the symptom of your daily habitual behaviors. Focusing on the symptom will not help you solve the problem. If you want to lose weight for life, first figure out what unhealthy habits you currently engage in and what healthy habits you should have. Then start by picking one of the unhealthy habits you would like to eliminate, choose a healthy habit to replace it, and get to work. Until you have successfully eliminated that one unhealthy habit, don’t worry about your other unhealthy habits. By working on replacing one unhealthy habit at a time, you keep the discomfort low, which lowers your chance of burning out and quitting your efforts.