If you only need to lose a few pounds to fit into that special outfit for the wedding you will be attending, then dieting can be a sprint. Unfortunately, most of us usually gain that sprinting weight loss back rather quickly .
A part of gaining that Losing Attitude towards dieting means you have to realize that you are in a diet marathon! This is true especially if you have a large amount of weight you need to lose. I think that a good goal to have would be to plan to lose 1 - 1 1/2 pounds per week during your diet. Of course, at the beginning you will lose more per week and as you approach your goal you will lose less per week.
So, lace up those mental running shoes, put on your Losing Attitude running gear and have your vision set on the finish line!