Positive self-talk can raise your self-esteem and help you keep going, even when things get tough. It can also shift any less helpful thoughts you may have about your weight loss efforts. If you tell yourself eating healthy and working out is “too hard,” then it will be. Instead, tell yourself, “This low-calorie meal tastes delicious,” “This is not has hard as I think,” or “My fitness class is a lot of fun.”

It may help to use your imagination, too. Picture yourself succeeding. Together with the right kind of self-talk, it can help you reach your goals.