About 70 percent of Americans' dieting attempts are of a self-help nature. 6 - In addition to a diet plan, you also need to include physical activity in your routine to increase your calorie output. In my case, I make sure to walk for atleast 30 minutes every day. 2 - It is important to determine a balanced diet for yourself which fulfils all your requirements of protein, fibre, vitamins, essential fats and carbohydrates. 1 I have made it a point to stop eating after I feel full, no matter how tasty the dish is.