If you are serious about weight loss, I mean, healthy and permanent weight loss, it is important for you to set realistic goals. Most people have no set goals in mind except that of losing weight very quickly. The quicker they can lose weight, the better. They have no idea of how much time it takes to lose weight healthily. Diet: These people get attracted to fad diets and weight loss pills that promise the moon. While they end up losing a few pounds, that is not fat loss. With most of the fad diets, you will lose more water and muscles than fat. I am sure you will agree that this is an unhealthy way of losing weight! Moreover, such weight loss is not permanent. Sooner or later you will regain all your 'lost' pounds. One more thing: your aim shouldn't be to have a body like Jessica Alba or Victoria Beckham; remember that they have money to help them maintain that slim figure, which you probably don't have. Moreover, you don't need to be like them. To become healthy, all you need is to lose enough weight so that you can reach your ideal body weight! To do that, you won't need to use any fad diets or starve for weeks. All you need to do is to eat right and include the right dose of exercises with it; with this combo, you are sure to lose all those tenacious pounds! I would suggest that you forget about the word 'dieting' and focus on healthy eating instead! For starters, you can replace fizzy drinks and soda with water; this way, you will be able to quench your thirst without getting any fatter. Some people think that soft drinks that come with the 'low-calorie' tag are okay. However, this is wrong! Low-calorie soft drinks not only taste bad, but being deprived of fructose, they make you crave for sugar. You should also replace white flour with whole grain wheat. Whole grain wheat contains little fat. Being rich in protein and fiber, it will help you with weight loss! Exercises: Speaking of exercises, weight training is one of the best exercises for quick weight loss. Contrary to what women think, not only is this exercise not just for men, it also won't take away the femininity of women. As a matter of fact, if one wants to build huge muscles like bodybuilders, the presence of a hormone called testererone is important, which women don't have. Besides, bodybuilders aren't able to build muscles just by doing exercises. They also use protein shakes, supplements and steroids to acquire the muscular body. There are many other benefits of exercises than just weight loss. Exercises will make you more energetic; you get this extra energy by burning your fat deposits. Apart from that, you will also be able to sleep more soundly. Another way you can benefit from exercises is that they help you build strong lean muscles, improve your immune system and stamina. Exercises also help in improving the tone and appearance of skin, something which most women are obsessed with!