1 CURB CALORIES

Even with all the fad diets, pills, drinks and mixes, just curbing calories is the first line of defense in the weight-loss wars. Trimming calories, even without exercise, is the most effective way of keeping the pounds off.

2 WORKOUT, WORKOUT, WORKOUT!

There is no question that putting sensible time and effort into a workout pays exponentially. The triple package - cardio, strength and flexibility exercises - will keep you tight and toned, and keep your ticker in top shape, too.

3 PORTION CONTROL

Weight-loss maintenance is best achieved with a combination of portion control and exercise.

4 WRITE

Writing it down works wonders. Forget the app and keep a journal. You maintain more conscious awareness when you take a pen to paper.

5 REALISTIC GOALS

Set realistic weight-loss goals with your health-care provider. Then map out a diet/exercise plan that is reasonable and maintainable for the long haul.