Although the thought of jumping back into your favorite dress 20 pounds lighter than you were the last time you wore it may be exciting, finding an effective method of weight loss that works for you could prove to be more of a challenge than you originally anticipated. However, we've uncovered a few secrets that'll help you reach your weight loss goal, and keep the weight off for good. Here are a few of the ways you can start the process of losing weight without making changes to your life...

1. Love yourself.

Looking at yourself in a negative way, and constantly being down on yourself aren't going to help you reach your weight loss goal any faster. Research has actually proven that loving yourself and your body can help you lose weight. Begin by simply being confident in yourself, and stay motivated during the entire weight loss process, give yourself props for staying strong, and moving closer to achieving your goal of a healthy weight. Additionally, giving yourself compliments in the mirror can be an incredible confidence boost in the morning.

2. Strong is the new sexy.

When it comes to losing a substantial amount of weight, and maintaining your lean muscle mass as you lose weight, strong really is the new sexy. Incorporating more strength training into your regular exercise routine will increase the amount of fat you lose, and reduce the amount of lean muscle lost. Try going to the weight room for strength training 3 to 5 days a week depending on your weight lifting experience, and the intensity of each day's workout.

3. Cut those calories.

The key to successful weight loss is burning more calories than you eat every day, and as you lose weight your body wont require as many calories for sufficient nutrition as it did during your previous weight. Once you lose a substantial amount of weight, usually 10 percent or more of their body fat, may experience a phenomenon known as starvation mode. Basically, once you reach your weight loss goal you will require less calories to maintain your body weight, compared to someone of the same body type who was never overweight.