We’ve been told that losing weight requires focus and dedication, so it might be surprising to hear that sometimes it can happen without much effort. Most diets attempt to instill large changes to create small amounts of progress. However, turning this approach around can be even more beneficial. So instead, make small, sustainable changes that add up to large amounts of progress. The execution for the small changes is nearly effortless and easier to keep up. For example, jotting down what you eat each day in a food diary doesn’t require much effort. Yet it does place a spotlight on what you’re eating and can cause you to make small adjustments almost without thinking about it.