As 2014 comes crashing to a close, a lot of us are googling our asses off, hoping for some new breakthrough in the weight loss world,but every year, we pretty much discover the same thing: if we want to drop the pounds, we've got to move more and eat less.

Enter the "dream dress" method of weight loss, in which you purchase a beautiful dress or other outfit that you just LOVE and cannot wait to wear. The catch? You buy it in the size you WANT to be, not the size you are now.

No matter if you're currently sporting a 22 and looking to squeeze into a 2. 

I'm sure you're not surprised that I have a small problem with this one, because I think that if you can't really love yourself as you are, right now, you'll never find real happiness anyway.

But inspration can be good for weight loss. It can literally mean the difference between success and failure.

And there's nothing wrong with a little inspiration, obviously which is likely why so many fit pros are suggesting that we buy a "dream dress" or an outfit that is the ideal size for us.

The Dream Dress Method: How it can work in the real world for real women

Now, I can see how this could work. It HAS worked for me personally in the form of "dream jeans," actually.

But when it did work, it was literally when. I bought a pair of jeans that was only one or two (when I was sort of "between" sizes). That's because:

A. If you can't even get it over your big toe, it's going to feel like a goal you can't meet.

B. Fashion changes so quickly. If you're serious about wearing it this season, best to choose something that'll only take a few pounds to fit.

C. This allows you to go out an get another little bit of inspiration when you fit into the current one. It offers an instant reward that becomes motivation for the next weight loss goal.

So, how about you? Have you ever bought a "dream dress" and if so, did you ever manage to fit into it? Share your thoughts in the comments below or join in the discussion on our Facebook page.

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