Dangerous crash diets may lead to short-term weight loss, but dropping extra pounds for the long haul can be trickier.

Attaining a new shape does mean adhering to some old advice — small, steady changes in eating and exercise habits are still the best predictors of lasting weight loss, experts say. But that doesn’t mean dieting needs to be boring.

A few smart tricks incorporated into a healthier lifestyle can help. Here are some fresh tactics for shaving pounds, including a few that put a new spin on the tried-and-true.