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30 Effective Weight Loss Tricks You Haven’t Tried Yet

Ten years ago, we all thought the secret to weight loss was eating less and moving more—that’s what doctors told us, after all. And that’s true, but there are some secret weight loss tricks that can score you bonus points.

We now know that everything from our environment and mentality to our stress levels and biology influence the size of our fat cells—and our pants. Thankfully, a pool of forward-thinking experts have made it their mission to devise solutions to counteract newly-discovered weight loss saboteurs—and we’ve brought them right here to your screen.

Read on to discover these fascinating and effective weight loss tricks you probably haven’t tried before. Who knows? One of them could be the key to that lifelong flat belly you’ve been looking for. Try them out and then be sure you’re skipping these things that make you bloat!

RELATED: The 7-day diet that melts your belly fat fast.

Okay, it doesn’t have to be an #ootd—an “outfit of the day”—photo, but it turns out that a picture can be worth a lot of lost pounds. A recent study from a nutrition clinic in Colombia revealed that people who took routine photos of themselves while on a weight loss plan were more likely to finish the plan than the non-selfie snapping participants—and a whopping 71.3 percent met their goal weight. So instead of waiting for that one exciting “After” pic, get snappy with yourself right away! If you’re wondering about your own diet or weight loss plan, don’t miss our list of signs you should change your diet.

Have trouble eating reasonable-sized portions? Try dimming the lights and putting on some soft music. According to a study published in Psychological Reports, soft lighting and music leads noshers to eat less and enjoy their food more. That’s what we call a win-win.

Beating yourself up over food is a knowledge-behavior gap many unsuccessful dieters fall into. It’s important to try to stop the negative self-talk, says weight-management coach Freida B. Herron, DSW, LCSW. “I often suggest imagining that your desire to overeat is a lovable 5-year-old child,” she says. “You don’t want to berate or shame your appetite—that only leads to more dysfunctional eating.” Instead, treat yourself with respect, understanding, and affection, as you would that child. For more motivation any time you need it, pin this list of tips for motivation that actually work!

And nope, it’s not about keeping a food or workout journal. A recent study revealed that when women who were unhappy with their weight completed a one-time, 15-minute writing exercise about an important personal issue, they went on to lose at least 3 pounds over a three-month period while their counterparts who wrote about an unimportant topic gained 3 pounds, says Biggest Loser dietitian and author of A Small Guide to Losing Big, Cheryl Forberg, RD. “Researchers believe that reflecting on values can serve as a buffer to the stress and uncertainty that leads to emotional eating and help in maintaining self-control in difficult situations,” she explains. To reap the benefits at home, Forberg suggests pulling out a journal, setting the timer and free-flowing about what’s important to you. “Write as though no one else will read it. Come clean with what’s bugging you. It may surprise and enlighten you,” adds Forberg.

Most people think of their protein or meat, as their meal’s main event, but it’s time to change the way you think. “Place flavorful vegetables front and center on lunch and dinner plates, accompanied by sides of protein and whole grains,” suggests Forberg. By simply rearranging your plate you’ll automatically consume fewer calories and take in more health-protective vitamins and nutrients.

Instead of dragging yourself through the dark to the coffee pot when your alarm goes off, open all the blinds! Studies show that people who get direct exposure to sunlight in the mornings between 8 am and noon reduce their risk of weight gain, regardless of how much they eat. Researchers think it’s because the morning sun helps synchronize your metabolism so you burn fat more efficiently. Because you’d likely get bored staring out the window for ten minutes, why not head outside for a quick stroll around the block?

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Post your grocery receipt on the refrigerator door. “This visual reminder will help you eat healthy items before they go bad,” says celebrity chef and clean eating expert Amie Valpone. “Cross off the items you’ve eaten so you know what you have left waiting for you. “This is a really effective way to encourage yourself not to let things go to waste,” she adds.

Over the last two decades, restaurants have grown our portions all out of proportion. And we’d like to believe all restaurants will let you order off the children’s menu while dining in-house, but it’s not always that simple; it really is against some management policies—and you may never even see the mini menu in the first place. To skirt around the awkwardness, order off the kid’s menu when you’re doing carry out or delivery; it’s a great trick at lunch when you can pretend the meal is for your child or someone you’re a nanny for.

When it seems near impossible to have the willpower or to not get down on yourself about your efforts, try chanting a mantra that has a personal meaning to you, suggests Jen Comas Keck, personal trainer and Owner of Beauty Lies In Strength. If you’ve been working on your fitness, for example, something like “I feel stronger and healthier every day that passes” may be effective. While some mantras can be almost like yoga phrases, others are rules to live by—like these weight loss mantras from dietitians.

Sure, your time on the treadmill may seem like a great time to catch up on the news and your favorite sitcom, but doing so might make your cardio session less effective. (Cue the groans!) According to a Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology study, fast-paced, motivational music that include phrases like “push it,” “I believe,” and “work it” can help you move faster and subconsciously motivates you to keep at it, which will supercharge your weight loss progress.

“One of the easiest ways to ensure your pantry is stocked with healthy foods is to shop online,” says Valpone. “I was always skeptical of ordering food from a website for my organic necessities, until I found sites like thrivemarket.com. I can order everything from gluten-free oats and organic mustard to raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar and have them delivered to my door without rummaging through ten health-food stores. It has changed my life and has allowed me to use that saved time for taking care of myself.” P.S. – If you’re worried about the price points, check out these cheap organic foods.

Whether you’re shopping online or at your local grocery store, commit to making one healthy swap each week. Always buy a bag of chips as a treat? Leave them on the shelf and pick up one whole-food ingredient you’ve never tried before. “Not only is it good for your body, it’s good for your brain—plus, it will encourage you to get a little creative with your meals,” says Valpone. “And who knows, you may find a new ingredient you love!” Some of Valpone’s favorite “risks” include nori (seaweed sheets) and jicama, a juicy and slightly sweet Central American root vegetable that looks like a potato. In fact, we love jicama so much we named it one of the superfoods you haven’t heard of!

We adore green tea, but there’s another fat-fighting tea that often flies under the radar: Pu-Erh. “Pu-Erh tea is a fermented Chinese brew that lowers your triglyceride levels,” says food journalist Kelly Choi and author of The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse. “It tastes earthy and robust and literally shrinks your fat cells.”

If you’re noshing at a bar or simply have a tiny urban apartment, eating at a high top doesn’t seem like a big deal. But it’s all those other times it can make a difference. Instead of settling into a big cushy booth, skip the best seat in the house for a scientifically-proven better-for-you-seat at a high top. As it turns out, people with tables deep in the restaurant are 73 percent more likely to order that triple-fudge chocolate cake. Brian Wansink, director of Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab, finds that people at these tall tables are inclined to eat a bit more healthily by ordering more salads and fewer sweets. For more ideas on how to remain relatively healthy when you’re dining out, check out these tips to eat healthy at restaurants!

Picture it: You’ve got on back-to-back episodes of Fixer Upper and actually do some side planks while you watch. Great job! But then you move on to Orange is the New Black, and have your hand down a snack bag an hour later. Here’s where you need to makeover your Netflix binges: Always plan your snacks rather than reaching for whatever you feel like in the moment. This is critical because a University of Houston study found that the more TV people watched, the worse their food choices became.

Can’t keep your hands out of the cookie jar? Evidence that garcinia, or Citrimax, can help suppress appetite is mostly anecdotal, but Elson Haas, MD, says it might be worth a shot if you just can’t stop eating. “It really does help some people feel less hungry,” he says. “Plus, it helps the body metabolize fats.” Take a 250- to 500-milligram capsule before every meal. We like Natrol Pure CitriMax ($18.50 for 90 300-milligram capsules, natrol.com).

The verdict is still out on if fish oil helps with weight loss, but it’s beneficial for so many other things—reducing inflammation, fighting depression, more!—that it can’t hurt to try. In a recent Japanese study, researchers who gave mice fish oil concluded that the supplement may help increase brown fat, AKA the good type of fat that helps you burn calories. Fish oil activates a protein called UCP1, which signals to brown fat to start turning up the calorie-burning heat. The scientists not only found higher levels of this protein in the mice that consumed fish oil, but they found UCP1 in their white fat tissue, suggesting that the fish oil may have been turning the bad fat into good. According to Dr. Majid Fotuhi, MD, PhD, medical director of NeuroGrow Brain Fitness Center in Virginia, “This provides scientific evidence that fish oil can activate brown adipose tissue to burn fat and help with weight loss.

A recent Science study found that fantasizing about eating an entire packet of your favorite candy before indulging may cause you to eat less of it. For the study, researchers asked participants to imagine eating 3 or 30 M&Ms, and then invited them to help themselves to some of the candies as a “taste test.” Those who imagined eating lots of M&Ms actually ate the least.

The best M&M ever? Meditation and magnesium. Chronic stress prompts a surge in the “fight or flight” hormone cortisol, which can tear down muscle fiber, impair blood-sugar metabolism, and boost the brain chemical neuropeptide Y, which sparks cravings, says Pamela Wartian Smith, MD, co-director of the master’s program in medical sciences at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. To keep cortisol levels down, meditate for 10 to 30 minutes daily. Calming practices normalize cortisol levels and boost levels of the appetite-suppressing hormone serotonin. To boost the benefit further, pop 250 milligrams of magnesium daily. The mineral aids muscle contraction and relaxation and has been shown to boost lipolysis, a process by which the body releases fat from its stores.

Eating like Gwyneth all week and then turning into the Cookie Monster on the weekend can make you worse off than you might expect. Here’s why taking a “vacation” from your healthy eating is so bad: Only eating unhealthy food for three consecutive days will not only cause you to gain weight and eat more unhealthy calories, but it can also shift your gut microbiota towards the same pattern that has been associated with obesity, revealed a study by Australia’s University of New South Wales. So be sure to keep cheat meals as cheat meals (not days!).

To lose weight, you need to first learn the difference between emotional hunger, which comes on suddenly, and physical hunger, which comes on gradually and is often accompanied by physical cues like a growling stomach, explains Forberg. The best way to overcome emotional eating? First, realize that although a bad feeling will eventually go away; the calories you consumed while you were feeling down, will not. And the next time you’re feeling emotional, don’t try to mask your emotions or distract yourself. Experts say that truly experiencing your emotions will teach you that it’s possible to tolerate them head on. Once you’ve done this exercise, it’s time to find a new, healthy coping strategy. Hitting the gym or calling a friend to vent are both solid options.

Drinking more water can help fill you up and subsequently consume fewer calories, but if you’re sipping the stuff out of a BPA-laced plastic water bottle, you may be doing your figure a disservice. A 2011 Harvard study found that adults with the highest concentration of BPA in their urine had significantly larger waists and a 75 percent greater chance of being obese than those in the lowest quartile. (Drinking out of plastic bottles is one of the bad habits that make you fat. Check out the article to discover the others!) To aid your weight loss efforts, steer clear of products that may contain BPA in the lining. Also, be particularly leery of plastics that sport a #7 recycling symbol on them—that’s a good indicator that BPA may be present.

A similar situation as above holds true for fruits and veggies. If you aren’t eating organic or taking the time to rinse off the pesticides on conventionally grown crops, you could be derailing your valiant weight loss efforts. Research suggests exposure to pesticides may impair metabolism. “They have been shown to poison the mitochondria so it cannot burn fuel,” says Walter Crinnion, ND, chairman of the environmental medicine department at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Phoenix. “Fuel that is not burned turns to fat.”

It may not surprise you that women eat smaller portions when dining with male company, but what may shock you is the same is true for men with other guys. According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, women ordered items with 15 percent fewer calories when eating with men as opposed to women. Surprisingly, when men sat with other men (think: beer-and-wings night), they also ordered fewer calories—22 percent less, in fact! Researchers say the results speak to unconscious scripts about how men and women think they should behave in each other’s company.

When we’re in a hurry or about to pass out from hunger, we’re going to grab whatever we can get our hands on first. For this reason, it’s important to make healthy foods like fruits and veggies the most convenient foods in your kitchen to pick up and consume, says Brian Wansink Ph.D., Eat This, Not That! magazine advisor and director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab. Place pre-cut veggies in the front of your fridge, put a bowl with fresh, grab-and-go fruit on your counter and store treats like cookies and chips on a high cupboard shelf so they are out of sight and of mind. Better yet, keep these treats out of your home altogether. This makes giving into a passing temptation—or feeding a rumbling tummy with junk — much more difficult.

If you have trouble motivating yourself to move more—which is one of the most effective ways to burn calories—commit to doing one active act of kindness daily. Knowing someone else’s happiness and wellbeing is on the line is a great motivator. Not sure where to start? Return your shopping cart to the store rather than leaving it in the parking lot, pick up your own coffee instead of asking an intern to grab it for you, or give up your seat on the bus or subway. Every bit of movement can get you one step closer to success!

If you love pasta, giving up carbs altogether can lead to progress-derailing binges down the line. Not to mention, giving up the food you love is no way to go through life—no matter how badly you want to drop a size. Instead of cutting out carbs totally, give yourself a carb curfew, a strategy that personal trainer Chris Powell of ABC’s reality series Extreme Weight Loss employs to help his clients slim down. “For dinner, contestants always have a high-protein, high-fat meal with plenty of fibrous veggies,” Powell tells us. “If they have a post-dinner snack, they stick to protein-rich, high-fat foods like almonds or 2% milkfat string cheese,” he explains. This is because, he adds, axing carbs at night flips the fat-burning switch by increasing the amount of fat-burning hormones released while we’re asleep. For more tried-and-tested weight loss hacks, check out Chris Powell’s behind-the-scenes extreme weight loss tips.

Public transit and elevators may save you time, but they also prevent you from burning calories. Research shows that habits, like using a dishwasher rather than washing dishes by hand, using a leaf blower instead of a rake, and taking the elevator instead of the stairs results in the average person burning 111 fewer calories per day. That adds up to a whopping 10 extra pounds a year! The takeaway here is a simple one: de-motorize your life whenever possible—your gut is sure to thank you.

Variety is the spice of life. The more variety we have, the more we eat, explains Wansink. If you must keep packaged foods like cereal or crackers in the house, limit yourself to one kind. It’ll help you consume it more slowly, he adds.

Believe it or not, but a simple whiff of the herb you grow in your garden can help you drop pounds. A study published in the Journal of Neurological and Orthopaedic Medicine found that people who sniffed mint every two hours lost an average of 5 pounds a month! Try sipping on a cup of peppermint tea after dinner to stop dessert cravings in their tracks.

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How To Lose Weight Fast and Safely

You want to drop pounds, now. And you want to do it safely. But how?

First, keep in mind that many experts say it’s best to lose weight gradually. It’s more likely to stay off. If you shed pounds too fast, you’ll lose muscle, bone, and water instead of fat, says the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The academy’s advice: Aim to lose 1-2 pounds per week, and avoid fad diets or products that make promises that sound too good to be true. It’s best to base your weight loss on changes you can stick with over time.

For faster results, you’ll need to work with a doctor, to make sure that you stay healthy and get the nutrients that you need.

Make a Plan

You’ve probably heard the saying, “calories in, calories out”; as in, you just need to burn more calories than you eat and drink.

But it’s not that simple, as many people can tell you from their own experience.

Your metabolism — how well your body turns calories into fuel — also matters. And if you cut too many calories, it’s bad for you. You slow down your metabolism, and that can make you fall short on some nutrients.

There are many ways you can do this, without cutting calories too much. You could:

  • Cut back on portions.
  • Figure out how many calories you get in a usual day, and trim back a bit.
  • Read food labels to know how many calories are in each serving.
  • Drink more water, so you’re not so hungry.

Whatever method you use, you’ll need to favor good-for-you foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein so you keep up good nutrition. Working with a dietitian is a good idea, so you make a plan that covers those needs.

Get Accountability and Support

Many apps can help you track your eating. Since you probably have your smartphone with you all the time, you can use it to keep up with your plan. Or keep a pen-and-paper food journal of what you ate and when.

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You’ll also want to have people on your side to help you stay motivated and to cheer you on. So ask your family and friends to support your efforts to lose weight.

You might also want to join a weight loss group where you can talk about how it’s going with people who can relate. Or talk with someone you know who’s lost weight in a healthy way. Their encouragement is “contagious,” in a good way!

Find Out What Drives You to Eat

At the most basic level, food is fuel. It gives you energy to do things. But very few people eat just for that reason. It’s at every social gathering. And it’s where a lot of us turn when we have a rough day.

You’ll need to know what makes you want to eat when you’re not hungry, and have a plan for those moments.

The first step is finding out what your triggers are. Is it stress, anger, anxiety, or depression in a certain part of your life? Or is food your main reward when something good happens?

Next, try to notice when those feelings come up, and have a plan ready to do something else instead of eating. Could you take a walk? Text a friend?

Lastly, reward yourself for making a different choice. Just don’t use food as the reward.

Reset What and When You Eat

You don’t have to go vegan, gluten-free, or quit any particular food group to lose weight. In fact, you’re more likely to keep the pounds off for good if it’s something you can live with for the long term.

But it does make sense to cut way down on, or totally cut out, empty calories.

Limit added sugars. These are the sugars in cookies, cakes, sugar-sweetened drinks, and other items — not the sugars that are naturally in fruits, for instance. Sugary foods often have a lot of calories but few nutrients. Aim to spend less than 10% of your daily calories on added sugars.

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Be choosy about carbs. You can decide which ones you eat, and how much. Look for those that are low on the glycemic index (for instance, asparagus is lower on the glycemic index than a potato) or lower in carbs per serving than others. Whole grains are better choices than processed items, because processing removes key nutrients such as fiber, iron, and B vitamins. They may be added back, such as in “enriched” bread.

Include protein. It’s satisfying and will help keep up your muscles. There are vegetarian and vegan sources (nuts, beans, and soy are a few), as well as lean meat, poultry, fish, and dairy.

Most Americans get enough protein but could choose to get it from leaner sources, so you may already have plenty in your diet. Your exact protein needs depend on your age, gender, and how active you are.

Make friends with good fats. Small amounts of fat can help you feel full and less like you’re on a diet. The better choices are those in fish, nuts and seeds, and olive oil. Those have unsaturated fats — polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fats, specifically.

Fill up on fiber. You can get that from vegetables, whole grains, fruits — any plant food will have fiber. Some have more than others. Top sources include artichokes, green peas, broccoli, lentils, and lima beans. Among fruits, raspberries lead the list.

Eat more often. If you eat 5-6 times a day, it could keep hunger at bay. You could split your calories equally across all of those mini-meals, or make some bigger than others. You will need to plan portions so that you don’t end up eating more than you bargained for.

What About Meal Replacements? These products will control your calories. They’re convenient and take the guesswork out of dieting.

Again, though, you’ll need to change your eating habits to keep the weight off if you go off the meal replacements.

Watch your drinks. One easy way to lose weight quickly is to cut out liquid calories, such as soda, juice, and alcohol. Replace them with zero-calorie drinks like lemon water, unsweetened tea, or black coffee.

Diet drinks will save you calories, compared with sugary beverages. But if you then reach for a cookie or other treat because you’re still hungry or you think you saved enough calories for it, that plan backfires.

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Should You Fast?

You might think that fasting is a quick way to drop pounds. But experts don’t recommend it, because it’s not a long-term solution. It’s better to have an eating plan that you can stick to over time and fits into your lifestyle.

All fasts aren’t the same. Some involve skipping all food. There are also fasts where you eat every other day. There hasn’t been a lot of research on how well off-and-on fasting works in the long run.

During the first days of your fast, you may feel hungry and grumpy. You may also get constipated. And you won’t have the energy to do much, physically. Drink lots of water and take a daily multivitamin. You should also tell your doctor, especially if you take medications that will probably need to be adjusted.

Remember that if you do fast, you’ll still need to change your eating habits once your fast ends.

No matter how you kick-start your weight loss, the best way to keep it off is with long-lasting lifestyle changes, like a healthy eating plan and physical activity. If you’re not sure where to start, how many calories to cut, or how to do it safely, you might want to consult a registered dietitian.

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23 Best Weight Loss Tips, According to Nutritionists


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From intermittent fasting to the keto diet to teatoxes, there’s a plethora of diet advice out there. Maybe the keto diet worked wonders for your co-worker, but it’s just not conducive to your nutritional needs. Or not eating after 7 p.m. helped your sister lose 20 pounds, but you like doing evening workouts. The truth is losing weight is hard—and it takes patience—so if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is. “Adopting healthy habits is not easy, but most things in life that are worthwhile take work,” explains Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN and author of Read it Before You Eat It – Taking You from Label to Table. But losing weight doesn’t need to be complicated. Following these simple nutritionist-backed tips will help point you in the right direction and reach your goals.

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Keep yourself organized

“A little forethought can go a long way,” says Monica Auslander Moreno, MS, RD, LDN, consultant at RSP Nutrition. “In my practice I help clients stay on track with weekly meal prep planning guides or prep survival kits. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail,” she explains. By planning your meals in advance, you’re less likely to give into temptation or consume extra calories from hidden oils, sugar, and sodium in many take-out dishes.

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Fit in time for fitness

“We all have 24 hours in a day; it’s all about how you delegate the time to fit in anything from a 20-minute home workout from YouTube to a fancy personal training session 30 minutes away. It’s up to you!” Moreno says. Check out Prevention’s Fit After 40 workout DVD!

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Blend, don’t juice

“Instead of juicing in an effort to eat cleaner, make a smoothie. Juicing leaves important fiber and nutrients behind while blending includes the whole fruit or vegetable and includes the important nutrient that live right under the skin. Try this sweet potato smoothie for a satisfying drink that’ll last you for hours and deliver key nutrients, like vitamin A.

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Careful with the booze

“Too much drinking can completely derail an otherwise really balanced intake. Think of drinks as treats, not civil rights. Limit them in quantity, and cut back as many add-ins as possible, unless it’s something like club soda, lemon, lime, or fresh herbs,” Moreno says.

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Don’t get caught up with the number on the scale

“Just because the scale isn’t moving, doesn’t mean that you are making zero progress toward your fitness goals and dream body,” explains Mike Roussell, PhD, co-founder of Neutein, a dietary supplement meant to improve memory and performance. “It’s easy to think you’ve hit a plateau when you don’t see additional weight loss on the scale, but that’s not always truly the case.”

The scale is a poor marker of short-term progress because it doesn’t differentiate between changes in water, fat, or muscle. “Fluid regulation in the body is a fluid process. It is constantly changing, so one pound up or two pounds down on any given day doesn’t reflect any real changes in body composition,” Roussell explains.

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Allow your vegetables to play a starring role

“Try to make animal protein (meat, poultry, etc.) look more like a side dish and have the veggies play a starring role on your plate. This will help trim down your dish while also boosting its nutritional value by adding more vitamins, minerals, fiber and all of the goodness that comes from picking produce,” Taub-Dix says.

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Be honest with your daily calorie allowance

Everyone has a calorie budget, whether you’re trying to maintain your weight or lose a few pounds. “I’ve found that people ignore this simple fact. Your calorie budget allows you to build a healthy diet, and it helps prevent frustration about weight control,” says Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD.

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans provide suggested daily calorie intakes based on gender, age, and physical activity level. When you know your calorie budget, then you can plan on how many servings of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy, and other protein sources to include every day.

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Map out your health and wellness plan

“Acknowledge that health is an onion; it’s layered and complex, and isn’t just about nutrition,” Moreno says. “Map out your health and wellness path by creating lists of issues vs. goals in your life within the realms of nutrition, movement, sleep, stress, spiritual, social, and medical issues. You’ll learn to see yourself as an amalgam of health traits and not just a roster of foods you ate in the last week.”

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Make sleep a priority

“So many of us sacrifice this for work, family, or social experiences, but sleep is a basic tenet of health; you will not function properly, cognitively or physically, without adequate sleep,” Moreno explains. “Adequate usually means at least 8 hours. Set strict sleep time rules and practice good sleep hygiene. When you prioritize sleep, other aspects of good health may line up more easily.”

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Keep hunger at bay during the day, but not before bed

Roussell explains that when we get too hungry, our bodies secrete a hormone called, ghrelin, which controls our hunger and appetite. If too much ghrelin is released, we get hangry and will grab pretty much anything. Before bed, however, Roussell says going to sleep a bit hungry can actually be beneficial. “Going to be hungry may actually help you sleep better as ghrelin makes your body more responsive to compounds in your brain that aid in sleep.”

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Undress your salads

“Instead of using a heavy salad dressing, try a drizzle of thick balsamic glaze along with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice” Taub-Dix says. “By cutting the fat in your diet, you can not only save calories, but you can also leave room for healthier fats like avocado or nuts, which are toppings you can actually chew and enjoy with greater satisfaction.”

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Keep the size of your stomach in mind

Taub-Dix suggests slowing down and listening to your stomach, not your brain. “Believe it or not, your stomach is about the size of two of your fists. When you eat some bread and butter, a glass of wine, an appetizer, a main dish, and dessert and cappuccino—your mouth and mind will feel satisfied, but your stomach might have wanted to go home halfway through your meal!”

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Have your groceries delivered

“Having your groceries delivered cuts back on the impulse buys, wasting money, and over portioning. Plus, you can pre-load your weekly list so it’s effortless,” Moreno explains. Moreno also recommends keeping healthy snacks on your “auto-ship” list on Amazon. This way, you never run out! Moreno swears by these delectable protein brownies. “Stash one in every purse!”

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Trim your portions

“Not cutting foods out altogether will help you meet your needs without feeling deprived. Don’t focus on ‘allowed’ and ‘avoid’ lists,” Taub-Dix says. Instead, learn how to read hunger cues and sensations of fullness so you don’t over eat.

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Don’t skip meals

Taub-Dix suggests not skipping meals you’ll just want to eat more. “Aside from skipping important nutrients, missed meals can lead to a feeling of entitlement, making it seem as if an overindulgent snack is owed to you. A less haphazard diet will help you feel more balanced, both physically and emotionally,” she explains.

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Make time to move more daily

“It doesn’t have to be a HIIT class, but humans are designed to be in motion daily, not sitting at a desk for 9 hours. If you’re starting out, walking is fine—at least 15K steps ideal—and this isn’t for weight loss, it’s just for health. Start to move as much as possible. If you’re on the phone, walk around while chatting,” Moreno explains.

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Be your own cheerleader

“Do whatever it takes to help you feel limber and refreshed daily, not punished and stuck behind a desk,” Taub-Dix suggests. “Talk positively to yourself and cheer yourself on no matter what.” Taub-Dix explains that even if you fall off the health horse, just forgive yourself and get back up again. Don’t dwell on the failures.

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Remember, good things take work

“Think about how much work goes into raising kids, holding down a job, or maintaining relationships with those we care about. The same idea applies to leading a healthy lifestyle. Some days will be easier than others, but in the long run your efforts will be rewarded,” Taub-Dix shares.

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Keep track of your progress

Roussell recommends closely tracking your progress, so you don’t lose motivation. “If you track progress in a detailed way, you’ll notice change happening. Measure data points like your chest, waist, arm size, and body-fat percentage with a tape measure—it’s possible that you can stay the same weight, but lose inches off your waist and other areas as your body tones and tightens,” he explains. “Don’t expect to lose two pounds per week every single week until you reach your goal.”

You might lose less weight some weeks than others. And if you come up short one week, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you hit a plateau. “It’s just part of the natural process of weight loss,” Roussell explains.

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Try the 90 percent rule

“Regardless of how solid they are, your diet and exercise plans won’t work if you aren’t sticking to them. You’ve made a commitment to yourself, so come through with it,” Roussell says. As you plan your meals or snacks, Roussell suggests putting an X over it on your menu map. If you skip a meal or eat something that isn’t in your plan, circle that meal. At the end of each week, count the number of meals you ate according to your meal plan and divide that number by the total number of meals, snacks, and post-workout smoothies you had planned, then multiply it by 100.

“If you hit 90 percent or more, nice work. If you didn’t hit at least 90 percent, then your efforts should be dedicated to working on your dietary plan for the next week,” Roussell says.

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Eat foods that excite you

“Think outside of the box when you’re preparing what to eat. I wake up every day excited to eat breakfast because I love the foods I’ve bought and prepared and can’t wait to savor them,” Moreno says. Instead of boring oatmeal in the morning, which Moreno calls, “Oliver Twist food,” jazz it up. “Try oatmeal with vanilla protein powder, walnuts toasted in ghee, and cinnamon, that’s much more exciting.”

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Use the red, orange and green rule

At each meal include one food that is any of these colors. By focusing on these foods, you’ll be sure to get some produce on your plate and won’t have space on your plate for higher-calorie fare, according to Lyssie and Tammy Lakatos, RD, authors of The Secret to Skinny: How Salt Makes You Fat.

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Focus on nutrient balance instead of calorie counting

Make sure every meal has some carbs, protein, fiber, and fat instead of just counting calories. Having all of these key nutrients in your dish delivers better energy and fat loss results by giving the body what it needs, like quick- and longer-digesting nutrients so you stay full longer, says Ashley Koff, RD.

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200 Best Ways To Lose Weight

Losing weight can seem overwhelming—you have to figure out how to eat healthily and fuel your body properly, plan an exercise regimen that works for you, get plenty of sleep, and ultimately make hundreds of choices each day that will either bring you closer to your goal or throw you completely off track.

But if navigating these choices seems confusing, that’s where Eat This, Not That! comes in. What really works are making little lifestyle tweaks, simple moves that help you slash calories, boost nutrition and build a healthy foundation. We’ve gathered up some of the easiest, most effective new tricks and tactics to help you shed those unwanted pounds and slim down for good.

Put this plan into play and you won’t need any goofy new fads—just new pants.

Making your sandwich with two slices of bread is so last year. Aid your slim down efforts by opting for whole-grain bread over white and preparing your sandwich “open-faced” style—the fancy name for kicking the top piece of bread to the curb. Doing so keeps about 70 to 120 calories off your plate. If losing some bread leaves your tummy rumbling, beef up your meal by munching on a cup of baby carrots or sugar snap peas. These pop-in-your-mouth veggies are loaded with fiber and water, which can help aid satiety and weight loss efforts.

You know that hitting the recommended five to nine daily servings of fruits and veggies can make it easier to slim down, but that doesn’t make it any easier to accomplish. A simple way to make it happen? Buy a fruit bowl. You’re more likely to grab fruits and veggies over less-healthy options if they’re ready to eat and in plain sight. Katie Cavuto MS, RD, the dietitian for the Philadelphia Phillies and Flyers, suggests keeping washed and prepared veggies like cucumbers, peppers, sugar snap peas, and carrots in the front of the fridge so they aren’t overlooked. Bananas, apples, pears, and oranges fare well as sweet snacks and should be kept on the counter where everyone can see them.

We know you love binge-watching your favorite reality series, but it’s important to enjoy your meals sitting at your kitchen table—not in front of the television. Why? Carolyn Brown, MS, RD, of Foodtrainers, told us that in addition to commercials of unhealthy food and drinks increasing our cravings, TV is so distracting that it makes it harder to realize when we’re actually satiated. Science agrees with Brown: A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that paying attention while eating can aid weight loss efforts while distracted eating can lead to a long-term increase in food consumption.

Dieters and ETNT staffers alike fell head over heels for green tea—and it’s easy to see why: The cornerstone brew of The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse is packed with compounds called catechins, belly-fat crusaders that blast belly fat by revving the metabolism, increasing the release of fat from fat cells, and then speeding up the liver’s fat burning capacity. In an American Physiological Society study, participants who combined a daily habit of 4-5 cups of green boosted their exercise endurance by up to 24 percent, revving weight loss. Make the most of the benefits from tea with The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse, by food journalist Kelly Choi and the editors of Eat This, Not That!, test panelists lost up to 10 pounds in one week!

The bigger your plate, the bigger your meal, Brown reminds us. How so? While smaller plates make food servings appear significantly larger, larger plates make food appear smaller—which can lead to overeating. In one study, campers who were given larger bowls served themselves and consumed 16 percent more cereal than those given smaller bowls. Swapping dinner for salad plates will help you eat more reasonable portions, which can help the pounds fly off your frame! To kick even more calories to the curb, use small red plates. Although the vibrant hue may not match your dining room decor, the color can help you eat less, according to a study published in the journal Appetite. Researchers suggest that the color red reduces the amount we’re likely to eat by subtly instructing the mind to stop noshing.

There’s a reason Eat This, Not That! hired celebrity trainer Mark Langowski to develop Eat This, Not That! for Abs, our e-book system for getting a six-pack in six weeks: He said it wouldn’t include a single sit-up. “I have been a personal trainer for over 13 years—during this time, I have learned a lot about a lot, but the most important topic that I discovered was 10 years ago when I found out how damaging sit-ups are to the discs in my spine,” he told us. “It was after listening to genius professor Stuart McGill, who is head of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo, that I realized I had been doing more harm to myself and my clients by having them do traditional sit-ups.” Instead, “throughout the workout section of the Eat This, Not That! For Abs, I explain how to train the entire body in a way that is activating the core muscles in every exercise you do. A squat may look like a leg exercise,
but did you know you are also working your core muscles when done properly?” Compound exercises, such as squats and deadlifts, work muscle groups while challenging the core—giving you the rock hard abs you dream of.

Zero Belly Diet test panelist Bryan Wilson, a 29-year-old accountant, lost 19 pounds and an astounding six inches from his waist in just six weeks on the diet, and he attributes his success to the Zero Belly shake recipes in the program. “I love the shakes. I added them to my diet, and almost immediately I lost the bloat,” Bryan said. “I’m a sweet craver, and the shakes were an awesome alternative to bowls and bowls of ice cream I would have had.” Protein-enriched drinks lend you a monster dose of belly-busting nutrition in a simple yet delicious snack. But most commercial drinks are filled with unpronounceable chemicals that can upset our gut health and cause inflammation and bloat. Not to mention, the high doses of whey used to boost protein levels can amplify the belly-bloating effect. The Zero Belly solution: Try vegan protein, which will give you the same fat-burning, hunger-squelching, muscle-building benefits, without the bloat. Lose weight in less than 30 seconds, with the 100+ proven recipes in Zero Belly Smoothies!

“Repetition builds rhythm. Be boring. Most successful losers have just a couple of go-to breakfasts or snacks,” says registered dietitian Lauren Slayton. “Make an effort to pinpoint these for yourself. ‘Hmm, I’m starving what should I have?’ doesn’t often end well. You can change the rotation every few weeks, but pre-set meals or workouts on certain days will help tremendously.”

Do you consider products from specialty supermarkets to be healthier than those from other grocery stores? Or do you think that dishes from organic restaurants are all waistline-friendly? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you could be derailing your weight loss efforts. When people guess the number of calories in a sandwich coming from a “healthy” restaurant, they estimate that it has, on average, 35 percent fewer calories than they do when it comes from an “unhealthy” restaurant, according to a study in the Journal of Consumer Research. Remember that the next time you reach for that package of Whole Foods’ Organic Fruit & Nut Granola. One cup of this seemingly healthy snack contains almost 500 calories. Yikes! To stay on track at the grocery store, check out these best supermarket shopping tips ever.

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee dropped their longstanding recommendation that we should limit dietary cholesterol. Decades of research have shown that it has little effect on blood cholesterol levels, and the government’s outdated recommendations have done little more than send scrambled messages about the pros and cons of eating eggs and shrimp. So go ahead and scramble up an omelet—with the yolk. Eating the entire egg is beneficial to your body because it contains metabolism-stoking nutrients, including fat-soluble vitamins, essential fatty acids, and choline—a powerful compound that attacks the gene mechanism that triggers your body to store fat around your liver.

Fill at least half of your lunch and dinner plate with vegetables. Vegetables are nutrient-dense, high in satiating fiber, and low in calories, making them ideal weight loss tools, says registered dietitian Danielle Omar. “By eating the veggie half of your plate before anything else, you will take the edge off your hunger, eat less overall calories, and still feel full and satisfied. Keep eating this way and the pounds will painlessly melt away.”

When you place heaping bowls of food on the table, over-eating is inevitable. To avoid scarfing down extra bites, keep food on the stove or counter and spoon it out onto plates from there. When going back for seconds requires leaving the table, people tend to consider their hunger levels more carefully. And serving healthier dishes can, of course, help too. These 20 best-ever recipes for Zero Belly are all weight loss-friendly options we love.

While overnight oats remain a healthy and trendy breakfast, there’s one healthy oatmeal trend that’s also making waves: Zoats! The funny-sounding name actually describes a very straightforward (but delicious) dish made from shredded fiber-filled zucchini, oatmeal, milk, spices and nutrient-packed add-ins such as nuts and fruit. We love how the dish makes it easy to add veggies to your morning meal—somewhere it’s rarely found. Another win: Adding zucchini to your oatmeal adds bulk to your breakfast bowl without the need for extra cereal, ultimately saving you calories.

Out of sight, out of mouth? Simply reorganizing your pantry staples could translate into serious calorie savings. A study published in the Journal of Marketing found that people are more likely to overeat small treats from transparent packages than from opaque ones. For this reason, many nutritionists suggest keeping indulgent foods in the pantry on a high shelf so that you’re less apt to mindlessly grab them.

According to Northwestern researchers, late sleepers—defined as those who wake up around 10:45 a.m.—consume 248 more calories during the day, as well as half as many fruits and vegetables and twice the amount fast food than those who set their alarm earlier. If these findings sound troubling to you night owls, try setting your alarm clock 15 minutes earlier each day until you’re getting out of bed at a more reasonable hour.

We’ve all been told that salmon, packed with heart-healthy omega-3s and belly-flattening protein, is a great way to get strong, lean and healthy. But not all salmon is created equal. Farmed salmon, which is what’s commonly sold in restaurants, can have the opposite effect on your waistline. Farmed salmon has over 100 more calories and nearly twice as much fat as wild-caught salmon. Plus, it’s much higher in saturated fat and lower in heart-healthy omega-3s. When dining out, you’re better off skipping the salmon altogether unless you are 100 percent sure it’s wild-caught.

Simply blasting the air conditioner, cracking a window open, or turning down the heat during the winter may help attack belly fat while we sleep, according to a study published in the journal Cell Press. That’s because colder temperatures subtly enhance the effectiveness of our brown fat stores—fat that keeps you warm by helping you burn through the fat stored in your belly. After participants spent 2 hours per day at 62.6 degrees F for six weeks, their brown fat stores increased.

Are frequent meals your ticket to a better body? Experts say so! In a Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics study that sampled 2,385 adults, research participants who ate less than four times a day consumed more calories and had a higher BMI than those who sat down to eat at least six times. The scientists noticed that those who ate fewer meals consumed most of their calories at night and were more apt to drink alcohol with their meals while their ever-grazing counterparts tended to eat healthier, less calorically dense foods. To keep the weight flying off your frame, nosh on these high-protein snacks between meals.

Exposure to light at night doesn’t just interrupt your chances of a great night’s rest, it may also result in weight gain, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. As crazy as it may seem, study subjects who slept in the darkest rooms were 21 percent less likely to be obese than those sleeping in the lightest rooms. The takeaway here is a simple one: Turn off the TV and toss your nightlight.

In a 2015 Orlando Health survey of more than a thousand respondents, the majority cited their inability to stay consistent with a diet or exercise plan as their primary barrier to weight loss success. Sounds common, but here’s the kicker: Only one in 10 of the survey respondents noted their psychological well-being as part of the equation—and it’s likely why nearly two out of three people who lost five percent of their total weight ended up gaining it all back. Yikes! To unlock the door to weight loss success and stop emotional eating, try keeping a journal that tracks your food choices and current mood. Then, look for unhealthy patterns, which can help you recognize specific emotional connections you have with food. Once you’re more aware of these connections, it will be easier to adopt healthier eating patterns. Do you always reach for something sugary when you’re stressed or devour fries when you’re sad? Instead, try more productive ways to cope, like going for a brisk walk or texting a friend.

Diet experts say that we need about one gram of protein per kilogram of body weight to aid muscle growth and weight loss. So if that’s what you’re eating each day, you’re bound to get the body of your dreams, right? Unfortunately, there’s more to it than that. According to University of Texas researchers, the timing at which you consume your protein can make or break how much lean muscle mass you pack on. If you’re like most Americans, you likely consume little to no protein for breakfast, a bit of protein at lunch and the bulk of your daily intake during dinner—which the researchers discovered isn’t ideal for muscle synthesis. Luckily, fitness-minded friends, the fix is a simple one: Just distribute your protein intake evenly throughout the day. The scientists found that those who followed this simple trick had 25 percent higher protein synthesis than those who ate the majority of the nutrient after the sun went down. To hit the mark and start leaning out, try one of these 35 best-ever chicken recipes for weight loss!

Dining out can kill your hard-earned weight loss wins—and so can boozing too hard. To stay on track with your better-body goals, order your glass of wine or cocktail near the end of your meal. That way, the sweetness can act as a low-cal dessert. Plus, it won’t lower your inhibitions before your meal, which may prompt you to order something unhealthy off the menu.

Think writing a grocery list before heading to the store is a waste of time? As it turns out, it may be the key to finally losing weight. A Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior study of more than more than 1,300 people discovered that shoppers who regularly wrote grocery lists also purchased healthier foods and had lower BMI’s than those who didn’t put pen to paper before heading to the store. Researchers hypothesize that shopping lists keep us organized, which in turn helps us fend off diet-derailing impulse buys (hello, candy aisle). Before heading to the supermarket to stock up, spend a few minutes taking inventory of your kitchen, and then write a list. Be sure to organize it by category to prevent zigzagging all over the place; that ups the odds you’ll walk by—and purchase—tempting treats that could derail your weight loss success.

A recent JAMA Internal Medicine study of nearly 4,000 couples found that people are more likely to stick to healthy habits when they team up with a partner. Invite your honey to a Saturday morning run and then hit the showers together—knowing you have something steamy to look forward to afterward should serve as some additional motivation. And then follow up your workout with some of the best proteins for your penis.

Are your portion control issues making it hard for you to shrink your man boobs? Stop yourself from going back for seconds by grabbing a box of mints. People often yearn for that second cookie or helping of mac and cheese because the taste of the first still lingers. To cleanse your palate, keep mints or breath strips on hand and pop them when it’s time to quit noshing. Not only will this rid the alluring taste from your tongue, it will also keep your mouth busy and act as a distraction. Drinking water or tea are also helpful tactics.

A Credit Suisse Research Institute report found that more and more of us are choosing full-fat foods over skim, light, fat-free, or other modern monikers of leanness. And while many health organizations like the American Heart Association still recommend cutting down on fat—particularly saturated fat—this full-fat trend may be a healthy rebellion against those decades-old credos, according to recent studies. In fact, people who eat a lot of high-fat dairy products actually have the lowest incidence of diabetes, according to a 2015 study of 26,930 people in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Those who ate a lot of low-fat dairy products, on the other hand, had the highest incidence. So what’s the best way to join the full-fat revolution? Eat This, Not That! polled some of the country’s top nutrition experts and asked for their favorite full-fat fat burners. Check out what they said in our exclusive report the 20 best full-fat foods for weight loss.

And speaking of eating full-fat fare, a cutting-edge review published in PLOS One discovered that when it comes to reducing cardiovascular risk and promoting rapid weight loss, low-carb diets are superior to low-fat diets. Can’t imagine fully committing to a low-carb lifestyle? Start by eliminating empty sources of carbs from your diet such as white bread, desserts, and sugary drinks.

Looking for the easiest possible way to lose weight? Grab your pajamas early and log some extra Zzzs! According to researchers in the journal Appetite, getting eight and a half hours of shut-eye each night can drop cravings for junk food a whopping 62 percent and decrease overall appetite by 14 percent! Mayo Clinic researchers note similar findings: In their study, adults who slept an hour and 20 minutes less than the control group consumed an average of 549 additional calories daily. That’s more calories than you’ll find in a Big Mac!

Instead of dragging yourself to the coffee pot when your alarm goes off, open all the blinds! A study in PLoS One found that when obese women were exposed to at least 45 minutes of morning light (between 6–9 am) for 3 weeks, it resulted in reduced body fat and appetite. Researchers think it’s because the morning sun helps synchronize your metabolism to burn fat more efficiently. For more easy ways to burn more calories, check out these 55 Best-Ever Ways to Boost Your Metabolism.

Is your obsession with Reese’s and Pringles derailing your weight loss efforts? It might be if you’re not using the self-checkout kiosks at the grocery store. Let us explain: According to a study by IHL Consulting Group, impulse purchases dipped 32.1 percent for women and 16.7 percent for men when they scanned their items and swiped their credit card on their own. Although not all impulse buys are bad for your belly, a whopping 80 percent of candy and 61 percent of salty-snack purchases are unplanned.

Instead of gobbling down breakfast at home, eat at your desk a few hours later than you typically do. Pushing back your first meal of the day naturally reduces your “eating window”—the number of hours you spend each day grazing. Why’s that beneficial? Sticking to a smaller eating window may help you lose weight, even if you eat more food throughout the day, a study published in the journal Cell Metabolism found. What’s more, time-restricted eating reduced excessive body weight by 20 percent and prevented further weight gain.

The average American consumes 15.5 pounds of pasta each year—and most of it is the refined white stuff. What’s the trouble with that? This type of noodle is almost completely void of fiber and protein, two vital nutrients for weight loss. To boost the belly-filling fiber and hunger-busting protein in your meal, opt for a bean-based noodle like Banza Chickpea Shells (2 oz., 190 calories, 8 grams of fiber, 14 grams of protein) or Explore Asian Black Bean Low-Carb Pasta (2 oz., 180 calories, 12 grams of fiber, and 25 grams of protein). Alternatively, whip up a batch of zoodles, or spiralized veggie noodles with the help of these mouthwatering spiralizer recipes.

Good news for carb lovers: Scientists discovered an easy way to slim down any bowl of rice by as much as 60 percent! And the best part is that you don’t need a fancy lab or a PhD. to make the slimmed-down dish. Here’s how to whip it up: Add a teaspoon of coconut oil and a half cup of non-fortified white rice to a pot of boiling water. Cook it for about 40 minutes, stick it in the refrigerator for 12 hours and enjoy the rice either cold or reheated. How does such a simple cooking hack—that adds fat, no less—slash calories? When the rice begins to cool, its glucose molecules form tight bonds called “resistant starch.” This type of starch, as the name implies, is resistant to digestion, meaning that the body is not able to absorb as many calories or as much of the glucose (a nutrient that’s stored as fat if it’s not burned off) from each molecule. While you may be hesitant to add the oft-vilified oil to your pot, it actually plays an integral role in the process. As the rice cooks, the fat molecules find their way into the rice and act as an additional digestion barrier. Best of all, the research team found that reheating the rice didn’t change the levels of resistant starch (as it does with pasta and potatoes), deeming this calorie-slashing cooking hack safe for leftovers, too.

Want to stay on track with your diet while dining out? Leave your lady at home, guys. Strange but true: When men dine with women, they eat up to 93 percent more, according to researchers at Cornell Universityresearchers at Cornell University. “These findings suggest that men tend to overeat to show off,” lead author of the study, Kevin Kniffin, explained. “Instead of a feat of strength, it’s a feat of eating.” Women, on the other hand, ate the same amount food no matter who they broke bread with.

People exercise for an average of 34 minutes longer with a friend than they do when they hit the gym solo, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. And the longer you sweat, the more quickly you’ll reach your goals! Looking for a healthy way to refuel after your weight room session? Whip up a quick and delicious protein shake for on-the-go nutrition.

Lately, we’re noticing protein-packed everything—from breads to nut butter and milk. While you don’t need to load up on weird franken-foods to amp up your intake of the nutrient, if you’re trying to drop a few pounds, then it’s wise to keep some high-protein snacks on hand. Noshing on these can prevent eating something high-calorie every time hunger strikes.

Instead of depriving yourself of all your favorite indulgences or meticulously counting calories to drop a size, simply consume at least 30 grams of fiber daily. This simple, no-fuss method fuels weight loss and improves health just as effectively as more complex diet approaches, University of Massachusetts Medical School researchers discovered. “Very few people reach the goals that are recommended,” said lead study author Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD, adding that “Telling people to reduce this or reduce that is just too hard to do.” However, asking people to focus on eating more of a certain nutrient—rather than eliminating things from their diet–can help people reach their weight loss goals, he explains. Interested in giving the diet strategy a try? Incorportate high-fiber foods for weight loss into your favorite recipes and start slimming down!

Even if you’re trying to reduce your eating window, you shouldn’t go to sleep starving. In fact, going to bed with a rumbling stomach can make it more difficult to fall asleep and subsequently leave you feeling ravenous the next day. And get this: Eating the right type of bedtime snack can actually boost your metabolism and aid weight loss, registered dietitian Cassie Bjork explained. “The right snack can help keep blood sugar stable so the fat-burning hormone glucagon can do its job. I suggest pairing a natural carb with a healthy fat. Apple slices and almond butter, berries with heavy cream and carrots with guacamole all fit the bill.”

What smells like an exotic vacation and can shrink your waist faster than your favorite Zumba class? You got it: coconut oil. A study of overweight participants published in Pharmacology found that just two tablespoons per day reduced waist circumference. However, the health benefits of coconut oil are still debated—coconut oil is high in saturated fat. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing; it’s in the form of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which aren’t processed in the body the same way long-chain triglycerides (LCTs). A study published in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders found that when MCTs replaced LCTs in the diets of overweight women, they were less likely to gain weight.

Plus, its high smoke point makes coconut oil great for just about every dish, from eggs to stir-frys. And at roughly 117 calories per tablespoon, it’s close in calories to olive oil—just be sure you keep antioxidant-rich olive oil in your cooking rotation, too.

Not like you needed another reason to fall in love, snuggle up with your sweetie, kiss or get it on. Harvard Medical School researchers found that all of those things can aid weight loss. How? Lovey-dovey feelings cause levels of the hormone oxytocin to increase, which in turn, decreases appetite.

Though you may think that strong willpower is a necessary trait to overcome down-time grazing, experts say that your success is more dependent on your food environment than anything else. “If you happen to get bored and there is nothing but healthy food available in your house, you likely won’t choose to eat it unless you’re actually hungry,” says Jennifer Neily, MS, RDN of Neily on Nutrition. Most people don’t have the urge to eat celery sticks; cookies, however, are a different story. Heather Mangieri, RDN agrees, adding, “You can’t eat what’s not there, so make sure when you open the pantry, you aren’t tempted with the sugary, salty, fatty foods that most people choose when eating ‘just to eat.’ Instead, stock your refrigerator with fresh vegetable slices and healthy whole foods that will be easier to pass on if you’re not really hungry.”

Have trouble eating reasonably sized portions? Try dimming the lights and cueing up some soft music. According to a study published in Psychological Reports, soft lighting and music lead noshers to eat less and enjoy their food more. That’s what we call a win-win.

Most people think of their protein or meat as their meal’s main event, but that shouldn’t be the case. “Place flavorful vegetables front and center on lunch and dinner plates, accompanied by sides of protein and whole grains,” registered dietitian Cheryl Forberg said. By simply rearranging your plate, you’ll automatically consume fewer calories and take in more health-protective vitamins and nutrients.

Even if you fill up on produce, lean proteins, and whole grains, according to British Journal of Nutrition findings, when you think about the quality of your diet, you’re likely forgetting about all the unhealthy food that also finds its way to your mouth. People tend to exaggerate the good foods they eat and underestimate the bad stuff, says study author, Kentaro Murakami, PhD of Japan’s University of Shiga Prefecture. While it’s not necessarily intentional, it’s likely one of the reasons why it’s so hard for people to lose weight. For example, you might grab a handful of candy at a co-worker’s desk or a sample at the mall and then forget about it altogether. Our advice: To get a more accurate overview of your diet, keep a detailed food journal on your phone—yes, that means you should include that food court sample, too. Whether you snap photos or keep a written log is totally up to you—both tactics will work. The more food records dieters kept over the course of 30 months, the more weight they lost, a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found.

How would you like to take all the great weight-loss results you’ve just read about—and double them? That’s what happens when you supplement your diet with a combination of vitamin D and calcium, according to a 2008 study. Just four weeks into the 12-week experiment, subjects who had taken these two nutrients—found in abundance in some Greek yogurt—lost two times more fat than the other group!

It’s every chocoholic’s dream: Research now shows that eating moderate amounts of dark chocolate can reduce overall body fat and shrink your waist. A study among women with normal weight obesity (or skinny fat syndrome) who ate a Mediterranean diet that included two servings of dark chocolate each day showed a significant reduction in waist size than when on a cocoa-free meal plan. Researchers say it has to do with the flavonoids, heart-healthy compounds in chocolate that have important antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Just be sure you’re reaching for a bar with at least 70 percent cacao, and stay away from the “alkalized” stuff, which has a significantly reduced flavonoid content.

Recent research published in the journal PLOS ONE found that getting direct sunlight exposure between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon reduced your risk of weight gain regardless of activity level, caloric intake, or even age. Researchers believe that the sunlight synchronizes your metabolism and undercuts your fat-storage genes.

In her book The Naughty Diet, author Melissa Milne—whose own essay, “I Eat Slim-Shamers for Breakfast” also went viral—interviewed thousands of women about the body shaming and they all said the same thing: “They were sick and tired of feeling bad while trying to be good,” she writes in The Naughty Diet. “And here’s the secret of all secrets: You don’t feel bad about yourself when you get fat. You get fat when you feel bad about yourself.” This could be because chronic stress raises levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body, which can trigger belly fat storage. Try being kinder to yourself, which will reduce stress and help melt the pounds away effortlessly.

“Many people think that they can eat whatever they want as long as they work out. But the truth is, if you are looking to lose or maintain your weight, what you put in your body is significantly more important than hitting the gym. Exercise is important to keep your body healthy, but just because you work out for an hour or more per day, it doesn’t give you the liberty to eat whatever you want!” Ilyse Schapiro, MS, RDN, Co-Author of Should I Scoop out My Bagel tells us in 22 Top Weight Loss Tips, According to Nutritionists.

Bad diet decisions are often made when you’re starving and have nothing healthy to eat in your kitchen. Ward off diet-derailing decisions by stocking up on frozen, deveined shrimp—one of Insanity trainer Shaun T’s! go-to proteins. Once you throw it on the stove, it’s ready to eat in just a few minutes, and it’s a great source of lean, low-cal protein. Organic, low-sodium turkey breasts, pre-grilled chicken and hard-boiled eggs are also smart meal-starters to keep on hand.

If you’re java devotee, here’s an easy way to slim down your order: Just ditch the creamer! Splashing two tablespoons of heavy cream to your cup adds 100 calories. Assuming you down two cups of Joe a day, passing up dairy can help you drop 10 pounds in just under six months!

If you’re accustomed to shredding muenster cheese into your eggs, try swapping it for your favorite veggie. One ounce of cheese packs in about 110 calories while a half cup of steamed broccoli boasts 15 calories. Making this morning switch will nourish your body with extra satiating fiber and nutrients, as well as save your waistline from added inches.

While protein-packed Greek yogurt makes for a perfect meal when paired with chia seeds, antioxidant-rich berries, and crunchy nuts, you could be sabotaging your weight loss goals if you choose the wrong tub. A plain cup of Chobani contains about 50 fewer calories than the fruity options, saving your belly from extra flab.

In a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers found that noshing on half a grapefruit before each meal helped participants lose a significant amount of weight in addition to improving insulin resistance.

Before you begin the habit of refilling your water bottle several times a day, make sure yours isn’t laced with BPA. A Harvard study found that adults with the highest concentration of BPA in their urine had significantly larger waists and a 75 percent greater chance of being obese than those in the lowest quartile. No wonder why drinking out of plastic bottles is one of our 40 Bad Habits That Make You Fat! To avoid weight gain, make sure your bottle is BPA-free and be particularly wary of plastics that sport a #7 recycling symbol on them, which is an indicator that BPA may be present.

Even if you’re stocking up on fruits and veggies, buying inorganic may be doing your body a disservice, thanks to the pesticides. “They have been shown to poison the mitochondria so it cannot burn fuel,” says Walter Crinnion, N.D., chairman of the environmental medicine department at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Phoenix in Weight Loss Tricks You Haven’t Tried. “Fuel that is not burned turns to fat.” If you’re worried about breaking your budget at Whole Foods, start by stocking up on these 17 Cheap Organic Foods You Must Buy.

Cutting carbs altogether can often cause a guilt-ridden binge that will leave you unmotivated and packing on the pounds. Instead of prohibiting yourself from eating the foods you love, set a carb curfew. “For dinner, contestants always have a high-protein, high-fat meal with plenty of fibrous veggies,” Chris Powell of ABC’s reality series Extreme Weight Loss tells us in Chris Powell’s Behind-The-Scenes Extreme Weight Loss Tips. “If they have a post-dinner snack, they stick to protein-rich, high-fat foods like almonds or 2 percent milkfat string cheese.” Nixing carbs at night flips the fat-burning switch by increasing the amount of fat-burning hormones released while we’re asleep, Powell adds.

When many of us have too many options to choose from, we often become flustered and make the wrong decision. Same goes for food. If you have a few different boxes of cereal and a handful of flavors of potato chips, you’re likely to eat more of the packaged stuff. Limiting your options to just one can cut down on your grazing habits and prevent a snack attack.

Red fruits such as watermelon, Pink Lady apples, and plums have higher levels of nutrients called flavonoids—particularly anthocyanins, compounds that give red fruits their color, which have been shown to reduce fat-storage genes.

“This seemingly-innocent food is almost always loaded with added sugar. In fact, most companies use synonyms or alternative words for plain old ‘sugar’ to disguise it. ” Lisa Hayim, registered dietitian and founder of The Well Necessities tells us in 37 Worst Breakfast Habits for Your Waistline. And she’s right: Choosing a cup of Kashi Indigo Morning Organic Corn Cereal over ¾ cup of Kashi Organic Promise Cranberry, Spelt and Flax Granola, will slash 160 calories off your breakfast!

University of Wisconsin researchers discovered that participants who wore jeans to work walked almost 500 more steps throughout the day than those who dressed up. As if we needed another reason to look forward to casual Fridays!

Who knew that fantasizing about eating your favorite candy can actually result in real-life weight loss? A study found that daydreaming about eating an entire packet of the sweet stuff before indulging may cause you to eat less of it. To come to this finding, researchers asked participants to imagine eating three M&Ms versus 30. Then, they conducted a taste test where participants were able to nosh on the chocolate orbs. The results? Those who imagined eating lots of M&Ms ended up gobbling down the least!

While appetizers seem to add more calories to your meal, a series of Penn State studies found that biting into an apple or sipping a broth-based soup before eating out can reduce your dinner’s total calorie intake by a walloping 20 percent. So before you slice into that charbroiled steak, don’t forget to pregame the protein with some soup.

“Tahini is an oft-forgotten option for nut and seed butters, but it sits front and center in my fridge because it delivers major creaminess to sauces and smoothies and packs a powerful flavor punch,” says Willow Jarosh MS, RD co-owner of C&J Nutrition. “Although some advise against eating the spread because of its high omega 3:6 ratio, the super high intake of omega-6s in the average American’s diet isn’t due to things like tahini—it’s mostly from not eating a variety of fats or consuming the majority of fats from fried foods and packaged snacks. As long as you’re also eating foods rich in omega-3s, your end-of-day ratio should be nothing to worry about. Plus, tahini is loaded with tons of healthy nutrients like copper, which helps maintain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant responses in the body. It also provides six percent of the day’s calcium in just one tablespoon.”

“Chia seeds aren’t just a pet, they’re a party in your mouth. I’m a huge fan of them because they’re chock-full of heart-healthy omega-3s, fiber, protein, and calcium,” Sarah Koszyk, MA, RD, founder of Family. Food. Fiesta. tells us in 26 Most Overlooked Ways to Lose Weight. “Chia seeds are easily absorbed by the body, so they’re very nourishing and satiating. Every day I add them to my breakfast smoothie or pair them with yogurt or cottage cheese along with some blueberries.”

Kamut, also known as Khorasan wheat, is an ancient grain native to the Middle East that packs in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and protein while remaining low in calories. In fact, a half-cup serving of the stuff has 30 percent more protein than regular wheat and only 140 calories. A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that noshing on Kamut reduces cholesterol, blood sugar, and cytokines (which cause inflammation throughout the body).

A study published in The Journal of Nutrition found that after just two weeks, those who sipped four to five cups of the green brew daily in addition to working out for 25 minutes lost more belly fat than those who didn’t sip. We can chalk up these favorable results to the tea’s catechins, a type of antioxidant that hinders the storage of belly fat and aids rapid weight loss.

“Oolong, or ‘black dragon,’ is a kind of Chinese tea that’s packed with catechins, nutrients that help promote weight loss by boosting your body’s ability to metabolize fat. A study in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine found that participants who regularly sipped oolong tea lost a pound a week, without doing anything else to change their diet or exercise habits,” Kelly Choi, author of The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse tells us in How To Lose 10 Pounds Fast.

Before heading to the gym, don’t forget to reach for a handful of almonds. A study printed in The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that these subtly sweet nuts are rich in the amino acid L-arginine, which can help you burn more fat and carbs during workouts.

Many commercial hummus tubs are jam-packed with waist-widening additives. To avoid the unnecessary ingredients, whip up your own hummus at home and use it as a dip for crunchy veggies such as carrots and celery. The spread’s main ingredient—chickpeas—contain satiating fiber and protein to keep hunger pangs at bay.

Rather than relying on sugary sauces and fatty dressings, try restocking your spice rack more often. Virtually calorie-free seasonings such as turmeric, black pepper, and cayenne keep you slim thanks to their anti-inflammatory and flab-fighting properties.

Forking through a bowl of leafy greens may be boring, but you can easily stick to your daily salad lunch by switching up your ingredients. Begin with a leafy green base and switch up your proteins and fats. Try adding crunchy nuts or low-fat cheese for healthy fats and lean protein such as grilled chicken or salmon.

“Just when the cooler weather has you craving warm, unhealthy comfort foods, spaghetti squash is one of the best replacements for spaghetti!” The Nutrition Twins tell us in Surprising Winter Foods That Melt Fat. “It feels like a hearty meal, but one cup only has about 40 calories—more than 75 percent fewer calories than a cup of plain pasta.”

But make sure they’ve still got their shells! In addition to these green nuts containing a winning combo of protein, fats, and fiber, de-shelling pistachios rather than noshing on the shelled version can help prevent you from popping one too many nuts and overloading on calories.

Chili peppers, jalapenos, and poblanos all have one thing in common besides making your eyes water: They’re packed with capsaicin. This compound, found in spicy peppers, has been shown to rev your metabolism and therefore helping you slim down.

Instead of drizzling your usual olive oil onto your salad, try switching things up with avocado oil. Penn State University researchers compared those who consumed avocado oil with those who consumed a flax-safflower oil blend. Those who used just three tablespoons of avocado oil daily lost nearly two percent of their belly fat in just one month.

“This is like yogurt, but even better because it has more live active cultures to nourish your GI tract so the good bacteria thrive,” Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN, author of the upcoming book, Body Kindness tells us in Surprising Winter Foods That Melt Fat. Worth noting: “Even though it’s dairy, kefir is 99 percent lactose-free because the kefir cultures break down lactose so you don’t have to!”

“They may be small, but these sweet-tasting fruits contain a hefty amount of actinidin, a natural enzyme unique to kiwifruit that aids in digestion by breaking down protein in the body. Kiwifruit also contains prebiotic fiber, which primes the gut for healthy digestion,” Scritchfield says. “Research indicates that a daily serving of green kiwifruit helps increase bowel movements. So, cut in half, scoop with a spoon, and pop into your mouth like nature’s Tums (SunGold kiwis, with a yellow flesh and tropical taste, offer three times the vitamin C of oranges and as much potassium as a medium banana).”

“I wish people knew that gluten-free foods aren’t all automatically healthy,” Torey Armul, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics tells us in 22 Top Weight Loss Tips, According to Nutritionists. “People often lose weight and feel better on a gluten-free diet, but it’s usually not because of lack of gluten. It’s because they’re paying attention to their food choices and eating more real foods and less simple carbs. Gluten-free labeled packaged foods actually tend to have more calories and extra fat or sugar for added flavor.”

Before digging into your morning meal, don’t forget to chug 16 ounces of water. When a British study put this into practice, participants lost an average of 2.87 pounds in 90 days—which translates to 11.5 pounds in a year! If you’re bored of plain ol’ H2O, try stirring up a batch of fruity detox water.

Boarding the elevator may be a mindless act, but taking the stairs instead could actually work wonders for your waistline, a PLoS One journal study found. Researchers suggest climbing one step at a time rather than skipping steps: “climbing just a 15 m high stairway five times a day represents an energy expenditure of on average 302 kcal per week using the one step strategy and 266 kcal using the two step strategy.”

“The numbers on the nutrition panel aren’t the most important part of a food product. You need to look at the ingredient list, too. If there are ingredients you cannot pronounce or if you see anything you think may not be a natural ingredient, put the product back on the shelf,” Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN, registered dietitian and founder of Isabel Smith Nutrition tells us in 22 Top Weight Loss Tips, According to Nutritionists.

“To get to the gym—when you already don’t like yourself—is really hard. So I had to make it fun. I started wearing cute outfits and putting on a little bit of makeup. And as vain as it sounds, it really helped me because eventually I stopped hating the way I looked,” Kelly Osbourne revealed to Shape.

“Fad diets and meal replacement shakes are not the answer to sustainable weight loss or better health. Sure, you can do something drastic to lose 20 pounds in a month, but chances are these actions aren’t sustainable. If you want to lose the weight and keep it off for good, target a weight loss of one to two pounds per week so you can truly see permanent, long-lasting results!” Kristen Carlucci Haase RD-N dished out in 22 Top Weight Loss Tips, According to Nutritionists.

“You need a combination of both weight training and cardio to get fat off your body,” Mike Duffy, CPT, tells us in 17 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Back Fat, adding, “Cardio alone will only train one type of muscle fiber and you’ll only be building one part of your fat-burning furnace. I see many people doing tons of cardio every day and not lifting weights. They never change the way they look.”

Think of sweet potatoes as nature’s dessert. Not only do they satisfy your sweet tooth, these taters digest slowly and keep you feeling fuller for longer thanks to their satiating fiber. They’re also brimming with carotenoids, antioxidants that stabilize blood-sugar levels and lower insulin resistance—which prevent calories from being converted into fat.

According to a Japanese study, the timing of your workout plays a significant role in weight loss. The study found that when you exercise before breakfast, your body increases your ability to burn fat for 24 hours following your sweat sesh.

“Calorie counting is not the only game in town when it comes to weight loss. Chemical counting should also be part of our decision-making process. Processed foods, plastic bottles, lotions, non-organic dairy, and many other items in our daily lives contain endocrine disruptors that can lead to hormonal imbalance and stubborn weight gain,” Jennifer Cassetta, clinical nutritionist, personal trainer, and expert from ABC’s “My Diet Is Better Than Yours” tells us in 22 Top Weight Loss Tips, According to Nutritionists.

Put your free time during the weekends to good use. Prepping healthy, homemade meals and snacks can help you grab a quick meal without hitting up the drive-thru or reaching for convenient, processed foods that will cause you to pack on the pounds.

A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that dealing with work-, finance-, or relationship-related stress can pack on the pounds. When you’re stuck in a hair-pulling situation, your body releases the stress hormone cortisol, which stores abdominal fat. Next time you find yourself overwhelmed, try these awesome ways to strip away stress.

If you’re in dire need of a fast food burger and fries, don’t fret the drive-thru—order a Happy Meal! Kids’ portions are significantly smaller than regular-sized orders, which can help fulfil your cravings without undoing those weight loss wins.

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that chewing more and eating slowly caused participants to ingest fewer calories. How so? Chewing the food more thoroughly simultaneously lowered levels of appetite-stimulating hormones and increased levels of appetite-suppressing hormones.

“There are so many amazing properties in tea and so many healthy foods that require hot water,” Emmy-award winning and author of The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse, Kelly Choi says. “But I’ll swap in hot green tea instead of water for things like oatmeal and quinoa. I’ve seen so many people benefit from my tea cleanse that it inspired me to keep the tea flowing whenever I can!”

Dieters already know to steer clear of sugary cocktails and stick to vodka sodas at happy hour. But nixing booze altogether for a few weeks at a time could really help you jumpstart your weight loss efforts. A Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics study found that alcohol causes people to eat an additional 384 calories per day on average, likely because booze makes us more sensitive to food aromas and less likely to resist indulgent fare.

Just because you’re trying to slim down, that doesn’t mean you have to forgo the occasional dessert splurge. There’s a simple solution to having your cake and eating it, too: Eat healthfully 80 percent of the time and reserve the remaining 20 percent of the time to cheat meals. Balance is key to sticking to your diet and dropping weight and maintaining it in the long run.

“I wish people knew that almond milk is no nutritional match to cow’s milk. In addition to being a great source of calcium and potassium, a cup of cow’s milk has eight grams of protein, which is about the same as a whole egg. Almond milk has only 1.5 grams of protein and can have added sugar when people buy the flavored or sweetened versions. Protein is important for making us feel full and energized longer, and that’s key for being able to have a productive weekday morning,” Libby Mills, MS, RDN, LDN, Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics tells us in 22 Top Weight Loss Tips, According to Nutritionists.

“Water may just be the best pre-workout supplement when you’re looking to shed weight. Studies have shown that strength training while in a dehydrated state can boost levels of stress hormones that hinder muscle gains by up to 16 percent,” celebrity fitness and nutrition expert, Jay Cardiello tells us in The Best And Worst Celebrity Weight Loss Tips. “When a client is looking to trim down, I tell them to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day and at least 8 ounces during their workouts.”

“Music is such a big part of my workouts, you’ve really got to feel the music and get into it,” Gwyneth Paltrow told E! News. “If you don’t love the song you’re not going to work your hardest.”

Here’s a good reason to keep your devices far from the dinner table: Researchers at the University of Birmingham found that diners who were distracted at meal time consumed significantly more unhealthy snack foods later in the day than those who paid close attention to their food and avoided distractions.

“I wish people knew that there is no one-size-fits-all diet that works for everyone. Individuals have different food preferences, dining habits, schedules, body types, past experiences, and obstacles. Stop falling for restrictive diet plans, America! Start by changing one simple habit and build from there,” Stephanie Brookshier, RDN, ACSM-CPT tells us in 22 Top Weight Loss Tips, According to Nutritionists.

There’s no denying dinner rolls are delicious, but you don’t need to take the “breaking bread” aspect of a meal so literally. Instead, steer clear of the bread basket and munch on a leafy green salad instead. If the carb-heavy starter is still too tempting to avoid, try nibbling on a high-fiber snack before sitting down to eat, such as a handful of nuts. The fiber found in nuts will keep you satiated, meaning you won’t be as easily induced to reach for the bread and butter, and you’ll be swapping out unhealthy fats for healthy ones. It’s a win-win!

If you work at a job that requires you to be chained to your desk all day, try switching things up and giving a trendy standing desk a shot. Simply standing while you toil away as opposed to sitting has been shown to contribute to weight loss. Bloomberg reports that researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that standing burns about 54 calories over a six-hour day, and although that might not sound like much, those calories accumulate quickly. At that rate, you can burn over 1,000 calories a month just by staying on your feet.

Common sense states if you want to lose weight, then you shouldn’t have a large meal not long before going to bed. And now we have additional research to back up that hypothesis. A study published in the journal Obesity followed two groups of overweight women with metabolic syndrome on identical 1,400-calorie weight loss diets for three months. While both groups consumed 500 calories at lunch, one group consumed 700 calories for breakfast and a 200-calorie dinner (the “big breakfast” group), while the other group ate 200 calories at breakfast and 700 calories at dinner (the “big dinner” group). Even though the nutrient content of the meals was exactly the same for both groups, after three months the big breakfast group lost about two and a half times more weight than big dinner group.

There’s some truth to the old adage that breakfast is the “most important meal of the day,” and if you’re looking to blast belly fat, what you eat at the start of each day can make all the difference. According to a study from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a high-fiber, high-protein breakfast may be the most important investment you can make for your waistline. The study showed that eating breakfast triggered women’s brains to release dopamine, a feel-good chemical that helps to control impulses. In other words, eating a balanced breakfast decreases your chances of reaching for that 3 p.m. candy bar and keeps your belly slim.

Though you may think skipping a meal such as breakfast will help you lose weight because you would be consuming fewer calories, numerous studies have actually shown that bailing on breakfast is bad for your waistline. Why, you ask? It turns out that skipping breakfast not only means you’ll likely consume more calories later in the day, but eating more calories in the later part of the day is a nightmare for metabolic circadian rhythms, which help keep your weight in check.

Healthy midnight snacks are OK, but try not to graze in the window of time between breakfast and lunch. A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found mid-morning snackers typically eat more over the course of a day than afternoon snackers. Furthermore, researchers found that dieters with the mid-morning munchies lost an average of 7 percent of their total body weight while those who did not snack before lunch lost more than 11 percent of their body weight.

Not only is drinking lemon water a healthy, low-calorie alternative to soda or juice, but lemons themselves have also been shown to contribute to weight loss. Just one of the citrus fruits contains an entire day’s worth of vitamin C, a nutrient that has the power to reduce levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that triggers hunger and fat storage. Additionally, lemons also contain polyphenols, which researchers say may ward off fat accumulation and weight gain. Believe it or not, even the peel is beneficial because it is a potent source of pectin—a soluble fiber that’s been proven to help people feel fuller for longer. According to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, participants who ate just 5 grams of pectin experienced more satiety.

Beans can help boost feelings of fullness and manage blood sugar levels, making them an excellent ally in your weight loss battle. In fact, a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating one serving a day of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils could contribute to modest weight loss.

New research from the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute  has determined that the popular holiday spice can help fight obesity thanks to cinnamaldehyde, an essential oil that gives cinnamon its flavor. According to researchers, cinnamaldehyde improves metabolic health by acting directly on fat cells, inducing them to start burning energy via thermogenesis. To work cinnamon into your diet, try sprinkling some on oatmeal or sipping on cinnamon tea.

Decision fatigue is real, and it could be hindering your ability to shed some pounds. A study published in Social Science and Medicine  found those who have high levels of what’s called “skill discretion”—i.e., they exercise control by getting things done themselves—tended to have lower BMIs. In contrast, those who are constantly deciding on courses of action for others may eventually come down with decision fatigue and make ill-informed choices, such as ordering that piece of cheesecake for dessert.

Though eating fats seems like a counterintuitive way to shrink your stomach, flat-belly-fats such as olive, canola, avocado, and walnut oils, and nut and seed butters (we like peanut butter, almond butter, and tahini) can help you slim down by helping you stay satiated.

The American Heart Association recommends that the amount of added sugar consumed in a day shouldn’t exceed 25 grams for women and 37.5 grams for men, but since the sweet stuff is in everything from bread to tomato sauce, most Americans aren’t adhering to those guidelines and they’re fatter for it. In a review of 68 clinical trials and studies, New Zealand researchers reported in the British Medical Journal that increasing sugar intake meant increasing body weight while reducing sugar meant reducing body weight. Additional research has shown that cutting back on the granular stuff is one of the fastest ways to lose weight.

As far as sugar goes, high-fructose corn syrup is the worst of the lot. The man-made substance is a combination of corn syrup (which itself is 100 percent glucose) and pure fructose, making it a unique nightmare for your waistline. In one study, researchers fed subjects beverages sweetened with either glucose or fructose. Though both groups gained the same amount of weight over a two-month period, the fructose group gained its weight primarily as belly fat because of the way this type of sugar is processed in the liver. To avoid the belly-bloating HFCS trap, make sure you look at nutrition labels carefully and ditch the processed snacks and fruit drinks.

If you just can’t shake those belly-bloating sugar cravings, try tyrosine—a building block of protein. It has been shown to prevent that yearning for the sweet stuff by encouraging the brain to release dopamine and another neurotransmitter, norepinephrine. In other words, eating more tyrosine (which can be found in eggs, spirulina, certain cheeses such as Parmesan, Gruyère, Swiss, and Romano, milk, sesame seeds, beef, and bacon) helps fend off those harmful sugar cravings that make your belly fat.

We’ve already established how chewing thoroughly can ensure you eat a meal at a leisurely pace, but there are other tricks you can use to slow down, too, like giving your fork a break between bites. A study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that slow eaters took in 66 fewer calories per meal, but compared to their fast-eating peers, they felt like they had eaten more. While 66 calories might not sound like much, cutting that amount out of every meal adds up to a weight loss of more than 20 pounds a year!

While you may think you’re doing yourself and your waistline a favor by stocking up on sugar-free goodies, the well-meaning habit is likely doing more harm than good. In a 2012 study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that those who drank diet beverages had higher fasting glucose, thicker waists, lower HDL (good) cholesterol, higher triglycerides, and higher blood pressure. In other words, sugar-free cookies, soda, and the like may seem like the healthier option, but they contribute to a bulging belly and negatively impact your health in multiple ways.

Meatless Monday is more than just an alliteration; it’s an easy way to drop a few pounds. Numerous studies have shown that those who eat the least amount of meat are less likely to be obese, have lower BMIs, and lower body fat levels. Though it’s perfectly fine to eat meat a few times a week, these high-protein foods tend to fill you up before you can work your way over to the veggies, which possess fat-fighting, waist-trimming powers. Try spotlighting just greens and healthy grains in your meals a few times a month.

If you need some Meatless Monday inspiration, look for veggies that contain less starch. In addition to being excellent sources of fiber, protein, and a host of other nutrients, healthy picks such as broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes can help combat fat. In fact, one Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics study found that consuming more non-starchy veggies resulted in an impressive 17 percent decrease in visceral fat in overweight kids. Although you may be all grown up, it’s safe to assume that adding more veggies can help adults trim their fat, too.

In addition to being low in starch, bell peppers are also rich in vitamin C. The important nutrient has been shown to counteract stress hormones which trigger fat storage around the midsection. In other words, bell peppers act as a double belly-shrinking whammy! Veggies that pack a similar punch include zucchini, Brussels sprouts, and kale.

We’ve already discussed the weight loss benefits of avocado oil, so it should come as no surprise that the mothership has its own fat-blasting properties. Though avocados get a bad rap for being high in calories, they’re actually loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that make you feel less hungry. Need proof? A study in Nutrition Journal found that participants who ate half a fresh avocado with lunch reported a 40 percent decreased desire to eat for hours afterward. What’s more? Unsaturated fats, such as those found in avocados, have been linked to preventing the storage of belly fat.

Berries are more than just morsels of sweetness that you can toss on yogurt or work into a smoothie; they can help you lose weight, too! Raspberries pack more fiber and liquid than most other fruits, which boosts satiety. They’re a rich source of ketones, antioxidants that can make you slimmer by incinerating stored fat cells. And like other berries, raspberries are loaded with polyphenols, powerful natural chemicals that have been shown to decrease the formation of fat cells and eliminate abdominal fat. Not to be outdone, research suggests blueberries can also help blast away stubborn belly fat by engaging your get-lean genes. After a 90-day trial, University of Michigan researchers discovered rats that were fed a blueberry-enriched diet showed significantly reduced belly fat compared to those who skipped the berries.

While all fruits are healthy, a handful of them reigns supreme when it comes to frying fat and de-bloating your belly. University of Kentucky researchers found that eating watermelon can lower fat accumulation, while another group of great minds discovered that honeydew can banish water retention and bloating. Spend ten minutes chopping up these slimming fruits for the week ahead. Enjoy them solo as a snack, throw them into yogurt or add them to salads.

According to a study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, & Biochemistry , consuming apple cider vinegar each day can lead to weight loss, reduced belly fat, waist circumference, and lower blood triglycerides. More specifically, the study of obese Japanese participants found that those who consumed just one tablespoon of ACV over a three-month period lost 2.6 pounds, and those who consumed 2 tablespoons lost 3.7 pounds in the same time frame. Go ahead and toss a tablespoon or two of this calorie, fat, and sugar-free stuff in your next salad dressing, sauce, or smoothie.

There’s healthy belly bacteria, and then there’s bad belly bacteria, which studies indicate overweight people have more of in their gut. To keep the fat-causing bugs at bay, you need to eat a variety of foods that support their healthy counterparts—the kind found in the bellies of slim people. Examples of probiotic-rich foods that help you lose weight by aiding digestion include kimchi, kombucha, bone broth, and kefir.

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Cilantro, though polarizing in terms of taste, contains a unique blend of oils that work much like over-the-counter meds to relax digestive muscles and alleviate an “overactive” gut. A study published in the journal Digestive Diseases and Science found that patients with IBS benefited from supplementing with cilantro as opposed to a placebo because their bellies weren’t as bloated.

Trans fats, which are typically found in processed foods with partially hydrogenated oils, should be avoided when buying, cooking, or ordering food because of the role they play in weight gain. As noted in the journal Obesity, these unhealthy substances have been found to pack on the belly fat in monkeys. As it turns out, they’re not great for humans either. “Trans fats cause inflammation in the body leading to insulin resistance and impairing the body’s ability to use glucose properly, resulting in excess fat storage around the belly,” says Tina Marinaccio, MS RD CPT in 50 Ways to Shrink Your Belly. Trans fats, which are created by partially hydrogenating vegetable oils, are beloved by manufacturers because they increase the shelf life of processed foods, but they are no friend to your waistline. “Trans fats may be lurking in any processed or fried food such as chips, baked goods, and even butter spreads,”Marinaccio warns.”To avoid them, check the ingredients for hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.”

People tend to find one workout routine and stick to it but it’s important to switch things up every now and then, especially in terms of cardio. Instead of simply running or walking, try to vary your speeds as you go. Researchers at Ohio State University  found that walking at varying speeds can burn up to 20 percent more calories compared to maintaining a steady pace, so get moving!

Sure, trampolines are built for kids, but as an adult, using one for rebounding is a great way to flatten your tummy and get rid of excess fat. “Not only is it a great cardio workout (which is the first step to tightening up your midsection) but it makes your core work like crazy so you are getting the cardio plus the toning: everything you need for a tight tummy!” explains Hope Pedraza, a Certified Personal Trainer through American College of Sports Medicine in 50 Ways to Shrink Your Belly. To get a comprehensive workout using a mini trampoline, Pedraza suggests jumping, lifting your knees up high, twisting, adding some light weights to move around while you’re jumping, and moving in all directions in different planes.

If you’d rather not channel your inner bunny, try dancing as a way to help shed fat on the body as a whole. “It is obviously a cardio workout, but because your body is forced to move in all different directions in different planes, it is making every single muscle in your body work,” Pedraza explains. “Similar to the benefits of a high-intensity interval training workout, you get the cardio plus toning benefit all in one.” Turn up the volume on your iPod and start moving!

Despite the common perception that you need to drop pounds slowly in order to maintain your weight loss, the exact opposite is true. In fact, you’re more than five times as likely to succeed in your long-term weight-loss goals if you start out of the gate by dropping pounds rapidly, according to a 2010 study in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine . To set yourself up for weight loss success, make sure you focus on diet and exercise.

Nothing beats breakfast in your PJs, but if you put a bit of effort into what you wear prior to chowing down, it could impact your physique. You can keep your goals front and center by dressing up before a meal, Clinical psychologist Katie Rickel tells us in If You Weigh Over 170 Pounds, Here’s What You Need To Do To Lose Weight. Showing that you care about your appearance is a great reminder to eat in a way that reflects that, whether you’re throwing on business attire or a pair of jeans.

In a 2015 study in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research , scientists instructed subjects to choose either a fruit salad or a chocolate cake, then eat and evaluate their snack. Those who ate the chocolate cake in the room with the mirror found it less appealing than those who didn’t have a looking glass nearby, but those who opted for the fruit salad reported no difference in taste. In other words, the presence of a mirror makes unhealthy foods less appealing. So hang one in your kitchen to discourage the consumption of cake and the like, and then use it to watch your waistline shrink each day!

Sunlight in the morning is good, the blue light emitted from your electronics at night is bad, and artificial light should be avoided whenever possible. In a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that being exposed to artificial light leads to weight gain regardless of what you eat.

To help combat the negative impact of artificial light, try working close to a window. Researchers have discovered that those who sit near a window tend to be healthier than those who don’t. Per a study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine , workers near a window got 46 more minutes of sleep a night on average, which is beneficial to weight loss, while workers who weren’t near a window had more sleep disturbances. Additional research has shown that those exposed to natural light during the workweek tended to be more inspired to get outside and exercise.

As far as spices go, saffron is one of the most expensive ones around, but it’s also a substance that preliminary research suggests can contribute to weight loss. According to a study published in the journal Antioxidants  saffron extract may inhibit weight gain in a number of ways similar to how antioxidants function. The research suggests the colorful spice could decrease calorie intake by blocking dietary fat digestion, act as an antioxidant and suppress inflammation, suppress food intake by increasing satiety, and enhance glucose and lipid metabolism. Though scientists aren’t totally sure what makes saffron so weight loss friendly, they suspect it has something to do with crocetin and crocin—two antioxidant-rich compounds found in saffron that give it its distinct color.

The faster food gets from the farm to your plate, the higher its nutritional value, so, no matter the season, stay healthy by heading out to your neighborhood farmer’s market and stock up on fresh fruits and veggies. The walk around the market is a great way to elevate your heart rate a bit, and the beneficial finds can’t be beat. To make the most of your nutritionally-minded outing, keep an eye out for what’s in peak season whenever you go.

Since tomatoes can be grown indoors, they never really go out of season, making them a reliable weight loss staple to add to your diet. The tasty fruits have a high water content that will help keep you hydrated, and they’re also low in calories. What’s more? A study published in Nutrition Journal  found that eight weeks of tomato juice consumption helps the body burn about an additional 100 calories per day—that adds up to around 3,000 calories a month!

Alcohol isn’t exactly a weight loss ally, but using it to flavor meat when you cook it could help you drop a few pounds and stay healthy. According to a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry , if you marinate meat with beer for four hours, you can lower the harmful chemicals it produces when exposed to high heat by up to 68 percent.

If beef is your prefered source of protein, make sure you’re eating the grass-fed stuff. Ground beef, a T-bone steak, or prime rib are amongst the healthiest cuts because they’re lower in unhealthy fats than other forms of beef and actually contain more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than some fish. Just be sure to limit your red meat consumption to around two three-ounce servings per week in order to keep your cholesterol in check, and stick to low-calorie rubs and spices as opposed to sugary sauces to flavor the meal.

While ketchup and BBQ sauce are frequently used to help flavor beef, chicken, and the like, the tasty condiments are no friend to your waistline. Ketchup, for example, typically contains around 19 calories and 4 grams of belly-bloating sugar per tablespoon, and BBQ sauce is just as unhealthy, if not worse. To avoid consuming empty calories and unhealthy added sugar, have condiments such as mustard and sauerkraut on hand. While mustard has been linked to revving your metabolism, fermented sauerkraut will help balance the bacteria in your gut.

We’ve already discussed how the color red may act as an appetite suppressant (hence the need for red dishes) but apparently that’s not the only color you should be taking note of as you prepare to eat. Per a recent study from Cornell University , diners actually serve themselves more food if the color of their food matches the color of their plate. In other words, if you’re eating from a white plate, you’re more likely to help yourself to more rice or pasta. Conversely, if your goal is to eat less, select plates that have high contrast with what you plan to serve for dinner.

In addition to coordinating with your dishes, the hues you surround yourself with while you chow down can impact your appetite. According to several studies, blue is an appetite suppressant. Scientists suspect this is because there aren’t many naturally-occurring blue-hued foods aside from blueberries and a handful of others. This behavior might also stem from our ancestors, who when foraging for food, stayed away from sources that were blue, black, and purple because they were believed to be poisonous. So buy some blue dishes, or freshen up your eating area with a blue tablecloth or placemats.

It’s always great to catch up with old pals or join your co-workers for a celebratory happy hour, but if you’re watching your weight it’s important to take note of who you choose to break bread with. According to an Eastern Illinois University study, you’re in danger of consuming 65 percent more calories if you’re eating with someone who gets seconds. In other words, while the old friend visiting from health-conscious LA may make a great dining partner, you should steer clear of the co-workers who keep ordering rounds of drinks and nachos.

Laughter may not be the best medicine for everything, but if you’re trying to slim down, feel free to let out a chuckle or two. According to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity, laughing can increase your basal energy expenditure and resting heart-rate by up to 20 percent, so go ahead and pull up an amusing YouTube video.

We’ve been clear on the benefits of wild salmon, but those pink creatures are quite literally not the only fish in the sea. Generally speaking, fish provide one of the best sources of fatty acids known as omega-3s, which will help fend off waist-widening inflammation and are an excellent source of high-quality, lean protein. This allows them to help you maintain muscle mass, thus reducing excess fat accumulation. Some of our favorite healthy seafood include mussels, Atlantic mackerel, and bluefish, but be sure to educate yourself on the ocean dwellers with this list of Every Popular Fish—Ranked for Nutritional Benefits!

Not only is pomegranate packed with fiber (which is found in its edible seeds) but it also contains anthocyanins, tannins, and high levels of antioxidants, which research published in the International Journal of Obesity  says can help fight weight gain. A half-cup of the colorful fruit gives you 12 grams of fiber and more than half a day’s vitamin C. Snack on these fruits raw or toss ’em into a smoothie and you’re good to go!

Leaving the comforts of your gym can be difficult, but outdoor workouts have their own unique set of benefits. Research has shown that breaking a sweat outdoors may be more beneficial than burning calories inside. According to a study published in Environmental Science and Technology , exercising in a natural environment outdoors may improve energy levels and decrease stress more than working out indoors can.

As far as grains go, quinoa is a great one to have around if you’re looking to lose weight. It’s packed with protein and fiber, and contains approximately 220 calories per cup, cooked. What’s more? Quinoa is one of the few plant foods that offer a complete set of amino acids, meaning it can be converted directly into muscle by the body. It’s also incredibly versatile, and can be eaten as part of a salad, tossed in a smoothie, or on its own as a side dish.

In addition to researching avocado oil, the folks over at Penn State University conducted some research involving canola oil as well and discovered it can also stimulate weight loss. More specifically, researchers found that after one month of adhering to diets that included canola oil, participants had a quarter-pound less belly fat than they did before the diet. They also found that the weight lost from the mid-section did not redistribute elsewhere in the body. Like peanuts and avocados, canola oil’s belly-blasting abilities are thought to be a result of the monounsaturated fats it contains.

The CDC found that the average adult consumes about 100 calories worth of alcohol daily, but favoring a glass of wine instead of beer or sugary cocktails can drastically reduce that figure and make your waistline slimmer. Plus, wine is a healthy alternative for those who don’t want to give up booze entirely. In addition to having fewer calories than most alcoholic beverages, red wine in particular is a good source of those waist-shrinking flavonoids that are also found in red fruits. Resveratrol, a particular flavonoid found in red wine, is believed to have heart-healthy benefits because it helps prevent blood vessel damage and reduces your bad LDL cholesterol. Just remember to imbibe in moderation.

Coffee jumpstarts your metabolism, making the non-decaf stuff a worthy weight loss ally. According to a study published in the journal Physiology & Behavior, the average metabolic rate of people who drank caffeinated coffee was 16 percent higher than that of those who drank decaf. And remember, don’t ruin your fat-blasting cup of joe by adding any unhealthy creamers and/or artificial sweeteners to it, both of which are enemies of weight loss.

In one four-week Spanish study, researchers found that eating a calorie-restricted diet that also included four weekly servings of legumes aided weight loss more effectively than an equivalent diet sans the pulses. Those who consumed the legume-rich diet also saw improvements in their bad LDL cholesterol levels and systolic blood pressure. Next time you’re cooking something starchy for dinner, consider eating fiber and protein-packed lentils instead.

Garlic may leave your breath smelling funky, but don’t let that stop you from incorporating it into your diet, especially since it can help you lose weight and keep you healthy. A 2016 study found that garlic powder reduces body weight and fat mass among people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Recent studies have also shown that garlic supports blood-sugar metabolism and helps control lipid levels in the blood. What’s more? Eating garlic can help boost your immune system, help ward off heart disease, fight inflammation, increase memory retention, and lower blood pressure.

Not only does zinc help protect you from the sun, but the element has also been shown to impact weight loss. One study found that obese people who consumed 30 milligrams of zinc per day—the equivalent of just six raw oysters—had lower BMIs, weighed less, and showed improvements in blood cholesterol levels. If oysters aren’t your thing, spinach, pumpkin seeds, and mushrooms are also excellent sources of zinc.

Cheese isn’t traditionally thought of as something you consume to encourage weight management, but calcium-rich Parmesan, when eaten in moderation, can help stave off sugar cravings that can easily lead to weight gain. How does that work, you ask? The native Italian cheese contains the amino acid tyrosine (remember that?) which has been shown to encourage the brain to release dopamine without any unhealthy insulin spikes. What’s more? The combination of calcium and protein present in dairy products such as Parmesan has been found to increase thermogenesis—the body’s core temperature—and thus boost your metabolism.

Calcium and vitamin C team up well to boost metabolism, and broccoli is just one of several healthy foods that contains both nutrients. What sets broccoli apart from the others, however, is that the green veggie also contains kind of fiber that’s been shown to increase the digestion, absorption and storage of food, also known as the thermic effect of food (TEF). A revved up metabolism combined with an increased TEF is a match made in weight loss heaven, so consider incorporating broccoli into a tasty stir-fry, or serving it as its own side dish.

Chances are you haven’t heard of lignans, but the plant compounds found in sesame and flax seeds been shown to play a crucial role in helping you stay slim and keep weight off. In a 2015 study, women who consumed high levels of lignans tended to weigh less and gain less weight over time when compared to women who didn’t consume these compounds in high amounts.

Spirulina is a high-protein seaweed supplement that’s typically dried and sold in powdered form. The dried stuff is about 60 percent protein, and, like quinoa, it’s a complete protein—deeming it a great weight loss tool. A tablespoon of the blue-green algae delivers 8 grams of metabolism-boosting protein for just 43 calories, plus half a day’s allotment of vitamin B12, which can encourage weight loss by giving you more energy and boosting your metabolism. Try tossing some spirulina into a smoothie and watch the pounds melt off.

If you find yourself craving something sweet during the day, ignore the impulse to eat a cookie and snack on a stone fruit instead. In addition to being more nutritious than a cookie, some stone fruits—plums, peaches, and nectarines—have been shown to help ward off weight gain. Studies by Texas AgriLife Research  suggest the aforementioned fruits may help prevent metabolic syndrome, a fancy name for the combination of belly fat, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance.

If stone fruits aren’t your thing, peel a banana instead and watch your belly bloat disappear. A study in the journal Anaerobe  found that women who ate a banana twice daily before meals for two months reduced belly bloat by 50 percent. Researchers believe this is because bananas are packed with potassium, which can reduce water retention. The yellow fruits are also a good source of fiber, which will keep you feeling full.

Part of the weight loss puzzle has to do with fighting inflammation, and incorporating the spice turmeric into your diet is an excellent way to do that. Like a myriad of other spices, the Indian cooking staple contains anti-inflammatory compounds. In a 2015 study in the journal Clinical Nutrition , researchers gave 117 patients with metabolic syndrome either supplements of curcumin—the active ingredient in turmeric—or a placebo. Over eight weeks, those who received the curcumin saw dramatic reductions in inflammation and fasting blood sugar.

A study in the journal Cell  found that our gut microbes are just as affected by changes to our circadian clock as we are. When we shift our sleep-wake cycles, our gut flora changes, and beneficial bacteria are replaced by the growth of bacteria that have been linked to obesity and metabolic disease. When traveling across different time zones, it’s important you travel armed with healthy, fiber-rich snacks your gut will love.

Though it’s hardly realistic to keep people from moving north, there’s evidence to suggest that those living in northern latitudes may need to be a bit more careful about their gut health than the rest of us. A study in the journal Biology Letters  found that living in northern latitudes encourages the growth of Firmicutes microbes, which have been linked to weight gain while decreasing the number of microbes linked with slim body types called Bacteroidetes. Generally speaking, the research showed that the number of Firmicutes increases with latitude and the number of Bacteroidetes decreases with latitude. To help ensure a healthy gut no matter where you reside, make sure your diet includes fermented and probiotic-rich foods, both of which encourage the growth of healthy gut bacteria.

Friends are helpful not only because they can double as workout buddies or help hold you accountable for appropriate diet and exercise, but also because they’re a surefire way to combat gut-growing feelings of loneliness. A study in the journal Hormones and Behavior  found that those who feel lonely experience greater circulating levels of the appetite-stimulating hormone ghrelin after they eat, causing them to feel hungrier sooner. Over time, folks who are perennially lonely simply take in more calories than those with stronger social support networks, so be sure to fit time with pals into your busy schedule.

Though you may give yourself a pat on the back for passing on that slice of chocolate cake you’ve been craving for dessert, you’re actually doing yourself (and your waistline) a disservice in the long run. According to a study in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, when you resist food, your body actually experiences more cravings for whatever it is you aren’t getting. Saying “no” to a sweet treat or slice of pizza wires our brains to view forbidden foods as rewards, setting us up for cravings that are hard to satisfy, so give yourself a break and indulge every now and again.

Boredom isn’t just bad for your brain, it’s also bad for your waistline, especially if you’re trying to shed some pounds. According to a study in the Journal of Health Psychology , boredom actually strips you of your ability to make smart food choices; you become an “emotional eater,” What’s more, boredom turns you into the worst kind of emotional eater because you not only make the wrong food choices but also eat much more fattening foods than you normally would. To stave off boredom, try taking a walk or relaxing with a good book.

The next time you’re making a salad, why not throw some watercress in there? The green veggie is an excellent source of folate, which has been shown to stimulate weight loss. In fact, a study in the British Journal of Nutrition  found that those with the highest folate levels lose about 8.5 times more weight when dieting than those with the lowest levels of folate. What’s more? A separate study in the British Journal of Cancer  found that higher dietary folate intake reduces breast cancer risk. In addition to watercress, other good sources of folate include spinach, asparagus, and papaya.

Tart cherries are grown exclusively in Michigan, but if you’re able to get your hands on them there is strong evidence to suggest they can help you achieve your weight loss goals. Need proof? Researchers at the University of Michigan conducted a 12-week study that found that rats fed tart cherries showed a 9 percent belly fat reduction over those fed a standard western diet. Scientists believe this is because tart cherries are especially high in anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid with strong antioxidant activity. These and other flavonoids found in tart cherries have also been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects.

Believe it or not, weight loss isn’t just about exercising and eating right; research suggests what motivates you to get in shape can play a role in your success. A 2014 study in the journal Body Image looked at 321 college-age women and found that long-term, those who exercised primarily for appearance-based reasons had a harder time sticking to their fitness plans than those who worked out to maintain their health. In other words, stop envying those fit models on Instagram and instead remember that you and your loved ones are the people who really benefit when you slim down.

Finally decided to venture out for a run? Snack on some beets before you hit the pavement. A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics  found that runners who ate baked beets before a 5K race ran 5 percent faster. Researchers suspect this is because beets are high in nitrates, a natural chemical that increases endurance and lowers blood pressure.

Big-box stores such as Costco or Sam’s Club are great money-savers, but frequenting them to buy groceries can be bad news for your fitness goals. That’s because a 2015 study in the journal Appetite  found that the larger the bottle, bag, or box the food comes in, the larger we think the serving size should be. To come to that conclusion, researchers surveyed more than thirteen thousand people and found that when confronted with larger packages of cola, chips, chocolate, or lasagna, the shoppers tended to want to serve themselves larger portions.

Just as big-box stores can be a psychologically tricky terrain for dieters, so to can healthy-sounding labels on the food that we eat. A Cornell University study printed in the Journal of Marketing Research suggests people eat more of a snack that’s marketed as “low fat.” Participants in the study ate a whopping 28 percent more M&Ms that were labeled “low fat” than when the colorful candies didn’t have the label. As we suggested earlier, avoid being fooled by simply opting for full-fat foods.

We’ve already established that friends and family play a key role in motivating you to get in shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle, but it’s also crucial for you to be your own driving force. Luckily, research has shown that doesn’t need to require a tremendous amount of effort. According to a 2015 study in the Journal of Marketing Research , subtle, even subliminal, messages may be more effective at helping us stick to a healthy eating regimen than ongoing, conscious focus. The research showed that people who receive reinforcing notes urging them to eat healthily were more likely to make smarter choices than those who tried to keep their goals top of mind at all times, so grab some Post-Its and start crafting motivational messages!

While having a scale in the house isn’t right for everyone, research has shown that it can help encourage weight loss by providing a level of accountability. When Cornell University researchers observed dieters who weighed themselves daily, they discovered that the routine of stepping on a scale helped those people lose more weight than those who weighed themselves less frequently. To avoid being thrown off by natural fluctuations in body weight, try stepping onto the scale the same time every day.

In a 2014 study in the journal Public Health Nutrition , people were asked to report their food intake over the course of two days. Those who ate at a restaurant during that time took in an average of 200 calories per day more than those who prepared all their own meals, and those who ate in sit-down restaurants actually consumed slightly more calories than those who ordered from fast-food joints. When dining out, people also consumed more saturated fat, sugar, and sodium, so eating at home where you can prepare food in a healthier way is obviously the better choice.

One thing restaurants (and individuals) typically overdo it on when cooking is salt, and that can easily cause unhealthy bloating and weight gain. In fact, one British study found that for every additional 1,000 milligrams of sodium you eat a day, your risk of obesity spikes by 25 percent, so ditch the salt and stick to metabolism-boosting spices such as cayenne and mustard instead.

When grabbing grub at a fast-food restaurant, the “combo” or “value meals” are typically less expensive and make you feel like you’re getting a better deal, but oftentimes they’re also nutritional nightmares. A study in the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing  shows that compared to ordering à la carte, you pick up a hundred or more extra calories by opting for the aforementioned cheap “value meals.” That’s because, when you order items bundled together, you’re likely to buy more food than you need or want, and end up overeating as a result. To keep your weight in check, order your food piecemeal instead.

Driving to work may be easy, but it’s also part of what’s inhibiting you from losing weight. According to a study in the British Medical Journal, those who drive to work gain more weight than those who take public transportation. Per the research, commuting by car slaps an extra 5.5 pounds on your body, whether you exercise or not. And a Japanese study found that people who take public transportation to work were 44 percent less likely to be overweight, 27 percent less likely to have high blood pressure, and 34 percent less likely to have diabetes. If possible, consider leaving the car in the driveway and walking, biking, or commuting to work via public transportation a few times per week.

Thanks to an increased interest in food and food trends, recipe videos are likely dominating your social media feeds. And their constant presence could be hindering your weight loss goals, especially since many of the brief clips spotlight unhealthy dishes and sweets. “The internet and social media sites are basically making you fat,” Lisa Hayim, MS, RD, and founder of The WellNecessities, told us in The 30 Worst Flat Belly Mistakes Women Make. “If it isn’t 25 ways to eat tater tots then it’s [another] national [something] day. The internet has made it basically impossible to stay away from cravings and indulgences. These are not excuses to eat unhealthy food.” Next time you see one of these videos, scroll quickly past. Or better yet, unfollow the page completely, and follow Eat This, Not That! on Facebook for healthier videos and more slimming tips.

When you’re done cooking, portion out just enough for your meal and pack the rest away. Putting your food away asap will not only keep it fresh for future meals but it will also deter you from mindlessly nibbling and eating more than the desired portion size. Same goes for when you’re dining out: Ask for a to-go box along with your meal, that way you can pack away the leftovers and aren’t tempted to overeat. When noshing on the leftovers at your next meal, you can also experiment with adding some additional fiber or protein to give the dish a nutritional boost.

When eating out or picking up a quick lunch on your break, ask for any sauce or dressing on the side. Though these emulsions often add flavor to a dish, they’re also frequently packed with empty calories, added sugar, and a whole host of other unhealthy stuff that makes shedding pounds that much harder. For example, just one three-tablespoon serving of Panera Bread’s Greek dressing has 230 calories. 3.5 grams of saturated fat, and 310 milligrams of sodium. By asking for the sauce or dressing on the side, you have more control over how much of it you eat, and you could easily save yourself a few hundred calories.

Speaking of dressing, you could even take it one step further and buck the suggested choice entirely. While we bet Panera’s Greek salad pairs well with a dressing of the same name, a splash of olive oil and vinegar will also bring out the flavors of the dish and save you a few hundred calories along the way. For a healthy, belly-blasting dressing when you’re eating salad at home, try incorporating some apple cider vinegar or a squeeze of lemon.

You may think hand sanitizer will zap germs and prevent you from getting sick, but it could also be making you fat. The germ-killing substance contains triclosan, which researchers have found to be an “obesogen,” meaning it could cause weight gain by disrupting your body’s hormones. A study published in the journal PLOS One found that people who had detectable levels of triclosan in their bodies were associated with a 0.9-point increase in their BMIs. Word to the wise for germaphobes looking to lose weight: Rely on good ol’ soap and water instead.

A review of more than 600 studies found that being married, and transitioning into marriage, are both associated with weight gain. Transitioning out of a marriage, however, is associated with weight loss. The researchers found that weight gain occurs because of increased opportunities for eating due to shared, regular meals and larger portion sizes, as well as “decreased physical activity and a decline in weight maintenance for the purpose of attracting an intimate partner,” Zero Belly Smoothies states. we’re hardly advocating staying single or getting a divorce (unless you choose to) this research clearly indicates that dieters need to be especially careful around the wedding day. To keep things in check after you take the plunge, meal prep with your partner or develop a workout routine together.

Even if you don’t typically order take-out, research suggests that just the mere presence of take-out food increases your risk of being overweight. One study printed in the British Medical Journal  found that just having a lot of take-out options near your work or along your commute to work makes you twice as likely to be obese. Though you obviously have little control over what kind of establishments populate where you live and work, this is just another reason to practice healthy eating as often as you can.

Placing a bowl of fruit in your kitchen or on your dining room table does more than just add to the ambiance. As it turns out, studies have shown that taking a whiff of fresh green apples, bananas, and pears can help curb appetite and lessen cravings for sugary desserts. If it’s a no-go on the fruit bowl idea, try scented lotion instead.

Grocery shopping on an empty stomach is never a good idea because research has shown it inhibits your ability to make smart choices about what you wish to eat. In a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers found that even short-term fasts can lead people to make more unhealthy food choices, picking a higher quantity of high-calorie foods. Fill up before you shop in an effort to avoid buying foods that won’t help you lose weight.

Of all the activities you can do in an effort to shed a few pounds, gardening is one of the most beneficial and relaxing options. Research conducted by the University of Utah shows that people who garden are about 11 to 16 pounds lighter than those who don’t, so throw on some gardening gloves and get to planting. For added weight loss benefits, consider planting herbs such as cilantro and mint, which combat bloating and suppress your appetite, respectively.

While you might not think there’s a huge difference between eating a whole piece of fruit and drinking fruit juice, nutritionally speaking, the two entities are most definitely not one and the same. Whereas whole fruit contains naturally occurring sugars and fiber that can help counteract the bad effects of too much sweet stuff, fruit juice is often loaded with added sugar (such as high-fructose corn syrup) and no fiber to speak of. According to a study led by Harvard School of Public Health researchers, eating more whole fruits, particularly blueberries, grapes, and apples, was significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. On the other hand, a greater consumption of fruit juices was associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes. To get the fruit flavor without all the bad stuff, try stirring up a batch of fruity detox water instead.

The benefits of chowing down on whole fruits are clear, and eating an apple each day can help prevent metabolic syndrome, a disorder associated with abdominal fat, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. The red or green fruits are a low-calorie, nutrient-dense source of fiber, which research has proven to be integral to reducing visceral fat. A study at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center  found that for every 10-gram increase in soluble fiber eaten per day, visceral fat was reduced by 3.7 percent over five years.

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a great belly-blasting option for those who already feel comfortable in the gym because it helps you drop fatty tissue and build muscle simultaneously. “High-intensity interval training is when you perform an exercise at or close to your maximum ability for a short period of time and then take a brief respite and do it again. HIIT should usually be done on a 2:1 interval, meaning if you did an exercise for one minute, you rest for 30 seconds and then repeat,” explains Dr. Alex Tauberg, DC, CSCS, EMR in 50 Ways to Shrink Your Belly. To use HIIT to shrink your belly, do workouts that engage your core such as abdominal crunches or bridges. “By performing core workouts using a HIIT plan, you can burn calories and build muscle at the same time,” Alex adds. “This can be a great way to flatten that stomach when you don’t have too much time to work out.”

In addition to blasting belly fat, you should also be working out and trying to build up your muscle mass. Even when you’re at rest, your body is constantly burning calories, and the “resting metabolic rate” is much higher in people with more muscle. That’s because every pound of muscle uses about six calories a day just to sustain itself. If you can pack on just five pounds of muscle and sustain it, you’ll burn the caloric equivalent of three pounds of fat over the course of a year, and be even closer to obtaining that lean physique you’ve always wanted.

However, if a HIIT workout or piling on muscle mass seems too daunting, simply move for two-ish minutes to whittle your waistline. Why, you ask? Research printed in the journal Physiological Reports showed that people who did five 30-second bursts of max-effort cycling, followed by four minutes of rest, burned 200 extra calories that day. If you incorporate this technique into your workout routine just a few times per month, you can burn thousands of additional calories per year.

If you have a big celebration or date coming up, you might think it makes sense to “save” your calories for when it’s time to let loose, but this technique is rarely effective and could actually be hindering your ability to lose weight. “Although this makes sense in theory—consuming fewer calories total per day—it rarely works out as cleanly as we like,” Lisa Hayim spelled out for us in The 30 Worst Diet Mistakes You’re Making. “By the time you get to the date, and have a drink or two, the feelings of extreme hunger rush in, and you’re grabbing for whatever you can get your hands on, which is usually foods high in calories and fat. You’re so hungry, you may even end up consuming more than a day’s worth of calories in one sitting! Plus, with alcohol in your system, your body is less able to efficiently metabolize the calories,” explains Hayim. “Instead, consume normal meals throughout the day, arrive at your date cool, calm, and collected, and enjoy your cocktail and eat responsibly.”

We’ve already extolled the benefits of green and black teas, but they aren’t the only brews that can help you get slim; research indicates goji tea is another winner. Lycium barbarum, the plant from which goji berries are harvested, boasts a slimming effect. In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, participants were either given a single dose of L. barbarum or a placebo after a meal. The researchers found that one hour after the dose, the goji group was burning calories at a rate 10 percent higher than the placebo group, and the effects lasted up to four hours. What’s more? Most goji teas are mixed with green tea, making the beverage a weight loss double whammy.

Napping may be an easy way to catch up on some missed shut-eye, but dozing off in the middle of the day does nothing to aid weight loss. In fact, research has found that people burn fewer calories when they sleep during the day and log their waking hours after the sun’s gone down. To come to this finding, researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder studied 14 healthy adults for six days. For two days, study participants slept at night and stayed awake during the day, then they reversed their routines to mimic the schedules of night owls. When participants slept during the day, researchers found that they burned 52 to 59 fewer calories than they did while catching their Zzzs in the evening—likely because the schedule messed with their circadian rhythm, the body’s internal clock that plays a major role in metabolism function. If your circadian rhythm is out of whack, a separate study by University of Colorado Boulder researchers suggested spending a weekend in the wilderness to get it back on track.

Though many believe chewing gum keeps you from mindlessly eating, the minty treat has its own drawbacks that can lead to a bigger belly. Not only does chewing gum cause you to swallow tummy-bloating air, many gums also contain sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners like sorbitol and xylitol that can cause bloat. If you have to have something to chomp on, go for an organic variety like Glee gum or Simply gum instead. They’re still low-cal, but they don’t use those sweeteners that’ll make you puff up.

A paper-thin wrap may seem like a healthier, lower carb alternative to a sandwich, but don’t be fooled by appearances. Wraps are almost always loaded with calories, thanks to the fat that’s needed to make them pliable—and a large wrap can be the carb and calorie equivalent of four or five slices of bread. In other words, forget the wrap and go for a cold, open-faced sandwich instead. Your waistline will thank you.

You can avoid a mindless binge by adding visual traffic lights to your snack. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University gave one set of students a bowl of uniform yellow chips, while another group had their regular snack layered with differently colored chips. Students who had their snack segmented ate 50 percent less than those with a uniform bowl.

By now you know that protein is a vital part of a healthy diet, but don’t let that fact fool you into thinking that all protein bars are created equal. Though a multitude of the trendy treats purport to be nutritious and low in calories, many of them are also packed with sugar but low in satiating fiber, meaning they aren’t actually very healthy at all. Before picking a protein bar to snack on, give the nutrition label a good once-over and look for something with natural ingredients and plenty of protein (obviously) and fiber. If you need help making sense of the overcrowded landscape, consult this list of 25 best & worst low-sugar protein bars!

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How to Lose Weight Fast: 3 Simple Steps, Based on Science

There are many ways to lose a lot of weight fast.

However, most of them will make you hungry and unsatisfied.

If you don’t have iron willpower, then hunger will cause you to give up on these plans quickly.

The plan outlined here will:

  • Reduce your appetite significantly.
  • Make you lose weight quickly, without hunger.
  • Improve your metabolic health at the same time.

Here is a simple 3-step plan to lose weight fast.

The most important part is to cut back on sugars and starches (carbs).

When you do that, your hunger levels go down and you end up eating much fewer calories (1).

Now instead of burning carbs for energy, your body starts feeding off of stored fat.

Another benefit of cutting carbs is that it lowers insulin levels, causing your kidneys to shed excess sodium and water out of your body. This reduces bloat and unnecessary water weight (2, 3).

It is not uncommon to lose up to 10 pounds (sometimes more) in the first week of eating this way, both body fat and water weight.

This is a graph from a study comparing low-carb and low-fat diets in overweight or obese women (4).

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The low-carb group is eating until fullness, while the low-fat group is calorie-restricted and hungry.

Cut the carbs and you will start to eat fewer calories automatically and without hunger (5).

Put simply, cutting carbs puts fat loss on autopilot.

Summary Removing sugars and starches (carbs) from your diet will reduce your appetite, lower your insulin levels and make you lose weight without hunger.

Each one of your meals should include a protein source, a fat source and low-carb vegetables.

Constructing your meals in this way will automatically bring your carb intake into the recommended range of 20–50 grams per day.

Protein Sources

  • Meat: Beef, chicken, pork, lamb, etc.
  • Fish and Seafood: Salmon, trout, shrimp, etc.
  • Eggs: Whole eggs with the yolk are best.

The importance of eating plenty of protein cannot be overstated.

This has been shown to boost metabolism by 80 to 100 calories per day (6, 7, 8).

High-protein diets can also reduce cravings and obsessive thoughts about food by 60%, reduce the desire for late-night snacking by half, and make you so full that you automatically eat 441 fewer calories per day — just by adding protein to your diet (9, 10).

When it comes to losing weight, protein is the king of nutrients. Period.

Low-Carb Vegetables

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Kale
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Swiss chard
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • Full list here.

Don’t be afraid to load your plate with these low-carb vegetables. You can eat massive amounts of them without going over 20–50 net carbs per day.

A diet based mostly on meat and vegetables contains all the fiber, vitamins and minerals you need to be healthy.

Fat Sources

  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Butter

Eat 2–3 meals per day. If you find yourself hungry in the afternoon, add a 4th meal.

Don’t be afraid of eating fat, as trying to do both low-carb AND low-fat at the same time is a recipe for failure. It will make you feel miserable and abandon the plan.

To see how you can assemble your meals, check out this low-carb meal plan and this list of 101 healthy low-carb recipes.

Summary Assemble each meal out of a protein source, a fat source and low-carb vegetables. This will put you in the 20–50 gram carb range and significantly lower your hunger levels.

You don’t need to exercise to lose weight on this plan, but it is recommended.

The best option is to go to the gym 3–4 times a week. Do a warm-up and lift some weights.

If you’re new to the gym, ask a trainer for some advice.

By lifting weights, you will burn lots of calories and prevent your metabolism from slowing down, which is a common side effect of losing weight (11, 12).

Studies on low-carb diets show that you can even gain a bit of muscle while losing significant amounts of body fat (13).

If lifting weights is not an option for you, then doing some cardio workouts like walking, jogging, running, cycling or swimming will suffice.

Summary It is best to do some sort of resistance training like weight lifting. If that is not an option, cardio workouts are also effective.

You can take one day off per week where you eat more carbs. Many people prefer Saturday.

It is important to stick to healthy carb sources like oats, rice, quinoa, potatoes, sweet potatoes, fruit, etc.

But only this one higher carb day — if you start doing it more often than once per week you’re not going to see much success on this plan.

If you must have a cheat meal and eat something unhealthy, then do it on this day.

Be aware that cheat meals or carb refeeds are NOT necessary, but they can boost some fat-burning hormones like leptin and thyroid hormones (14, 15).

You will gain some weight during your refeed day, but most of it will be water weight and you will lose it again in the next 1–2 days.

Summary Having one day each week where you eat more carbs is perfectly acceptable, although not necessary.

It is NOT necessary to count calories as long as you keep the carbs very low and stick to protein, fat and low-carb vegetables.

However, if you really want to count them, use this calculator.

Enter your details, and then pick the number from either the “Lose Weight” or the “Lose Weight Fast” section — depending on how fast you want to lose weight.

There are many great tools you can use to track the number of calories you are eating. Here is a list of 5 calorie counters that are free and easy to use.

The main goal of this plan is to keep carbs under 20–50 grams per day and get the rest of your calories from protein and fat.

Summary It is not necessary to count calories to lose weight on this plan. It is most important to strictly keep your carbs in the 20–50 gram range.

Here are 10 more tips to lose weight even faster:

  1. Eat a high-protein breakfast. Eating a high-protein breakfast has been shown to reduce cravings and calorie intake throughout the day (16, 17).
  2. Avoid sugary drinks and fruit juice. These are the most fattening things you can put into your body, and avoiding them can help you lose weight (18, 19).
  3. Drink water a half hour before meals. One study showed that drinking water a half hour before meals increased weight loss by 44% over 3 months (20).
  4. Choose weight loss-friendly foods (see list). Certain foods are very useful for losing fat. Here is a list of the 20 most weight loss-friendly foods on earth.
  5. Eat soluble fiber. Studies show that soluble fibers may reduce fat, especially in the belly area. Fiber supplements like glucomannan can also help (21, 22).
  6. Drink coffee or tea. If you’re a coffee or tea drinker, then drink as much as you want as the caffeine can in them boost your metabolism by 3–11% (23, 24, 25).
  7. Eat mostly whole, unprocessed foods. Base most of your diet on whole foods. They are healthier, more filling and much less likely to cause overeating.
  8. Eat your food slowly. Fast eaters gain more weight over time. Eating slowly makes you feel more full and boosts weight-reducing hormones (26, 27).
  9. Weigh yourself every day. Studies show that people who weigh themselves every day are much more likely to lose weight and keep it off for a long time (28, 29).
  10. Get a good night’s sleep, every night. Poor sleep is one of the strongest risk factors for weight gain, so taking care of your sleep is important (30).

Even more tips here: 30 Easy Ways to Lose Weight Naturally (Backed by Science).

Summary It is most important to stick to the three rules, but there are a few other things you can do to speed things up.

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You can expect to lose 5–10 pounds of weight (sometimes more) in the first week, then consistent weight loss after that.

I can personally lose 3–4 pounds per week for a few weeks when I do this strictly.

If you’re new to dieting, then things will probably happen quickly. The more weight you have to lose, the faster you will lose it.

For the first few days, you might feel a bit strange. Your body has been burning carbs for all these years, so it can take time for it to get used to burning fat instead.

This is called the “low-carb flu” or “keto flu” and is usually over within a few days. For me it takes three. Adding some extra salt to your diet can help with this.

After the first few days, most people report feeling very good, with even more energy than before.

Despite many decades of anti-fat hysteria, the low-carb diet also improves your health in many other ways:

  • Blood sugar tends to go way down on low-carb diets (31).
  • Triglycerides tend to go down (32).
  • Small, dense LDL (the bad) cholesterol goes down (33, 34).
  • HDL (the good) cholesterol goes up (35).
  • Blood pressure improves significantly (36, 37).
  • To top it all off, low-carb diets appear to be just as easy to follow as low-fat diets.

Summary You can expect to lose a lot of weight, but it depends on the person how quickly it will happen. Low-carb diets also improve your health in many other ways.

If you have a medical condition, talk to your doctor before making changes because this plan can reduce your need for medication.

By reducing carbs and lowering insulin levels, you change the hormonal environment and make your body and brain “want” to lose weight.

This leads to drastically reduced appetite and hunger, eliminating the main reason that most people fail with conventional weight loss methods.

This is proven to make you lose up to 2–3 times as much weight as a typical low-fat, calorie-restricted diet (38, 39, 40).

Another great benefit for the impatient folks is that the initial drop in water weight can lead to a big difference on the scale as early as the next morning.

Here are a few examples of low-carb meals that are simple, delicious and can be prepared in under 10 minutes: 7 Healthy Low-Carb Meals in 10 Minutes or Less.

On this plan, you can eat good food until you’re full and still lose a ton of fat. Welcome to paradise.

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Leptin and Weight Loss – Why Is It Important For Women – Janetfitness

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With all the hype going on with different weight-loss programs and supplements, it gets harder to know what really works and what doesn’t. There is new information everyday about certain ingredients that claims to be the next best thing in weight loss. Before you get more confused, let me help break it down for you.

In this article, I am going to talk more about leptin. If you backtrack a little, I wrote about the Venus Factor diet program where leptin takes center stage.

What about leptin that makes it the star in the weight loss arena? Let’s find out, shall we?

What is Leptin?

Leptin is a hormone that has an important role for controlling our appetite and losing weight. It is said to have two major functions in our system. First, it is said to help regulate the brain cells telling you how much to eat and second, it helps stimulate fatty tissues to burn energy.

Leptin comes from the fat cells and helps decrease hunger. The more fat you have, the more leptin you produce. This used to be known as the holy grail of obesity research. In a study done in 1994, obese mice were fed with leptin and the mice were said to lost weight.

However, the study only worked for mice and not for humans. It turned out that leptin is much more complicated than that.

How Does It Work?

Leptin is made of adipose tissue or fats and is released to the circulatory system where it goes to the hypothalamus. It then informs the hypothalamus that enough fats have been secreted and we should eat less or stop eating completely.

Leptin can also help increase metabolism allowing your body not to gain weight fast. Simply put, the more leptin, the better.

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Why Is It Important For Women?

There are several reasons why leptin is more important for women. Here are some of them:

  • Women has twice the amount of leptin than men.
  • The female body is prone to leptin resistance
  • Common for women’s leptin levels to drop when she starts fasting

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The goal, therefore, is to maintain high levels of leptin in the body so losing weight is not going to be hard. There are leptin supplements available but you might want to check out The Venus Factor. It is a diet program which highlights leptin for weight-loss.

Do you think maintaining high-levels of leptin will help you lose weight? Let me know your thoughts.

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How One Woman Discovered the Female Fat-Loss Code Missed by Modern Medicine And Lost 84lbs Using a Simple 2-Step Ritual That 100% Guarantees Shocking Daily Weight Loss

But then, just when it seemed like everything was going according to plan,

Something happened…

…It was like my metabolism began to pack its bags and leave town along with my energy, youth, libido and my confidence.

You know how it is – You barely notice it happening….

The weight just seems to sneak onto your body one ounce at a time –

Slowly inflating your hips and thighs while deflating your courage and confidence.

I was working a lot and raising a family so instead of watching what I ate and spending hours exercising,

I bought bigger clothes and avoided the beach and pools at all costs.

My libido had diminished into a dull-lit flame while my confidence and energy evaporated –

Near the end I couldn’t even play with my daughter without getting tired…

At this point, I just felt like a fraud.

…I knew I was failing myself, but the worst part was letting down the clients, family and friends who depended on me.

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How to Lose Weight Fast: 10 Tips to Burn Fat Quickly

How to Lose Weight Fast

Do you want to learn how to lose weight fast?

Whether you are trying to jumpstart a stagnant weight loss routine, lose 10 pounds fast for an upcoming vacation, or if you’re simply impatient and want to get weight loss over and done with, this post will show you the best way to lose weight fast.

Below you’ll find my weight loss tips, information on my Detox Diet Week, and a basic outline for losing weight fast.

You can also check out my best selling Lose Weight by Eating cookbook for metabolism boosting comfort food recipes, because we believe you can have your cake and eat it too.

How To Lose Weight FAST:

Here are my top 10 recommendations for how to lose weight fast:

#1. Drink your water!

WaterIncreasing your water intake is both the simplest way to make a big change today, and also the most important step in weight loss! So, go get yourself a glass of water and start drinking right now… I’ll wait here while you get it.

Water naturally increases your metabolism, fills you up and flushes toxins. Make a goal of drinking a gallon of water a day, this will ensure your metabolism keeps rising, your belly stays full and you rid your body of all those toxins from food and life that can hinder weight loss efforts (more on this below). (1,2)

If you do not enjoy the flavor of water I recommend trying some of my metabolism boosting detox water recipes, they are delicious and are key to rapid weight loss!

Just be sure not to add flavor packets full of fake sugars and chemicals to your water, those will only hurt your weight loss and add pounds instead of remove them.

#2. Balance your plate

Weight loss is more about what you eat than how you exercise. Food accounts for 70% of weight loss, so if you are not eating right, that scale won’t be moving very fast (if at all). Plus, let’s be honest, what is the point in hitting the gym just to undo all that hard work by eating an entire pizza?!

If you want to lose weight fast you have got to get your diet under control, and don’t worry, we have you covered…

Your plate should look like this: 50% Veggies, 25% Lean Protein and 25% Healthy Carbs

Lose Weight Balanced Plate

Veggies are so important in weight loss, they naturally turn off your hunger receptors, are virtually zero calories and increase metabolism. Make this half of what you eat and the weight will melt off. (3)

Lean protein helps your body repair and stay strong. Poultry, lean beef, buffalo, fish and dairy are all obvious protein choices. Those of you looking for vegan and vegetarian protein sources can opt for lentils, tofu, black beans, tempeh, seeds and nuts. (4,5)

Healthy carbs are ideal for staying full, but we don’t mean sliced white bread here. Starchy veggies like potatoes, healthy grains like oats, quinoa, barley, and whole wheat breads, pastas and rice are also good options.

Eating an all natural diet is key in fast weight loss. Preservatives and chemical derived sweeteners and thickeners actually add weight and cause weight gain. So go all natural! (6)

One great tip for shopping all natural is to shop the perimeter of the grocery store. Start at the produce section and load up your cart with fruits and veggies, stop by the butcher for some lean protein and end in the bakery section for some in store baked whole wheat bread or pita.

#3. Swap carbs and sugar for healthy alternatives (and still feed your cravings!)

Cravings will come, no matter how disciplined you are, they will come… so what are you gonna do about it? Are you going to blow all your hard work and good choices, or can you use this craving as a lesson and feed it in a healthier way?

Having a sweet craving? Try some fresh fruit, oranges, berries and apples all naturally boost your metabolism and feed your sweet cravings.

Have a sour craving? Step away from those sour candies and try a grapefruit, handful of raspberries or grapes, they naturally boost metabolism and feed a sweet and sour craving.

Have a chocolate craving? Go with it… Have a square of dark chocolate, it’s actually good for you, unlike that candy bar you originally wanted.

Have a salty craving? Often salty and crunchy cravings go hand in hand, instead of reaching for those pretzels try my Skinny Ranch Dip with veggie sticks.

Have a fatty craving? Often we have salty and fatty cravings at the same time, smash ½ an avocado in a bowl, add juice of ½ lime, and if you like, some hot sauce. Mix together and eat with veggie sticks for a healthy fat that will speed up metabolism and make you look and feel younger.

Have a carb craving? Did you know a medium potato has only 163 calories?! When you crave carbs top a baked potato with Greek yogurt, chopped green onions and your favorite hot sauce or just top it with some of my Skinny Ranch Dip and dig in.

#4. Fruits and veggies to the rescue!

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Why is it that we are always looking for the next “zero calorie” food? Greed… we are greedy and want to eat as much as we can without having any calories. Instead of fighting that, let’s work with it. Go ahead and eat as many veggies as you like, treat them as you would a zero calorie food.

While you are at it, make sure to fill your plate full of veggies at every meal, ideally over 50% should be vegetables (so go ahead and pack that plate so full it’s bursting, with veggies!) This will ensure you are full and happy, and by eating so many veggies that full feeling will come for almost zero extra calories.

Just like your brain has pain sensors to tell you that the curling iron is hot, your brain has hunger sensors. Basically your brain is telling your stomach “we need nourishment” or in the case of the curling iron “hey, woman that’s hot stop touching it”. The only way to turn off hunger receptors is to feed your body the nourishment it needs to sustain itself… and yep you guessed it that means veggies! (7,8)

Have you ever noticed that a couple hours after a big greasy (yet delicious) meal you feel hungry again? That’s because you have not turned off your hunger receptors, and as soon as your body starts to process that food your brain will start up again with “we need nourishment”… because you guessed it, that carton of kung-pow did not give you nourishment, just a full belly. Next time go for more veggies, you’ll stay fuller longer and thus eat fewer calories.

By now you have probably heard about detox plans, removing toxins from your body will naturally help you lose weight. (9)

Now I’m not talking about a fast, I’m talking about eating all natural, good for you food that will help your body get back to a more natural state. Again, that is where vegetables and fruit will come in. Eat up and watch the weight melt away, and if you are looking for a detox plan try my FREE Detox Week, readers typically lose between 8-18 pounds in 7 days by eating!

Fruit and vegetables are also known to naturally boost metabolism, so next time you grab for a snack, make a meal or go grocery shopping pick some lovely produce. You will be naturally boosting your metabolism while filling up for virtually no calories. (10)

So what do you do if you hate vegetables? Green smoothies are great for the non veggie enthusiast, when blended with sweet yummy fruit you can’t taste the greens, but you are ingesting them and doing your body good too!

Finally let’s talk about raw versus cooked, how you eat your veggies is important! Did you know that when you cook food it loses 50% of it’s nutrition?! So by eating a raw carrot you will get twice the Vitamin A than if you were to cook it! (11,12)

Now I’m not telling you to only eat raw food going forward (though I won’t stop you if you want to try!) just try to eat as many raw vegetables as you can. So salads, green smoothies, snacking on raw veggie sticks, these kinds of simple changes to your diet will help you take in more nutrition and therefore lose weight fast.

#5. Lean protein to boost your metabolism

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We live in a protein obsessed society, and sure it is important but what kind of protein you eat is key when it comes to weight loss!

Ideally shoot for 25% of your daily food to be lean protein, it will burn more fat and help you feel more satisfied. It can help ward off cravings and even promotes muscle repair and growth.

Here is my list of lean proteins, and don’t worry vegetarians and vegans I’ve got you covered too:

  • Eggs
  • Poultry (chicken and turkey)
  • Dairy (yogurt, cheese, milk)
  • Seafood
  • Lean meat such as buffalo and lean beef
  • Lentils
  • Beans (black beans, chick peas and Lima beans)
  • Edamame
  • Tofu
  • Nuts (almonds, peanuts, cashews and nut butters)
  • Seeds (pumpkin and chia seeds)
  • Oats
  • Spinach
  • Avocado

#6. Healthy fats help your body release fats!

AvocadoFat… how sad that one little word can carry so much misrepresented, negative weight! So here’s the skinny on fat, there are good fats and bad fats. Good fats are actually a good tool for how to lose weight fast! Yep, you read that correctly, healthy fats will actually tell your body to release excess fat. (13)

Your body stores up fat for later, but if you eat a balanced amount of healthy fats your body will stop storing it because it knows you will be having it everyday. Kind of like that age old diet tip, don’t put yourself into starvation mode, it will make your body hold onto fat for later, same is true here. Feed your body healthy fats and it will release excess fat from your body.

So what are the healthy fats, here are my 10 favorite:

  • Avocados
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Eggs
  • Fatty fish such as salmon, trout, herring and mackerel
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Dairy such as cheese, yogurt and milk
  • Coconut oil
  • Nut butters such as almond, peanut and cashew butter (get all natural with no added sugar though)

#7. When to eat and how often

I use this analogy often: You wouldn’t drive your car around on empty all day just to fill it up before you park it in the garage at night would you? It would not run, would break down and generally ruin your day!

Many people treat their bodies this way though, skipping breakfast, snacking at lunch and then eating a huge meal before going to bed. But when do you get to use up the fuel if you are sleeping? Eat more during the day and less at night and you will burn it off!

Start by eating a good breakfast, in fact go for a breakfast that has around 500 calories, you want a good portion of your calories in the AM so you have the stamina and fuel to keep you going all day.

Next eat a well rounded lunch, again around 500 calories, you need fuel darling! Want to go out? Go out at lunch instead of dinner, not only will you save money (hello lunch specials) you will also have more time to burn off your food.

And lastly have a light dinner, you are about to go to bed, you don’t need a big burger (seriously, have that at lunch instead!) you would benefit from a light, veggie heavy meal that will keep you full and satisfied, a goal of 300-400 calories is best at night. Plus your body processing all those good for your veggies at night will keep your metabolism up while you sleep and help reset your cravings for the next day. Eat good tonight and you’ll be more likely to eat healthier all day tomorrow.

And while we are talking about eating at night I should bring up late night snacking. You don’t need me to tell you that this is hurting your weight loss efforts, but when should you stop eating? Make a goal to stop eating 4 hours before bedtime, if you are starving have some veggies and a big glass of water to fill up your belly. Remember your “car” is in the garage, it does not need gasoline it just wants it. Look back at how you ate today and see if there was an opportunity to eat more earlier in the day so that you don’t have those late night cravings tomorrow.

#8. Skip the booze

Skip the AlcoholI love a good glass of wine or a craft beer as much as the rest of you, but I also know that if I have it everyday the pounds will start packing on! Sure there are lower calorie options, but drinking everyday will cause you to gain weight… and not just because of the calories!

The fastest way to lose weight is to stop drinking your calories. Hey, I know you know, and you don’t need to roll your eyes, but alcohol is empty calories. Besides that buzz, what does that drink really do for your body? Nothing! Instead of drinking alcohol get a sparkling water, unsweetened iced tea or make yourself a Fruit Infused Water.

It’s not just the calories in your cocktail that are causing you to gain weight, when you drink and get a little buzz on you are less likely to stick to the plan, you feel happy and euphoric and think “hey, what the heck one Oreo won’t hurt” and the next thing you know you have eaten the entire box. And how about when you have one too many drinks and are like “man, I’m trashed I need to get some bread in my tummy so I’m not hung over tomorrow” yep, drinking alcohol will lead to bad choices and not just in the “after school special” kind of way.

Now, I’m not going to tell you to stop drinking all together, just try to keep it to 1-2 drinks per week, enjoy them, and make sure you have a healthy meal with the drink so you are less likely to snack on unhealthy stuff later.

#9. Log EVERYTHING

Weight Loss LogHomework…. Yuck! I know I know, but it really is important to write down everything you eat and drink. Not only will you start to see patterns emerge, but you will be holding yourself accountable.

We all have patterns and more often than not we don’t know what they are! I have spent a lot of time coaching people in weight loss and every time I ask them “what are your bad eating patterns” they are stumped! I have them write down everything they eat and drink for a week and all of a sudden patterns emerge.

Jen always has a sugary snack at 10:00 am, Jane loves to eat chocolate at night, they did not realize it but they have a daily pattern and we can use that to our benefit. If you see that you always want something sweet at 10:00 am, have a sweet breakfast like oatmeal, it will curb that craving before you have it and guess what? Pattern broken and extra calories consumed no more.

Now, patterns are not limited to daily, we need to look at weekly, monthly and even quarterly patterns. Say you are losing weight and doing great, then you stop losing and start gaining and you can’t figure out why. You can look back at your food logs and see exactly what the culprit is and make changes to get back on the weight loss train.

For us ladies there is a dreaded week each month that we hold onto water weight (and usually a bar of chocolate) and guess what, you will be much more forgiving at the end of the week weigh in if you know once a month you just happen to be 5 pounds heavier. You’ll say to yourself, yep that’s my pattern, it’s OK and it will be gone next week. See… sometimes homework can be beneficial.

#10. Move your body more!!

Some of you are probably scratching your heads thinking “why is exercise at the bottom?” well it’s because it is not nearly as important as what you put in your mouth! Exercise is great for burning off a few calories (emphasis on a few), for toning up your body and overall health, but no matter how hard you work out, if you don’t have the diet aspect down you won’t be losing the weight as fast as you want… or at all. But it is still an important part of how to lose weight fast, and here’s why:

I can’t tell you how many women come up to me and coyly ask “what about loose extra skin after weight loss?” and my answer is always “exercise babe!” Exercise will tone up your body and give you that lean look you want. If you are exercising while you lose weight it is even better, you will be tightening and toning as you’re losing the weight. But for those of you who have already lost the weight you can still get that toned body you want, and you will get it with exercise, babe!

Another question I get often is “if I am exercising how many extra calories can I have per day?” and my answer is (sorry, you’re not going to like this) “None! Unless you are training for a marathon or the like you don’t need more calories.” Too often we erase all our hard work by justifying eating more calories, and if you do your research you’ll find that the “calories burned” ticker on your exercise equipment is not accurate. Exercising is not an excuse to eat more, exercising will help tone your body, give you a healthy heart and burn off a few calories… what’s the point in burning them off if you’re just gonna add them back?!

Exercise will help you increase your metabolism and is key to how lose weight fast, It tones your body, tightens up excess skin, increases your stamina, gives you more energy, and makes you happier and healthier. And for those reasons it is important to rapid weight loss, but it’s not everything! It will help you stay on plan and stay motivated, so find an exercise you love and do it.

Here is a video I made for eHow on How to Lose Weight in Your Stomach & Thighs Without Very Much Exercise:

Final thought – let’s talk expectations

I want to leave you with this last note, having reasonable and attainable expectations are paramount! Too often we expect to lose 10 pounds in 7 days, and when we lose 5 we become discouraged and quit. Five pounds (heck, 2 pounds) is a great start, certainly not a reason to give up.

Set reasonable goals for yourself, you will be more likely to achieve them, you can always beat them. And by meeting those goals you are more likely to keep going and lose the weight you want to lose.

I always recommend a weekly goal of 2 pounds, now I know that does not sound like a lot, but that is over 100 pounds in a year! It is attainable and best of all you can always beat your goal!

Same with exercise, if you don’t work out at all right now don’t set a goal to workout everyday this week, set a goal to exercise 1-2 hours this week. Add on an hour every week or two until you have made room in your schedule and can keep up with it.

Set reasonable and attainable goals, follow these steps for how to lose weight fast,  and you’ll be back here posting your success story in a few short months!

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Set Yourself Up for Success

To lose weight, you need to make a plan. Once you’ve committed to dropping the pounds, stock up on healthy produce and create a realistic workout routine. If you’re unable to cook or won’t have time to on certain days, review your options from local food vendors and restaurants near your home or workplace to determine which meals match up with your health and weight-loss goals.

On average, you can expect to lose up to 1-2 pounds a week or 4-8 pounds per month if you adhere to a balanced meal and exercise plan. Weight loss can fluctuate and vary depending on the time of day, your metabolism, and the extent of your lifestyle changes. If you want to start an elimination diet or want to lose more than ten pounds in a month, consider speaking with a qualified healthcare professional, such as a licensed nutritionist, who can help design a program that best suits your needs or guide you through intensive behavioral therapy so you can make healthy and lasting changes.

Eat the Right Foods

De La Cruz recommends seeking out high-quality and minimally-processed foods. She emphasizes eating a diverse diet full of vegetables, protein, and starch. Choose colorful and phytonutrient-rich vegetables, which fight inflammation in the body, one of the most common issues in individuals carrying extra weight. In addition to choosing nutrient-rich foods, make sure to cut back and limit any unhealthy culprits. This often means extras such as artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, alcohol or soft drinks. Finally, remember to stay hydrated throughout the day. De La Cruz suggests drinking “at least two liters per day, especially during the summer months.”

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September 24, 2016

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How to lose weight with 4 simple steps

How to lose weight these with these 4 simple steps

Figuring out how to lose weight is one of the number one things Americans have on their minds. It feels like every week a new fad diet or fad workout style surfaces and everyone jumps on the bandwagon but no one ever walks away satisfied. Why? It’s because the fad diets and fad workouts are just that – a fad. They’re a quick way to suck the masses into a scheme on how to lose weight without educating them properly about the truth…which is exactly what we’re about to give you.

How to lose weight, step 1: It starts in your mind

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This is quite possibly one of the biggest secrets and most important tactics you will learn in your quest on how to lose weight. Did you know that professional athletes, including professional bodybuilders spend hours visualizing the endgame. For a professional bodybuilder or professional fitness competitor, they will spend several hours a week visualizing what they want their perfect physique to look like. Every single member of Team Body Spartan uses this technique and we recommend you do too.

So how does this relate to you wanting to know how to lose weight? Hang on for the ride because this is where it gets really interesting and we unfold how to apply this trick of the pros.

The University of Ohio published a study where they placed a cast on the wrists of 29 people for four weeks, in an attempt to test how the brain’s cortex plays into strength development. The study and the results were staggering.

Of the group with wrist-hand immobilization, half (14) were asked to regularly perform an imagery exercise, imagining they were intensely contracting their wrist for five seconds and then resting for five seconds. They were verbally guided through the imagery exercise with the following instructions: “Begin imagining that you are pushing in as hard as you can with your left wrist, push, push, push…and stop. (Five-second rest.) Start imagining that you are pushing in again as hard as you can, keep pushing, keep pushing…and stop. (Five-second rest.)” This was repeated four times in a row followed by a one-minute break for a total of 13 rounds per session and five sessions per week. The second group performed no imagery exercises.

At the end of the four-week experiment, both groups who wore casts had lost strength in their immobilized limbs when compared to the control group. But the group that performed mental imagery exercises lost 50% less strength than the non-imaginative group (24 percent vs. 45 percent, respectively). The nervous system’s ability to fully activate the muscle (called “voluntary activation” or VA) also rebounded more quickly in the imagery group compared to the non-imagery group.

This actually proves that your brain has the ability to control the rate at which not only your strength decreased but also how quickly it can increase. So if this works for strength training, why couldn’t you apply it to weight loss? You absolutely can. If you still don’t believe me, let’s take a quick look at the placebo affect.

According to www.medicinenet.com, the placebo effect is defined as:

A remarkable phenomenon in which a placebo — a fake treatment, an inactive substance like sugar, distilled water, or saline solution — can sometimes improve a patient’s condition simply because the person has the expectation that it will be helpful. Expectation to plays a potent role in the placebo effect. The more a person believes they are going to benefit from a treatment, the more likely it is that they will experience a benefit.

Basically, your brain is so powerful that just by thinking a sugar pill is an anti-cancer drug, and truly believing it’s going to cure you of cancer, it has the power to do so. If your brain can do that, imagine what it could do if you truly believed that what you’re learning in this article, regarding how to lose weight, is actually going to cause your body to lose body fat.

Here’s how to lose weight using this technique

Spend some time each day meditating. It doesn’t have to be very long. The study cited above was only about 13 minutes or so. If you spent 10-15 minutes a day meditating and visualizing your perfect body, along with telling yourself that the program you are using to lose weight is going to work, your brain will believe it and your results will be exponentially greater.

How to lose weight, step 2: Cardio

What most people don’t fully understand is that diet alone isn’t enough to lose weight and keep it off. While you will see some results, to maximize your weight loss and to help keep it off, you should couple your diet with cardiovascular exercise. Our absolute top pick for incinerating body fat, is a method called High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT Training). It utilizes both aerobic and anaerobic exercise to maximize body fat reduction.

The short and simple is to get pick an exercise that you enjoy for cardio. This could be the stationary bike, the elliptical training, a treadmill, the stair climber or stair mill, or even running. Now, take about 2 minutes to get your body warmed up. Perform the cardio exercise of your choice at a moderate pace. Usually at about the 2 minute mark, you should feel pretty warm. At that point, increase your pace to about 50-60% of your maximum. This would be similar to a jog VS a sprint, where the all-out-sprint is your maximum effort.

From this point on you will then do interval training. You will pick an interval of time, such as 30 seconds and rotate between your 90% maximum effort (sprint) and your 50-60% effort (jog) for the remainder of your cardio session. As your body begins to adapt to this and you feel like it is becoming easier and easier, you can increase your total cardio session time and/or increase your maximum effort interval time. So your sprint could go from 30 seconds to 45 seconds and keep your 50%-60% effort interval at the standard 30 seconds.

The goal is to reach a total time of 20 minutes of cardio. That’s it. You don’t need to do an hour of cardio exercise to see great results. You just have to use HIIT training to maximize fat burning and then do this a minimum of 3 days a week. If you can do more, do more. We typically recommend up to 6 days a week, taking one day off to fully recover.

How to lose weight, step 3: Change your workout routine

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It’s really as simple as it sounds. We told you that our How To Lose Weight steps were simple, and we meant it. So change your workout routine up. You can try any of these items below or even combine some of them

  • change the exercises
  • change the total number of reps per sets
  • change the total number of sets
  • do drop sets, super sets, and/or giant sets
  • do your standard workout exercise in reverse order
  • pre-exhaust your muscles by saving the compound movements for the end

The goal here is to make the workout difficult for you once again and to shock your muscles. You have to continuously change what you’re doing to keep your body guessing. The human body is an amazingly adaptive machine. In the game of how to lose weight fast, if you change your routine continuously, you will gain more muscle mass, which in turn helps to raise your metabolism and – you guessed it – burn more body fat.

You can also change your style of training. We recommend three different types of training styles: strength training, mass training, and endurance training.

How to lose weight, step 4: Dial in your nutrition

Everyone’s definition of “eating healthy” is different. You’ll here people on Facebook and social media all the time say things like, “Just eat healthy and exercise – it’s easy.” Or my favorite is, “You don’t need a workout program, just eat healthy, go to the gym, and get a good protein powder.” If either of these statements worked, people wouldn’t be flooding our inbox with questions about how to eat to lose weight and you probably wouldn’t be reading this article.

The truth is, everyone’s body is different and therefore, your diet is going to need some customization. There’s a lot of different ways to dial in your nutrition but we feel that the best one is to have a licensed sports nutritionist do it for you. Everyone will have their own method and formula for calculating your macros and your calories. Macros are your total amounts of protein, carbs, and fats, per meal. If you know your macros per meal, suddenly eating to lose weight is no longer a mystery. You simply portion out your food accordingly so that you have a certain amount of protein, carbs, and fats per meal. You can even eat out as long as you know about how much of each is in the meal you’re going to have. By law, all restaurants are required to have nutritional information available for anyone that asks. If you ask for it, the restaurant should be able to provide it to you.

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Our personal favorite nutrition plan for losing weight

We, as bodybuilders and fitness competitors, have an affinity towards a diet called a, “keto diet”. In essence, on this diet, your body will learn to burn fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates. For a good portion of the week you will go with very low carbs, high protein and high fats. The healthy fats you will ingest on this nutrition plan will be processed and burned as fuel. Once your body gets into ketosis, you will have a steady stream of energy and won’t experience the insulin spikes and energy crashes you get from ingesting carbs. Additionally, when you couple this nutrition plan with steps 1-3 above, the body fat will melt away at an amazing rate.

Figuring out your macros for this diet can be complicated, if you don’t know what you’re doing, or if you don’t have a licensed sports nutritionist to figure them out for you. Luckily we have one on staff and our Genesis program has a very easy to use calculator that asks you for you height, weight, age, sex, and goal weight, and then will calculate your daily macros for you.

Yes, it’s that easy.

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So now that you have the four easy to follow steps and secrets to lose weight fast, we have one more that will put them all together for you. Imagine that you had a workout plan that was completely laid out for you and included steps 1-4. The plan would include motivation and visualization techniques, it would include workouts that rotate and change frequently, it would include a full nutrition plan that has a calculator for a keto diet…

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19+ [BEST] & Most Effective Exercises to Lose Weight Fast (Feb. 2019)

Here’s the uncomplicated and unattractive truth about exercise – if you want to lose weight, you need to do quite a lot of it.

Actually, to lose one pound of fat, you need to burn around 3 500 calories.

I know that’s not what all the hyped-up marketers want you to hear (so you can buy one more product promising ‘instant weight loss’). However, the sooner you accept this universal truth, the sooner you will reach your goal.

But this doesn’t have to be a tragedy! There are many enjoyable ways to lose that extra belly fat without working out like a crazy fitness addict. 

You can either focus your attention on the following top 19 weight loss exercises or you can go over my newest list of best individual and team sports to lose that stubborn fat. The choice is yours.

MOST EFFECTIVE EXERCISES & SPORTS

# EXERCISE (1 HOUR)

CALORIES BURNED

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1. Jumping rope

1 074

2. Taekwondo

937

3. Tabata training

900

4. Vigorous rowing

810

5. Cross-country skiing

850

6. Running up stairs

819

7. Vigorous rowing

810

8. Kickboxing

769

9. Basketball game

728

10. Elliptical trainer

720

11. Rollerblading

683

12. High-impact aerobics

664

13. Ice skating

637

14. Running & jogging

555

15. Water skiing

546

16. Light lap swimming

528

17. Cycling

508

18. Water aerobics

501

19. Weight training/lifting

455

20. Low impact aerobics

399

21. A brisk walk

391

22. Dancing

370

23. Power joga

364

24. Volleyball

364

25. Sex

292

26. Bowling

273

27. Walking

167

#1. JUMPING ROPE

1 074 CALORIES / HOUR

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Jumping rope is the ultimate fat burning exercise that will help boost your caloric output and lose weight. There is simply no other exercise that can match this one.

According to Science Daily, jumping rope is much more effective than running:

“This aerobic exercise can achieve a “burn rate” of up to 1300 calories per hour of vigorous activity, with about 0.1 calories consumed per jump.”

“Ten minutes of jumping rope can roughly be considered the equivalent of running an eight-minute mile. Since the impact of each jump or step is absorbed by both legs, jump rope may have lower risks for knee damage than running.”

Did you know that during this exercise, you build agility and quickness, increase bone density and even boost cognitive function of your brain? Also, you will significantly improve the coordination between your eyes, feet, and muscles.

For more on these benefits of jumping rope, check out: 6 Surprising Benefits of Jump Rope (+2 You Already Know)

#2. TAEKWONDO

937 CALORIES / HOUR

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Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea. It is also used as part of South Korean military training for every soldier. It is famous for its employment of kicking techniques, which distinguishes it from martial arts such as karate or certain southern styles of Kung Fu.

Today, over 70 million people in 188 countries practice Taekwondo. 4 million of them are black belters. It’s not only focused on physical activity, but it also relies on concentration, combat philosophy and self-defense.

According to LiveStrong, there are many benefits:

“A typical Taekwondo class involves dynamic punching and kicking drills, blocks, core-strengthening exercises and stretches. You’ll build stamina and strength through such active movements.”

“For younger children, learning and practicing the poomsaes — specific patterns of defense and attack movements — leads to better motor skills and body control.”

“A 2014 study published in Sports Medicine noted that Taekwondo athletes demonstrate high peak anaerobic power, flexibility — especially in the legs and hips — high dynamic upper- and lower-body strength and good core endurance.”

For more on Taekwondo, check out this article: 38 Facts You Should Know About Taekwondo

#3. TABATA TRAINING

900 CALORIES / HOUR

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For those that don’t know this exercise, Tabata is a high-intensity workout protocol and has many fitness and weight loss benefits. It’s a mix between CrossFit and circuit training.

The basic of Tabata is that you perform an exercise for 20 seconds, remember it has to be intense training and do it as hard as you can. Then you rest for 10 seconds. This has to be repeated 8 times.

Here is a great Tabata routine from SunWarrior.com:

Sprinting & Ropes Tabata

  • Sprinting: sprint for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds x 8 times
  • Battle rope: Rope for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds x 8 times

Body Weight Tabata

  • Push-ups: 20 seconds push-ups, 10 seconds rest x 8 times
  • Body Squats: 20 seconds Squatting, 10 seconds rest x 8 times
  • Planks: 20 seconds planking, 10 seconds rest x 8 times
  • Pull-Ups: 20 seconds pull-ups, 10 seconds rest x 8 times

Dumbbell Tabata

  • Bicep Curls: 20 seconds curling, 10 seconds rest x 8 times
  • Chest Press: 20 seconds Chest press, 10 seconds rest x 8 times
  • Walking lunges with dumbbell: 20 seconds lunging, 10 seconds rest x 8 times
  • Overhead Tricep Extension: 20 seconds overhead, 10 seconds rest x 8 times

To learn more about Tabata training, make sure you read this guide on BreakingMuscle called The Tabata Revolution Explained: What, Why, And How To Tabata

#4. VIGOROUS SWIMMING

892 CALORIES / HOUR

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For a low impact, high results sport look no further than swimming. This seemingly effortless activity burns hundreds of calories, literally, without you breaking a sweat.

The many swimming strokes will help you get different types of aerobic exercise and will provide a new challenge to master. One drawback is that you need access to a swimming pool.

According to LifeHack.org besides losing weight, swimming offers many health benefits like:

  • Swimming improves muscle definition and strength
  • Swimming builds up bone mass
  • Swimming reduces inflammation
  • Swimming can improve exercise-induced asthma
  • Swimming lowers stress and depression
  • Swimming can make you smarter

Just swim few laps in the pool every day, and you’ll see a noticeable difference in your fitness level and waistline without any damage to your knees or ankles.

Swimming will help you burn calories, count them in here.

#5. CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

850 CALORIES / HOUR

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Did you know that cross-country skiing will help you lose weight, stay young and improve your mood? This is one of the top Nordic sports out there that will help you clear your mind and relieve stress as you will be breathing the freshest air possible.

According to HealthFitnessRevolution.com, Nordic skiing offers benefits such as:

  • You get a full-body workout
  • Burns lots of calories
  • Improves cardiovascular endurance and health
  • It helps relieve stress
  • It improves endurance
  • Allows you to connect with nature

Also, Dr. Graeme Close, a sports nutrition consultant who works with the British ski and snowboard team, says that:

“Nordic skiing would be preferable to alpine, but both can help: Any exercise that increases your heart rate has the ability to contribute to a drop in body fat.”

“Cross-country skiing is one of the most demanding of all sports and would certainly increase energy expenditure plenty and thus contribute to reduced body fat. Downhill skiing wouldn’t do this as much, but as part of a fitness regime, it’s a good thing if done in a balanced and controlled manner. The key thing is the balance, and getting the nutrition correct around the training.”

#6. RUNNING UP STAIRS

819 CALORIES / HOUR

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Running is good, we all know that. But what about running up stairs? According to experts, it’s much better and much more effective at burning calories and staying lean. If you are an amateur or a competitive runner, it is even more important for you to do this activity.

According to RunnersWorld experts, plyometric motion (running-up stairs) strengthens your muscles, heart, and lungs for better running. They state that:

“Stairs force you to work against gravity, and this helps build two essential needs for runners: strength and power,” says Anne Moore, M.S., an exercise physiologist and running coach in Charleston, South Carolina. You need both, whether you’re kicking to the finish of a 5K or trying to maintain pace during the later miles of a marathon.”

“Moore adds that stair-climbing “forces you to utilize muscle stabilizers, like the gluteus medius, that get neglected during regular runs,” because you’re balancing on and activating one leg, briefly, as the other moves to the next step. Strengthen these areas and you’ll reduce your risk of injury.”

Running up stairs is considered to be a form of cardio exercise that comes with various health benefits including weight loss and strengthening your heart as well as lungs.

Remember, you’ll only be able to lose weight if you consume fewer calories than you burn, so check how much calories you eat. Also, you should cut out salty or fatty foods, and maintain a healthy, balanced diet.

#7. VIGOROUS ROWING

810 CALORIES / HOUR

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According to experts, rowers are possibly the most efficient exercise machines available out there. They give you a full body workout and help you burn a significant amount of calories.

The more intense rowing session, the bigger the number of calories burned. Besides helping you burn calories, it also offers various other benefits, such as an improvement of cardiovascular fitness, reduction of stress as well as toning of your muscles.

According to specialists from RowingReviews.com, rowing provides you with additional advantages such as:

  • Rowing is low impact
  • Rowing can be social
  • Rowing machines are relatively low-cost

As you can see, there is no excuse not to include rowing in your weekly exercise routine.

#8. KICKBOXING

769 CALORIES / HOUR

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Kickboxing is truly awesome as it comes with many advantages. When you do this activity, you will learn self-defense you will increase your fitness levels, and engage your entire body while doing so.

The best part?

Kickboxing focuses on your whole body, including your core, your arms and shoulders, as well as your legs and glutes. It also helps you increase stamina and it is great cardio workout that boosts your cardiovascular health.

According to LifeHack.org, kickboxing offers numerous benefits:

  • Increased flexibility
  • HIIT (high-intensity-interval-training) improves VO2 max
  • Increased muscular endurance
  • Relieves stress & improves mental health
  • High-calorie burn (saves time!)
  • Improves coordination & muscular balance
  • Whole body toning exercise

What is more, kickboxing boosts your energy levels:

“Performing a high-intensity kicking boxing routine might seem like something that would tire you out, but many people find that the opposite is true. Kickboxing often gives people an energy boost, not just because of the natural endorphins (though that, of course, plays a role!) but also due to the empowering nature of the workout.”

“This gives your physical and mental energy levels a boost. After your workout and rest period, your body will feel refreshed and full of energy.”

#9. BASKETBALL GAME

728 CALORIES / HOUR

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Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world that attracts more and more people each day. Not only that, this sport is an awesome team activity that will help you burn fat, relax, strengthen up your cardiovascular system and build a team spirit.

According to StyleCraze.com, basketball offers these fabulous benefits:

  • Promotes cardiovascular health
  • Burns calories
  • Builds bone strength
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Provides strength training
  • Boosts mental development
  • Develops better coordination and motor skills
  • Boosts confidence

Did you know that even former president Barack Obama plays the game on a daily basis as part of his fitness regimen?

#10. ROLLERBLADING

683 CALORIES / HOUR

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Rollerblading is a great activity that will keep you motivated, healthy, and fit. The best part? You will be working out outside so you will be able to catch some sunshine and produce some D vitamin.

According to expert Dr. Carl Foster, associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, inline skating offers benefits like:

  • Inline skating was found to be a better aerobic workout than cycling, but not as good as running. This is because it is easier to coast while cycling than while skating, and impossible to coast while running.
  • Inline skaters can increase their aerobic workout by skating harder or skating uphill. (NOTE: Skaters should master speed control for skating downhill prior to engaging in an uphill workout.)
  • Anaerobically, inline skating was found to be more beneficial than both running and cycling, because it is intrinsically easier and more natural for building hip and thigh muscles that are not developed in the other two forms of exercise. Unlike cycling, inline skating develops hamstring muscles. And unlike running, inline skating is a low-impact activity.
  • A separate study conducted at the Human Performance Laboratory at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota found that inline skating develops muscles in the entire upper leg, rear end and hip, as well as the lower back. Muscles in the upper arms and shoulders are also developed when arms are swung vigorously while skating.

Source: Inline Skating Resource Center

#11. HIGH-IMPACT AEROBICS

664 CALORIES / HOUR

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High impact activity can be defined as any cardiovascular exercise routine where both feet are off the ground at the same time. Except being more intense (and more effective at burning calories) than regular exercises, it comes with many other benefits.

For example, this activity may be beneficial for your bones as it may increase its density as a bone matter can and will adapt to the stresses that affect it.  Also, high-impact exercise can improve your joints.

Experts from USNews.com chime in on this topic:

“High-impact exercise strengthens the joints because it trains all the muscles around that joint to become functionally stronger. For example, when you hop up, you powerfully fire up a plethora of muscles to launch you off the ground. And when you land, those muscles need to contract eccentrically to brace for and soften that impact.”

“While you can do low-impact strength training, you won’t be able to replicate that exact powerful explosion or same eccentric contractions that come from higher impact exercise, Donavanik says.”

However, according to experts from LiveStrong.com, high-impact aerobics may not be for everyone. Just see for yourself:

“High-impact aerobics tend to burn more calories than low-impact, however, the chance for injury either during the session or over time is higher than with low-impact workouts. High impact aerobic activities are better suited for advanced exercisers and may be discouraging for beginners. To prevent overuse injuries from high-impact activities, cross train with low impact activities and take a day off between vigorous workouts.”

So, the next time you are working out, try to add some high-impact exercises to burn extra calories and improve your bones at the same time.

#12. RUNNING & JOGGING

555 CALORIES / HOUR

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Running is one of the best full body workouts out there and the only ‘equipment’ you need is a pair of good shoes. Jogging a few kilometers a day will:

  • Boost your metabolic rate
  • Improves your respiratory system
  • Improves your cardiovascular system
  • Helps you to build & maintain muscle
  • It’s great for your brain & psychological health
  • It’s great for your immune system & bones
  • It improves your energy levels & confidence

All this will happen faster than you ever thought possible. However, Jogging is hard on your knees, so it is best to make progress slowly, increasing your speed and distance as your fitness levels increase.

There is one rule you should follow in general. Never try to improve your speed and distance at the same time! It’s always best to first focus on increasing your distance.

To find out how many calories you burn during this activity, check out this calculator here.

#13. CYCLING

508 CALORIES / HOUR

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Riding a bike is one of the best cardiovascular exercises out there, and it’s also a whole lot of fun. Breezing past traffic as you feel the wind in your hair and burn massive amounts of calories!

According to experts from BikeRadar.com the benefits of cycling are enormous:

  • You’ll get there faster
  • You’ll sleep more deeply
  • You’ll look younger
  • Cycling will boost your bowels
  • Cycling will increase your brain power
  • Cycling improves your sex life
  • Lose weight by riding your bike

Another great thing about cycling is that it’s a competitive sport so you can use a little competition to motivate you. Just choose one goal that challenges you but is still within your reach and create a game plan for finishing it.

Soon, you won’t feel like you’re exercising anymore. To check out calories burned, visit this website here.

#14. WEIGHT TRAINING

455 CALORIES / HOUR

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How would you like to burn calories non-stop for up to 48 hours no matter what you’re doing? That’s the power of weight training and the effect of an after-burn.

Most people, who just want to lose some pounds, think that they don’t need to worry about going to lift some weights in the gym. This is especially true for women who worry about looking too ‘bulky’.

This misconception about weight training and fat loss could be holding back your progress because no dietary regime is complete without a little effort in the gym. Except for a potent after-burn effect, there are several other benefits of weightlifting according to LiveStrong.com:

  • More muscle means more calories burned
  • Resistance training fights depression
  • Weightlifting fights osteoporosis
  • Reduced risk of diabetes
  • Better heart health
  • Better control of blood sugar
  • You will look better

Building your muscle mass is one of the most efficient ways to burn fat, and the best part is that it continues to burn fat for up to 48 hours after you exercise. Talk about getting the most out of your workout!

#15. LOW-IMPACT AEROBICS

399 CALORIES / HOUR

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Aerobic exercise is a great way to get your heart pumping and shed those stubborn pounds. A simple 20-minute session few times a week is all you will need in the beginning.

According to FitDay.com, low-intensity impact cardio offers several health benefits:

  • Improved health of your cardiovascular system
  • Decreased damage to your joints
  • Effective weight loss

There are many different types of these aerobic workout programs you can choose from with a varying degree of success. However, to make sure that you’re using the most effective program, you’ll need to do a little research.

#16. DANCING

370 CALORIES / HOUR

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If you’re looking for a fun way to tone up your body and lose weight, why don’t you try dancing? First, this is an excellent way to raise your heartbeat.

What is more, the constant challenges along with the changing rhythm and routines will make sure you never get bored. Luckily, there are many different types of dancing activities so you can be sure that you’ll find something that fits your personality and your lifestyle.

Not only that, according to experts from BerkeleyWellness.com, dancing offers additional health benefits:

  • Better balance and improved mood
  • Dancing is good for heart health and weight control
  • Lowered stress response
  • Opportunity to socialize
  • Increased socialization leads to more happiness

Just don’t overlook the social benefits of dancing as this activity is a great way to spend quality time with your partner or meet new people if you don’t have a one.

Source: The Many Health Benefits of Dancing

#17. POWER JOGA

364 CALORIES / HOUR

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Yoga is becoming the number one activity for self-improvement all around the globe. It is being used all over the world to improve overall health, heal aches and pains as well as lift the mood.

From the trusted authority on yoga – YogaJournal.com, the power yoga is defined as:

“[…] a fitness-based vinyasa practice. An offshoot of Ashtanga Yoga, it has many of the same qualities and benefits, including building internal heat, increased stamina, strength, and flexibility, as well as stress reduction. Teachers design their own sequences, while students synchronize their breath with their movement.”

Also, Yoga provides many health benefits like:

  • Improves your flexibility
  • Builds muscle strength
  • Perfects your posture
  • Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown
  • Betters your bone health
  • Drains your lymphs and boosts immunity
  • Regulates your adrenal glands
  • Lowers blood sugar

To discover more benefits of yoga, check out: 38 Health Benefits of Yoga

#18. SEX

292 CALORIES / HOUR

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Before you brush it off – hear me out. Numerous clinical studies now prove sex is a great form of exercise as well as a natural part of your life.

Regular lovemaking can help you to burn calories, increase the strength of your heart and gain more confidence! So, have more (responsible) sex – doctor’s orders!

According to WebMD, sex offers these fabulous health benefits besides burning calories:

  • Helps to keep your immune system humming
  • Boosts your libido
  • Improves women’s bladder control
  • Lowers your blood pressure
  • Lowers heart attack risk
  • May make prostate cancer less likely
  • Eases stress

Is there something more to say? Nope. SEX is awesome, simple as that.

#19. WALKING

167 CALORIES / HOUR

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If jogging is a bit too intense for you or if you have joint problems, then walking is an excellent option for you. Many studies are indicating that walking can be even better for your weight loss than running, and it’s certainly safer and easier to get started with.

It’s also an excellent way to socialize when you get your friends to join you on your walk.

This way you don’t get bored with your weight loss regime, and you will have a group of people holding you accountable. According to experts from Arthritis.org, walking offers numerous benefits:

  • Improves circulation
  • Shores up your bones
  • Lightens mood
  • Can lead to weight loss
  • Strengthens muscles
  • Lowers Alzheimer’s risk
  • Improves your breathing

The goal, when you’re walking, is to keep a comfortable pace where talking is a bit complicated but still doable, and you’ll see results in no time.

To check out calories burned during this activity, use this tool here.

MOST EFFECTIVE EXERCISES & SPORTS

  • Jumping rope – (1 074 calories/hour)
  • Taekwondo – (937 calories/hour)
  • Tabata Training – (900 calories/hour)
  • Vigorous swimming – (892 calories/hour)
  • Cross-country skiing – (850 calories/hour)
  • Running up stairs – (819 calories/hour)
  • Vigorous rowing – (810 calories/hour)
  • Kickboxing – (769 calories/hour)
  • A game of basketball – (728 calories/hour)
  • Elliptical trainer – (720 calories/hour)
  • Rollerblading – (683 calories/hour)
  • High-impact aerobics – (664 calories/hour)
  • Ice skating – (637 calories/hour)
  • Running & Jogging 5 mph – (555 calories/hour)
  • Water skiing – (546 calories/hour)
  • Light or moderate lap swimming – (528 calories/hour)
  • Cycling – (508 calories/hour)
  • Water aerobics – (501 calories/hour)
  • Resistance training/weightlifting – (455 calories/hour)
  • Low impact aerobics – (399 calories/hour)
  • A brisk walk – (391 calories/hour)
  • Dancing – (370 calories/hour)
  • Power yoga – (364 calories/hour)
  • Volleyball – (364 calories/hour)
  • Sex – (292 calories/hour)
  • Bowling – (273 calories/hour)
  • Walking – (167 calories/hour)

Source: BusinessInsider.com & WomensHealthMag.com

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU WORK OUT?

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Most respectable health professionals recommend that to get the optimum results you should follow these tips:

  • Exercise, at least, three times a week.
  • For around 20 minutes a session.
  • Drink a lot of water.
  • Have at least one rest day a week.

So there you have it – eight legitimate and fun ways to lose your flab and get the shape you of your dreams. I hope you found here the best exercise for weight loss and that you will share your results with us.

You can either choose one or two of these exercises or mix them all up to make sure you have a fun and challenging program for the whole week.

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8 Ways to Get Past That Weight Loss Plateau

Losing weight is a battle: And like any good fight, you don’t always come out on top. At first, you were dominating, dropping weight every time you stepped on the scale. Then, the numbers began to slow, and now they’re completely stagnant.

Here are eight reasons you’ve hit a weight loss plateau and the simple changes you should make to lose weight fast.© stevecoleimages
Here are eight reasons you’ve hit a weight loss plateau and the simple changes you should make to lose weight fast.

You’ve hit the dreaded weight loss plateau.

It’s a bummer when your fat loss slows, but hitting a weight loss plateau is completely normal.

“The leaner you get, the harder it gets to lose those last few pounds,” says Tony Gentilcore, C.S.C.S., owner of CORE in Brookline, Massachusetts.

As you continue losing weight, your metabolism starts to slow down, so you either need to eat fewer calories or burn more calories to see continued weight loss. But still, your current weight doesn’t have to be your ending weight. You just need to start approaching your fat loss plan a bit differently if you want to see results. Here, six reasons you’ve stopped losing weight—and what you can do to get back on track.

You Don’t Eat Enough Protein

Your metabolism slows when you lose weight because your body doesn’t require the same level of energy to maintain your size, according to Roy f RDN, LD at the Ohio State University. Then, you have to account for the loss of muscle mass which naturally occurs when you shed pounds. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, so “the goal is to preserve that muscle,” says Gildersleeve. To do this, you’ll want to keep protein intake between .8 grams to 1 gram of protein per kilograms of body weight.

You Don’t Portion Out Your Food

A lot of guys devalue the importance of portion sizes, says Gentilcore. You might think eyeballing the amount of food you eat isn’t doing much harm, but it can make a big difference when you’re trying to shed those last few pounds.

Say, if you add just a couple extra tablespoons of peanut butter to your daily smoothie, that’s around 120 extra calories, adding up to 840 extra calories a week.

“As you get a little bit closer to your target weight, you have to be a bit more meticulous,” says Gentilcore.

If you’ve stopped seeing results, you need to pay attention to portion control. First, familiarize yourself with what you should actually be eating. For instance, a serving of beef is 3 ounces (about the size of a deck of cards) and a serving of ice cream is half a cup (about the size of half a tennis ball). Then, measure it out, Gentilcore says.

After you get used to what that amount looks like, you can go back to eyeballing your portions. Here are 12 easy ways to estimate servings sizes if you need a place to start.

You Treat Yourself Too Often

What’s the harm of one brownie after a hard workout, right? Well, that kind of mindset can stunt your weight loss, says John Raglin, Ph.D. an exercise researcher at Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Public Health.

“You could run an extra five miles, but it’s really easy to reward yourself with more than 500 calories,” he says. “The reward usually far exceeds the extra calories you expended.”

These excess calories stack up: If you eat a 500-calorie treat several times a week, that could be an extra day’s worth of calories each week, or more than 6,000 calories per month. And that can make a big difference if you can’t seem to move the scale, says Raglin.

Instead of binging on a sundae because you “earned it,” choose smaller portions of treats you really love, suggests Raglin, like a really decadent piece of dark chocolate or one scoop of your favorite, high-quality vanilla ice cream.

Here’s one rule to go by: Only 10 to 20 percent of your daily calories should come from junk food, says Men’s Health nutrition advisor, Alan Aragon. If you feel like you’re not seeing results, try to stick to the 10 percent range if a craving hits—so if you’re an active guy eating about 2,800 calories a day, that treat should only be around 280 calories.

You Think You’re More Active Than You Really Are

When you start working out more, you might experience something called “compensatory inactivity,” says Raglin. That means you might be exercising more, but moving less throughout your day.

Many people fall into this habit of “keeping score.” You bust your butt during your morning sweat session. Then when you get home, you plop down on the couch for the rest of the day to binge watch your favorite Netflix show because you feel like you’ve already done enough for the day.

That’s a mistake: If you’re serious about keeping up with your weight loss, falling into this habit of not moving after exercising can really hold you back, says Raglin.

“Don’t miss out on opportunities to walk or be active or take the stairs,” he says. “It’s a small difference, but you’re keeping your metabolism up.”

What’s more, incorporating more movement throughout your day can keep you motivated, says Raglin. Make an effort to be active whenever you can—take your dog for a walk, kick around a soccer ball with your kids, or give yourself a daily step count target. The pounds will keep coming off, he says.

You Don’t Fuel Up Right

Sticking to a high-intensity routine boosts your appetite, says Raglin. You might end up feeling ravenous post-workout, causing you to overeat and gain all of those calories back instantly.

So play the preventive game: If you’re hungry going into your workout, chances are good you’ll be starving afterward. In that case, consider having a pre-workout snack to manage your hunger, says Raglin. You don’t want something too heavy or rich, which can make you feel uncomfortably full. Instead, shoot for an apple, which is full of simple carbs to give you energy, or a handful of almonds, which contain good fats and some protein to hold your hunger over. Or you can try one of these protein bars.

If you work out before work or after leaving the office, you will need to eat afterwards. Just make sure you’re doing it right: If you have some time to kill before your usual dinner time, make yourself a protein shake or have a small snack so you’re not tempted to overeat at dinner, says Raglin.

If you finish your workout just in time for dinner, check out one of these simple post-workout meals.

You’re Not Consistent In the Gym

Consistency matters when you’re trying to lose that last bit of weight, says Gentilcore. In fact, skipping just one workout can increase your odds of missing another one by 61 percent, according to British research.

And consistency matters in your routine, too. Despite what you may hear, novelty doesn’t necessarily equal progress, says Gentilcore. For a fat loss program to work, you have to stick to a routine long enough so you can really master it.

“The squat, deadlift, and bench press are staples for a reason,” he says. “People don’t give themselves enough time to learn and master these moves.”

The sooner you become proficient at an exercise, the better you get at it. That means you can add more weight to it, helping you gain and retain muscle—which helps you burn more calories throughout the day and fend off fat. But if boring really bothers you, add new stuff to the last 10 minutes of your usual routine as a finisher, suggests Gentilcore.

Then, usually after about 4 to 6 weeks, you can think about switching your exercises up, says Gentilcore. Once you’ve mastered your staples, you can seek out some more challenging variations, like switching up the classic flat bench press with the incline or close-grip bench press.

You Don’t Recover Properly

You’re not going to maintain or continue your weight loss if you’re too sore to keep up with your workout plan out for the rest of the week. Not taking your recovery period seriously can cause you to plateau, says Gentilcore. When you pump iron, you’re literally breaking down your body by causing micro tears in your muscle tissues, so you need give it time to rebuild that muscle before you get back into it.

“People don’t understand that going home and eating well, going to sleep, and drinking enough water is going to allow your body to recover so you can go back to the gym a day later so you can do it again,” he says.

When you’re first starting out, training three days a week seems to be a happy medium for most guys, says Gentilcore. Or you can do full body workouts every other day and allow a day of recovery in between.

But if you really want results, Gentilcore says it doesn’t hurt to get in the gym 6 days a week, just make sure you’re alternating muscle groups, he says. So if Monday is your chest day, work your legs Tuesday to give your upper body time to recover.

If you’re constantly feeling too sore to get moving again, try one of these ways to speed up recovery after a hard workout so you can stay on track with your exercise routine.

You’re Stressed and Don’t Sleep

Gildersleeve recommends patients analyze more than just their diets when the scale refsues to budge. Worrying and logging less than six hours of sleep per night can impact your waistline, he says. That’s because stress and sleep changes hormone function and increases cortisol levels, which is tied to excess weight and belly fat.

“I can’t stress the importance of REM sleep when it comes to weight loss,” says Gildersleeve.

In addition, higher cortisol levels stimulate hunger, particularly for junk food, says Gildersleeve.

We know it’s not easy, but prioritizing sleep will greatly impact your weight loss efforts and improve your mood, too.

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