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The Top 25 Weight Loss Tips and Tricks

Losing weight, in theory, is not rocket science; simply take in fewer calories than you put out.  Sometimes things don’t work quite as simple as that.  Whether you hit a plateau that is hard to break, you listen to fads that actually do more harm than good, or are making mistakes all on your own; weight loss can be quite frustrating.

Here are the top 25 weight loss tips and tricks, these are the best diet tips that I have found, even though I don’t like using the word diet.  In fact, in my opinion, that is one of the biggest mistakes people make.  If you want to have significant weight loss and keep it off for a lifetime, you need to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

  1. Always eat breakfast: This sets the theme for your entire day.  A healthy breakfast will give you the energy you need to get through your day and kick your metabolism off in the right way.
  2. Eat slowly: Chewing each bit of food for thirty seconds will allow your digestive system to work more thoroughly.  Put your fork down and rest for a minute after every three bites to give your body a chance to feel full before you overindulge.
  3. Keep it up:  Do your best to keep your heart rate up and not take more than a 30-second break during your workout to maximize your calorie burn.
  4. Stop evening snacking:  No more eating after 7 pm.  When you start winding down for bed, your metabolism slows down.  Any food consumed after this time will be stored in your body as fat.
  5. Add strength training:  Strength training has many benefits but most important for weight loss is that it increases your metabolism and builds muscle.  Simple fact:  Muscle burns fat.
  6. Delay your cravings:  If you are craving something or feel hungry outside of mealtimes, put it off.  Try drinking an 8-ounce glass of water or focusing your mind on something else for a while.  If the craving goes away, it was not real hunger after all.
  7. Get your beauty sleep:  Ensure you are getting 6-8 hours of sleep every night.  The hormone ghrelin increases without adequate rest which could result in weight gain.
  8. Ease the stress:  Ensure you take several 5-minute breaks every day to practice deep breathing and meditation.  The stress hormone Cortisol causes us to hold on to weight around the mid-section.  Decreasing your stress levels will help rid you of this unwanted fat.
  9. Be prepared:  Make sure you pack your own lunch, including several snacks to allow yourself a small meal every two-three hours.  This will discourage you from eating fast food and help keep your metabolism running smoothly.
  10. Make SMART goals:  When trying to lose weight make your goals Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.  This will help you track your progress and ensure success.
  11. Start Right:  Begin your meals with a vegetable broth-based soup or a green salad to help you to feel full more quickly and consume fewer calories.
  12. Weigh & Measure:  Make sure that you weigh yourself, take photos and measurements once per week to help keep you on track.  Seeing your progress will also help keep you motivated.
  13. Keep on Snacking:  Snacking on healthy options every two to three hours will help keep your metabolism steady and discourage you from feeling over-hungry and over-indulging on unhealthy snacks.
  14. Be strong:  Expect to experience some hunger and discomfort, being prepared for this will help you understand that you do not actually need to eat, you are just breaking old habits and this is your bodies reaction to being outside of your comfort zone.
  15. Give yourself a cheat day:  If you tell yourself you can have that indulgence on a specific day, it will help you avoid having it every day.
  16. Keep a journal:  Keeping a food journal and tracking everything you eat and drink every day will help hold you accountable and develop healthy eating habits.
  17. Add your arms:  Adding arm swings to your exercises will help increase your calorie burn and you will lose more weight.
  18. Shop the right way:  Never go grocery shopping while you are hungry and always shop around the outside of the store and avoid the aisles as much as possible.  This will help you to make healthy choices that are less processed.
  19. Skip the soda:  Stay away from soda, including diet soda.  Drinking soda regularly can actually prevent your muscles from burning fat.
  20. Indulge in fiber and protein:  Eat so much healthy fiber, dark green vegetables, nuts, and lean protein that you are too full for unhealthy options.
  21. Say goodbye to salt and fizz:  Sodium and carbonation can cause bloating and make your stomach appear larger than it is for hours after consuming it.  Sodium can actually impede your weight loss by causing water retention.
  22. Take the apple test:  If you aren’t hungry enough to eat an apple, you aren’t hungry.  Distract yourself with something else.
  23. Curb the carbs:  If you can refrain from eating any carbs after lunch you will lose weight.  This is a tough one, but if you can do it you will have greater success.
  24. Be in the know:  If you have a moderate activity level, add a zero to your body weight to figure out how many calories you need in a day (ie. 150 lbs = 1500 calories per day).
  25. Step it up:  Taking a 15-minute walk after every meal will help increase your metabolism and is an easy way to burn 100 calories.