No time to hit the gym? Got no discipline? Not a problem. There are a lot of easy ways to see those pounds drop on the scale of us slackers! Here’s what you need to do:
1. Always start a meal with a glass of water
You’ll stay hydrated and feel fuller instantly, which can help keep you from overeating.
2. Use smaller plates
Using a small plate is a trick that you can play on your mind. Fill your small plate full of food so you think you ate more than you did because your plate look so full. In reality, you are cutting down on the amount of food you eat without really knowing it.
3. Have dark chocolate
Quiet your sugar cravings with a piece of dark chocolate. It may not feel quite as satisfying the first few times, but as you wean yourself off your sugar addiction, you’ll be glad you’re saving calories while having a healthy yet decadent treat.
4. Skip the sugary drinks
Empty calories from a daily soda, morning juice, or large glass of wine at dinner can really add up. Stick to water flavored with fresh ingredients like cucumber, lemon, or mint in order to save on important calories.
5. Take the stairs
Taking the stairs instead of an elevator can tone your butt quickly. It’s strength training without actually hitting the gym, so opt for stairs the next time you need to head up a few flights!
6. Drink green tea
Give up those iced coffee drinks and opt for green tea instead! Green tea is known to reduce belly fat, boost metabolism and help digestion, so drink up!
7. Don’t eat while watching TV
When you’re distracted, you’re not paying attention to how much food you’re consuming. Researchers have found that watching TV while eating leads to higher calorie consumption since you’re not paying attention to the amount of food you’re eating. Be especially mindful while snacking so you can avoid packing on extra pounds.
8. Make healthy food swaps
Going for a vinaigrette dressing can save you 80 calories, while opting for fresh fruit instead of dried can save you dozens as well. Click here for more healthy food swaps!
9. Drink cold water
Good news if you take your water cold, regardless of the season. When you consume liquids that are colder than your core body temperature, your body has to work to warm it up. This, in turn, burns extra calories in the process
10. Lose the sweatpants
Sweatpants are not your friends, people! They are one of the sneaky culprits that fattens you up because they are so forgiving to your body! Wear jeans instead because once that button is about to pop, you’ll know that it’s time to stop.
11. Enlist support
Many popular diets these days leave you starving, restricting calorie to the point that your metabolism actually SLOWS. But there is a little-known plan called the 2 Week Diet that actually teaches you what to eat and when. This increases your metabolism, allowing you to shed weight and shed it FAST. Those on the diet report losing 12-23 pounds and 2-4 inches in a matter of 2 weeks – all backed by science. Watch this video to learn more about how the 2-week diet works.