Weight loss can be a challenge, but there are tips and tricks that make the journey a little easier. Here are 6 super easy weight loss tricks to get you started or to help you get over a plateau and make sure that belly of yours is flatter than ever.
Remember, no matter which of these tricks to lose weight you incorporate into your healthy lifestyle, the key to long-term weight loss success is consistency. Create a plan for success and stick to it. Believe it or not, there will come a day (or maybe more) when life is so crazy you won’t have the time or energy to plan a healthy meal or fit in a workout – but the key is to acknowledge the hiccup and get back on the weight loss track. Good Luck.
1. Make Healthy Recipe Swaps
Women often think of healthy eating in negative terms: I shouldn’t eat this or I *definitely* can’t eat that. The truth is that you can enjoy many of the same foods by swapping out traditional recipes for those that use whole or minimally processed ingredients.
2. Hydrate With Water Only
Beverages are a big-time weight loss trap for many women. Refined sweeteners add empty calories, while artificial sweeteners alter the metabolism and lead to weight gain. Swap out sodas, processed teas, café drinks, and sports drinks for water, and water only. If you really need a quick tasty fix, add a splash of lime or a few slices of your favorite fruit or vegetables – yes, even adding carrots will give you an added kick to your beverage.
3. Kick It Up Many Notches With Your Vegetables
One of the simplest tricks to lose weight is to add food to your menu. We’re talking veggies. Vegetables, when enjoyed in healthy recipes, nourish the body with nutrients, like fiber, that support weight loss.
4. Eat “Just Enough”
American women today consume an average of 300 more calories per day now than in 1985. Another one of the easy weight loss tricks is to eat portion sizes that maintain a healthy weight. To start, eat much slower than you normally do (as I was terrible in eating with chopsticks, I used them at every meal to slow down my eating), take smaller bites and let your brain register that you’re eating to satisfy your hunger. You’ll be surprised how much less you’ll actually eat.
5. Walk 10,000 Steps a Day
Walk more steps! It’s not as hard as you think! And this is one of the easiest tricks to lose weight. Taking more steps each day has been linked to benefits like weight loss as well as lower blood pressure and healthier glucose levels. Use a fitness tracker or a simple pedometer to track steps – there are SO many phone apps out there to track your steps – so get going!
6. Lift Weights (and I mean heavy weights)
Especially if you’re over 30 years old! If you think cardio is the ‘secret’ to blasting belly fat, you cannot be more wrong. When Penn State researchers put dieters into three groups—no exercise, aerobic exercise only, or aerobic exercise and weight training—they all lost around 21 pounds, but the lifters shed six more pounds of fat than those who didn’t pump iron. Why? The lifters’ loss was almost pure fat; the others lost fat and muscle.
Other research on dieters who don’t lift shows that, on average, 75 percent of their weight loss is from fat, while 25 percent is from muscle. Muscle loss may drop your scale weight, but it doesn’t improve your reflection in the mirror and it makes you more likely to gain back the flab you lost. However, if you weight train as you diet, you’ll protect your hard-earned muscle and burn more fat. Not enough reason? Ok, then let’s just say a combination of cardio and weight lift will make you look and feel better in your clothes – yes, even in skimpy bikinis.