Small changes make a big difference when you’re working toward losing weight and keeping it off for good. Incorporate these 15 tiny changes to reach your ideal weight, so you can live a life filled with energy and better health.
1. Do NOT skip breakfast.
Skippers eat more during the day than those who make this tiny investment in their health. The most effective breakfast for weight loss includes lean protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats, like those from avocado, coconut oil, or olive oil.
2. Measure portion sizes at every meal.
It’s easy over time to develop a skewed sense of what a healthy portion size looks like, so take control of food intake by measuring out each serving.
3. Go meat-free one day each week.
People who eat plant-based foods tend to consume fewer calories and are less likely to be overweight. But you don’t need to dive into a full-on vegetarian lifestyle to benefit from plant-based foods.
4. Learn how to read a food label.
Empower yourself to reach your ideal weight with information!
5. Indulge in one splurge meal each week.
Occasionally treating your taste buds helps you stay on track for more effective weight loss.
6. Ditch refined sugar and artificial sweeteners.
Get rid of the extra jiggle by paying close attention to how much refined sugar and artificial sweeteners you’re consuming.
7. Don’t skimp on sleep.
Poor sleep habits disrupt the body’s hunger hormones, causing you to overeat.
8. Eat lean protein at every meal.
Lean protein satisfies the appetite and nourishes the muscle tissue that boosts the metabolism.
9. Drink one full glass of water before every meal.
This is one of the easiest tiny changes to reach your ideal weight. Drinking one glass of water before meals takes the edge off of hunger so you’re less likely to overeat.
10. Don’t drink calories.
Stick to plain water or refresh your body with low-calorie, all-natural drinks. Add mint, lemon or cucumbers to make your water extra refreshing.
11. Say “so long” to added sodium.
Processed foods are too often high in sodium, which triggers fluid retention and bloating. Look slimmer faster by avoiding processed foods. Instead focus on clean-eating recipes that incorporate whole or minimally processed ingredients.
12. Eat two small healthy snacks each day.
Maintain steady blood sugar levels and beat back raving snack attacks by eating one small snack in the morning and another in the afternoon. Try 3-Ingredient Parmesan Kale Chips or No-Bake Fruit Energy Bars.
13. Regularly make one healthy ingredient swap.
Make a big difference by eliminating a go-to food that stops you from reaching your ideal weight. If your family digs into sour cream all the time, replace it with plain nonfat Greek yogurt. Like mayo on sandwiches? Swap it out for spicy mustard–mustard seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, plus the spice adds a temporary metabolism boost.