How we all long for real-life, simple weight loss tactics that actually work. If you break them all down, it’s really simply still all about eating less and moving more. The bright side is that there are shortcuts. Here are some tips that will help you master the way of losing weight, the shortcut way and keeping the weight off for the long run.
Tip #1: Do not give into ‘fad’ diets
You know the kind. You hear it from your friends. Everyone’s like: ‘Give up carbs!’ ‘Give up fat!’ ‘Wait, no, now I’m taking pills!’ None of them are manageable long-term—and they wreak havoc with your metabolism! Because you’re either starving yourself or you’re cutting out a major food group. Then you go back into weight-gain mode, but it’s even worse, because your body has adjusted to all that crazy fad crap.
Tip #2: Be an 80/20 eater
Make 80 percent of the food you eat healthy and take 20 percent of your daily calories and make them fun.Otherwise, you’ll feel deprived—and more tempted to go off the deep end.
Tip #3: Be Positive
When you tell yourself what you ‘have to’ do or what you ‘can’t’ do, the deprivation language makes you rebel. But if you say, I’m not going to have that— it’s a choice and you’re in control.
Tip #4: Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is a cornerstone of weight management because of the impact it has on your hormones that control how you burn fat, how you store fat, and how you’re maintaining muscle. The better your hormone balance, the better your weight management.
Tip #5: Diversify Your Workout
When you work multiple muscles at the same time, you’re getting your cardiovascular exercise in while you strength-train. You’re not only saving time, but you’re burning more calories while you’re doing it.
Tip #6: Order Wisely At Restaurants
Order without looking at the menu. Almost every restaurant has the basics—veggies, grains, and protein. If you go in knowing what you want, I guarantee you’ll be able to make a meal. If you’re too uncomfortable to ask for what you need, tell a white lie: Say you’re allergic. I know it’s controversial to suggest this, but women in particular can really have trouble standing up for their own needs. So if you want the broccoli soup puréed without cream, tell the waiter you’re lactose intolerant.
Tip #7: Find Healthy Lunch Spots
Make a ‘slim lunch options’ book of all the takeout places in your area where you know there’ll be healthy things to eat. This way, there is no second guessing or having to have a long discussion with your colleagues about where to go just to end up in the convenient KFC.
Tip #8: Travel with snacks
Pack small meals you can make in a hotel room. Whenever we travel, we bring oatmeal packets like Nature’s Path Hemp Plus, because you can make it with a coffeemaker, and snacks like a bag of almonds, a 22 Days vegan hemp protein bar, or Justin’s peanut butter or almond butter in packets – they’re light to carry around and they’re delicious.
Tip #9: Eat before heading to parties
Eat a filling, healthy snack before you leave home. And take a healthy dish so it’s like you’re contributing, but you’ve also covered your ass with something you can eat!
Tip #10: Eat Citrus Everyday
Vitamin C inhibits the production of cortisol, a hormone that essentially tells your body to store fat. Eat grapefruit slices with breakfast.
Tip #11: Eat more turkey (lean protein)
Lean protein helps you stay fuller for longer; it has the amino acids that are the building blocks for muscle. Chicken and fish are good, too.
Tip #12: Drink plenty of water
Hydration can curb hunger and boost your metabolism by up to 3 percent! Drink water until your pee looks like lemonade.
Tip #13: Say yes, yes, yes to dark chocolate
It’s got antioxidants – that we can get away with calling it a health food. Eat in moderation for all of you with sweet tooth.
Tip #14: Stand up!
Stand whenever you can. Standing burns 1.5 times more calories than sitting. Stand when you’re at the doctor’s office, when you watch TV, even when you work at your computer – try placing it on a kitchen counter.
Tip #15: Clean out your pantry
Dump everything you have that contains trans fats, artificial sweeteners, and high-fructose corn syrup.
Tip #16: Showcase healthy food
Put the healthiest things on display: fruits on the countertop, the healthiest things in the fridge at eye level, and the best snacks at the front of your cupboard so you’ll see those first. But then again, if you have followed Tip #15, you won’t have to do this.
Tip #17: Ration your junk food
Don’t buy more treat food than you’re going to eat in one day. Get just one calorie-controlled allotment, like a small bag of chips, so you can’t continue to go back for more.