We’ve all been in the same boat with fighting fat, feeling discouraged and overwhelmed that our efforts to lose it have proven one step forward, two steps back.
But what if losing weight could be easy?
What if there were no gimmicks or deprivation required?
Believe it or not, you can say goodbye to fat for good, and here’s how!
It’s time for 14 tips that make shedding those extra pounds as effortless as possible.
Whatever your goals may be, these tactics will get you where you want to be in a healthy, sustainable way!
#1. Put a Stop to Your Drinking
Many people would be surprised to know just how many calories are in alcohol.
If you like to enjoy your beer at the end of a long day or are even a fan of mixed drinks and a night out, your alcohol consumption might be a significant contributor.
While you don’t have to cut out alcohol entirely (unless it’s a major issue affecting your quality of life), see if you can reduce it significantly.
You might be surprised by just how many pounds you lose by eliminating alcohol from the equation.
#2. Replace One Thing at a Time
Too often people try to completely change their eating habits and end up failing miserably.
Instead, pick one thing at a time and replace it.
Drink soda with your meals?
Switch to water.
After a few weeks, pick some other unhealthy habit and replace that with a healthier one.
Rinse and repeat.
#3. Walking or Biking Instead of Driving
Life is all about choices.
When we want to lose weight, we sometimes have to make choices that we wouldn’t usually make.
An excellent example of this is how you get around.
Rather than driving to work, those with a short commute could walk or bike to work instead to help them become more active.
If you have a longer commute, don’t worry.
There are other choices you can make that will also help you lose weight.
For example, taking the stairs instead of the elevator can help you boost your cardio for the day.
#4. Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting is a relatively new trend in which you limit your eating to a specific window from day to day.
During the other periods, you enjoy calorie-free beverages to help you mitigate your hunger.
Intermittent fasting is not for everyone, and there are several ways that you can approach it to incorporate it into your daily life.
Do your research to understand better what it is, how it works, and whether or not it’s a good fit for you.
#5. Caloric Reduction
It’s impossible to lose weight if you continue to engage in the same habits over time.
This includes the amount of food that you’re eating on a daily basis.
Now’s the time to get a food journal or a calorie-counting app to see what you’re eating and how many calories you are above your daily goal.
Then, make adjustments to cut out calories so that you can lose weight instead of continuing to gain it.
#6. Switching to a High Protein and High Fiber Diet
The biggest piece of advice that those who have lost weight have to offer is to not buy into fad diets.
They often don’t work as efficiently as they say they do, and it can be hard to adjust to a regular diet after losing the weight you were looking to lose.
Instead, you should focus on getting more protein and fiber.
You can do this by incorporating more protein and fiber-rich foods into your meal plans or taking supplements that help you get more fiber and protein.
#7. Gamify Fitness
There are a lot of people who don’t like working out, which makes losing weight considerably harder.
One way to circumvent this issue is to gamify your fitness routine.
For example, if you have a VR headset, you can look for games to help you get up and moving when you have some free time.
You can also look for more game-oriented equipment, come up with your own fun routine, or look for products that help you engage in more exciting activities rather than some of the exercises you’re looking to avoid.
#8. Eliminating Most Snacks
Snacks are not bad, especially if you need something to tide you over until your next meal.
But if you already have a problem eating, snacks can sabotage your weight loss goals.
After all, low-calorie snacks are only helpful if you’re eating them as directed.
If you take in multiple snacks at a time, you’re not reaching your calorie deficit.
Try getting rid of snacks or cutting down on the number of them around the house so that you focus more on the meals you eat rather than mindless snacking.
#9. Eliminating Soda and Other Sugary Drinks/Treats
A big part of dieting and losing weight is getting rid of the things you know are bad for you but still eat anyway.
This includes sugary and calorie-dense sodas, juice, and other treats like cookies and chocolate.
You shouldn’t be so restrictive that you feel you can’t enjoy these things, but you should eliminate them almost entirely from the home so you don’t feel tempted to engage.
Some have said that dropping soda or other items that they tend to enjoy almost religiously has allowed them to lose a lot of weight quickly.
#10. Regular Exercise
Regular exercise is crucial to weight loss, and it doesn’t take that much to get started!
Cardio is your best friend at this point.
Basic activities like walking, jogging, or using machines in the gym like a treadmill can help you start shedding pounds quickly.
Weight lifting can also help you lose weight while getting more toned and building muscle.
Just make sure that you set goals as soon as you get started.
Otherwise, you can work out without making as much progress as you would like.
#11. Taking on a More Demanding Job
If you work remotely or in an office job, you might find that quite a bit of your day is spent sitting down.
This is why some people will look for jobs or gigs that will get them up on their feet.
See if there are jobs similar to what you currently do that would be more physically demanding and help you lose weight faster.
If you weren’t thinking about a career change or aren’t looking to quit your job now, you could always look for a side hustle like becoming a personal trainer or building things to get more movement into your day.
#12. Pay Attention to Added Sugars
There is so much added sugar in food that most people don’t realize.
And the reality is, your body doesn’t know what to do with it, so it stores it at fat.
One simple change is to start paying attention to added sugars and choosing foods that contain little to no added sugar.
This also goes for beverages too.
Drinking soda or lemonade is literally like drinking liquid sugar.
#13. Find A Fun Active Hobby
Physical activity is essential for maintaining a healthy weight, and it’s easier than you might think to make exercise an enjoyable part of your daily routine.
Find something that you love doing that also gives you the opportunity to burn off extra calories; swimming laps in the pool or pounding the pavement on a morning run can be great ways to start your day with a dose of energy.
#14. Don’t Focus On The Scale
The number on the scale isn’t always an accurate reflection of your progress, and focusing too much on this can lead to disappointment.
Instead, measure success by how you feel after physical activity, or how many inches you’ve lost around your waistline.
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