The reason most of us don’t lose those last five (or, fess up, ten) is the intimidation factor. With more opinions out there than Shia LaBeouf has issues, getting started can be confusing, and following through can seem onerous to torturous. Not so! You can kick-start some serious weight loss with just a few simple changes, like these below. And for the definitive guide on how to improve your total health, check out these 100 Ways to Live to 100!
Drink diluted fruit juice to trim calories
Natural fruit juices contain lots of calories. Cut the calories in half by adding water to the juices. That quick trick is just one of the 7 Easy Ways to Sneak Away From Sugar!
Drop pounds without ever going hungry
Stop when you’ve eaten 80% of your normal amount, and wait for 20 minutes. You’ll feel satisfied afterward because it takes 20 minutes for your stomach to signal your brain that you’re full.
A survey of more than 2,000 people who lost a significant amount of weight and kept it off for at least 5 years found that 78% ate breakfast 7 days a week. Fill your breakfast plate with these 20 Amazing Healing Foods!
Cut 100 calories a day
This is roughly the amount of calories in a handful of chips or a light beer. Eliminating one of these a day would be the equivalent of 700 calories a week and could lead to nearly a 10-pound weight loss in a year. Jump-start your beach-body goals with The World’s Fastest Full-Body Workout!
Keep a food journal
Recording what, when, and how much you eat can help reveal unhealthy eating patterns. But you have to write everything down— even those olives in your martini. Why? A USDA study found that men typically eat twice the amount of grains, fats, and sweets and half of the fruit they estimated.
Eat your largest meal at lunchtime
And lighten up on dinner. This gives you hours of activity to burn off the calories. If you consume a lot of calories late in the day, you’re more likely to store these calories as fat. Avoid snacking and drinking alcohol after 7 P.M. That’s just one of the 30 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism After 30!