Drinks lots of water! 1
Drinking water is something so simple that most people forget to do it regularly unless they really feel thirsty. However, it is very important to drink water throughout the day because it "regulates our body temperature, keeps our joints lubricated, helps prevent infections and delivers nutrients to our cells," according to registered US dietitian Lisa Drayer. "Additionally, our kidneys and liver work hard to get rid of toxins in our bodies, and they depend on water to do their job."
But also, drinking may help you lose weight because it helps boost your metabolism! A study published in The Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism found that drinking about 16 ounces of water temporarily spiked participants' metabolic rate by 30 percent. This study concluded that increasing water intake by 1.5 liters (about six 8-ounce glasses) per day would increase daily caloric burn by about 200 calories.
Drink a glass of water before every meal. 2
It may be old advice, but it is tried-and-true, which is why I say it over and over again: Drink a glass of water before any meal, and you are sure to eat less.
"If you are looking to lose weight, water can help you shed pounds," says registered US dietitian Lisa Drayer. "Drinking a glass of water before a meal can fill you up a bit and help you eat fewer calories at a meal."
Work out at home while watching your favorite telenovela. 3
Working out at home while watching your favorite TV show is the perfect way to make working out a bit more fun and affordable. I do this all the time, and it works! I have a set of dumbbells at home and do arm exercises, or I do some squats while watching TV. And I'm not the only one who thinks this is a great, easy strategy to lose weight.
"Keep some free weights by the TV or simply do crunches or lunges during your favorite show," Melissa Joy Dobbins, RD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, told Women's Health.
Dance away the pounds. 5
I love dancing (to just about anything!), so this is an easy one for me. Dancing is fun and liberating! It helps relieve stress and is a great way to burn calories without feeling like you're exercising.
So, sign up for a salsa or hip-hop class, or try taking Zumba! You will shed the pounds without even thinking of the word exercise.
Ditch the elevator and take the stairs. 6
I live on a second floor, and no matter how tired I am, I ALWAYS take the stairs! Climbing up the stairs as much as possible is amazing for your body. Not only will it make you burn more calories than many other forms of physical activity, it will also help you build muscles, strengthen your bones, and better your cardiovascular health. So, forget about the elevator, and take the stairs!
A fitness tracker will be your best ally. 7
I got a Fitbit for Christmas and I have been wearing it every single day. I love it because it lets me know how many steps I have taken and how many calories I have burned. It also reminds me that I have to get up and take a walk every hour.
But for your fitness tracker to be an effective tool in helping you stay active and lose weight, you have to actively set daily or weekly goals, according to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Fill up on delicious veggies at every meal. 8
IFor weight loss to happen, you must consume fewer calories than your body burns. But that does not mean that you have to eat less food. You just have to chose the right foods, and add more veggies to your daily diet, which are packed with nutrients and have fewer calories than other foods.
"You can create lower-calorie versions of some of your favorite dishes by substituting low-calorie fruits and vegetables in place of higher-calorie ingredients. The water and fiber in fruits and vegetables will add volume to your dishes, so you can eat the same amount of food with fewer calories. Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories and are filling," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Try to make your own food as often as you can. 9
According to a study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, people who cook at home eat healthier and consume fewer calories than those who tend to eat out.
"When people cook most of their meals at home, they consume fewer carbohydrates, less sugar, and less fat than those who cook less or not at all--even if they are not trying to lose weight," says Julia A. Wolfson, a CLF-Lerner Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and lead author of the study.
Keep popcorn on hand for those nighttime snack cravings. 11
According to research published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, those who snack on popcorn get 250% more whole grains and about 22% more fiber than those who don't eat this fabulously low-cal snack. Basically, this means that popcorn can keep you full longer and you'll be satisfied when snacking on the delicious popped kernels. I always keep popcorn on hand and, instead of butter, season it with my favorite smoked Spanish paprika to give it a kick that doesn't add any extra calories.
Apple cider can actually help you lose weight. 12
This is NOT a myth! Adding 1 or 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to your daily diet can actually help you lose weight! A small study by the American Diabetes Association found that that those individuals who take apple cider before a high-carbohydrate meal had a 55% lower blood sugar response one hour after eating.
And, another small study found that taking apple cider vinegar with a starchy meal significantly slowed stomach emptying, which leads to feeling full longer and, may lead to lower caloric intake. This study concluded that "fermented foods or food products with added organic acids should preferably be included in the diet in order to reduce glycaemia and insulin demand."
More on how to take apple cider vinegar for weight loss at LiveStrong.com.
Take your dog for a run! 13
They say that dogs are a man's best friend... but they can also be their best running partner. If you have a dog, take full advantage of the time you spend taking it for a walk and do some exercise while at it.
Running burns more calories than just walking, which is great for you. However, just make sure you start out slow with your dog and combine intervals of walking and jogging; and make sure to check in with the vet first.
Have some outdoor fun with your kids. 14
Put the phone down, take the kids' tablets away, and go out to have some outdoor family fun! Play some sports with your kids, or go for a hike. Take a dance class with them. Go for a family jog on the beach. Go for a bike ride with them! There are so many things you can do for you and your kids to be active and healthy.
Check out some more ideas at UnicefKidPower.org.
Ditch your car and get a bike. 15
Bike riding is a great way of getting your exercise in even when you're not even thinking about exercising. Imagine burning calories and getting fit as you commute to and from work, or while running errands! "You get the same cardiovascular benefits from cycling that you get from any other form of aerobic exercise--walking, jogging or dancing," says Lisa Callahan, MD, medical director of the Women's Sports Medical Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. "It can be a very effective cardiovascular benefit."
You will be exercising, saving lots of money on transportation, AND saving the environment!
Wear your workout clothes to run errands. 16
If you struggle to get yourself to the gym (just as I do), a good trick is to put on your workout clothes in the morning and then just go about your day. Once you finish running your errands, not having your gym clothes with you won't be an excuse, and will make it easier for you to get your behind to the gym! This has actually been working for me in the past few months, and after running my errands I make sure to stop at the gym even if just a quick 30-minute workout. It's a lot easier if I already have my gym clothes on.
"Clothes today are more exercise-friendly than ever before," says Melissa Joy Dobbins, RD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "Look for stretchy, flattering clothes that can double for work and workout."
Make sure you're getting a full night's sleep EVERY night. 18
It might feel as if you're being lazier than usual if you get eight hours of sleep every night, but the truth is that this is an excellent way to promote weight loss. Not only are there plenty of studies that suggest sleep deprivation causes increased levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin, a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition also determined that a lack of sleep can slow the rate at which calories are burned. So if you want to burn the optimal amount of calories during the day (just by going about your daily life), make sure you get some shut-eye!
Drink cinnamon and apple infused water. 19
Lose Weight by Eating author and blogger Audrey Johns swears by this detox water and so do her followers! Cinnamon is believed to help boost your metabolism, because it takes more energy for the body to process it. Also, a study published in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine found that individuals who took cinnamon supplements every day for eight weeks lost more weight and body fat than those who took a placebo treatment, even when they did not make any changes to their usual eating habits.
As for apples, besides being delicious, the daily consumption of this fruit leads to weight loss, according to a research by the State University of Rio de Janeiro.
Surround yourself with people who share your desire of getting healthy. 20
When trying to lose weight or staying fit and healthy, it is important to surround yourself with people who will support you in your journey. And even better is to get support from people who share your same goals, and are already on their way to achieving their weight loss objectives.
And this is not just my opinion. A study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology found that participants in a weight treatment program who had at least one successful weight-loss partner lost significantly more weight than those with no successful partners and those without partners.
Add some chia to your favorite detox water. 21
These tiny seeds are rich in hunger-crushing fiber, antioxidants, and plant-based omega-3 essential fatty acids. And since the seeds form a gel around them when mixed with water, they can hold up to 10 times their weight in liquid and digest slowly. This makes you feel fuller longer and is a great way to tame cravings.
Just mix 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 1 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon or lime juice, and 2 teaspoons of honey. Let the seeds soak for a couple of hours before drinking.
Start your day with a protein-packed breakfast. 22
Include some healthy, ready-to-eat snacks on your grocery list. 23
"Convenience food doesn't have to mean junk food," says Melissa Joy Dobbins, RD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She suggests buying prepackaged foods that are still fairly healthy, such as whole or precut fruit and vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, and yogurt. My personal favorite are the 100-calorie almond bags that I find in the grocery store. I throw them into my purse and have a perfectly packaged snack for whenever I get ravenous at work.
Do some meal prepping for the whole week. 25
Meal prepping is a great way to make sure you are eating healthy meals every day and, at the same time, is one awesome strategy for saving money and time.
Find some easy meal prep recipes for weight loss on Health.com.
Keep some yogurt around to fight sugar cravings. 26
Low-fat, sugar free yogurt makes for a really healthy snack because it is high in protein and rich in calcium. And what's more, a study found that "an afternoon snack of Greek yogurt, containing 24 g protein, led to reduced hunger, increased fullness, and delayed subsequent eating compared to lower protein snacks in healthy women."
Check out what other foods can help you fight sure cravings on Healthline.com.
Take your time when eating. 27
This was one of the hardest habits for me to get acquainted with, since I would always eat in a rush. However, after learning that eating more slowly may help me lose weight, I now make it a point to take my time to eat.
A study published in BMJ Open found that compared to people who ate their food quickly, those who ate at a normal speed were 29% less likely to be obese. And that people who ate slowly were 42% less likely to be obese.
Wear jeans to go to the office. 28
Did you know that people who wear jeans to work tend to move around more than those who wear business attire?
A study led by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse found that people who wear jeans to work take 491 more steps a day than those in business wear.
Drink lots of green tea. 29
The catechin compounds in green tea also help to burn fat cells and turns it into energy. It’s also loaded with antioxidants that can even do wonders for your skin.
So drinking green tea will make you lose weight and achieve radiant skin at once.
Drink this detox juice in between meals. 30
This is my ultimate favorite juice for weight loss! Every ingredient in it is diuretic and will make you shed pounds fast. I drink a glass between breakfast and lunch, and then another glass at around 3 p.m.
Get the full recipe at Love This Pic.
Make sure you're not drinking your calories. 32
Stay away from high-calorie, sugary drinks, such as sodas, processed (canned or bottled) juices, or those fancy lattes full of whipped cream and caramel syrup. They are loaded with empty calories and sugars that may be stored as body fat.
Healthy food doesn't have to be tasteless and boring. 33
Some people have this perception that healthy food is boring and tasteless. Well, they're wrong. There are so many options out there for those who really want to stick to a healthy diet. The key is to find those healthy foods you like and add tasty ingredients that will make your meals more fun and delicious. But it's also important to be open to tying new things. I love trying new things and coming up with new ways for making a dish. When I go to the supermarket and see a vegetable, fruit or whole grain I have not tried before, I take out my smart phone and do a quick Google search to see the nutritional value of it, and if it's packed with nutrients, I'll buy it and try it. I also love trying new herbs!
Try this pineapple and cinnamon tea. 34
Pineapples are delicious. They also aid in digestion and are known to help prevent infections in the throat and mouth. Pineapples are considered one of the world's healthiest foods, and because of their high water content, they make you feel full and are incredibly satisfying. This pineapple tea is perfect for those of us looking to shed those few extra pounds.
Get the full recipe here.
Don't eat in front of the TV or at your desk. 35
A study by the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society at Liverpool University found that eating a meal while watching TV or while sitting on your desk may lead to weight gain. "People who are distracted while they eat appear to pay less attention to what they have eaten," said lead researcher Dr. Eric Robinson.
Eat healthy, nutrient-packed meals on a daily basis, and allow yourself to cheat sometimes. 36
I know that choosing to eat a hamburger or some loaded fries may seem way more attractive than a healthy meal. It's not the end of the world if you indulge sometimes. However, try to get into the habit of eating a balanced diet on a daily basis, even if you then allow yourself to cheat sometimes with one treat.
"Make sure what you do eat high-quality, nutrient-rich food: lean protein combined with carbs from whole grains and some monounsaturated good fats," suggests LA-based nutritionist Maggie Moon, R.D.
Say yes to black pepper. 37
Adding some black pepper to your diet may help you shed some pounds. Research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that an ingredient called piperine found in this spice blocks the formation of new fat cells.
Besides using black pepper to spice up your food, you can also reap all the benefits of this spice by drinking it in the form of tea.
Eat your dinner by 7 p.m. 39
"An early dinner is good for digestion, and anything that is good for digestion aids weight loss," says clinical nutritionist Dr. Rupali Dutta. "It is said that the body is wired to the movement of the sun. The later we eat, more are the chances of the food lying in the intestines, affecting the digestion. On the other hand, if you have your dinner early, you reach the satiety value earlier, the body is able to utilise the food better. The body uses everything we eat. If the calories produced are not put to use, it is stored as fat."
Turn the thermostat down in your house (and don't be afraid of the cold). 40
I personally hate the cold, but it seems like a good way to easily lose some extra pounds. According to British researchers, there's a direct link between rising indoor temperatures and increased obesity rates in the US and the UK. Their study, published in Obesity Reviews, explained that when the body is cold, it produces brown fat, which burns energy to create heat and is different from white fat, which is basically a stockpile of calories. Researchers explained that when people wear light clothing while in a 60 degree Fahrenheit room, they go from burning 100 to burning 200 calories per day (which can result in losing 10-20 pounds of weight loss per year!). Just make sure you don't wrap yourself up in too many blankets, because this will negate the effect.