Losing 20 pounds usually takes time, willpower, sweat and discipline—but no one really wants to power through a HIIT workouts week after week or count calories at every meal. So, the better news is that there are a lot of simpler ways to see those pounds drop on the scale. Employing the following 10 little tricks daily will help you lose weight—no gym or diet required—guaranteed!
1. Drink a glass of water before starting your meal
You’ll stay hydrated and feel fuller instantly, which can help keep you from overeating.
2. Make a few simple substitution at every meal
Going for a vinaigrette dressing instead of a ranch dressing at lunch can save you 80 calories, while opting for fresh fruit instead of dried can save you dozens as well.
3. Have a piece of dark chocolate for dessert
Instead of opting for the cookies in the break room, appease your sugar cravings with a piece of dark chocolate. It may not feel quite as satisfying the first few times, but as you wean yourself off your sugar addiction, you’ll be glad you’re saving calories while having a healthy yet decadent treat.
4. Control your portions
If you want to lose weight, sticking to the right portions at every meal is important. Measure out snacks beforehand instead of eating from the bag, use smaller plates to visually signal that your meal will satisfy, and put away leftovers so you’re not tempted to go back for seconds.
5. Move even more
Even if you’re not dedicating an entire chunk of time to a workout, you can burn a few extra calories by making an effort to move a little more during the day. Taking breaks to walk around the office, opting for the stairs instead of the escalator, and parking a little farther from the office entrance are all simple ways to up your calorie burn.
6. Just drink water
It’s a common reason you’re not seeing results — those empty calories from a daily soda, morning juice, or large glass of wine at dinner can really add up. Stick to water flavored with fresh ingredients like cucumber, lemon, or mint in order to save on important calories.
7. Don’t go too long without eating
A little hunger can be good for you, but starving yourself all day in order to “splurge” on dessert at night is both unhealthy and diet sabotage. Eat well-timed meals and snacks in order to avoid low blood-sugar levels that cause you to crash.
8. Eat high-protein, high-fiber foods for snacks
When it’s time to snack, make your food work for you. Steer clear of the empty, high-calorie options like chips and crackers, and go for protein- and fiber-rich foods that taste good and fill you up too. You’ll be able to eat fewer calories while still feeling satisfied. One of these 150-calorie snacks will surely hit the spot.
9. Eat a light dinner 30 minutes earlier than usual
Try to keep your dinner to about 25 percent of your daily calories, and have it at least two to three hours before going to bed. Eating too much too late can cause digestion and sleep issues that make it hard to stick to a healthy routine.
10. Get more snooze
Lack of sleep can cause you to eat more throughout the day and not have enough energy for your workouts, so aim for seven to nine hours of sleep every night. It’s an easy and effective way to keep your weight-loss goals on the right track.
11. Stop stressing about weight loss
Lastly, be patient. While cultivating that virtue isn’t exactly effortless or painless (but sure beats going on a diet or going to the the gym), it may help to know that keeping weight off generally gets easier over time.
Constantly obsessing over losing weight can become counterproductive. And stress does crazy things to your body causing you to have a harder time losing weight. So stay calm, eat clean, and move more. If you need a sensible guide on eating clean, eating whole and living skinny, there is a little-known diet plan called the 2 Week Diet which will teach you these things. Getting your eating habits and lifestyle in check will increase your metabolism—allowing you to shed weight and shed it fast.
Women who have followed the 2 Week Diet reported losing up to 20 pounds and 2-4 inches from their waist in just a matter of 2 weeks—the methods in the 2 Week Diet are all backed by science. Check out this video on the 2 Week Diet now to learn more about how to follow the diet—and get to your ideal weight in 14 days.