67 Science-Backed Weight Loss Strategies

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67 Science-Backed Weight Loss Strategies

Healthy habits can go out the window when we’ve got no time for the gym and few options besides Seamless. Losing weight isn’t easy — and doing it in a healthy, sustainable way can make the task feel even harder.

Making small changes each day is one way to get started, but it’s important to remember that just because a weight-loss strategy works for someone else, it may not work for you. From drinking more water to turning up the music, here are our favorite weight-loss tips.

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to be a comprehensive weight loss guide. Each entry may not be right for every individual.

TIPS FOR EATING

1. Get colorful

Yes, there’s a reason restaurants use the plates they do: They want the food to look amazing. And when the food looks better — you guessed it — you eat more. Research says to avoid plates that match the food served on them (think: a deep red plate with a greasy slice of pizza), because there is less of a contrast, which may prompt us to eat more.

2. Eat more snacks

Skipping snack time won’t necessarily lead to weight loss: Low calorie consumption can actually slow metabolism. Eating less than three times a day may benefit those who are obese, but research shows skipping meals throughout the day and eating one large meal at night can lead to some undesirable outcomes (like delayed insulin response) which may increase the risk of diabetes. Instead of forgoing breakfast or lunch, stick to a few meals a day with healthy snacks between them.

3. Peruse the perimeter

Next time you need groceries, circle the perimeter of the store before going up and down every aisle. Why? You’ll load up on the healthy stuff first. The edges of grocery stores generally house fresh produce, meat,] and fish, while the inner aisles hold more pre-packaged, processed foods. Browsing the perimeter can help control how many unwanted additives are in your basket.


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4. Stock your fridge

Make an effort to fill your fridge with healthy produce and proteins. And when the crisper is empty, make sure the freezer is stocked with frozen veggie mixes or berries (and don’t forget to grab the bags that are sans added sauces or sugar). You may be less apt to order out when you’ve got the makings of a healthy dinner right at home. More good news: Healthy food doesn’t always have to be pricey.

5. Eat in the a.m.

Skipping breakfast in order to “save your appetite” for dinner probably isn’t a safety shield for late-night noshing. While there’s still debate on how important breakfast really is, not eating until the afternoon may lead to binge-eating later (think: a massive dinner because you’re starving). Stick to a reasonably-sized breakfast with plenty of protein, so you’re not tempted to eat unhealthy snacks mid-morning.

6. Get busy in the kitchen

We promise cooking doesn’t take long! Your fave Seamless order — or any local restaurant — is likely an oversized portion, which can result in increased caloric intake. Start small by making one of these healthy meals in just 12 minutes or less (we’re talking: quesadillas, stir-fry and burgers).

7. Prioritize your pantry

Take time to toss the junk. If you’ve got favorite not-so-great items you’d like to save as a treat, tuck them in the back of the pantry with healthier items, like whole grain pasta, rice, beans and nuts up front. We know that just because the bag of lentils are right in front doesn’t mean you’ll forget about the brownie mix, but it can help. Just seeing or smelling food can stimulate cravings, and increase hunger (especially for junk food).


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8. Serve restaurant style

Instead of lining up the breadbasket, casserole and salad on the table, leave food in the kitchen (out of reach). When you’ve cleaned your plate, take a breather then decide if you really want seconds. Changing up the environment in which your food is served can help reduce intake.

9. Use smaller plates

Plate sizes have increased over the past millennium. When it’s time to sit down for dinner, choose a size-appropriate plate or bowl. Using a smaller plate (eight to 10 inches) instead of a tray-like plate (12 inches or more) can make us feel fuller with the same amount of food. How does that work? The brain may associate any white space on your plate with less food. Plus, smaller plates generally lead to smaller portions.

10. Snack before dining out

Grabbing an apple or a small cup of yogurt before meeting friends for dinner can help ensure you’ll eat a reasonable amount of that enormous entrée. And be sure to reach for the protein — research shows that an afternoon snack of Greek yogurt can lead to reduced hunger, increased fullness and less eating come dinner time.

11. Freeze what you won’t be serving

Once meal prep is over, serve yourself a reasonable portion, then package up the rest and immediately stash it in the fridge or freezer for a later date. When the food is out of sight, studies show you’ll be less likely to reach for a second helping.

12. Wait before grabbing second helpings

The quicker we shovel down a meal, the less time we give our bodies to register fullness. Since it takes a little time for the brain to get the message that dinner’s been served, it’s best to go for a walk or get up from the table before dishing up seconds or moving on to dessert.


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13. Chew slowly

Eating slowly may not fit into a busy workday, but it pays to pace your chewing: The quicker you eat, the less time your body has to register fullness. So slow down, and take a second to savor.

14. Turn off the TV

Eating while watching television is linked to poor food choices and overeating. Getting sucked into the latest episode of “Scandal” can bring on mindless eating — making it easy to lose track of just how many chips you’ve gone through. It’s not just the mindlessness of watching television that’ll get us. Commercials for unhealthy foods and drinks may increase our desire for low-nutrient junk, fast food and sugary beverages.

15. Sneak in your veggies

Bumping up vegetable consumption has long been recognized as a way to protect against obesity. Add veggies to omlets, baked goods, and of course, pasta dishes (Bonus: Try zucchini ribbons, or spaghetti squash instead or traditional grain pastas). Pump pureed veggies, like pumpkin, into oatmeal or casseroles. Adding a little vegetable action into a meal or snack will increase fiber levels, which helps make us fuller, faster.

16. Turn your back on temptation

The closer we are situated to food that’s in our line of vision, the more likely we are to actually eat it. If we face away from food that might tempt us when we’re not hungry (like an office candy bowl), we may be more likely to listen to cues from our gut rather than our eyes.

17. Grab a handful — not the whole bag

When snacktime hits, our brains can be unreliable. It’s tempting to reach for a bag of chips, but instead, grab a handful (or measure out the serving size) then seal the bag and put it away. Odds are, you’ll be more mindful of how much you’re polishing off when you see it right in front of you. Or, try one of these healthy 100-calorie snacks.

18. Bring on the protein

Protein can help promote a healthy weight because high protein diets are associated with greater satiety. Plus, protein is important for healthy muscle growth. Animal sources aren’t the only option — try alternatives like quinoa, tempeh and lentils.

19. Fill up on fiber

Eating more vegetables and other high-fiber items like legumes can help keep us fuller, longer. Look for at least five grams or more of the stuff per serving. Snack on some of our favorite high-fiber picks like stuffed baked apples or jazzed-up oats.


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20. Make room for healthy fats

Cutting butter and oil can slash calories, and it’s easy to swap in foods like applesauce, avocado, banana or flax for baking. But, it’s important to remember that we still need fat in our diets as a source of energy and to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Plus it helps us feel full. Get healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats from olive oil, nuts, coconuts, seeds and fish. Pro tip: Combining fat with fiber has been shown to increase fat’s power to make us feel full.

21. Steer clear of simple carbohydrates

Simple carbs are the white stuff — white bread, most pastries, refined sugars (the kind in soda and candy). What makes them simple? These foods provide energy, but lack the same nutrients (vitamins, minerals and fiber) as complex carbohydrates. The body also breaks down simple carbs quickly—meaning your blood sugar will spike, and your tummy might be rumbling sooner than you imagined. Choose whole grains instead, which may reduce potentially dangerous excess abdominal fat buildup (which can lead to diabetes). Switch to whole-wheat pasta, whole grain bread, or try grains like brown rice, quinoa or millet.

22. Ditch the added sugar

Adding sugar to food may increase the risk for cardiovascular disease and obesity. Stick to sugar that comes in its natural form (think: fruits, veggies and whole grains) and scrap that spoonful on your cereal or in your coffee.

23. Make simple substitutions

Simple swaps — like Greek yogurt for sour cream, prunes for butter, or an Americano for a latte — can cut calories and sugar. Even a grilled cheese can get a healthy revamp by making a few smart subs.

24. Skip frying, and cut down on oil

Even healthy food can go bad when it’s been dropped in a fryer. Instead, pan fry or pop a dish in the oven. Use non-stick spray to sauté foods, or rub oil onto a pan with a paper towel for a light coating. You can even whip up a batch of healthier chips.


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25. Eat fruit, instead of drinking fruit juice

Juices (which are often not 100 percent fruit) provide some vitamins, but without the same fiber and phytonutrients as a real piece of fruit. Take an apple for instance: The average apple juice box has nearly double the sugar and seven times less fiber than the apple itself.

26. Chew minty gum

Popping a piece of sugar-free gum won’t necessarily curb your appetite. But, a stick can keep your mouth busy when cooking a meal, or socializing among a sea of party hor d’oeuvres. While the long-term effects of gum chewing on weight loss are minimal, studies show it can lower cravings for sweet and salty snacks, and decrease hunger between meals. Plus, some studies have shown that minty gum has the ability to wake you up and lower anxiety.

27. Add spice with cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper can not only boost metabolism, but it can also cut cravings for fatty, sweet or salty foods. Some studies even suggest the hot stuff can increase fat oxidation, meaning the body can better use fat as fuel. Sprinkle some on scrambled eggs, or spice up a stir-fry.

28. Give in to your cravings — occasionally

We love this tip. Cravings are OK! Acknowledge those cravings instead of pushing them away completely (which may lead to binge-eating later). Forbidding a food may only make it more attractive. Still want more of that chocolate cake after a couple of bites? Try thinking of your favorite activity — dancing in the rain, getting a massage, playing with a puppy. Research shows that engaging in imagery can reduce the intensity of food cravings. You can also try smelling something non-food related. One study found that smelling jasmine (still pretty pleasant!) helped to reduce cravings.

29. Save some for later

Like we’ve already mentioned, restaurant meal portions are usually heftier than what we cook at home. Make a conscious decision to bag up half of the meal before taking the first bite. The added benefit? You’ve got lunch for tomorrow.

TIPS FOR DRINKING

30. Sip before you eat

Pregaming a meal with a glass of water has been linked with more weight loss than cutting calories alone. You can also take some mid-meal breaks and guzzle a little water to give the brain time to register fullness.

31. Sip some green tea

Drinking green tea is one of the most common tips for shedding a few pounds, and for good reason — green tea is known for its ability to metabolize fat. And in combination with resistance training, green tea increases the potential for fat loss. Add a squeeze of lemon for a little flavor and to amp up antioxidant affects.

32. Gulp H2O

Kick the diet beverages and vitamin-enhanced sugar-water, and reach for good old H2O instead. Drinking water helps people feel full, and as a result, consume fewer calories. Drinking water also significantly elevates resting energy expenditure (basically the number of calories we’d burn if we sat around all day) and lower water intake is associated with obesity.


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33. Cut back on liquid calories

Milk and cookies, orange juice and French toast, wine and cheese — some foods seemingly require a liquid counterpart. But, it’s easy to pour on the pounds by chugging soda, juice, alcohol and even milk on the regular. Sugar sweetened beverages are associated with increased body fat and blood pressure.

34. Water down your drinks

When you simply must have a swig of juice, try watering it down. While it may sound unappealing, gradually adding more water to less juice will keep some of the flavor without all the sugar and calories. Added incentive: Increasing water intake in place of sugar-sweetened beverages or fruit juices is associated with lower long-term weight gain.

35. Banish the booze

We probably don’t have to tell you that heavy boozing will pack on the pounds. And you’ve likely heard the phrase “drink in moderation.” The point is, alcohol houses a lot of sneaky calories and has the ability to inhibit healthy eating decisions (midnight pizza delivery, anyone?). Even after you’ve sobered up, alcohol can have negative impacts on strength and may leave you lagging in the weight room days later.

36. Choose tall and thin glasses

When you’ve got a hankering you can’t ignore for juice or a cocktail, ask for a tall, thin glass, not a short, squatty one. Research shows that people pour less liquid into tall narrow glasses than into their vertically challenged counterparts, meaning you’ll (probably) drink less in one sitting. This is especially helpful when it comes to boozing.

TIPS FOR BEING MINDFUL

37. Brush your pearly whites

After dinner, brush your teeth. Getting minty fresh breath not only has obvious oral health benefits, but it can also keep you from mindlessly snacking while watching a pre-bed TV show. Oh, and it’s not a bad idea to hit up the floss, too.

38. Set realistic goals

It’s easy — especially come New Year’s resolution season — to set unrealistic goals about weight loss (lose 30 pounds in two weeks!). Since impractical goals can slow down long-term weight loss, it’s important to address those goals before making any health and fitness changes.

39. Stay positive

Many of us demonize certain foods, and even punish ourselves for indulging. Instead, positive messages like “I can control my eating” or “I’m proud that I ate responsibly today” can reframe our relationship with food. Research shows that positive expectations are also associated with weight loss.

40. Keep portions in check

Practicing portion control is one of the most reliable ways to lose weight — even if it’s not an easy task. Portion distortion is common, but it may help to use portion visuals. For instance, a serving of chicken (three ounces) is roughly the size of a deck of cards; or holding about a two-inch circle of uncooked pasta, will yield about one cup cooked.


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41. Think on it

How satiated we feel a few hours after we eat depends not on how much we actually scarfed down, but how much we think we ate. Pay attention to what you eat, and know that it’s okay to eat with your eyes.

42. Make time to meditate

Emotional eating — eating to make yourself feel better (often when stressed or anxious) — can interfere with weight loss goals. But meditation — using techniques like muscle relaxation, breathing, or achieving self-focus — can help binge eaters become aware of how they turn to food to deal with emotions.

43. Repeat motivating mantras

Sometimes we just need a little fire to get motivated. Try out some motivational mantras: “You’ve got this!” “Yes, you will!” “Every day you’re getting stronger!” Hang up an inspirational poster or write your phrase on a sticky note at work. Bonus: Mantras don’t cost a thing!

44. Add, don’t subtract

Instead of fixating on cutting cookies, cake and pizza, focus on adding healthy foods. Ditching all the “bad” stuff can feel daunting. Instead, focus on sticking to one good habit at a time (science says it takes anywhere from 18 to 254 days to form a habit). Add in as many healthy habits as you’d like — drink more water, eat more fruits and veggies — and reassure yourself that in a few months, your brain may actually start to crave healthier foods.

45. De-stress

Stress can trigger increased eating and cravings, especially for sugary carbohydrates. If pressure at work or a family burden has got you feeling overwhelmed, try out one of these ways to reduce stress before pawing at a doughnut.

46. Visualize your goal

Time spent visualizing what you would look and feel like with a few less pounds, can help acknowledge the health and fitness changes necessary for successful weight loss. Research suggests that imagining achieving an exercise goal — like running a 5K or increasing the weight during your next workout — can actually enhance performance.

47. Change one habit at a time

There’s an idea that focusing on less helps us achieve more. Changing a habit is tough, but trying to tackle a handful may seem impossible. Instead, concentrate on changing one behavior at a time. Start small and make clear guidelines. For example, if you’d like to increase your veggie intake, decide to eat three different vegetables each day, or one cup with each meal. And remember, small changes can lead to gradual weight loss.


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48. Think big picture

So you’ve “banned” chocolate cake, but decide to have a small taste. Instead, you polished off two slices. It’s easy to go overboard on an old habit. Instead of beating yourself up if you fell short, think of the big picture. Focus on the change rather than what’s being eliminated (think: it’s not about the chocolate cake, it’s about not overdoing unhealthy sweets). Live in the moment to successfully make new healthy habits.

49. Sleep smarter

Sleep not only reduces stress, helps us heal faster and prevents depression, it can also help shave off pounds. That’s because sleep loss is linked to changes in appetite and the metabolism of glucose (sugar in the blood). Moral of the story: Sleep is associated with less weight gain. Take a look at our guide to sleep positions to optimize those hours spent under the sheets. And try other solutions for extra zzz’s like turning off electronics in the bedroom and avoiding large meals late at night.

TIPS TO TRACK

50. Get a social network

Check out online communities (on Facebook, Twitter or other forums) that provide support and encouragement. One study showed that overweight adults who listened to weight-loss podcasts and used Twitter in tandem with a diet and physical activity monitoring app lost more weight than those who did not go social. Sharing progress and setbacks on social media can help you feel accountable for your goals.

51. Jot it down

Monitoring food intake with a food diary can help you lose and maintain weight. In fact people who stick to food diaries are more likely to lose weight than those who don’t. Recording each bite helps you be more aware of the food you eat, plus when and how often you eat them.

52. Use an app to track your progress

A recent study found that using a mobile device was more effective in helping people lose weight than tracking diets on paper. Apps like MyFitnessPal help users track daily activity and food intake. Tracking with the help of apps may help you regulate behavior and be mindful of health and fitness choices.

53. Find a wearable that works for you

Writing stuff down may be helpful, but it’s tough to accurately gauge how much you move every day (and not just on the treadmill). Invest in a wearable to monitor energy burn. You can also track your daily steps with a simple pedometer. Studies show that individuals who walk more tend to be thinner than those who walk less, and pedometer-based walking programs result in weight loss.

54. Photograph your food

You can write down what you ate, but when looking back a week later, it may be tough to visualize exactly what a meal looked like. A quicker, and perhaps more telling, alternative is to take photos of each meal. A small study showed that photographic food diaries could alter attitudes and behaviors associated with food choices more than written diaries. Grab a camera and get snapping.

TIPS FOR EXERCISING

55. Turn up the music

Pack your playlist with upbeat tunes. Research shows music that has 180 beats per minute — like “Hey Ya,” by Outkast — will naturally prompt a quicker pace. Plus, music serves as a distraction, which can help take attention off a grueling gym sesh.

56. Avoid injuries

When you’re all gung-ho about hitting the gym, there’s nothing worse than pulled hamstrings or pesky shin splints. Read up on how to avoid the most common yoga injuries (often from over-stretching and misalignment), and running injuries (like stress fractures, pulled muscles, and blisters) to make sure you’re in tip-top shape. Make sure to get in a good warm-up, too. Studies show you perform your best and better avoid injury after warming up.

57. Choose free weights

Strength training on its own is a great idea — but it gets even better when you set yourself free. And by that, we mean squatting with a pair of dumbbells instead of using the leg press. Working out with free weights can activate muscles more effectively, and adding muscle can help torch calories.

58. Get functional with your fitness

Functional exercise has been shown to increase strength and balance and reduce the risk of injury all while working multiple muscle groups at the same time. All that movement promotes muscle gain, which can increase metabolism, which can help shed fat. Added bonus: Functional exercises can make real-life tasks — like hauling groceries up stairs — easier.

59. Let go of your limitations

Getting in a good workout isn’t limited to a gym or track. Use your bodyweight, a single set of dumbbells or even a nearby playground to work up a sweat.

60. Swig a little caffeine

Getting a morning jolt from java may be a part of your daily routine, but sipping some coffee before a workout can boost endurance during exercise. How’s it work? Caffeine slows glycogen depletion (the starch our bodies turn to for energy during exercise) by encouraging the body to use fat for fuel first.

61. Find a partner

A recent study suggests we perform better on aerobic tasks like running and cycling when exercising with a partner. Hitting the gym with a friend, coworker, or family member can also increase accountability, so grab a buddy and try out some of our favorite partner exercises like medicine ball lunge-to-chest passes, and reach-and-touch planks.

62. Don’t rely on the monitor

Gym machine monitors (often seen on cardio equipment, like treadmills or ellipticals) may not be reliable. They sometimes display higher calorie burns meaning (sorry!) you didn’t work as hard as it’s telling you.

63. Start strength training

Pumping iron not only gives us muscles, but it can boost resting metabolism (meaning you burn more calories outside the gym) plus improve mood and confidence. Lifting a little weight can also help you sleep, another factor in effective weight loss. If we haven’t convinced you to take to dumbbells quite yet, there’s also this: Strength training takes just a few weeks to see results.

64. HIIT it

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) combines periods of intense effort with periods of moderate-to-low effort. What’s so great about it? Interval training burns more calories and boosts metabolism significantly longer than a steady workout of even longer length.


READ MORE > IS HIIT THE ONLY WORKOUT YOU NEED?


65. Heat up the bedroom

Working up a sweat in bed can burn around 60 calories in just a half hour. Having sex also reduces blood pressure and overall stress levels (and stress can lead to weight gain). Need we say more?

66. Stand up — a lot

It may sound ludicrous to peel your tush from a desk chair at work, but sitting all day has been linked to obesity, poor posture and chronic pain. Try a sit-stand workstation to switch things up and burn more calories.

67. Get moving

A simple phrase for losing weight is: Move more and eat less. The secret is that moving doesn’t just mean hitting the track or going to the gym. Make the conscious decision to get more steps into the day by taking the stairs, having a walking meeting, or parking the car far away from a store’s entrance.

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  • Blackdawn_70631

    When my doctor asked me what diet I was on to have lost all my weight. I said I wasn’t, still ate cheeseburgers and pizza. I just didn’t binge and stopped eating three hours before bed. Then I was asked where I went to for exercise. I didn’t. I exercise at home. I have free weights, a treadmill and dogs.
    There’s no real secret. And it’s not a diet.
    It’s just moving more and paying attention to what you put in your mouth.

    I mean, you have plans to eat out tonight. Don’t have fast food for breakfast or lunch. Have a whole some breakfast you made. Not something out a box. For lunch, a big salad with protein in it, 1 ounce of cheese, 1 tbsp of croutons and 2 tbsp of dressing. Snacks? Dry cereal or granola bars or veggies or fruit. Have water through out the day, then soda with dinner.

    It’s not the end of the world. You’re just setting up a game plan.

    • arthong

      While most of what you said is very true, I just want to point out that stopping eating hours before bed has very little relevance.

      Bodybuilders, such as myself, actually prefer to eat right before bed, particularly a high protein content meal. The purpose is to keep a good flow of Protein while in the fasted state, to mitigate potential muscle breakdown. Those are extreme cases and doesn’t need to apply to the average person, but it’s just to point out that there’s no indicator that stopping food intake before certain hours of sleep is directly related to weight loss. I still intake my protein before bed, while doing a cutting phase. Still getting shredded.

      It still comes down to eating less calories than you use. If giving yourself a time to stop eating helps with that, then great. But that’s about it.

      • bill

        You bring up a great point, but there are several levels to it. Any plan must be customized to fit your own personal needs. For you, eating late makes sense. But for many overweight people, their biggest issue is binge eating late at night while watching TV. I weigh myself every morning when I first get up. If I ate late at night, it will show up on the scale in the morning, especially if I had starches or salt causing me to retain more water weight. Late night eating for many is often simply a lot of added calories that were not required, because you were NOT eating for fuel, but for some emotional reason. I know I get cravings when I watch TV. I think it’s partly because my mind is bored, and partly because of all the food commercials. For me, reading or doing something on the computer engages my mind a lot more, and I don’t think about eating. There is no ‘one size fits all’-you have to sift through all the different strategies out there and pick the ones that work for you.

        • arthong

          Yes, I agree, hence I mentioned “if giving yourself a time to stop eating helps with that [meeting caloric deficit goals], then great”.

          I was merely pointing out that stopping eating at certain times does not necessarily attribute to weight loss by itself, like some metabolic increase, or decrease.

          In some parts of Asia, there’s a craze about “Stop eating at 7pm to lose weight”. Their reasoning was pretty obscure and made no nutritional, nor health sense. If you missed your dinner, that’s it, stop eating at 7pm. Even if you’re absolutely starving, don’t eat (and starvation diets are detrimental). That’s misinformation, and I wanted to clarify that in case it has some relation.

          If you’re worried about morning water retention from specific foods, then that’s an issue with those specific foods that causes water retention. It still isn’t related to losing fat, which is the ultimate goal.

          If you’re concerned about binge eating, then yes that’s a valid concern, but again, it doesn’t have any direct relation to weight/fat loss with eating at specific times. Binge and emotional eating is related to the calories you intake, regardless of time.

          Again, if stopping eating at specific times helps you mentally reach your goals, then that’s great. Just stating that there’s no major metabolic change in the body just because you ate prior to sleeping.

          • bill

            sounds like we are in agreement!

      • Dottie Earwood

        I’m not good at this whole diet thing. My husband says I need to gain weight. I weigh anywhere between 118 – 123 but I think I have to much fat around my hip area and I workout but not good at knowing exactly what to do in my workouts so I just do the best as I can which isn’t the greatest at times. Can someone give me some good advice PLEASE?? thank you!

    • bill

      I love what you said there- THERE IS NO SECRET! Just be honest with yourself. The above tips are wonderful, and pretty much common sense. Identify your own personal pitfalls and then it’s pretty easy to come up with strategies that help you avoid them.

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      • vap

        Yeah, you’re right. I liked that too “there is no secret”

  • Thanks for great tips! these tips are full enough for all diet people.

  • Danielle Tideberg

    for me it is about doing enough of things I should and are healthier to, and less of what was the fallback on conventional diet. it isn’t a diet, its a new, better lifestyle. my binge control is waay better now but if my urge is strong and one time is slipped up, next day go back to beginning. supps and peroxide tabs for my water in morning helps me through the plateaus. over 40 gone, joining yoga soon! 😉

  • patstar5

    Stop eating grains and eat a low carb high fat diet. I only eat twice a day now. I usually don’t eat until around noon. Fasting has alot of benefits.

    • arthong

      While fasting has its benefits, it’s a bad idea to tell people to eat Low Carb and High Fats. Carbs is the energy your body, and Brain, needs to function. You should be eating a balance of carbs, protein and fats. For those incorporating an exercise regime, carbs will help fuel your workouts, therefore allowing you to burn more calories. It’s very simple, expend more calories than you intake. The “Atkins” type diets are a very horrible, long term solution.

      • patstar5

        Our ancestors would of ate low carb high fat diets. Plenty of athletes est LCHF diets and out perform high carb athletes who rely on glycogen.
        Our brains run better off of ketones. A ketogenic diet is being used to help alzheimer’s. It makes sense since some people are calling alzheimer’s type 3 diabetes.
        I’ll continue eating low carb. It improves mitochondria function and helps slow down aging because you have less Advanced glycation end products.
        This low fat high grain advice the government pushed was terrible and has led to the obesity and diabetes epidemic in this country.

        • arthong

          If we’re talking about the Athlete version, then you need to be specific about how they’re doing it, because that’s entirely different then the Atkins version, which is absolutely horrible.

          Athletes who do LCHF still eat carbs and proteins, it’s just relative to about 25/25/50 (percentage breakdown), carbs/proteins/fats. But, they are healthy fats. You don’t just tell people to eat low carb and High fats without specifics on how to do it right.

          Also depending upon the goal, if someone is doing bodybuilding for muscle mass, that equation changes to higher carbs, proteins and balanced fats.

          So if you’re going to throw around such general information, then be specific about it. The average person has no idea how to properly take in the idea of Low Carb, High fat content. If they did a search on that, Atkins pops up and that’s something to stay clear of, given their absolute high saturated fat content. At least I hope you’re not associating higher fat content to Bacon, as opposed to Avocados and olive oil.

      • Jimmy NoChit

        I would term you poorly informed and leave it at that. Having been on a high fat (65-70%), low carb (5-15%) and moderate protein(20-25%) diet for quite awhile, I am far healthier, with far more energy than when I ate a whole grain diet.

        • arthong

          All that says is that your previous diet and lifestyle was so poor that this particular change of yours benefited you, in a relative sense. Congratulations that you’re healthier, but if you were not successful with a conventional diet, that just means you were “poorly informed” on how to do so, as there is nothing wrong with whole grains, unless you’re allergic to some of those ingredients.

          If you want to call me out, then back it up. I train in body building while training others, and have helped others lose 30lbs+ of fat while helping them gain muscle. If you’re not incorporating muscle gains in your lifestyle, you’re really not as healthy as you think you are. So what have you done, to qualify making judgments of my knowledge?

          • Jimmy NoChit

            Apparently you aren’t smart enough to grasp the meaning of the phrase “leave it at that” . If you’d like to pay my hourly rate, I would consider giving you the same education on human physiology others pay for. Until then, I’ll leave it at that.

          • arthong

            How convenient that you basically said nothing. “Leaving it at that”, means nothing, other than what your ego perceives it to be. You’ve elected to not give any indication of your knowledge, which means nothing to people who don’t know you… and clearly you’re not known. If you believe that people should automagically know who you are and what you do, you’re quite delusional. I’ll leave it at that.

      • Kathy Alexander

        I agree!

  • robinbishop34

    The only way to drop pounds is to eat fewer calories than needed to maintain your current weight. Once you have that down, you can fit all the “speed metabolism” gimmicks you want into your routine because you’ll already be doing exactly what you need to do.

  • bill

    this is a GREAT list of tips. I keep a journal of my weight loss journey, and can now pretty accurately predict if I’m going to gain or lose weight. Incorporating these tips and avoiding the pitfalls is a terrific formula for success. It helps clearly identify what you did wrong or right every day. Feeling like you are in control and know what to do helps you stay disciplined.

  • Bekkie Sanchez

    This is the most thorough article I’ve ever read on weight loss! Bravo! You didn’t leave anything out and I should know. I’ve lost 40 pounds since last Oct. using most of these things! I still have 10 to go and I’m losing it slower but the closer you get to your goal the more your body will resist. I am being patient.

    Water is my “go to” drink now. It’s all I drink and when I get tired of it I add fruit. I bought a water container that has a ball in it that crushes the fruit when I shake it and it works well! I put raspberries, blueberries, any fruit I want in it and take it with me. Just make sure to empty the old fruit/seeds out if you don’t use them all before you refill.

    I quit most sugary snacks and soda. At first I wondered how I’d do this but now I don’t even notice it’s gone! My biggest problem is fat but it makes things taste good and I use the better fats versus the bad.

    I bought a Jawbone UP3 health band I’ve been wearing since Oct. My sleep has improved and I make sure and get 7.5 or more hours a night. Sleep is something we all take for granted but if you get enough for a period of time you will notice the difference.

    I’ve been on a 1,200 calorie diet since Oct. and eat more healthy foods. At first I walked (I’m disabled can’t do much other) and watched steps to lose weight. In February I started riding my bicycle (one thing I can do) every other day and what a difference! It’s changed my whole body! One thing about regular exercise, you will gain a little weight in muscle but muscle burns fat so in no time you will start losing again.

    Another thing about exercise your weight will plateau but it’s nothing to worry about just continue on the right track and you will lose. It may seem like some of these things are hard but once you try you will see it makes sense.

    The last thing about having balance in your life is it will be hard to get depressed. Especially if you exercise or move regularly. I also had terrible hot flashes that totally went away! I am in my early 60’s and can’t believe how much better and stronger I feel.

    Just do it-you’ll see! Bekkie

  • April

    I recommend Metabolic Aftershock to jumpstart your metabolism and following the nutrition part to drastically lose fat. The program is rest based, high intensity interval training and I got better results from it than P90x.

  • Stace

    Being consistent with eating healthy and exercise is my downfall. I’ll do great one week and the next I’m back to sitting on the couch eating fast food. I know what I takes to lose weight, my problem is sticking with it. Drinking alcohol probably doesn’t help either. I don’t recover as well as I used to….

    • stephanie

      ditto

  • Johnny Lew

    You have some good ideas and some real clunkers on this list

  • Siegfried Emme

    you nailed it. bacon is fine, vegetable oils are not. You have to eat healthy fats. The athletes who are going keto are winning all the ultra endurance events these days. If you are into power sports though you will have to up the carbs. That is very individual how much you need though. I train in a fasted state and do extremely well. When I was first switching over I did have a decrease in performance for about a month though.

  • NickITF

    Disagree with 2 and 5. Intermittent fasting has en the best thing for me. I havent been this lean in 20+ years

  • Michael

    One tidbit for positive thought and of beneficial outcome– stated in the article of course, but now with a FLA (Four letter acronym 🙂 ) is RAEX.

    Reminding oneself to get their RAEX in, at every opportunity.

    RAEX of course is simply Random Acts of EXercise– parking well away from anywhere you go is one of the easiest and mindful manners of instituting RAEX. The convenience of parking close is akin to eating sugar. LOL

  • Terri

    I like the photographic journal idea because you can easily figure it out.

  • Brian Lucy

    I struggle with nutrition. I know that it is important. Is there a way for me to design a meal program through an app? Also i am vegetarian…