For some people, trying to lose weight can turn into an eternal struggle. Follow the weight loss tips and hacks in this article .
One of the reasons people struggle to lose weight is because they make it more complicated than it is, or needs to be. An over-complication of things can lead to stress, pressure and zero motivation. As a consequence, we give up.
What if we told you that losing weight is actually a matter of implementing a few simple hacks and tips instead? There’s no need to turn your life upside down or burst a lung at the gym. Let’s take a look at 10 of the simplest weight loss tips and hacks that anyone can implement to turn their life around.
TIPS FOR WEIGHT LOSS:
EAT DARK CHOCOLATE
Who said losing weight has to be boring? That said, this is probably as fun as things get.
Eat 2 squares of dark chocolate per day instead of your usual candy of choice and you can lose weight while gaining some serious health benefits.
EAT MORE PROTEIN AT BREAKFAST
Some people are of the belief that if they eat less, they will lose more weight.
It starts at breakfast: If we have just a cup of coffee for breakfast and don’t eat until we get to the office, we’ll shed those pounds in no time!
This isn’t true. If you try to starve yourself by skipping meals, such as breakfast, two things can happen: 1) Your metabolism won’t have the energy needed to burn more fats and calories; 2) You’ll find yourself bingeing on sugary snacks and junk food when you get to the office
Start the day in the right way with a high-protein breakfast. Try scrambled eggs with avocados, or a bowl of oatmeal with quinoa and mixed berries. The more protein you eat, the more satisfied you’ll feel and the more energy your metabolism will have for burning fat and calories.
EAT FROM SMALLER PLATES
“But if I eat from smaller plates, I’ll still be really hungry!”
We hear you – but it probably isn’t true.
We used to eat from smaller plates until some time in the 1960s when America introduced a bigger dinner plate. Since then, we’ve been eating from huge plates that – let’s face it – are too big.
The worst thing is that we always try to fill the whole plate with food, and we make sure to clear as much of the food as possible. Otherwise, we’re just wasting our money.
But consider this: If plates were even bigger, would you still fill them right up with food? Most likely!
You can totally get away with eating from smaller plates. The Japanese do. It’s a psychological trick that you need to play on your brain.
DRINK MORE TEA OR COFFEE
It’s perhaps not healthy to drink too much coffee, due to the high caffeine content, but if you only drink one or two cups per day at the moment, you should consider upping your intake.
Why? Because studies have shown that tea and coffee boost our metabolism. In other words, they can help you lose weight!
This has to be THE simplest weight loss hack in this article.
For many of us, it’s the snacks that kill us. We probably wouldn’t be in this situation if we didn’t snack so much.
We can’t help it, of course. We spend so much of our day chained to our desk, that we get through so many sweets and chocolates without even realising it.
And then the pounds add up.
If you want to lose weight, you don’t need to stop snacking altogether but you do need to get smarter about the way you snack. From now on, ditch the sweets and candies and take boxes of blueberries, dried fruits, grapes and nuts to work with you.
DRINK LOTS OF WATER
The more water you drink, the less hungry you’ll feel. Thus, the less you’ll eat and the less weight you’ll gain.
“Don’t be silly – water can’t fill me up!”
We hear you. But here’s the thing – water can fill you up and it can help you lose weight. See, because most of us get our water content from our food, whenever our body needs water it tricks us into thinking we’re hungry.
So we eat more than we should.
The thing is, you’re probably not even hungry – you’re thirsty!
Drink 5-7 glasses of water per day and see what happens. And the next time you’re hungry and an odd time, drink a glass of water to take the edge off.
SHOP ON AN FULL STOMACH
One of the chief reasons we put weight on is because the food in our cupboards makes us fat.
But why do we have such fattening foods in our cupboards?
One of the reasons is that we lose our minds while shopping.
Picture it: You’re in the supermarket and you’re starving. What are you going to do? Stick to the shopping list and buy loads of green vegetables? Or raid the pizza aisle?
From now on, never shop on an empty stomach. Always shop on a full one. That way, you’ll be a lot less tempted by the fattening foods that sound like a good idea when you’re hungry.
CUT OUT THE SODA
Easiest way EVER to lose some weight? Stop drinking soda.
Honestly, this will bring about a massive change if you drink at least 3 soda drinks per day.
Soda is hugely calorific and sugary and, over time, it causes weight gain.
TAKE THE STAIRS
Are you an elevator person? Many of us are. But what if we said you could shed some more pounds simply by moving a bit more?
There’s no need to go absolutely crazy and run a marathon. Instead, all you need to do is implement a few hacks, from taking the stairs instead of the elevator to walking home from work or walking to the grocery store. It’s simple, it works and you’ll feel good.
GO TO BED EARLIER
Not only will going to bed early fire up your metabolism so that you burn more fats and calories, but it will also prevent you from stuffing your face on midnight snacks.
Midnight snacks catch many of us out. If they’re one of your weak links, start going to bed earlier from now on.
Stay happy and healthy!