From yoga to ditching junk food to Zumba – here are a few lifestyle changes that can help you improve your lifestyle and lose weight fast.
It’s a story we all know because we’re familiar with it: You swear to honor a pretty strict routine and count every last calorie. But soon after, you find yourself eating cookies at the office and drinking happy hour mojitos.
There is a better way – you can change your all-or-nothing strict approach by changing one or two things in your daily routine. “Doing this can lead to more weight loss than you can imagine,” says RD and author of The Cheater’s Diet, Marissa Lippert.
Some people can shed 10,20, even 50 pounds by adding some healthy tweaks to your daily routine. Use these secret tips lose weight fast and completely transform your body.
1. Swap your go-to order
“I was used to eating out at restaurants eight or nine times a week! By reducing that number to just once a week and ditching the large bowl of pasta for a grilled chicken salad, I was able to lose 20 pounds in four weeks.” —Heather Butler, Worcester, MA
2. Eat a 300-calorie breakfast
“I used to skip breakfast, but now I never go to work without. I always have 300 calories comprised of whole grains and a healthy mix of protein. My go-to meal: a sandwich with natural apple butter and peanut butter that helps me snack less throughout the day. In a little over a year, I’ve shed 65 pounds.” —Bo Marshall, Tulsa, OK
3. Skip the salty snacks
“I managed to reach my weight goal only after I stopped routinely buying snacks. If I wanted a candy bar or a bag of chips, I had to walk to the grocery store to buy it. The inconvenience made me disregard my cravings.” —Keri Del Baso, Joplin, MO
4. Get rid of the habit
“I joined a gym and started working with a personal trainer immediately after quitting smoking. There was no way I could exercise and feel healthy if I continued my habit. I’ve already dropped 25 pounds in two months!” —Leila Tiscareno, Hammond, IN
5. Get fit in five minutes
“I try to make my schedule so that I fit in small sessions of exercise whenever I can spare some time. For example, dancing while washing dishes or doing crunches or jumping jacks during television commercials. This keeps me from munching in front of the TV and helps me burn extra calories. Now I’m more toned than ever and my clothes fit me way better.” —Megan Fathi, Memphis, TN
“Two of my coworkers always talk about dietary supplements and I’ve decided to give them a try as well. They advised me to buy Garcinia Cambogia and I am happy with the recommendation. It curbed my appetite and made me eat less so I’ve dropped a total of 16 pounds in about six weeks. I’d say Garcinia Cambogia works because it prevents you from overeating and that triggers another positive effect – you make smarter food choices.” —Anna Walsh, Hartford, CT
7. Do a purge
“I totally cleaned out my pantry. Once I replaced the foods I used to overindulge in, I started making better food choices right away. For instance, I switched ice cream with low calorie snacks, such Special K Chocolatey Delight cereal or roasted sunflower. I’ve lost so much weight that now I’m thinner than I was before I had my two kids!” —Lori Setzer, Coconut Creek, FL
8. Get fired up
“I’ve loaded my iPod with songs that motivate me and make me look forward to going to the gym. They give me energy and allow me to pick up speed on the elliptical. Another good thing is my workouts are longer now because I want to hear my entire playlist. Two months later, I have killer legs and I’m down 13 pounds.” —Kara Hale, York, ME
9. Healthy up your happy hour
“After work, my colleagues and I used to grab dinner – and most of the time it was deep-fried. Then we decided to change things up. Instead of nights out, we started walking and running around a local track. A year later, I’m down 40 pounds.” —Ellen Feldman, Cleveland, OH