6 Surprising Weight-Loss Tips That You Can Actually Do
One of the reasons people struggle to lose weight or end up gaining weight back is because they tend to overcomplicate the whole “being healthy” thing. By making things too hard, changing too much, or focusing on the wrong aspects, they fail to lose weight and get frustrated. The best advice anyone can give you about losing weight is this- keep it simple! Focus on those things that make the most significant difference, and don’t sweat the small stuff.
To help you keep it simple, here are six tips that you can ACTUALLY do to help you lose weight, and (surprise!) they are all super easy to do!
6 Surprising Weight-Loss Tips
1. Eat Whole Foods
Instead of reaching for apple sauce or drinking orange juice, choose the whole fruit instead. Instead of opening a box of something for dinner, make it using whole-food ingredients. The more processed something is, the less fiber and nutrients it has. Period. Eating whole foods, including vegetables, fruit, seeds, nuts, beans, and small portions of lean meats will keep your diet simple and give you all the nutrients you need.
Rule: If it comes in a box, package, wrapper, or carton, pass it up.
2. Eat Protein, Fats, AND Carbs
Your body needs all three of the macronutrients for optimal health, so eliminating a whole category is not healthy or safe. Instead, focus on getting quality sources of all three of these (see #1) by eating whole foods, lots of fruits and vegetables, and healthy sources of fats (from plants whenever possible).
Rule: Do not eliminate whole categories of macros.
3. Drink More Water
Water helps your body process all the fiber you will be getting from the whole foods you are eating. Plus, water can reduce hunger and help control cravings. Many times, we are not even hungry when we reach for a snack but instead are dehydrated. Drink a glass of water before you start eating each meal.
Rule: When in doubt, drink some water.
4. Narrow Your Eating Window
If you want to lose weight, you can try a form of intermittent fasting that significantly narrows the number of hours in a day when you eat. Narrowing your consumption to between eight and six hours each day can help you control overeating and reset your “hunger clock” that tells you when you should and should not eat.
Rule: Just because you are awake does not mean it is time to eat.
5. Life Weights
Lifting weights is an excellent way to promote weight loss. Combined with a healthier diet, weight training helps you build lean muscle, which burns more calories and promotes improved weight loss in the future. So, if you find yourself at a plateau or want to ramp up your results, try adding weights to your exercise routine.
Rule: Building lean muscle improves your ability to lose weight.
6. Avoid Sugar and Its Many Forms
Sugar converts nearly instantly into fat in the body, so when you are eating high-sugar foods or foods full of refined carbohydrates (which turn to sugar as soon as they hit the bloodstream), you are just adding more fat to the mix. Sugar appears in many places, some of which you may not even know. Read labels carefully and avoid anything with added sugars or high levels of natural sugar. The exception to this is whole fruit, which contains lots of fiber to help that sugar release more slowly into your bloodstream.
Rule: Stay away from sugary foods or drinks.