Be honest: How long has “lose weight” been at the top of your New Year’s resolutions list? If it’s been any longer than five years, then it’s time to get serious. Whether you have a lot of weight to lose and you’re looking for a way to get the ball rolling, or you’re struggling to shed those last 10 pounds, here are 15 sure-fire ways to help you get there.
1. Stay hydrated.
Not with sugary fruit juices and sodas, but with some good ‘ole H2O. On average, most people should aim for eight 8-ounce glasses throughout the day, but it’s especially helpful to fill up on water right before a meal as a way to curb your appetite. Staying well hydrated even boosts your metabolism by three percent, according to fitness expert Jillian Michaels.
2. Find a friend.
There’s no fun in trying to lose weight all on your own. Working out with a close buddy makes the process feel less like a chore and more like hanging out!
3. Pack a snack.
Keeping your work drawer and kitchen pantry stocked with healthy snacks – granola bars, fresh fruit, yogurt, unsalted pretzels, etc. – is great because you won’t be tempted to run to the vending machine when those midday cravings start to creep up.
4. Take it one day at a time.
We hate to break it to you, but losing 20 pounds overnight isn’t going to happen. To avoid feeling overwhelmed and defeated, focus on losing 1-2 pounds per week instead.
5. Add exercise.
For many people, it’s not enough to just eat well when it comes to losing weight. If you swap out French fries for celery and carrot sticks and throw in a little gym time, be prepared to watch those pounds melt off in no time!
6. Distract yourself.
Cravings usually pass within 10 minutes. So, the next time you feel the urge to rip open that brand new bag of potato chips, go for a quick walk around your neighborhood or call up a friend until that urge passes.
7. Fill up on protein.
Not only does protein keep you feeling fuller for much longer, but it’s also perfect for building muscle.