8. Throw it out.

Get rid of all the crap in your kitchen – artificial sweeteners, processed and frozen foods, and boxed dessert mixes, just to name a few. Also, try lowering your intake of red meat, and trust me when I tell you that chicken and fish tastes just as great when they’re baked as they do when they’re fried.

9. Brush almost immediately after dinner.

I’ve always been one to brush and floss my teeth shortly after eating dinner (and sometimes dessert). After that, I’m done for the night – with eating and snacking, that is. Studies have shown that people are less likely to eat once they’ve brushed due to not wanting to dirty their teeth. Makes sense, right?

10. Keep your meat portions small.

An easy way to cut back on calories is by loading up your plate with vegetables first and then adding meat (no more than 4 ounces) at the last minute, so that you’re left eating mostly vegetables.

11. Don’t miss out on sleep.

Did you know that when the body doesn’t get the sleep it needs, you tend to overeat and experience more cravings? So, catch up on those ZZZs whenever possible!

12. Hire a personal trainer.

We realize this may not be an option for everyone, but if it’s in your budget, working with a professional can help give you the extra push you need to reach your goals. He or she can help you with your individual needs and concerns while holding you accountable.

13. Write it down.

Do you snack too often throughout the day? Do you tend to overeat at dinner? By keeping a food diary, it’s easier to track what you eat on a daily basis. At the end of each day, you can read over all of your food choices, see where you’re trouble areas are and fix them.

14. Keep stress to a minimum.

Believe it or not, but too much stress can lead to weight gain or prevent you from losing weight. The reason being is that when the body is under stress, the stress hormone cortisol is released. This causes your metabolism to slow down and causes you to experience more cravings and your body to store more fat. Recognize what your stress triggers are and find ways to eliminate them as much as possible.

15. Eat breakfast.

We can’t stress enough how important it is to eat some sort of breakfast every single morning, especially when you’re trying to lose weight. Skipping breakfast has its share of consequences, including slower metabolism, low energy levels, and difficultly concentrating. Be sure to check out these other reasons why skipping breakfast is a terrible idea.

15 Ways To Lose 15 Pounds In 2015  was originally published on blackdoctor.org

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