Find nine people that want to lose weight, and you’ll get ten different ideas on how it should be done. Everyone from your mom to their sister’s neighbor who used to be a trainer has their own beliefs about how to get skinnier, and at least a few of them are completely bonkers.
The truth is, there are some tactics that will work for you that won’t for anyone else, but if you want to have a few that are at least above-average in terms of success rate, this list is for you.
1. Eat Almonds
Not only are these nuts supremely delicious, but they’re also a great way to lose weight. The fiber, monounsaturated fat, and protein make them an excellent choice for snacking, so much so that they can even act as a meal replacement food if you eat enough of them. Try eating 70 a day total to bring your body fat percentage down, but if you’re looking for a quick fix, about 20-25 should do the trick.
2. Throw Out the TV
The television is awful for your health, but not because it encourages a sedentary lifestyle, but because the constant barrage of food pictures and videos encourage you to eat more. Constant visual cues feed into the part of your brain that is related to drive and acquisition, so turn the TV off more often to kill the urge. Or, at least stay away from the food channel.
3. Start Your Diet in May
Why? Because the days are longer, and increased levels of natural light have been linked to higher energy levels and increased weight loss as your food cravings will diminish. Ironically, January is the worst month to start a diet in, and not because the New Year resolution crowds clog up the gym – it’s because the dark throws off your serotonin levels. You don’t have to wait till May to start necessarily, but introducing more light in your life could help you kick some extra weight.
4. Try Alternative Medicine
“Going under the needle” for some translates into weight-loss surgery, which is not at all what we’re advocating here. Instead, try something like acupuncture to help relieve some of the pressure points that activate the appetite desires in the body. It’s not foolproof, but people who have used acupuncture in addition to diet and exercise have found moderate success in taking more weight off.
5. Bet On Your Health
Gamify your diet and bet money against a friend to see who can lose the most weight! This works especially for men who are naturally competitive, as the drive to outdo your competition can lead to more weight loss and better overall fitness. If you really want to make it worthwhile, make it a three or six-month challenge so that it develops healthy habits in the meantime.
6. Drink More Dairy
Or eat it, if you have to. One study from the University of Tennessee found that people who consumed at least 1,200 milligrams of calcium ended up losing around 24 pounds, which amounted to eleven percent of their body weight. You don’t have to drink all of this via milk by the way; eat some yogurt, munch on some cheese, or drink a few glasses of milk and you should have your daily requirement met.
7. Replace a Meal With Cereal
The portion-control and energy boosting effects of cereal can give your body the kickstart it needs to get through the day, while also slashing calories you would otherwise pick up through a full-fledged meal. Although, in order to maximize the benefit, skip the sugary cereals and go for the high-fiber and filling cereals like Fiber one, and couple them with low-fat milk.
8. Step On the Scale Every Day
Most people are told that in order to lose weight, you can’t focus on the weight itself as the problem, which means that stepping on the scale regularly is a no-no. In fact, studies have shown that people who weigh thmselves once a day is linked to not only losing weight, but keeping it off. It acts as an early prevention sign for weight loss in the first place; the more you can get out ahead of the problem, the quicker you can stop it.