Replace simple carbs with high-fiber foods
Reducing your intake of added sugar is one of the most effective weight loss tricks, and you’ll increase your chances of obtaining that bikini body you’ve always wanted if you swap simple carbs for high-fiber foods. The best part? Your fiber can come from any natural foods and yield the same results. In a study at the University of South Carolina, subjects who ate an average of 16.6 grams of fiber per day were put on one of two diets that increased their fiber intake to an average of 28.4 grams a day. One group got their additional fiber primarily from beans, while the second got their fiber from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. After four weeks, both groups had lost the same amount of weight—an average of three pounds each— and both groups reported less hunger and more satiety. This despite the fact that the subjects didn’t exercise or take any other steps toward weight loss other than to boost their fiber.