Tips For Faster Weight Los

1. Eat more vegetables, all of the time.

It’s that simple, I promise! If you think about making any meal mostly veggies (at least 50% of anything that you’re having), you’re on the right track to better health and weight loss.

2. Build a better breakfast.

All meals are important, but breakfast is what helps you start your day on the right track. The best, heartiest breakfasts are ones that will fill you up, keep you satisfied, and stave off cravings later in the day. Aim to eat anywhere between 400 and 500 calories for your morning meal, and make sure you’re including a source of lean protein plus filling fat (e.g., eggs, unsweetened Greek yogurt, nuts, or nut butters) and fiber (veggies, fruit, or 100% whole grains). Starting your day with a blood sugar-stabilizing blend of nutrients will help you slim down without sacrifice.

a bowl of fruit on a plate: Oatmeal porridge bowl wtih blueberries, cranberries, almonds and coconut

© Arx0nt – Getty Images Oatmeal porridge bowl wtih blueberries, cranberries, almonds and coconut

3. Know your limits with salt.

Since salt is a preservative, packaged and processed foods are often highest in sodium – something to keep in mind when planning your meals. When it comes by buying snacks, a “low sodium” product has to be 140 mg or less per serving – so if you’re REALLY in a bind, you can follow that guideline for what to put in your cart.

4. Drink more coffee.

Start your day with a cup of joe. Caffeine is a natural diuretic and an excellent source of antioxidants, which protect your cells from damage. You can have up to 400 mg – about a venti Starbucks coffee – daily, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Not much of a coffee drinker? Tea is also a natural diuretic, and types of herbal tea such as dandelion or fennel root can also lend a hand. In fact: When a recent study compared the metabolic effect of green tea (in extract) with that of a placebo, researchers found that the green-tea drinkers burned about 70 additional calories in a 24-hour period.

a glass cup on a table: Iced latte on leaf patterned tea towel

© TARIK KIZILKAYA – Getty Images Iced latte on leaf patterned tea towel

5. Skip sugary beverages.

We just don’t feel full by liquid calories in quite the same way as we do real food. Drinking a juice or caramel coffee drink just isn’t as satisfying as eating a bowl of veggie- and protein-packed stir-fry. So monitor your intake of juice, soda, sweetened coffee and tea, and alcoholic beverages. If you consume each of those beverages during the day, you’ll have taken in at least 800 extra calories by nighttime – and you’ll still be hungry. (Incidentally, alcohol may suppress the metabolism of fat, making it tougher for you to burn those calories.)

6. Buy a set of 5-pound weights.

5-Pound Dumbbells (Pair)

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It’s a one-time investment you’ll never regret. Here’s why: Strength training builds lean muscle tissue, which burns more calories – at work or at rest – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The more lean muscle you have, the faster you’ll slim down. How do you start strength training? Try some push-ups or a few squats or lunges. Use your free weights to perform simple bicep curls or tricep pulls right in your home or office. Do these exercises three to four times per week, and you’ll soon see a rapid improvement.

7. Eat spicy foods – seriously!

It can actually help you cut back on calories. That’s because capsaicin, a compound found in jalapeño and cayenne peppers, may (slightly) increase your body’s release of stress hormones such as adrenaline, which can speed up your ability to burn calories. What’s more, eating hot peppers may help slow you down. You’re less likely to wolfed down that plate of spicy spaghetti – and therefore stay more mindful of when you’re full. Some great adds besides hot peppers: ginger and turmeric.

a plate is filled with fresh fruit and vegetables: Hot Sweet and Chili Pepper Varieties

© tvirbickis – Getty Images Hot Sweet and Chili Pepper Varieties

8. Go to bed.

There’s tons of research that demonstrates getting less than the desired amount – about 7 hours – of sleep per night can slow down your metabolism. Plus, when you’re awake for longer, you’re naturally more likely to snack on midnight munchies. So don’t skimp on your ZZZ’s, and you’ll be rewarded with an extra edge when it comes to losing weight.

9. Keep a food journal.

Loads of research demonstrates people who log everything they eat – especially those who log while they’re eating – are more likely to lose weight and keep it off for the long haul. The habit also takes less than 15 minutes per day on average when you do it regularly, according to a 2019 study published in Obesity.

Start tracking on an app like MyFitnessPal or use a regular notebook. It’ll help you stay accountable for what you’ve eaten. Plus, you can easily identify some other areas of your daily eats that could use a little improvement when it’s written out in front of you.

10. Take a walk!

Don’t get me wrong – exercising at any time is good for you. But evening activity may be particularly beneficial because many people’s metabolism slows down toward the end of the day. Thirty minutes of aerobic activity before dinner increases your metabolic rate and may keep it elevated for another two or three hours, even after you’ve stopped moving. Plus, it’ll help you relax post-meal so you won’t be tempted by stress-induced grazing that can rack up calories.

11. Resist the urge to skip a meal.

Skipping meals will not make you lose weight faster. If a hectic day makes a sit-down meal impossible, stash a piece of fruit and pack of nut butter in your car or purse and keep snacks in your office desk drawer – anything that will keep you from going hungry!

Going long periods of time without food does double-duty harm on our healthy eating efforts by both slowing down your metabolism, and priming you for another binge later in the day. (Think: You’ve skipped breakfast and lunch, so you’re ready to takedown a whole turkey by dinner!) Make it your mission to eat three meals and two snacks every day, and don’t wait longer than three to four hours without eating. Set a “snack alarm” on your phone if needed.

12. Eat your H2O.

Sure, you certainly need to drink plenty of water to help combat bloating, you can (and should!) also consume high-water content foods. Reach for cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, asparagus, grapes, celery, artichokes, pineapple, and cranberries – all of which contain diuretic properties that will also help you stay full due to their higher fiber content.

a close up of a red watermelon

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13. Munch on mineral-rich foods.

Potassium, magnesium, and calcium can help to serve as a counter-balance for sodium. Foods that are rich in potassium include leafy greens, most “orange” foods (oranges, sweet potatoes, carrots, melon), bananas, tomatoes, and cruciferous veggies – especially cauliflower. Low-fat dairy, plus nuts, and seeds can also help give you a bloat-busting boost. They’ve also been linked to a whole host of additional health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure, controlling blood sugar, and reducing risk of chronic disease overall.

14. Ignore the gimmicks.

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At any given time, there are dozens of weight-loss hypes in the marketplace that claim to take off 10 pounds in 10 days, or whatever. Desperation can tempt us to try anything – from “clean eating” to cutting out food groups entirely. Keep in mind: Just because an avocado-kale-salad dripping in coconut oil is deemed “clean” by a so-called “expert” on your Instagram feed does not make it an unlimited food. Moral of the story? Avoid fads, eat real food, watch some Netflix, and unwind (perhaps with a glass of wine in hand). Now that’s my kind of detox.

15. Let yourself off the hook.

You already know that a perfect diet doesn’t exist, but many of us still can’t resist the urge to kick ourselves when we indulge, eat too much, or get thrown off course from restrictive diets. The problem: This only makes it more difficult, stressful, and downright impossible to lose weight. So rather than beating yourself up for eating foods you think you shouldn’t, let it go. Treating yourself to about 200 calories worth of deliciousness each day – something that feels indulgent to you – can help you stay on track for the long haul, so allow yourself to eat, breathe, and indulge. Food should be joyful, not agonizing!

16. Look for our emblem on food labels.

Ultimately, long-term weight loss requires some short-term behavior change and healthier habit formation. That’s why we created our Good Housekeeping Nutritionist Approved Emblem, which exists to help turn smart food choices into healthier eating habits. All GHNA foods and drinks make it easier to find – and eat – good-for-you foods without additional time, effort, and cost. We target the lifestyle-related factors that make healthier eating hard, and find simple but creative solutions that actually work! Look for the emblem on labels wherever you shop for food.

Making small, specific goals is key to losing weight long-term – but how can you get motivated now? Check out our favorite, no-fail jump-starts below, then find more tips inTake It All Off! Keep It All Off!, a smart and effective guide to losing weight. You’ll be feeling like your old self (i.e., back in your skinny jeans) ASAP.

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Exercises With Very Little Time



1. Standing Side Kick
Targets: Inner thighs, glutes, quadriceps, outer hips
With feet hip-width apart and hands on hips, slowly extend right leg to the side at hip height in 3 full counts.
Be sure to keep inner thigh parallel to the floor.
Hold for 1 count, then take 3 counts to lower to floor.
Do 15 times, then switch sides.


2. Side Jump
Targets: Inner thighs, glutes, hamstrings, outer hips

Standing with hands on hips, hop 3 feet to your left, landing on your left foot with left knee slightly bent.
Bring your right foot down to the floor.
Repeat to the right and continue alternating for a total of 15 on each side.



3. Hip Raise
Targets: Hip flexors, outer hips, outer thighs, glutes

Lie faceup with knees bent and feet flat on the floor.
Slowly lift hips and extend left leg, pointing toes toward the wall in front of you.
Hold for 1 count, then move your left leg out to your left side at 90 degrees.
Hold for 1 count and return to center before lowering.
Do 10 times; switch sides.


4. Traveling Squat-Kick
Targets: Thighs, glutes, quadriceps

Stand with hands on hips and kick your right leg in an arc across the front of your body before bringing your foot to the floor in a squat.
Step your left foot next to the right and come to a stand.
Do 15 times, then switch sides.




5. Leg Raise
Targets: Outer thighs, glutes, hip flexors
Get on all fours, weight evenly balanced between your hands and knees.
Lift your left leg out to the side, keeping knee bent 90 degrees and inner thigh facing the floor.
Quickly kick your leg diagonally behind you, bringing your heel toward the ceiling.
Return your left knee to the floor and do 10 times; switch sides.

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