We often hear women ask each other “How can I lose weight?” There isn’t a one answer fits all solution but if you’re sick of chasing fad diets, then it’s time to hop off the bandwagon and get some down-to-earth advice from people who have been there, done that.
Sure, we spend our days sifting through the latest research and asking super-toned celebrities about their workout secrets. At the end of the day, though, peeling off the pounds is just as challenging for us as it is for anyone else.
We spoke to a few experts who gave us some neat diet tricks that we can follow to lose simply lose weight fast. These 10 diet tricks aren’t always easy to stick to, but if you stick to them like we have, they work wonders!
1. Put away the (food) scale
“Portion control isn’t about measuring; it’s about ordering two appetizers instead of an entrée and cutting back on bread if you have pasta.”
—Beatrice James, author of We Are All Naturally Thin
2. Stash fruit
“Keep fruit at work. Or at anyplace that you can easily get to. It helps during the I-need-chocolate part of the afternoon.”
—Diane Texiera, Beauty assistant
3. Shake chocolate
“When I’m trying to drop a few pounds, I carry around a shaker cup of chocolate protein powder. If I’m ravenous, I add the water, and it fills me up so I don’t eat something high-calorie instead.”
—Jennifer Bolton, founder of Nexus Gym in California
4. Set limits, then go nuts!
“In the cafeteria I use a 4-by-4-inch Styrofoam box, and I put whatever I want in there. It’s almost impossible to overeat.”
—Nadia Stout, author of The Benefits of Being Fit
5. Floss for dessert
“Brushing my teeth after dinner makes me less likely to eat again before I go to bed.”
—Joanne Liu, author of Keep Me Thin
6. Take a ‘before’ photo
“Before I got in shape, a friend convinced me to take photos of myself wearing nothing but a sports bra and underwear. Anytime I fall off the wagon I look at those pics—that’s all the motivation I need!”
—Rosalind Fraul Fitness Director at Nexus Gym in California
7. Avoid liquid calories
“Cut out drinks with calories—juice, lemonade, and, hardest of all, after-work wine.”
—Lisa Loma, author of Lean Mean Does Not Mean Thin
8. Break out the skinny jeans
“Wear something tight! It provides the extra bit of motivation to lay off the fries.”
—Ilana Koule, Beauty Assistant
9. Pitcher this
“Fill a pitcher with water and cucumbers. It’s pretty—and it feels like a treat.”
—Olivia Rowley, Licensed Dietician and Nutritionist
10. Set aside leftovers
“Serve yourself, then immediately pack the leftovers in a Tupperware container and store in the fridge.”
—Maria Cooper, Psychologist
11. Seek professional help
“One of the biggest weight loss mistakes that many women make and thus not able to lose weight is that they overcomplicate things—with weight loss, often times, simplicity is best.”
—Brian Flatt, Creator of the 2-Week Diet Program
If you are really determined to lose weight this year—for good—and you prefer a structured plan to jumpstart your weight loss journey, check out the 2-Week Diet program.
The 2-Week Diet program has very similar eating and lifestyle principles to what my still slim great-grandfather adheres to.
It is created by Brian Flatt, fitness trainer to the celebrities.
At the onset, you may think because of the name, the 2-Week Diet is a quick fix and a fad diet. But that is where everyone gets it wrong. And I wouldn’t recommend these quick fixes.
With the 2-Week Diet, there are no “gimmicks” or “tricks”. You lose weight by learning to use your body’s own natural hormones and bio-chemistry. Your body is then conditioned to naturally jumpstart your metabolism and you’ll burn more fat at rest.
The 2-Week diet does not add more stress to your life with grueling cardio sessions and endless gym time. It does not force you to cut out carbs or fat completely, or starve yourself and make you feel miserable.
With the 2-Week Diet, you follow a specific meal plan for 7 days with a list of foods that you should eat more of and foods that you should avoid. You can even continue to eat the foods you love (think ice-cream and chocolate cake), although it is not recommended that you binge on them.
Women who have been on the 2-Week Diet have reportedly lost up to 20 pounds in the first 14 days, and have continued to lose up to 37 pounds in a month.
If you’re a woman who have struggled to lose weight in the past, I urge you to give yourself a chance to transform your health and body in just 14 days with the 2 Week Diet. Click here to read about how my friend Beth, a secret eater who’s struggled with losing weight all her life lost 63 pounds by following the 2 Week Diet.