10 Easy Tricks to Lose Weight

Losing weight can seem like an uphill battle, but it's easier than you might think. These 10 easy lifestyle tips are a great place to start. 

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin
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10 Easy Tricks to Lose - or Maintain - Weight

Go Halfsies

There’s nothing like dining out to kill your diet. After all, one decadent dish could contain most of your target calorie intake for the whole day. To stay on track, consider choosing from the smaller portions on the kids’ menu, or divide your food in half once you get it, and ask the server to box up the rest to take home. If your meal is supposed to come with fries, ask if you can substitute a salad instead, even if you have to pay an extra dollar or two. That way, dining out doesn’t have to turn into a diet disaster!

Slow Down and Savor

It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to register that your stomach is full, so if you eat too fast, you’ll end up eating too much. If you’re trying to eat less, it makes sense to enjoy that smaller portion, so take your time. Put down your fork between bites and chew thoroughly. You’ll be much less likely to overeat, and much more likely to lose that weight.

Apple Sauce Substitution

When a baking recipe calls for vegetable oil, try substituting half of the oil with applesauce. It’s an easy way to reduce the fat content in your food.

Choose Your Carbs Wisely

It’s hard to resist taking something from the bread basket when you’re out to eat. But if you’re looking to lose weight (or just maintain it), choose a hard roll, a piece of French or Italian bread, a wafer, pita bread, or melba toast. These don’t have as much butter or sugar as soft rolls, breadsticks, biscuits, croissants, and muffins.

Pepper Your Dishes

Lose weight without lifting a pound! Derived from the plant Capsicum annuum, cayenne pepper has been reported to not only make you lose weight by elevating body temperature, but also to improve circulation and to lower cholesterol. As it’s a mild stimulant, it can also be added to hot water with lemon juice as an alternative to coffee.

Stop Your Sweet Tooth

There are two ways to eliminate the craving for sweets (without hitting the fridge). One way is to place a small amount of salt on your tongue and let it slowly dissolve. The second: Mix about a teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of warm water, then rinse your mouth out and spit (don’t swallow). The salt or baking soda tends to stimulate the production of saliva, which eliminates your sweet craving.

Put a Curb on Cravings

According to experts in Chinese medicine, you can reduce food cravings by learning a simple acupressure technique at the Renzhong point—that little indentation under the nose and above your upper lip. Using your thumb and forefinger, quickly pinch this spot gently and repeatedly for about a minute. Once you finish, those Cheetos you had your eye on in the vending machine should not be so tempting.

Satisfy a Sweet Tooth

Trying to lose weight but keep craving something sweet? Keep a bunch of grapes in your fridge and grab a handful when the hunger hits. Grapes release sugar quickly, so they are great for satisfying your sweet tooth. If you don’t feel like the grapes are hitting the spot, wait 10 minutes and see how you feel before reaching for the candy!

Yes to Chocolate

If you’re a chocolate junkie but are trying to lose weight, you may be interested to hear that your favorite food may actually help you take off the pounds. Chocolate increases serotonin levels, so it can help lessen depression, stress, and other reasons why you may find yourself wanting to consume more food. The trick? You can only eat 1.4 ounces per day, preferably in the morning. (But hey, that’s better than nothing!) Doctors recommend 70 percent dark chocolate for the biggest weight-loss effects.

Low-Calorie Snacking

The easiest way to stay under your diet’s daily calorie limit? Snack all day on low-calorie foods like carrot sticks. You won’t feel the need to eat, and you won’t be consuming too many calories.


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About the Author

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin

Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin are the proud parents of three boys and more than a dozen books. After saving thousands per year using everyday tips and simple lifehacks, they started their own business in the hopes of sharing their knowledge with others. They have been known to go into their friends' refrigerators to turn their eggs upside down so that they last longer.