How to Lose Weight With a Simple Diet

Drink more water. Did you know that if you up how much water you drink, the extra pounds may start falling off on their own? Yep. Drinking two cold glasses of water before meals not only fills you up so you eat less, but can up your metabolism while you eat by about 40%. A fuller stomach and a higher calorie burn means a slimmer you. Does it get much simpler than that?

  • Men need to consume more water than women, in general. Men should aim for around 3 12 liters (0.9 US gal) of water a day, and women 2 1/2. Of course, the bigger you are (man or woman), the more water you need to drink.

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Make fruit your dessert. We’ve all been there, and this happens to some of us after about practically every meal. We’ve filled up on our main meal, and now we’re eyeing dessert – even if we’re not technically that hungry. Before you slice into the chocolate cake, have a piece of fruit. Odds are your sugar craving may get sated.

  • Fruit is full of sugar, but it’s healthier sugar that won’t spike your insulin as much and get turned to fat. Your mind registers the sugar keeping you away from the cake, and your waistline stays that much trimmer. Besides, you’re supposed to get 4 servings of fruit a day – and this is a good way to do it.
Eat five servings of veggies a day. When your diet is full of greens, yellows, and oranges, you know you’re getting plenty of fiber and other nutrients, and not a lot of simple carbohydrates and bad fats – that translates to fewer calories and weight lost. Five servings of veggies a day keeps your body running on premium fuel, keeping it full on lower-calorie foods, and may even help prevent disease.

  • Not only are veggies great for you, but when you’re eating them, you’re not eating other things, like processed goods (chips, candies, etc.). And the greener the better – green beans, broccoli, kale, spinach, and green peppers are all chock-full of body-healthy and waistline-trimming benefits.
Switch to whole grains. Some people swear off carbs, and if you want to do so, great. You may experience swift weight loss results. But if that seems a little less than simple, just make sure your carbs are from whole grains. That is, you want brown carbs, not white. Think whole wheat pasta and bread, oatmeal, and quinoa. Avoid white bread, white rice, too many potatoes, and processed baked goods.

  • Carbohydrates have the unfortunate tendency of spiking our insulin levels, raising our blood sugar, and making us fat. Whole grains, on the other hand, don’t do this nearly as much. They’re a good source of fuel and energy without the unnecessary sugar explosion.
Focus on good fats. There are fats that are good for you, like the unsaturated kind found in olive oil, avocado, and nuts. These leave you sated (fat does a great job of filling us up) and don’t spike your sugar levels, keeping your insulin levels steady (and thus avoiding weight gain). It’s why the no-carb diets push eating lots of healthy fats; your body actually likes it. So instead of grabbing that low-fat granola, try a handful of nuts instead.

  • For a long, long time, fat has gotten a bad rap. The low-fat craze was huge and is still going strong. In reality, low-fat items have been processed with extra sugar to taste good (by and large, anyway), removing their “healthy” label. New research is springing up all over the place that fatty items, like red meats and cheeses, may not be that bad for us.

Swap out carbs for protein. Protein is the building blocks of the body. Without protein, your body can’t repair itself and get through the wear and tear you put on it every day. Carbohydrates are fuel that your body turns to sugar when not used. When your body has no carbs to run on, it turns to fat and then to protein. Cut out the carbs, and your body will start burning your fat stores. And what should you replace carbs with? Protein – the ultimate tummy filler and muscle builder.

  • One simple step you can take to eating healthier and losing weight is to cut out your lunchtime sandwiches and replace them with either a hearty salad or chicken or fish. Even just skipping the side of french fries can do your body good, though it’s best if you can replace it with nuts or cheeses to keep your body feeling fueled. If losing weight isn’t a good enough reason to cut the carbs, know that it can also severely reduce your risk of getting diabetes.

 

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