Dieting is NOT fun. But here’s a little secret — it’s not nearly as hard as most of us think.
“A lot of people believe they need to change everything, but in reality small tweaks to your diet can make a huge difference,” says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.
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1. Kiss Diet Soda Goodbye
Every diet soft drink consumed each day could increase your risk of being overweight by 65 percent, according to a study presented at the American Dietetic Association. Other research suggests that artificial sweeteners may actually stimulate appetite, causing you to overeat. Instead, sip plain or sparkling water with lemon added for flavor.
2. Eat Regularly
Women who eat erratically consume more calories and burn them less quickly than those who have six regular small meals each day, according to a British study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Don’t go more than three or four hours without eating something.
3. Say “Hello!” To Grapefruit
Eating three servings of grapefruit a day (either half of a whole one or a cup of juice) for 12 weeks could help you lose just over three pounds, according to a recent study. “It helped lower insulin levels, which can contribute to weight loss by reducing appetite and encouraging fat burning,” explains study author Ken Fujioka, MD, director of nutrition and metabolic research at Scripps Clinic in Del Mar, California.
4. Shop from a List
“Never go to the grocery store without a master list, which provides insurance against impulse buys,” suggests Donald Hensrud, MD, an obesity specialist at the Mayo Clinic. And never, ever shop when you’re hungry.