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January 15, 2019 at 14:43 | WEIGHT LOSS

5 Best Tricks to Drop Up to 5 Pounds in a Single Week

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  • Track your diet.

“Eating fewer calories than you burn will help you lose weight—it’s that simple,” Dr. Seltzer says. “But you need to know your patterns before you can make a plan.”

To assess how much you’re actually eating to maintain your current weight, Dr. Seltzer recommends using MyFitnessPal. Just input whatever you eat, and be honest. The app will calculate your daily calorie intake without judgement (or any math on your end). “No food is inherently good or bad,” Dr. Seltzer says.

  • Focus on plants.

In a small-ish study of more than 1,000 people, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, researchers found those following vegetarian and vegan diets, rich in whole grains, fruits, produce, nuts, and legumes, lost more weight than dieters on other plans—even the low-carb Atkins diet—over the same time span.

The researchers hypothesize that participants who abstained from animal products dropped significantly more pounds since plant-based foods include loads of filling fiber and slow-to-digest complex carbs. Though more research is needed to confirm these results, the study authors write, “Vegetarian diets appeared to have significant benefits on weight reduction compared to non-vegetarian diets.”

  • Cut back on soda.

When you drink liquid carbs, like the sugar in soda, your body doesn’t register them the same way as, say, a piece of bread, according to a review of studies published in Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care. That means, even though you’re taking in calories, your fullness cues aren’t likely to signal that you’re satisfied once you finish off a can. And that can lead to consuming more overall.

Even calorie-free diet soda might keep you from reaching your goals. Though the reason for increased risk for obesity isn’t clear, recent research suggests that artificially sweetened soda could stimulate hunger hormones, leading people to consume more calories than they need.

  • Make super small food swaps.

If you’ve been eating fast food for years, get real about your approach: You’re probably not going to stick to an organic, gluten-free, paleo overhaul for very long. “You want to change as little as possible to create calorie deficit,” says Dr. Seltzer, who insists the best way to support sustainable weight loss is to incorporate small changes into existing habits. So instead of giving up your daily BLT bagels in favor of an egg-white wrap, try ordering your sandwich on a lighter English muffin. Or say you eat a snack bar every afternoon: Swap your 300-calorie bar for a 150-calorie alternative. “Your brain will feel the same way about it, so you won’t feel deprived,” he says.

  • Go ahead: eat your largest meal at night

Also some research shows that the human body is primed to consume most of its calories during daylight hours. But the lifestyle is problematic for many: Because family meals and dinners with friends often are scheduled for after sunset, “people who try to stop eating after 7pm can’t do it every day for the rest of their lives,” says Dr. Seltzer, who supports an alternative strategy: Eating a hearty meal at your regular dinnertime.

Source: Cosmopolitan

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