Power Up Your Probiotics. Adding probiotics rich foods like low-sugar Greek yogurt to your diet to aid in weight loss. In fact, one study done by the Stanford University School of Medicine found that patients who were given a probiotic supplement after bariatric surgery lost significantly more weight than those that didn’t take the supplement.
Weigh Less With Whey. One 2008 study, published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism, found that when subjects followed a reduced calorie diet and ingested a whey protein supplement twice a day, they lost significantly more body fat than those that only reduced their caloric intake.
Get Quality Sleep. One study from Columbia University found that women who slept only four hours a night ate, on average, 329 calories more (and 31 grams of extra fat) the next day, versus when they were well rested.
Eat a Protein-Rich Breakfast. Research has shown that eating protein-rich eggs instead of carb-heavy foods like bagels can help you lose up to 65 percent more weight.
Swap Juices for Fruit. Fruit juices are a sneaky source of calories, especially since most are labeled as healthy sources of nutrition. The truth is most bottled juices are loaded with sugar, and many are no better for you than soda.
Add Protein to Every Meal. Protein helps curb your appetite, has a direct fat burning and hormone-balancing effect, helps relieve anxiety, and builds and maintains muscle.
Nix the Nightcap. While you may enjoy a good glass of wine (or two), alcoholic drinks are one of the easiest and fastest ways to rack up your calorie count for the day. If you use a nightcap to unwind, try switching to green tea instead.
Brown Bag Your Lunch. Lunchtime can be stressful – trying to fit in food during a busy workday can often mean greasy pizza from the cafeteria or grabbing a loaded sandwich from the nearby deli to eat at your desk. Not knowing what you’ll have for lunch everyday before you leave the house is an easy recipe for a lunchtime calorie disaster. Your daily game plan: Avoid the food court, and pack a brown bag lunch instead.
Drink Two to Three Liters of Water a Day. Water helps cleanse your liver and kidneys, allowing your body to excrete hormones efficiently.
Practice Portion Control. Portion control is probably one of the most important tools for losing and maintaining weight loss. Did you know, for example, that only 20 years ago a regular sized cup of coffee (with milk and sugar) would have only set you back 45 calories, and today’s 16 ounce mugs now serve up over 350 extra calories from milk and sugar?