1. Lose Weight Without Dieting. Seriously.
Cutting down salt and excess sodium could help you shed pounds without even being on a diet. When your intake of sodium is too high, your body retains more water. This can cause up to seven pounds of extra fluid to be kept in the body. Food servings should have somewhere between 200-400 milligrams of sodium to avoid overdoing it. You can get rid of a bloated feeling and appearance just by limiting the salt. If you're exercising, drink water instead of sports drinks as they can contain the same amount of sodium as a can of soda.
2. Get. More. Sleep.
More and more research points to a link between sleep deprivation and obesity. One of the simplest facts is that if you're up later, you're more likely to overeat. Another fact is that when your body is deprived of sleep it changes the levels of hormones that have to do with how full you feel, leptin and ghrelin. If you get more rest you're also more likely to have more energy, which will benefit you when implementing an exercise plan.
3. Crave Control
The next time you have a hankering for that favorite high calorie treat of yours, curb the craving with your mind. Think of a food that you absolutely hate, and then imagine eating them both together. Let your imagination run wild with it, but to really hammer it home, focus on the taste and texture and you'll likely forget that you ever wanted that brownie.
4. Dine Out Without Gaining
You can eat out and keep from gaining weight by following a few simple rules. Try asking for the lunch portion, or choosing an appetizer instead of the larger dinner portions. This will likely guarantee you more of a single serving portion. Ask for a to go box with your order and pack up half of your entree before you even start eating. Some places will even let you order half of the order to go when it's served. Limit starches by skipping the bread before your meal, but if you can't resist the temptation then try to steer clear of potatoes or rice that may come with your meal.