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Anyone who has ever wanted to lose weight has probably tried any number of fad diets or crazy tips. The truth is that no single trick is going to miraculously shed the excess weight, what you need to do is make a change.

Anyone who has ever wanted to lose weight has probably tried any number of fad diets or crazy tricks and tips that are supposed to help you drop the pounds. The truth is that no single trick is going to miraculously shed the excess weight, what you need to do is make a change. 

Get On the Scale 

A study performed at the University of Minnesota suggests that being aware of your weight on a daily basis can actually keep you focused on healthy living and prevent denial from setting in regarding how much you actually weigh. The researchers state that those who weight themselves daily lose 2 times as much weight as one who only steps on the scale occasionally. 

Expand Your Knowledge 

A study conducted in Canada revealed that people who had been given an abundance of exercise and nutritional advice seemed to make wiser choices with regard to diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle. To ensure you say on track, subscribe to a health magazine or frequent the Internet and browse nutrition blogs. 

Skip the Combo Meals 

Sure the combo meal seems like a good deal and may even save a buck or two, but honestly do you really need all that food? Probably not. Typically a combo meal is filled with an oversized portion or added calories that are not healthy or necessary. So instead, order a small burger or a grilled piece of chicken or fish, skip the fries and large soda, your body will thank you. 

Early to Bed 

A study done at Harvard University found that people sleeping less than 6 hours per night were more likely to gain a significant amount of weight than those who got between 6 and 8 hours of sleep.  Lack of sleep has been linked to an increased appetite, a lack of ability to resist food temptation and a craving for high calorie junk food. 

Manage Stress 

When our bodies are under stress we release a chemical called cortisol, which is a hormone that fosters the storage of fat within the abdomen. When you feel you are under pressure and stressed, try coping with that stress in a healthy way. Attempt to de-stress by using deep breathing techniques, going for a walk or joining a yoga class. 

Skip The Elevator 

Something as simple as taking the stairs rather than the elevator sounds silly, but it is a form of exercise. We all know that integrating exercise into our daily routine is a key component to maintaining a healthy weight, so why not get in that exercise any way you can? For instance, park your car in the far end of the parking lot, take a brisk walk on your lunch hour or forego an email and go and speak directly with your co-workers. 

Hit The Pavement 

A study done at the Mayo Clinic suggests that doing some form of light exercise after a meal, such as walking, can help prevent the body from storing fat and can lower blood sugar. If you’re not up for a walk, that’s ok, simply keep moving after dinner. Clearing the table or washing the dishes is a great way to get moving after a meal. 

Surround Yourself With Healthy Foods 

Stock your kitchen with healthy foods. Sometimes quick and convenient is the way to go, but easy doesn’t have to mean unhealthy. Stock up on fresh fruit, keep healthy snacks like nuts in your purse or at your desk and pre-wash and chop veggies for a quick healthy snack on the go. 

Laugh It Up 

A study published in the International Journal of Obesity suggests that laughing just 15 minutes each day can help you to burn up to 40 calories. How many calories you burn depends on your current weight and how intense your laugh is. It may not sound like a lot, but why not give it a try?  Besides, happy people are healthy people. 

Ditch The Distractions 

Many of us spend our meals distracted. A study from the University of Birmingham revealed that people who were distracted during a meal tended to eat an abundance of unhealthy snacks later on in the day. The theory? Since you were distracted at the meal your brain and body did not fully appreciate the experience and you are left unsatisfied. 

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