Good, sane, science-based weight loss tips are hard to come by these days.
Everywhere you look, all you find are ads about “that one weird trick to help you lose fat”, supposed miracle fat loss supplements or just false promises of fast and effortless results.
Well, not here. Not from us.
You see, we care more about actually helping people succeed in their fitness journey than about making easy money. That’s why we prefer to be honest with you.
So here’s the truth: Dieting for weight loss isn’t fun, quick or easy. At the beginning it may be OK, but, as the time passes and you get deeper into the process, it mostly sucks.
The good news: there are a few things you can do to make it suck less! (Yay)
So here are 10 weight loss tips for easier and more successful dieting.
Weight loss tip
#1: Set realistic goals
We’ve talked about this before in a previous article on why your fat loss diet sucks.
Expecting way too much in terms of how fast and how easy your weight loss will be is one of the worst things you can do.
Our recommendation is to set a realistic goal of losing around 1% of your body weight
This means that, if you weigh 200 pounds, you should expect to lose, on average, around 2 pounds per week. It follows that, as you drop weight, you should expect your weight loss rate to slow down as well.
It’s also important to note that you may lose weight faster at the start of your diet because of a drop in water weight. This is especially true for low carb diets and ketogenic diets, which have been shown to result in a massive initial water weight drop.
Weight loss tip
#2: Stop eating every 2 hours
Seriously, stop eating every two hours! It doesn’t increase your metabolism or help with fat loss.
In our experience, eating that frequently not only isn’t better, but is usually worse for weight loss, since:
- it results in many tiny meals of 200 calories each, which never leave you satisfied.
- it makes you think about food ALL DAY LONG.
- it’s impractical and a major pain in the butt. I mean, who wants to have to eat every 2 hours at work?
And to the registered dietitians out there: for crying out loud, stop making meal plans with 8 meals per day for your clients! Shame on you. You should know better.