10 Tiny Changes That’ll Help You Drop Serious Pounds

Can-do changes you can start today!

Lasting weight loss is about lifestyle changes, but there’s no rule that says all those changes need to upend your life. You can make small shifts that will make a big difference in how you look and feel. Use these 10 tiny changes that’ll help you drop serious pounds.

1. Switch up your workout.

15 Workouts in 15 Minutes or Less
Sweating to the same old exercise moves every week allows muscles to become more efficient, so they’ll burn fewer calories over time. Throw them a curve by occasionally adding new moves to your routine. Find new exercise ideas in 15 Workouts in 15 Minutes or Fewer or Top 3 Essential Beginner Workouts.

2. Crunch away the pounds.

Clean eating foods that crunch when you bite into them are often packed with waist-slimming fiber and other nutrients that support long-term weight loss. They typically have fewer calories than their processed counterparts. When the munchies strike, grab a small handful of unsalted almonds or enjoy your favorite fresh veggies with healthy Bean Dip. Crunch away with our Skinny Zucchini Chips and Sweet Potato Crunchies.

3. Always eat your vegetables first.

Green Bean Stir-Fry
Another tip to drop serious pounds is to always eat veggies before moving onto the main course. This fills you with low-calorie, fiber-filled goodness that prevents overeating later in the meal. Try a Kale and Roasted Yam Salad or Green Bean Stir Fry.

4. Stick to clean eating ingredients.

Juicy Faux Fried Chicken
Processed foods pad the waistline via fat, excess calories, and refined sugar. When you choose to eat clean, you choose whole or minimally-processed foods that deliver nutrients without the junk ingredients. Dig into clean eating alternatives to your favorite recipes, such as Clean Eating Zucchini Bread and Juicy Faux Fried Chicken.

5. Eat more slowly.

Chili-Stuffed Potato Skins
It takes about 20 minutes for the “I’m full” signal to reach the brain. By slowing down the eating process, you give the body time to process the “full” signal without overeating. Enjoy every bite with delicious recipes like Chili Stuffed Potato Skins and Butterflied Lemon Roast Chicken.

6. Swap out chips and crackers for popcorn.

Caramel Pumpkin Spice Popcorn
Fiber is a must-have when you want to drop serious pounds. Popcorn offers a tasty fiberlicious alternative to store-bought chips and crackers. Add Healthy Popcorn Recipes to your menu this week.

7. Pare down portions.

It’s all too easy to misunderstand what constitutes a proper portion size. For example, a healthy serving of meat should be no larger than a deck of cards, while a proper pasta portion equals the size of one fist. Try 21 Clean-Eating Pre-Portioned Snacks and then check out 6 Easy Ways to Reduce Portion Sizes.

8. Add protein and fiber to the breakfast menu.

Open Face Scrambled Eggs and Avocado Toast
These nutrients satisfy the appetite and give you the energy needed to wrangle the gang or tackle your to-do. They reduce the chance you’ll make unhealthy snack choices later in the morning. Dig into an Egg, Cheese, and Veggie Baguette or Open Faced Scrambled Eggs & Avocado Toast.

9. Reduce added sugar intake in at least one food category.

Homemade Ranch Dressing
Added refined sugar is found in everything from “healthy” cereals to salad dressings to marinara sauces. Make a small lifestyle change and drop serious pounds by swapping out at least one category of processed foods for clean eating alternatives. For example, ditch processed salad dressings for 12 Light Homemade Salad Dressings.

10. Don’t drink your calories.

Iced Sencha Tea With Peaches & Lime Recipe
An eight-year study found that women who consumed one or more sugar-sweetened beverages per day added about 358 daily calories [1]. Hydrate with plain water or a low-cal, naturally-flavored alternative like Iced Tea with Peaches and Lime or Homemade Honey Lemonade with Fresh Mint.


[1] LiveScience

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Amy Wagner

Amy is a writer specializing in health & wellness, business, and entrepreneurship. She's a long-time martial arts teacher who has earned a 4th degree black belt in tae kwon do. When Amy's not writing or kicking, she's wrangling sons, reading fiction, or crushing on BBC actors.

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