Jackie Warner, fitness expert and celebrity trainer, offers one of her top weight loss tips. Drink 100 ounces of water every day, and in order to help detoxify your liver and metabolize fat, add sliced lemon to your water. Lemon will boost your metabolism by about 33%, which means you’ll burn an extra 100 calories per day!
Skip the Diet Foods
Jennifer Cohen, spokeswoman for Weight Watchers and author of the book, “No Gym Required” and instructor in the DVD workout video, Weight Watchers: 15 Minute Boot Camp Series, warns anyone wanting to lose weight to not choose their foods based solely on the fact that they are marketed as diet foods. Instead, choose foods that you’re going to eat and enjoy. Concentrate on the health and nutritional value of the foods you choose as well as their appeal to your personal taste. By choosing healthy foods, you’ll lose weight more easily.
Eat More Often
Nichole Nichols, fitness expert and SparkPeople editor, was recently named by Life Fitness and ACE as America’s “Top Personal Trainer to Watch.” She advises her clients to not let themselves get too hungry because it can encourage overeating. Instead, she recommends that you incorporate one or two snacks (as needed) into your weight loss plan, each day.
Tara Stiles, personal yoga instructor for Deepak Chopra and best selling author, says that juicing is one of the best things she’s ever done for her health. She recommends juicing kale, carrot, cucumber and ginger for a healthy dietary boost. Not only is this combination tasty, but it has the added benefit of eliminating cravings for sugar and salt.
Eat a Salad Every Day
Mandy Ingber, celebrity yoga instructor to Ricki Lake, Brooke Shields, Jennifer Aniston and Helen Hunt, recommends a large salad for lunch every day. Add nuts, avocado, assorted veggies to a pile of greens for a colorful and healthy lunch.
Add Protein to Every Meal
Healthy lifestyle expert, Andrea Metcalf, recommends adding protein to every meal. This can be meat, beans or tofu. She says that adding protein can provide an effective way to ward off cravings, which can help reduce calories.
Linda Rue, fitness expert and the creator of The Core Transformer system and Core Transformer 3D – 1,000 Calorie Burn, recommends keeping a close eye on carbs, especially when you’re eating out. The recommended serving size for carbohydrates is 1/3 to 1/2 cup. Most restaurants serve about 3 cups of pasta – that’s 6 servings of carbs!
Substitute Mayo for Mustard
Dr. Lynn Anderson recommends switching out high calorie mayo with mustard; however, if you really want to give your metabolism a boost, use a spicy mustard. In fact, stirring a tablespoon of hot spicy mustard into a glass of water and drinking this before dinner can help increase your metabolism. It also provides a good source of Omega 3s and antioxidants.
Skip Sodas and Sugary Drinks
Fred DeVito, a co-creator of the popular DVD series Exhale Core Fusion, recommends eliminating all sugary drinks from your diet. This includes diet sodas as well as regular sodas. It also includes those high-calorie coffee drinks. Not only are these drinks loaded with extra calories, but the high sugar content can actually increase your cravings for sugar.