6 Ways to Lose Weight Easier

“You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 today and we don’t know where the hell she is.” —Ellen DeGeneres

It can be discouraging when our results don’t seem to match the efforts we’re putting in to lose weight. But instead of giving up on our fitness program, or worse, diving into the Twinkies (trust me, you’ll regret it!), try making just a few, easy changes to your diet and lifestyle. Sometimes the smallest things—like getting more protein in the morning or enough rest at night—can lead to the biggest weight loss surprises.

    • Don’t skip breakfast. Eating lean protein in the morning will get your metabolism revved up for the day ahead. Protein from egg whites, for instance, will stabilize your blood sugar, make you feel full, and prevent you from overeating later in the day.
    • Resistance training. Working out with some form of resistance—resistance bands, weights, or a stability ball—helps build your muscles. And because one pound of muscle burns almost nine times more calories than a pound of fat, the more muscle you have on your body, the quicker your metabolic rate.
    • Interval training. Short 10-minute explosive cardio sessions followed by less intense cardio for the same amount of time will rev up your metabolism. For some of the best interval training workouts, check out Tony’s 10-Minute Trainer.
    • Get your beauty rest. Human growth hormone works directly on cells to increase your metabolic rate by 15 to 20 percent and can only be produced during the hours of deep sleep. So, to lose weight, make sure you get a good night’s sleep!
    • The Magic Mix. At mealtime, try consuming lean proteins from chicken and white fish along with complex carbohydrates from fruits and veggies. This magical combination will speed up your metabolic rate as food is transformed into usable nutrients and you’ll build muscle and burn fat during the digestive process.
    • Ay, caliente! Studies show that hot peppers, spices, green teas, and caffeine can give your metabolism a sudden surge by stimulating the release of stress hormones. If jalapeño and cayenne make you wince, turn to a strong cup of green tea (think 2-3 tea bags instead of 1), for the same metabolism-boosting effect.

In part, by Guest Contributor, Monica Ciociola

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