Summer Slim Down: Easy Ways to Lose Weight Without Joining a Program

You don't need to spend money to belong to a diet program to see the same results. Just try following these helpful tips...
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2. Use the Buddy System
Have a friend you can compete with or lean on to stay motivated do it with you. You can encourage each other and build off of each other’s energy.

Why it Works: Cravings often only last a few minutes, so if you can direct your attention to texting your friend instead of indulging in a hot fudge Sunday, you will probably forget how badly you want it by the time she texts you back. Encouragement helps enforce a positive association with your new, healthy lifestyle, and gives you an extra push since you won’t want to let down your friend.

Take it further: Start a blog to track your weight loss. You’ll encourage others and will feel obliged to stay on the right track. If you do choose to start a diet blog, make sure it’s on a website similar to Nutrition Data and not in the form of public Facebook rants about how hungry you are. The goal is to attract positive feedback, not to drive your friends crazy.

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3. Create Rituals
Decide you’re going to drink two glasses of water before everything you eat, or that you’re going to do 20 squats every time you go to the bathroom. Be creative and do something that will actively help you reach your health and fitness goals.

Why it Works: Repeatedly doing something like this is a great way to create a healthy habit. You may not be able to stick to your diet, but you will find yourself automatically taking the stairs two at a time, or drinking more water than you ever thought you could.

Take it further: Try something new each week. It will keep you from getting bored of your routine and you’ll stay focused on creating healthy habits.

Tell us: What are you secrets to losing weight? Share them in the Comments!

Melanie Kozlan

Melanie Kozlan is a lifestyle writer and the Senior Content Director of FourGreenSteps.com: Your one-stop destination for all things green & the World’s largest marketplace of eco-friendly products.


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