Nope, sorry to disappoint, but diets don’t work. None of them. Really. I’m not even going to waste time proving it; just google recent studies on diet success and let’s get on with it. If you, like most of America, added 5 pounds or an inch or two to your waistline over the past two months, it’s easier than you think to re-set your metabolism. And if your number 1 new year’s resolution is to get svelte before you hit the beach for spring break, persist in these strategies and you can take off 10, 20, even 50 pounds.
Here’s what really works to lose weight:
1. DRINK MAINLY WATER
A sports or energy drink, fruit smoothie, or light beer — each serving contains about 100 calories. Yet these beverages don’t satisfy you the way 100 calories of food does, so they’re a waste. Other liquids may be high in sodium and carbohydrates, which trick your body into retaining water, puffing you out.
Water, on the other hand, has zero calories and carbs and little to no sodium, making it the perfect slim-down drink. And, strangely, it actually helps flush out excess water weight as well as jumpstart your metabolism.
If water is too boring, add lemon wedges or mint leaves using an infuser.
2. SWAP REFINED CARBS FOR VEGGIES
The simple carbs in white rice, spaghetti, and sandwich rolls can “wreak havoc on your weight because they’re digested very quickly, leaving you hungry and more likely to overeat later,” says Jana Klauer, M.D., author of The Park Avenue Nutritionist’s Plan.
Instead of replacing these foods with healthier whole-grain bread products, which contain filling fibers that can sometimes trigger bloating, sub in vegetables for the week: Instead of rice, try cauliflower “rice” made by grating cauliflower.
Instead of chips and dip, go for carrots and dip. The complex carbs from these vegetables are digested more slowly than simple carbs , so you’ll remain full longer. And because veggies are mostly water, they also help flush out excess water weight.