t’s the new year and many of us have the same resolution: try to lose some weight. Weight loss can be incredibly frustrating, especially when you spend maybe a little bit too much time scrolling through Instagram “fitspiration” posts and end up not exactly inspired, but overwhelmed with the idea that you will never be able to live on green smoothies or do 1,000 burpees a day. But don’t worry! There are lots of easy ways to lose weight that don’t involve changing your entire life, hiring an expensive personal trainer, or pretending you like kale.
1. Drink Water
Don’t feel like dieting? (Who does, tbh). One easy way to reduce calories is to ditch sugary drinks like soda (yes, that includes diet soda!), sports drinks, and alcohol. Replacing only a few drinks a day with water can greatly reduce your daily calorie intake. Learn to love seltzer water and you’ll never go back to soda.
2. Drink MORE water.
Research varies, but humans should drink about 2 liters of water a day. That’s probably more than you are drinking. Drinking water can fill you up and make you less hungry during the day. A water bottle with a straw can make it easy to drink more water faster, so carry one with you to work, school, or around the house. If you crave a glass of wine or beer at the end of the day, try filling your glass with water first and finishing it before you pour yourself a drink for some extra hydration.
3. While we’re on the subject of drinks, consider changing your coffee habits.
A sweetened coffee drink can have about 250 calories, that’s as much as a whole cupcake or half a meal! Instead of getting a sugary coffee drink, learn to love black coffee or coffee with just a little bit of milk or cream. It was be great for your waistline and your wallet! Tea with a little bit of honey is also a great option if you are craving a warm drink with a little sweetness.
4. Get really into podcasts.
How can podcasts help you lose weight? When you get really into a podcast, you’re going to want to walk more places with your earbuds in, stay on the treadmill a little longer, or opt for the long route when you take your dog for a walk so you don’t have to turn it off. Scroll through your podcast app, pick a new fav, and tell yourself you’re only allowed to listen if you are being active.
5. Organize activities with friends that don’t revolve around food.
Bonding over dinner and happy hour, while lots of fun, can encourage us to indulge a little too much. Invite friends to do things that don’t involve eating or drinking like going for a walk or hike, attending a fitness class together, going out for a spa date, going to museum, or taking a class together.