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7 Top Weight-Loss Tips from 2015

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By the editors of Eat This, Not That!

A smart diet plan will teach you the skills you need to manage your weight forever.

What really works are making little lifestyle tweaks—simple moves that help you slash calories, boost nutrition and build a healthy foundation. To help, the Eat This, Not That! team gathered up some of the easiest, most effective new tricks and tactics we came across in 2015. Put these plan into play and I promise you won’t need any goofy new fads—just new pants. And after the pounds start flying off, help your chiseled body shine through with the help of these 44 Ways to Lose 4 Inches of Body Fat.

1
BLEND A
PLANT-BASED SMOOTHIE

Zero Belly Diet test panelist Bryan Wilson, a 29-year-old accountant, lost 19 pounds and an astounding 6 inches from his waist in just six weeks on the diet, and he attributes his success to the Zero Belly shake recipes in the program. "I love the shakes. I added them to my diet, and almost immediately I lost the bloat," Bryan said. "I'm a sweet craver, and the shakes were an awesome alternative to bowls and bowls of ice cream I would have had." That’s why, this year, I wrote Zero Belly Smoothies. Protein drinks are great ways to get a monster dose of belly-busting nutrition into a delicious, simple snack. But most commercial drinks are filled with unpronounceable chemicals that can upset our gut health and cause inflammation and bloat. And the high doses of whey used to boost protein levels can amplify the belly-bloating effect. The Zero Belly solution: Try vegan protein, which will give you the same fat-burning, hunger-squelching, muscle-building benefits, without the bloat. Lose weight in less than 30 seconds, with the 100+ proven recipes in Zero Belly Smoothies!

SHOP PLANT PROTEIN

2
STOP
THE SHAME GAME

"Body shame" was a big issue in 2015, with videos from Duck Dynasty’s Sadie Carroway Robertson and "Dear Fat People"’s Nicole Arbour going viral. And it turns out, a lot of us are bullying ourselves. Google "body shame" and you get 22 million results. Try "guilty after eating" and you get 19 million. And enter "bad food day" and up comes 358 million links! That’s 300 million more than Leonardo DiCaprio! In her upcoming book The Naughty Diet, author Melissa Milne—whose own essay, "I Eat Slim-Shamers for Breakfast" also went viral this year—interviewed thousands of women about the subject and they all said the same thing: "They were sick and tired of feeling bad while trying to be good," she writes in The Naughty Diet. "And here’s the secret of all secrets: You don’t feel bad about yourself when you get fat. You get fat when you feel bad about yourself."

3
BLEND VEGGIES
INTO YOUR OATS

WE love oatmeal but there’s one healthy oatmeal trend that was better than all the rest: Zoats! The funny sounding name actually describes a very straightforward (but delicious) dish made from shredded fiber-filled zucchini, oatmeal, milk, spices and nutrient-packed add-ins like nuts and fruit. We love how the dish makes it easy to add veggies to your morning meal—somewhere it’s rarely found. Another win: Adding zucchini to your oatmeal adds bulk to your breakfast bowl without the need for extra cereal, ultimately saving you calories.

4
SWITCH
TO TEA

Dieters and ETNT staffers alike fell head over heels for green tea this year—and it’s easy to see why: The brew, the cornerstone of The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse, is packed with compounds called catechins, belly-fat crusaders that blast belly fat by revving the metabolism, increasing the release of fat from fat cells, and then speeding up the liver’s fat burning capacity. In a recent study, participants who combined a daily habit of 4-5 cups of green tea with a 25-minute sweat session (or 180 minutes a week), lost 2 more pounds than the non tea-drinking exercisers. Meanwhile, a research team in Washington found that the same amount of coffee (5+ cups/day) doubled belly fat. Make the most of the benefits from tea with The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse, by food journalist Kelly Choi and the editors of Eat This, Not That! Test panelists lost up to 10 pounds in one week!

5
TOSS OUT
THE TOP

Making your sandwich with two slices of bread is so 2014. Aid your slim down efforts by opting for whole-grain bread over white and preparing your sandwich "open-faced" style—the fancy name for kicking the top piece of bread to the curb. Doing so keeps about 70 to 90 calories off your plate. If losing some bread leaves your tummy rumbling, beef up your meal by munching on a cup of baby carrots or sugar snap peas. These pop-in-your mouth veggies are loaded with fiber and water, which can help aid satiety and weight loss efforts. For even more amazing tips, check out these 50 Best-Ever Weight-Loss Secrets From Skinny People.

6
NEVER DO
A SIT-UP

There’s a reason Eat This, Not That! hired celebrity trainer Mark Langowski to develop Eat This, Not That! for Abs, our e-book system for getting a six-pack in six weeks—he said it wouldn’t include a single sit-up. "I have been a personal trainer for over 13 years—during this time, I have learned a lot about a lot, but the most important topic that I discovered was 10 years ago when I found out how damaging sit-ups are to the discs in my spine," he told us. "It was after listening to genius professor Stuart McGill, who is head of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo, that I realized I had been doing more harm to myself and my clients by having them do traditional sit-ups." Instead, "throughout the workout section of the Eat This, Not That! For Abs, I explain how to train the entire body in a way that is activating the core muscles in every exercise you do. A squat may look like a leg exercise, but did you know you are also working your core muscles when done properly?"

7
KNOW
THE SKINNY TRUTH

"Thank you, Kim Kardashian, for exposing the ‘skinny’ truth—guys like a girl with curves!," says Maria Menounos, author of 2015’s best-seller The EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness. "As my husband Kev always says, having curves is what makes us girls. He fell for me when I was forty pounds heavier and often says that he misses those extra pounds. My former Extra co-host, Mario Lopez, concurs that girls with curves catch his eye more often, too. I’m sure there are guys who dig skinny girls, but for the most part the ‘waif look’ is a creation of the media—not real men and women."

Eat This, Not That! Tip: "I used to weigh about 40 pounds more than I do today, and I would try to stick to diets and fall off them all the time, the way most of us do," Menounos tells Eat This, Not That! "Then I developed the plan that I outline in The EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness. It’s based on a 75/25 idea: 75 percent of the foods you eat should be healthy and really good for you. And 25 percent can be splurges. You have to earn your cupcake!"


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