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6 Best Eating Habits for Rapid Weight Loss, Say Dietitians

The most important patterns start with breakfast.
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When it comes to losing weight, watching your diet and adjusting how you eat can play a pivotal role. According to the Harvard Medical School, opting to eat more fruits and vegetables instead of processed foods has a significant result when it comes to burning fat, but past that point, many nutritionists can't agree on the quickest ways to lose weight. As a result of conflicting information and a variety of available options, 160 million Americans tackle specialized diets each year and collectively dole out $70 billion on weight loss supplements and other diet-oriented consumables advertised to burn off some excess flab.

While many folks might believe it takes a ton of work to successfully eat right and quickly lose weight, a few proven eating techniques and habits can do wonders. Eat This, Not That! caught up with a handful of registered dietitians who came to a consensus over which eating habits can quickly help you lose weight. With a few dietary tweaks, experts believe that these consistent techniques can help you rapidly drop some weight and keep you feeling good through the day.

If you want to supercharge your results, you don't have to stop at just adjusting your eating habits. Incorporate the 11 Healthiest Drinks for Weight Loss into your daily schedule and see even faster results.

Start the day with fiber.

oatmeal with berries in a white bowl

Burning calories actively happens the moment you open your eyes in the morning, and choosing the right breakfast can ensure you don't end up overeating later in the day. One simple nutrient can make a major difference and adding it to your morning can do wonders.

"Eating whole-grain breakfast foods can help with weight loss because the fiber keeps us satiated and can actually keep us fuller longer, decreasing our overall calorie intake," Dana Ellis Hunnes, PhD, MPH, RD, senior dietitian at UCLA medical center, and author of Recipe for Survival said. "It also keeps our blood sugar levels stable which helps with satiety."

Just make sure you eat the right type of fiber and avoid the 17 Worst 'Fiber-Rich' Foods.

Eat breakfast with tea or coffee.

coffee and tea

Once you select your favorite fiber-packed breakfast, you then need to choose the right beverage pairing to unlock the maximum levels of calorie burning. Luckily, two early morning staple beverages can supercharge how you eat breakfast.

"Drinking black coffee or tea can help with weight loss because it's essentially a calorie-free beverage that is high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory which can help promote weight loss," Hunnes continued. "When we consume coffee with a ton of added sweeteners and high-calorie creamers it's basically turned into a calorie bomb, which our bodies don't get satiated from (in the same way they do solid foods), so it's best to drink them black of very lightly sweetened with a teaspoon of sugar and/or plant-based milk."

Practice mindfulness while eating.

mindful eating

Over the course of the day, keeping track of your hunger can prevent you from overeating, and eating meals slowly and mindfully can help you recognize when you actually are full.

"Mindfulness is a state of being that focuses on the present moment—being aware and accepting of your thoughts, feelings, and messages from your body," Alyssa Burnison, MS, RD, LN explained. "When you practice mindful eating, it can have a positive impact on your emotional and physical health, your relationship with food, and possibly, your weight."

"You are more in tune with your body's cues," Burnison continued. "It takes nearly 20 minutes for your stomach to send a message to your brain that you are full. When you slow down and eat mindfully, you recognize when you feel satisfied and stop eating. You may consume fewer calories than if you hurried through your meal, possibly eating more than you need."

This practice encourages a healthy meal routine and discourages mealtime distractions, ensuring you don't end up packing on any unnecessary weight while you quickly slim down. This eating habit takes a bit of practice to master, but by following 11 Mindfulness Hacks to Eat Less, According to Experts, anyone can slow down and enjoy their food while losing a few pounds.

Embrace the Mediterranean diet.

eggs and smoked salmon on toast

You have heard it a million times over—by eating more fatty fish and vegetables, you can ensure you stay fit while shedding some pounds. While many might believe that this eating pattern's strength comes from fresh, healthy ingredients, its true fat-burning power stems from an essential nutrient.

"A Mediterranean-style eating pattern is often ranked the best for weight loss because it's easy to adopt and sustain long-term," Danielle McAvoy, MSPH, RD with Strong Home Gym said. "A key reason the Mediterranean Diet is so effective is that it's high in fiber from being largely plant-based. Fiber helps keep blood sugar levels stable, which can reduce hunger levels and cravings. Fiber also makes you feel full after eating, which can curb total calorie intake."

Try intermittent fasting.

man checking watch before eating breakfast

Calorie counting sounds attractive on paper, but the headache of closely monitoring every little thing you put in your mouth can quickly get tiresome. Luckily, intermittent fasting can keep your calorie count down while sparing you the hassle of monitoring your food intake as closely.

"Intermittent fasting is also an effective eating pattern for losing weight," McAvoy continued. "A major review of the research found that the average weight loss from all intermittent fasting plans was 7-11 pounds over 10 weeks. IF is effective because it encourages the body to burn fat instead of carbs for energy, and limits eating to certain times of the day which limits calorie intake."

This eating habit can lead to some serious results, but just make sure you do it right and avoid The #1 Worst Intermittent Fasting Mistake.

Don't skip breakfast.

woman grabbing croissant and holding coffee

If you do decide to start intermittent fasting, make sure you do it in a way where you don't end up skipping breakfast. "Eating breakfast allows the overnight fast to break and provides carbohydrates for energy to function and to perform exercises with energy," Blanca Garcia, RDN, a registered dietitian at Healthcanal said.

In addition to filling you up for the day and starting your metabolism, The Cleveland Clinic reports that regular breakfasts can improve your cardiac health, lower the risk of diabetes, and much more. If you love starting your day with a hearty meal but need to quickly reduce your weight, make sure you follow The #1 Best Breakfast Habit for Weight Loss for optimal results.

Erich Barganier
Erich Barganier is a health and food writer. Read more about Erich