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50 Weight Loss Secrets Revealed in 5 Words or Less

When you want to know how to lose weight, sometimes the answer is really simple.
50 Weight Loss Secrets Revealed in 5 Words or Less

Here at Eat This, Not That!, we spend a lot of time sorting through medical journals, nutritional databases, and the latest health and fitness research. We’ve learned an awful lot about science-y stuff like brown fat cells, alpha-linoleic acid, and something called fibroblast growth factor 21. (It’s a liver hormone. Don’t sweat it.) We also know way too much about what’s inside a chicken nugget.

But our job is to boil it all down into news you can use and, more importantly, remember. And while Twitter may have thrown down the 140-character gauntlet, we’ve decided to go one better: to answer some of your most burning questions about fat-burning in five words or less. So now there’s no need to remember whether you’re rooting for the Firmicutes or the Bacteroidetes (both forms of gut bacteria; it’s the latter that helps promote weight loss). All you need are five little words, and you’re on your way to a littler middle. And to blast fat even faster, don’t miss these essential 55 ways to boost your metabolism—fast!

1

I’m working out more than ever but still not losing weight. Why not?!

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A: You’re eating too many calories.

2

How do I always stop wanting a dessert after lunch and dinner?

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A: You’ve trained yourself. Untrain yourself.

3

I hear that fruit has sugar. How much should I eat it?

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A: Eat plenty, don’t drink any.

4

What’s more important? The number of calories you eat or the type of calories you eat?

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A: Pick quality over quantity.

5

I go to bed early, but I’m always too exhausted to workout. What should I do?

tired man - how to lose weight

A: Get checked for sleep apnea.

DON’T MISS: 30 things to do 30 minutes before bed to lose weight

6

Why does kale taste so gross but everyone raves about it?

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A: You have to “massage” it.

7

What’s the deal with celebrities cutting dairy and losing so much weight?

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A: Lactose can cause bloating.

8

Should I blot my pizza?

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A: Yes.

9

Are veggie chips healthy?

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A: No.

10

Should I do a cleanse?

bottled juice - how to lose weight

A: Responsibly. Try The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse.

11

Are all fish healthy?

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A: No. Avoid tilapia, catfish, swordfish.

12

Are energy bars good for me?

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A: Most aren’t. Energy = calories.

13

Is coffee good for me?

coffee - how to lose weight

A: 1-2 cups, yes. More, no.

VIDEO: 7 crazy things coffee does to your body

14

True or false: Chocolate is actually healthy?

chocolate bar - how to lose weight

A: Only if it’s 70%+ cacao.

15

Is wheat bread always better than white?

wheat bread - how to lose weight

A: No. Only 100% whole wheat.

16

Soup or salad?

vegetable soup - how to lose weight

A: Low-sodium vegetable soup.

17

Do I drink too much?

alcohol - how to lose weight

A: If you ask, then yes.

18

Margarine or butter?

margarine - how to lose weight

A: Butter. Better yet, olive oil.

RELATED: Olive oil is one of the 23 things happy people eat!

19

Is honey better for me than sugar?

honey - how to lose weight

A: Only slightly. Choose Manuka honey.

20

What about agave syrup?

agave - how to lose weight

A: It might be worse!

21

What’s the first thing I should do when I wake up?

drink water in bed - how to lose weight

A: Drink a glass of water.

22

What’s the deal with BPA?

water bottles - how to lose weight

A: It’s like dosing with estrogen.

23

What’s the healthiest nut to eat?

walnuts - how to lose weight

A: Walnuts.

24

Should I eat the yolk?

eggs - how to lose weight

A: It’s where the nutrients live.

25

Pinto, navy, kidney: Are all beans the same?

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A: Darker beans have more nutrition.

26

What’s the key to consuming protein?

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A: Eat protein throughout the day.

27

What’s the best drink for weight loss?

tea - how to lose weight

A: Green tea.

28

What’s the deal with gluten?

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A: Avoid it if you’re sensitive.

29

What’s healthier, chicken or turkey?

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A: Turkey

30

Should I drink smoothies?

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A: If they’re low-sugar.

31

What’s the healthiest fruit out there?

guava - how to lose weight

A: Guava: protein, fiber, vitamin C

32

Any tricks to get my kids to eat vegetables?

kid with red peppers - how to lose weight

A: Buy foods with hidden veggies.

33

What’s the best yogurt to eat?

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A: Full-fat plain Greek yogurt

34

What can I add to my smoothies to make them healthier?

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A: Chia seeds

MORE: Fruity. Green. Nutritionist-approved. These recipes are the 25 best-ever weight loss smoothies!

35

When should I buy organic produce?

woman shopping for fruit - how to lose weight

A: When you’re eating the skins.

36

Does diet soda really make you fat?

soda - how to lose weight

A: Yes, it spikes blood sugar.

37

What’s the best way to order healthy in a restaurant?

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A: Order first, before your friends.

RELATED: Get more expert advice for eating out and staying slim with our online restaurants guide!

38

How can I motivate myself to get to the gym?

women doing yoga - how to lose weight

A: Realize that you are awesome.

39

Is fresh fruit healthier than frozen?

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A: No. Frozen’s usually better.

RELATED: Don’t believe us? We explain this answer in #3 of 33 lazy ways to lose belly fat!

40

How can I cut down on mindless snacking?

couple snacking - how to lose weight

A: Ask yourself: Am I hungry?

41

How can I eat fewer calories each day?

empty plate - how to lose weight

A: Have soup before each meal.

42

What’s the absolute best source of fiber?

bran cereal - how to lose weight

A: Wheat bran.

43

What’s the best way to save money in the supermarket?

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A: Avoid temptation; use self-checkout.

MORE: We share the amazing research about self-checkouts in #21 of the 50 best-ever weight loss secrets from skinny people!

44

How can I boost my metabolism?

woman meeting with doctor - how to lose weight

A: Cut booze, burn 73% hotter.

45

How do I know which oats or oatmeal to eat?

oats - how to lose weight

A: Just stay away from instant.

46

What’s the healthiest condiment?

mustard - how to lose weight

A: Mustard.

47

If there’s one supplement I could take, what would it be?

supplements - how to lose weight

A: Vitamin D.

48

What’s the biggest threat to my figure?

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A: Getting married.

BONUS: Don’t blame your partner entirely. Find out the 40 habits that make you sick and fat!

49

What’s the one food I’m probably not eating, but should?

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A: Seaweed.

50

What’s the single most important nutrition resolution I can make?

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A: Eat less sugar.

RELATED: The easy guide to cutting back on sugar is finally here.

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