Don’t expect miracles, but by taking a practical approach you can look and feel lighter in as little as 7 days—without wrecking your metabolism.
It may be tempting to nix all carbs, but don’t forgo fiber, a proven source of long-lasting satiety. Sprinkle flaxseed onto yogurt or add a few teaspoons of sliced almonds to your salad.
Do it: Along with almonds and flaxseed, use these 5 Ways to Sneak More Fiber Into Your Diet to get even more satisfaction.
Eating steadily throughout the day can prevent hunger—which makes you want to ravage anything in sight. Aim for three small meals (300 to 350 calories each) and two snacks (100 to 150 calories each).
Do it: Start by doing this Simple Way to Control Your Hunger, and then crush your cravings with these 5 Hunger Questions to Ask Yourself Before Taking Another Bite.
Cells retain water when they don’t have enough of it. Down 2 to 3 liters each day. Sip slowly and the water will hit your bloodstream rather than filter out through your kidneys, so you won’t have to pee every 5 seconds.
Do it: It's not easy to quickly increase your water intake, but use these 3 Ways to Fool Yourself Into Drinking More Water.
Do it: If you need more ideas, here are 50 Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Busy Back-to-School Mornings.