Stock up on whole foods
Is your pantry full of snack foods that boast “10 percent less sodium!” and “Now with more fibre”? Ditch those products in favour of more whole foods. That means choosing packages that list only one or two ingredients-such as whole wheat couscous or unsalted, sugar-free peanut butter.
Create a soft drink-free zone
A Harvard study of 6000 people found that drinking just one soft drink a day (diet or regular) increased the risk of obesity by 31 percent. Another study found that rats fed artificially sweetened drinks for 10 days gained more weight than those fed sugar-sweetened drinks. Researchers theorize that drinking the diet drinks makes your body prepare for a large intake of calories. When these fail to materialize, your body demands food by making you feel hungry. Instead of drinking soft drinks, opt for infused water.
Sip green tea
In addition to its heart-protective benefits, green tea may also have some weight-loss benefits, with one study finding that it appears to raise the rate at which you burn calories and increase the speed at which your body uses fat.