With a lot of people setting out to lose weight in 2020, I want help make things a little bit easier if this is all new to you.

While counting your calories may be the most efficient route to take to reach your weight loss goals, it isn’t the only way to go about it. Here are 10 simple changes you can utilize to help you on your journey.

Some of these may seem very obvious, like trying to get more steps in or eating more vegetables. But something that may be less obvious is allowing yourself to eat whatever you want. Of course there is a balance to be had, and you shouldn’t eat a box of cookies every day. But if you are really wanting a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie one day, you should have it. Depriving yourself forever is just not sustainable. As counter-intuitive as it might sound, allowing yourself to eat food you love will help you stay on track.

Liquid calories are where a lot of people get tripped up. It may not seem like much, but the creamer and/or sugar in your coffee can really add up if you have it every day. If sugar substitutes aren’t your thing, try to limit the sweetener you are using and save your calories to fill up with actual food.

I don’t recommend weighing yourself every day. Why? Because it’s a source of stress and discouragement for many. The scale WILL fluctuate, sometimes by 5-10 pounds of water weight, but that’s often a hard pill to swallow. If you find yourself discouraged by the number on the scale, weigh yourself only occasionally to check in on your progress.

And please, if nothing else, just avoid the latest diet “secret”. It’s not real. Patience, consistency, and a caloric deficit: those are your secrets.

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