Most of us will make a New Year’s resolution in the moments before or after the stroke of midnight. But while an estimated 40 percent of Americans will plan to shed a few pounds or get in shape next year, statistics say that only eight percent of those people will achieve their goals. In order for you to avoid becoming another statistic, we've rounded up 25 weight loss hacks to help you achieve your 2018 targets.
There are many ways you can help reduce that number on the scale. In fact, celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez, along with nutrition experts, have easy tricks to help you detox, debloat, and tone up fast.
All you have to do is make those changes to your own diet. Scroll down for 25 hacks that will help you lose weight in the new year!
Get busy in the bedroom
Miranda Kerr attributes her supermodel figure to a healthy sex life. “The more sex I have, the more defined my arms and stomach get,” she told GQ.
Ditch solids for liquids
Kim Kardashian may have joked about the flu being “an amazing diet,” but when the mother-of-two is really looking to lose weight, she often turns to smoothies. Kim has been a fan of the Body Reset Diet, which starts with three nutrient-rich smoothies a day for the first five days to kick-start weight loss. After that, solid meals are slowly reintroduced.
Smell your way to slim
Who wouldn’t take advice from Jennifer Lopez? The 48-year-old stunner is rumored to take whiffs of grapefruit oil to stay thin. She believes it activates her nerves to break down fats, plus it reduces cravings.
Next time you go out for dinner, try bringing along your toothbrush. After eating, head to the restroom to brush your teeth, as nutritionists say a minty and fresh mouth signifies fullness in the brain.
When Kendall Jenner recently made over her living room, she had weight loss on her mind. “Baker-Miller Pink is the only color scientifically proven to calm you AND suppress your appetite. I was like, 'I NEED this color in my house!’” she wrote on her blog.
Soak out the bloat
Need to drop water weight fast? Take a cue from Heidi Klum, who soaks in an Epsom salt bath before red carpets in order to draw out excess fluids.
Downsize your dishware
Trick yourself into eating less by using smaller plates, on which portions appear larger. Also, consider opting for plates in a color that contrasts with the foods you most frequently eat.
Take a look in the mirror
One study suggests that you should put a mirror in your kitchen or even on your fridge. This tactic may force you to take a pause before making food choices.
Drink up, buttercup
You’ve probably heard that drinking lots of water increases your metabolism and contributes to weight loss. If you drink water right before a meal, it can also help to reduce hunger while you eat.
Pay attention to what you’re eating
It’s been proven that thinking about your meal while eating can reduce your appetite. Eat slowly, don’t zone out in front of the TV, and put your fork down between bites.
Don’t cut the caffeine
When you’re removing things from your diet, make sure coffee stays in the mix. Sipping 270 milligrams of caffeine — one small cup — before a workout will help you burn more calories.
Double up on protein
You may have read that adult women need a daily average of 46 grams of protein, while adult men need 56 grams of protein. However, studies have shown that by doubling the recommended daily protein allowance, subjects lost weight but retained more muscle than those who ate the recommended portion.
Do date night in
Research has found that eating dinner out adds an average of 144 calories to your daily diet. So skip the takeout or the fancy restaurant and cook your own meals.
Invest in a spiralizer
The best way for Italian lovers to cut carbs? Swapping traditional pasta for veggie noodles, made by spiralizing zucchinis, sweet potatoes, and the like.
Add a secret ingredient to your smoothie
Next time you mix your breakfast smoothie, add in some tofu. It will give the drink a creamy consistency, while providing you with more protein and fiber to keep you full through lunch.
De-butter your baked goods
Soft baked goods will still taste just as delicious when you remove the butter and replace it with heart-healthy mashed avocado in its place.
Coconut oil is your friend
Another Miranda Kerr tip is to consume a spoonful of refined coconut oil first thing in the morning. The brunette beauty says that by having it each a.m., she’s able to beat the daily bloat.
Clear out your system
Add salad to every meal
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi attributes her impressive post-baby body to increasing her veggie intake with multiple salads a day. She explains, “Salad is always on the menu with whatever dish I am making.”
Keep a diet diary
Food journals like MyFitnessPal are a great way to keep track of everything you’ve eaten in a day. Carrie Underwood swears by the app, saying, “[It] helps me make better choices and pay attention to what I'm eating.”
Monitor your schedule
Jennifer Hudson famously lost about half her body weight, and she’s kept the pounds off! She keeps things in check by avoiding food at certain times of the day, like late at night or early in the morning. “If it's early in the morning, [I tell myself], 'OK, I would still be asleep right now, So I'm not going to eat,’” she reasons.
Turn off Top Chef
Researchers have shown that cooking shows and food commercials cause viewers to snack more. So if you’re trying to change your eating habits, avoid Ina Garten for a while and make sure to DVR your favorite programs so that you can fast forward through the ads.
Get some shut-eye
There’s a reason why people who sleep less are more likely to be overweight. When you're lacking energy, you tend to feel hungrier and eat more than when you are well-rested.
It might sound weird that playing Tetris on your phone will help you avoid snacking, but it’s the truth. In a 2014 study, scientists found that visual tasks like a game can decrease cravings.
Swear off sweatpants
“Wearing stylish clothing that makes you feel attractive — as opposed to comfy sweats and loungewear that hide your body — will encourage you to eat in a way that shows you care about your appearance and your body,��� clinical psychologist Katie Rickel told Grandparents.com.