25 Sneaky Weight Loss Hacks That Really Work (2024)

By: Chris Freytag, CPT // February 15, 2024

Discover surprisingly easy weight loss hacks that can revamp your fitness journey. Start slimming down effortlessly with these proven tactics!

Are you looking for effective and easy weight loss hacks? Look no further! In this article, I will explore 25 proven tactics that can help you achieve your weight loss goals effortlessly.

According to Harvard Health, over 160 million Americans are on a diet at any given time. (Crazy, right?) Since three-quarters of the country struggles with weight gain or obesity, there are lots of businesses and personalities pushing strict or unhealthy programs to lose weight.

But I’m not a fan of overly strict rules. I believe in the basics!

Luckily, there are some simple weight loss hacks (no fad diets included) that you can try at home, at the office, or out on the town that can help lead to a healthier you.


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    Safe Guidelines for Losing Weight

    Before you read my 25 sneaky weight loss tips, it’s important to keep the following guidelines in mind:

    • Set Realistic Goals: Aim to lose weight gradually, around 1-2 pounds per week. Rapid weight loss can be unhealthy and unsustainable.
    • Incorporate Exercise: Along with a healthier diet, regular exercise is essential for losing weight! It also comes with an array of health benefits, including a decreased risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, and 1 to 2 strength training sessions per week to help accelerate fat loss.
    • Get Enough Sleep: Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night. Poor sleep can disrupt hormones related to hunger and satiety, leading to weight gain. (And fun fact: you burn calories while you’re sleeping!)
    • Manage Stress: Chronic stress can contribute to weight gain! Practice stress-reducing techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, deep breathing exercises, or engaging in hobbies and activities you enjoy.
    • Be Patient and Persistent: Weight loss takes time! Be patient with yourself and stay persistent, even if you experience setbacks along the way.

    25 Helpful Weight Loss Hacks

    Here are my favorite weight loss hacks to help prevent overeating, limit carbs, stick to healthier food and eating habits, and combat unwanted weight gain.

    Reminder: The tips below are for educational purposes only and should not replace professional medical advice or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, always consult your doctor!

    1. Eat by a window

    Yep, it’s true! A study published in the Journal of Marketing Research found that eating under dimmed lights makes you more likely to choose less healthy food options. In contrast, a brighter dining environment can lead you to choose more health-conscious foods.

    The reason? Ambient light brightness influences our mental alertness, which in turn influences food choices. Whether you’re at home or in a restaurant, try sitting by the window or in a room with brighter lighting.

    2. Put unhealthy high-fat foods in hard-to-find places

    If you keep unhealthy snacks in your home, make them hard to reach! While it’s better to avoid buying them in the first place, many of us will buy treats for the occasional craving.

    If they are sitting on the counter staring you in the face, it’s hard to resist! Use the top shelves of your cabinets or very low shelves behind heavy pots.

    3. Choose meal companions carefully

    According to research, you’re likely to make food choices based on the behavior of those you’re dining with. So, make sure you’re all on the same page about what to order to help you stick with healthy eating.

    4. Walk during your work day

    Tempted to sit while you work all day? Don’t do it! Sitting all day makes you stiff, and doesn’t help at all with weight loss. Try using a walking pad to burn extra calories during the work day instead!

    chris freytag using walking pad for weight loss hack during the work day

    5. Eliminate economy-sized packages

    When you grab food from huge boxes of cereal, chips, or crackers, you’re more likely to over-serve yourself. If you’re buying them for economic reasons (we get it!), try not to eat directly from large packages. Portion out your amount and put the rest away.

    6. Get sneaky with labels

    Can’t ditch the snack foods completely? Label your favorite food packages with the correct portion size of that snack and the amount of exercise needed to burn it off. It might make you less likely to overindulge! 

    7. Learn to pour perfect portions

    Here’s an example: Wine is great, but any dietitian will tell you to stick to the right amount. Use a measuring cup to pour a five-ounce serving before pouring the wine into your glass. After a few times, you’ll know exactly how much to pour.

    8. Clean out your fridge

    A clean refrigerator can showcase your healthy foods, making diet-friendly eating a little easier. Put single-serving containers of Greek yogurt, low-fat dairy products, and chopped veggies on the front shelves so you can see them right away while browsing.

    9. Use photo apps as a food diary

    Not every dieter counts calories. But you can still keep a food diary to hold yourself accountable and to promote diet-friendly choices. Sometimes seeing what you’ve eaten in one day or a week is very eye-opening. Check out a popular app, MyFitnessPal, or use an old-fashioned notebook.

    10. Avoid processed foods as much as possible

    Quick microwavable meals are often high in calories and fat and low in nutrition. Similarly, packaged foods are notorious for artificial food coloring, flavors, additives, and fillers that leave you bloated, inflamed, and low on energy.

    Try to start following the idea of eating real whole foods, whole grains, plants, and fat burning, metabolism boosting foods. Remember, real food often doesn’t have a label because there is nothing added to it! (e.g., a carrot is a carrot.) 

    And, you can use my favorite kitchen gadgets to make meal prepping and planning easier!

    11. De-clutter your countertops

    Researchers out of Cornell University found that a cluttered kitchen can cause you to overeat. Clear off your countertops to give yourself the space you need to prepare healthy meals.

    12. Eat before you shop

    Never go to the grocery store hungry or after a hard exercise session. You’re more likely to choose health-focused foods if you roam the aisles with a full belly.

    13. Enjoy a post-meal mint

    Peppermint and other minty flavors help you to stop eating. Chew gum after dinner or brush your teeth to derail post-meal snacking. Try drinking a cup of mint tea to calm your mind and taste buds.

    14. Unplug to practice mindful eating

    Avoid distractions at mealtime. Turn off the television and walk away from your computer when you eat to avoid mindless eating practices that often lead to overeating.

    15. Choose a single indulgence

    Have a low-calorie cocktail to relax or enjoy a low-calorie dessert at special dinners. But remember, you can’t keep drinking several alcoholic drinks and eating dessert and expect to lose that belly fat!

    Choose the indulgence that makes the meal most satisfying for you.

    16. Pack lunch after dinner

    Prepare tomorrow’s lunch after dinner tonight, when your belly is full, and you feel satiated. You’re likely to pack a smaller meal with fewer calories. (Aim for less carbohydrates too!)

    17. Wear a waistband

    Ditch the sweatpants and loose, comfy, clothing during meal times. Wear something that has a fitted waistband. It will help you to feel when you’ve had enough to eat.

    18. Drink water with meals and eat slowly

    Skip sodas, juices, and even wine with most meals. Drink a glass of water instead! The swap will help you focus on and enjoy the satisfying flavors of the food on your plate, and you’ll cut calories at the same time.

    These are my favorite tips for drinking more water day every day.

    You should also try to chew your food slowly. Often times, we eat way too fast and wash it down with sugary drinks. The slower you eat, the better chance your stomach has to catch up with your brain and tell you that you’re full.

    19. Delegate dishes for diet success

    Don’t linger in the kitchen after your meal is over. You’re likely to mindlessly nibble and potentially overheat.

    Instead, go for a walk, and if possible, have someone else do the dishes!

    20. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store

    Shop the perimeter of the grocery store, where fresh foods like healthy fats for weight loss, fruits, vegetables, dairy meat, and fish are located. Next hit the frozen foods—things like frozen vegetables and fruits can last longer and be cost-effective.

    Save the center isles for last (or not at all), since that’s where the processed foods are shelved. 

    21. Fill up on fiber at lunchtime

    Make sure to include fiber-rich foods (a pear, raw broccoli, or radishes) in your lunch. The fiber will help you get through those late-afternoon cravings that can undo your diet.

    22. Start your day with water

    Even before you drink your coffee or eat breakfast, drink at least 12-16 ounces of water.  Even better? Add some lemon! It will help to flush out toxins, get your digestive system going, help your hydration levels, and wake you up.

    chris freytag drinking water as weight loss hack

    23. Split your meal into courses

    Dine like you’re at a restaurant even when you’re at home. First, serve your salad on a small plate. Then, enjoy your entrée on a separate plate. Don’t leave large serving bowls on the table.

    When you take more time to eat, you give your belly a chance to recognize the signs of satiety. You’ll eat less and feel more satisfied!

    24. Choose smaller, brighter plates

    An interesting study published in the Journal of Consumer Research suggests that a high color contrast between your food and its plate can help you eat less.

    For example, participants who ate Alfredo pasta on a white plate (i.e.,very little contrast) ate 22 percent more pasta than those who ate it off of red plates (a lot of contrast).

    The takeaway? Grab smaller plates with bright, contrasting colors to help prevent overeating and keep your portion sizes in check.

    25. Give yourself credit

    Dieters who believe that they can lose weight are more likely to reach their goals! Acknowledge at least one success per day and write it down or say it out loud. It’ll boost your motivation, commitment, and chances of success during your weight loss journey.

    These 25 sneaky weight loss hacks can significantly contribute to your fitness journey. By implementing these tactics, you can achieve your weight loss goals while enjoying a healthier and happier lifestyle.

    Remember to consult with a healthcare professional before making any significant changes to your diet or exercise routine.

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    Thank you for sharing; I find this fascinating and persuasive.

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