By: | Updated: 11/07/2016

Be a “Smart Shopper”

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Have you ever noticed that all grocery stores are set up in a similar fashion? You have probably heard the phrase “Shop the perimeter” before. If you notice all of the healthier items such as produce, fish and meats, as well as eggs and other dairy items are strategically placed around the perimeter of the store. And of course all of the fatty, processed and sugary foods are located in the center isles.

Avoid those center aisles and stick with the items on the perimeter as much as possible. It’s always a wise decision to buy fresh instead of frozen or process. Make sure to choose lean meats and seafood. Also stock up on nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables (especially leafy green veggies) and beans. These contain the proper vitamins and nutrients to help you maintain a healthy diet so you can lose weight fast. See, it’s all about making the right decisions?

Make Sure to Drink Plenty of Water

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While you are losing weight is essential to drink a lot of water. Your body needs water for many reasons, but it is important to drink a lot of water to help speed up fat loss. It is also important to stay hydrated, especially during these hot summer months. You will have more energy and you will be flushing unhealthy toxins and fats from your body. In order to help with weight loss, you should drink eight to ten glass of water a day. It will help fill you up and as a bonus it keeps your skin and hair younger and healthier looking.

If you really need that morning coffee, go ahead, don’t deprive yourself. But once you’ve had your “morning fix,” you should switch to water the rest of the day.

Find a Support Network

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It’s always easier to make better choices and stick to your weight loss plan if you have support. Find a friend who has the same goals as you. You can offer each other friendly advice and offer support when needed. A little healthy competition won’t hurt either! Plus having a gym buddy makes it more fun and keeps you motivated. If you can’t join a gym, go for a bike ride or a walk together.

And if you don’t have any friends close by you are trying to lose weight, you can find plenty of support groups online. Plus there are also plenty of weight loss apps you can download to your smartphone for free that can keep track of your calorie intake and exercise routine. There are lots of ways to get support; you just have to look around!

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