Ask anyone if they would like to lose weight, and they’d probably reply in the affirmative. Many people automatically turn to diets and/or vigorous exercise programmes.

Yet there is something else to consider. Small changes to your daily life can go a long way in shedding the kilos and keeping the weight off. All you have to do is start and before you know it, it will become a good habit.

Try: Intermittent fasting

Why it works: In many cultures around the world, people observe a month of fasting. Using the same principle, intermittent fasting involves adding fasting periods to your routine.

You can choose to abstain from food in its entirety for a day, or certain hours in a day, or reduce your calorie intake substantially.

A study on intermittent fasting showed that people lost about 0,25kg per week using this dietary plan.

Try: Using smaller plates

Why it works: One easy way to instant portion control is to use small bowls, plates and cups, advises Dr Brian Wansink, author of Mindless Eating (Bantam).

The smaller plate will trick your eyes into thinking your plate is fuller than it really is, because your food portions will look larger. The practical suggestion is to eat meals on a salad plate instead of dinner plates.

“If you did nothing else but reduce your portions by 10%-20%, you would lose weight,” reads the WebMD website.

READ: 3 simple and scientific steps to lose weight quickly

Try: Drinking water instead of sugary drinks

Why it works: Soft drinks, juice, energy drinks and iced tea are calorie-heavy. Water, on the other hand, doesn’t have any calories. Make it a habit to swap soda for water where possible. If you find water too bland, try adding a slice of lemon or cucumber, a few sprigs of mint, or even your favourite berries to your glass.

A typical can of soda contains 140 calories and 38g of sugar – that’s over three tablespoons! – according to the University of Buffalo.

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Sources: Healthline and WebMD

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