Tips on losing weight with minimal effort

Here's how you can lose a bit of weight, but without the effort

Weight loss can be a very tricky thing to get right. If you haven’t quite perfected the art, here are small things that you can do to make a small difference, but a difference that will contribute to your bigger picture.

Drink ice-cold water  

Did you know that drinking about 10 glasses a day of ice-cold water, you could lose up to 490 calories in that week – calories you didn’t have to work to lose! Research that was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found this out, and also said that drinking two glasses of water in large gulps had an immediate impact on your metabolism – speeding it up by almost 30% in just thirty minutes.

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Spend some game-time on your phone 

Believe it or not, but being preoccupied with some sort of game on your phone could reduce cravings. This according to recent research that was published in the Appetite journal . The reason for this was quite simple, and easy to guess – being preoccupied with your phone distracts you from many things, including randomly craving that slice of cake you’ve had in the fridge for the past two days.


Get used to ‘unsweetened’

It’s all the little things that count, and while you may feel all the insignificant changes you’re making are not making a difference; in collaboration, they really are. Another thing you need to get used to is ordering your drinks unsweetened. For example, instead of going for  your normal flavoured latte, rather opt for a plain one instead. Speaking to, dietician Beth Saltz says that one could save on about 40 calories per 16-ounce serving by just opting for a plain latte.

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It’s time to let go of the fizzy drinks

For many people, fizzy drinks are almost like an addiction. Just imagining a day without a can of something drives them into an anxious state. But the reality is, if you want to lose weight and are starting slowly on the journey – fizzy drinks will be one of your biggest hindrances.

One study done by the University of Texas at Austin found that people that often indulged in fizzy drinks had 70% “greater increase in waist circumferences compared with non-drinkers”.

– Additional source:, Appetite