12 Weight Loss Hacks That Work

Losing weight takes work—there’s just no getting around that fact. But the journey to health and fitness doesn’t have to be a painful, uncomfortable slog. These Fitbit users discovered that a few easy swaps and some simple strategies were all they needed to tip the scales in the right direction. Here are their twelve best weight loss hacks—plus, links to their full success stories, so you can find even more inspiration to help you hit your goals!

12 Weight Loss Hacks That Work

1. Have the right mindset. “I told myself I wasn’t going to let life kick my butt, I was going to kick its butt. You have to remind yourself where you were and where you want to be, and find ways to just keep going.” —Casey C., 30, from Greenfield, IN.

2. Break up your big goals. “I would always set small goals, like just losing five pounds, instead of a big goal of losing 50 pounds. That kept me motivated because I was always on my way to accomplishing my next goal.” —Arvindu S., 26, from Guyana, a country in South America

3. Come up with a simple formula. “I realized that if I walked 10,000 to 15,000 steps a day and ate 1500 to 1600 calories a day, I would lose weight. It’s a simple way to break down what I need to do.” —Cathy Z., 50, St. Paul, MN

4. Go gradual when upping intensity. “I started out running one mile and walking two. Then I started running two miles and walking one. Then running three miles and walking one. Now I run three miles and walk two, and I do that three or four days a week.” —Ebony T., 45 from Dallas, TX

5. Sleep your way fit. “I was more motivated to be active and would be up for hiking, surfing, or running. I never thought I would see all of those benefits from sleeping better. I think sleep was the missing component all along!” —Kaiwiola C., 37, from Honolulu, HI

6. Get friends in on the challenge. “[My friends and I] would do weekly challenges against each other. I found a competitive spirit that I didn’t even know I had. My friends would see how many steps I was getting and would [taunt] me to go to sleep and stop walking—that just made me want to keep going!” —Arvindu S.

7. Change how you view food. “I used to see food as a source of comfort and eat until I was full. Now I see it as fuel and eat until I’m satisfied. Once I started thinking of food that way, it became a lot easier to choose the healthiest things.” —Casey C.

8. Look at added sugar. “I used to eat two containers of yogurt a day, but then I noticed that each one had 20 grams of sugar! You really have to pay attention to labels at the store—things that are fat-free might be packed with sweeteners to make up for it.” —Amanda L., 34, from Chambersburg, PA

9. Get smart about dining out. “You might think that a salad is healthy, but with the cheese and ranch dressing on top, it can have as many calories as a burger. Most chain restaurants have their calorie counts online, so it helps to look up menu items beforehand so you aren’t fooled by something that sounds healthy.” —Amanda L.

10. Remind yourself to hydrate. “I actually write ‘drink water’ down in my planner so I don’t forget to drink while I’m at work. I know water intake is important and otherwise I’ll forget. —Kaiwiola C.

11. Be sneaky when you drink. “Instead of ordering vodka with a splash of soda water, I order soda water with a splash of vodka and lots of extra ice. It’s perfect for when I want to have a drink without having too many calories.” —Ebony T.

12. Just keep tracking. “I really made an effort to track all of my habits, and I encourage others to do the same. Even if you don’t make any changes at first. Just observe what you’re doing, and then decide what needs to change, so you can get healthier and feel better about yourself.” —Haley S., 24, Amarillo, TX

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  • These are excellent suggestions! I have also set small goals, stopped all alcohol (empty calories) and focused on my self care/needs over anything else. It has been hard just because I tend to put others first over myself. I am getting there but have a ways to go yet. My average step count is 17,000 per day and am down 30 lbs since Jan 2017.

  • I’d like to hear more from those 50+ Women who are out there running and walking and trying to lose stubborn last 10 pounds.
    Love my Fitbit ❤️

  • I love the post idea board and want to gracefully add one to my idea of shaping up with the fit bit-When possible-Skip the elevator and climb those stairs -And in longer flights of ten or more just imagine your legs toning to a younger pair Climb a flight every weak so at the end of ten weeks you can reach ten flights of stairs

  • If I go out I order a salad with oil /vinegar or balsamic or grilled instead of fried and stay away from salts

  • Hello folks. Can anyone help me. I have been logging all of my food on fitbit and I am consistently eating only 2150 calories through reasonably healthy foods. I havnt lost a single bit of weight.

    I was previously suffering arthritis but have been healed through diet is raw vegetables. I am now on no medication and declared well by NHS

    I am 47 year old male and very active is gardening swimming and walking loads

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