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Wanting to lose weight and actually doing it are two totally different things. For a lot of the people the idea of losing weight sounds like a lot of work, or they just don’t make the right changes that show results fast enough and then it just seems like a lot of work. But the truth is that it really isn’t too challenging for healthy people to lighten up with some focused changes, and in the long term it’s easier to handle the small changes as opposed to drastic diets or juice cleanses anyway. Here are some small tweaks to speed up the process.

Cut Down On the Takeout

Unless of course you know where to get some truly healthy options. A lot of restaurant meals are not only going to be oversized or the wrong proportions (like tons of rice, few pieces of chicken), but they also use heavy sauces and butter more than you might think. You can also modify some of your meals by asking for dressings and sauces on the side so you don’t end up eating a day’s worth of calories in a single serving of salad dressing. Cooking at home can help you slash a lot of excess calories since you have a better idea about what’s going into the meal. You can also modify your takeout meals by splitting them in half and topping them off with filling vegetables. (Save the other half for tomorrow.)

Increase Your Fiber

Foods with fiber are incredibly filling and generally low in calories compared to other carbohydrates. The more natural and unprocessed the better. Think about it, an entire bag of frozen broccoli might have the same calories as a piece of bread, but it’s a lot easier to get a lot of bread in body than in is to over do it on broccoli. The more fiber rich and low calorie foods you can fit in, the less hungry you’re going to be for the other stuff.

Don’t Keep Packaged Snack Food in Your Home

If you don’t keep certain food items in your home than they just won’t be there to tempt you when the urge strikes to binge out in front of the TV. You don’t have to avoid packaged snacks completely if there’s something you truly love, but if you have to get up and walk or drive to the store to get it then you might think twice and realize it’s not all that important after all. Packaged snacks like chips, pretzels, and candy are not only empty calorie foods, but they can be high in sugar, salt, artificial flavors and colors, saturated, and even trans fats. The process of making them stay fresh in those packages includes lots of additives to do it. Keep healthier versions of snack foods in the house and you might grow to love them. Baked sugar snap peas might not sound quite the same as a french fry but throw some light oil on those bad boys and you would be surprised.