10 BEST WAYS TO LOSE WEIGHT BY SUMMER

"By increasing your daily steps, not only are you going to burn more calories but you don't have the same risk of overtraining as you do when you add in intense cardio,"

Aim for 10,000 steps a day.

When it comes to weight loss, strength training and working with weights is essential.

Weight train three to five times a week

Bumping up the amount of protein you consume will help you feel fuller for longer periods of time and lower the risk of muscle loss as you lose weight.

Eat more protein.

It's common to crave sweet drinks and snacks when you're dehydrated. That's why you need to drink plenty of H2O.

Drink lots of H2O.

Fiber is chock-full of benefits—especially when you're trying to lose weight. It keeps you "regular" and helps you stay satisfied long after your meal. Items like fresh fruits and veggies are a top choice to get your fill of fiber.

Add fiber to your meals.

You knew this tip was coming! Plan time in your daily routine to get some exercise.

Exercise regularly.

Stay away from processed and junk foods at all costs. Instead, fill your meals with plenty of lean protein, veggies, whole grains, and fruits. Young warns, "Try to limit takeout as it often contains high amounts of unhealthy fats and sodium."

Maintain a balanced diet.

Not all calories are created equal. A 100-calorie package of nuts has more nutritional value than a 100-calorie ice cream bar. And 100 calories worth of fresh veggies is a much healthier choice than 100 calories of potato chips.

Be mindful of the calories you're consuming.

If you love a good soup, you're in luck. Research shows that eating low-calorie soups before meals can benefit the quantity of food you consume.

Eat soup before meals.

This tip can be a challenging one for some individuals, but even if you can cut back on fast food orders by 25% each week, it can positively impact your weight-loss progress.

Cut back on fast food by 25% per week.

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