Not everyone has the willpower for huge, sweeping lifestyle changes. But the good news is that when it comes to diets, the most successful regimens often require only small changes to see big results. And it's often those who make these small alterations to their everyday routine that see more lasting results. Give these little diet changes a try and watch your waistline shrink as your overall health increases.
CHOOSE LEAN MEATS
Just because you're trying to stay healthy and shed a few pounds doesn't mean you have to cut meats from your diet. All you need to do is go for lean cuts -- such as sirloin, flank or round steak -- instead of fattier cuts such as ribeye. This can cut a lot of calories -- up to 91 calories per four-ounce serving, to be exact -- not to mention unnecessary saturated fat as well.
When you want to unwind in front of the TV after a long day at work, it's easy to grab your favorite bag of chips and munch away. But be careful: This can cost you a load of calories. Instead, measure out the serving you're aiming for, and then put the bag back in the cabinet and out of reach, since this will help curb your desire for more.
CHOOSE YOUR CARBS CAREFULLY
Not all carbs deserve the bad reputation they get. Complex carbs and carbs found in foods rich in fiber -- such as whole grain breads and pastas -- are great for fueling your body and giving you the energy to get through the day. However, carbs that are overly starchy, such as potatoes, and empty calories -- such as those found in candies and sodas -- should only be consumed in moderate amounts (if at all).
RETHINK YOUR DRINK
Sure, every once in a while it's OK to indulge in your favorite soda or order an early morning latte. But if you're trying to lose weight, one of the easiest ways to cut calories is to limit the amount "liquid calories" you consume. Liquids don't fill you up and satisfy hunger the way whole foods do, so it's best to opt for calorie-free choices (think: water, tea and black coffee) when you're thirsty. If you need to indulge, order a latte with skim milk or go for a diet soda. But again, moderation is key with diet sodas.