Looking for some ways to lose weight? Here are 5 ways to lose weight and get healthy, without ever having to go on a diet!

Just remember, this is not only about losing weight, but living a better healthier, happier life!

Pack your own snacks

It comes on suddenly: One minute you’re feeling great and the next you’re starving for a snack. Skip the vending machine and prepare your own healthy snacks to take to work, school or whenever you’re out and about. A few of my on-the-go favorites: diced apples with sunflower seeds and coconut flakes and turkey jerky.  Packing your own snacks will help you lose weight fast while also giving you the nutrients you need without the icky preservatives from expensive, processed “foods.” Check out my Top Ten Healthy Snacks.

Increase your protein intake

Increasing your protein intake is a great way to lose weight. The key is to spread your protein throughout the day. Including protein with each meal will help you stay full longer. Some good quality protein sources: Cottage cheese, Greek yogurt and hard-boiled eggs.

Eat at home

Making your own snacks and meals will help you lose weight. By controlling what ingredients, fats and oils are in your food, you’ll be able to make healthy choices without sacrificing the food you enjoy.

Start by committing to making one meal a day at home. As you get more comfortable in the kitchen, increase that number. There are also meal subscription services available, like Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, and Home Chef, to name a few.

Don’t drink your calories

Juices, alcoholic drinks, soda, pre-made smoothies and lattes might taste delicious, but many can have enough calories to count as a meal — and that’s not even taking into account the amount of sugar they contain. The best bet is water or flavored seltzer.

Eat healthy fats

Not all fat is created equal. The fats found in foods like avocados, nuts and dark chocolate are actually good for you! Enjoy them on a regular basis to reap their health benefits, but don’t go overboard because fat is more calorie dense. Protein and carbohydrates both contain 4 calories per gram, while fat provides 9 calories per gram.

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