Realistically speaking, are there really any easy ways to lose weight fast?
Due to the vast amount of information online, people are now becoming much wiser when it comes to the reality of weight loss.
More and more people are starting to clearly realize that simply following the latest popular celebrity diet, or any of the other media driven weight loss programs out there, does not necessarily guarantee results.
Any program that you follow is only effective if you do the work and are 100% committed and determined to lose weight.
Most of the time those kinds of “quick” weight loss programs are nothing more than scams anyway.
And because most people try them and fail, they experience the rebound effect, where these programs will actually make you gain weight, which ends up being a total loss.
A Simple but “Realistic” Solution to Quick Fat Loss
If you do some research you will eventually see that most of the popular weight loss programs suggest the same thing: a super low-calorie diet which in fact reduces your metabolism that roots to weight gain.
Some of them then suggest an intense exercise program on top of the already “too low” daily caloric intake.
This is a big weight loss mistake and a recipe for complete disaster.
The truth is that the easiest way to lose those extra pounds is by making some super simple and effective adjustments, such as small changes to your regular eating habits along with performing basic exercises on a regular basis.
It is basic efforts like this that really helps you lose fat effortlessly, not some elaborate Hollywood diet regimen.
10 Easy Ways To Start Shedding the Pounds
This article will provide you with some super simple and easy tips for shedding those extra pounds that you can start with today.
Just choose the best ones that suit your personal lifestyle and goals.
But remember, for the best possible weight loss success, you must be 100% committed to the program; unless you have ambition you will never reach your goal.
1. Get A Good Night’s Sleep
An often overlooked part of the weight loss equation is sleep.
The bottom line is to make sure that you are getting good quality sleep at night so your body can burn the fat that it needs to and you get the proper recovery you need.
Recent studies have shown a correlation between the lack of sleep and the inability to lose weight.
Sleep deprivation has been shown to induce hunger even when you are full and also increase the storage of fat in your body. 
The amount of sleep will depend on your personal biology, but as a rule of thumb get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep at night.
It is also important to maintain regular consistent times that you go to sleep, in order to get your body into a good habit.
Although opinions may vary, some peak performance coaches recommend to going to bed earlier so you will be able to wake up early in order to conquer your day.
If you maintain this regimen on a regular basis, your body gets all of the rest that it needs and also you feel an increased amount of energy that will last the entire day.
2. Try Grass Fed Butter
Ever since the media put it into our minds that fat was bad for you and started the “low-fat” craze, people started to generally avoid eating all natural butter and instead opt for synthetic alternatives.
Science has since caught up to sneaky marketing tactics and we now know that fats really aren’t that bad for you like once thought of. According to a recent article published in the New York Times “scientists found no evidence that eating saturated fat increased heart attacks and other cardiac events”. 
So, applying small amounts of Omega 3 rich all natural butter from grass fed cows may actually be good for you. And adding it to your meals, especially of you are following a low carb diet, may help you to actually increase your metabolism.
The best part about adding healthy fats to your diet is that since they are so dense in calories, using all natural butter will surprisingly help you to eat less.
3. Time Your Meals Properly
Just like your sleep habits, maintaining a regular eating routine and being consistent with your meal timing is essential for healthy weight loss.
There are going to be times when you need certain nutrients like carbohydrates and times when you don’t.
Your pre-workout meal is a great example.
Before your workout at the gym, it is a good idea to consume enough starchy carbohydrates to fuel your intense lifting session.
But consuming those same carbs later in the evening will be detrimental to your fat loss efforts.
This is why meal timing and specific nutrient timing is critical to helping your body burn fat for fuel.
4. Try Apple Cider Vinegar
There are many articles and videos online that have gone viral pertaining to drinking Apple Cider Vinegar (most commonly the Bragg brand) for weight loss, detoxification and overall health.
Some people swear that it is awesome when used specifically for natural weight loss and recommend taking a tablespoon of cider vinegar and adding it in a glass of water with lemon.
According to a recent article published on Prevention.com, drinking a tablespoon of ACV before a meal can actually be extremely beneficial for weight loss. 
The article cited a study where subjects who consumed Apple Cider Vinegar mixed in 8 ounces of water before a meal actually had lower blood sugar levels than the control group.
This was said to be the result of the acetic acid in the ACV interfering with the ability of the body to digest the starch.
In addition to helping with weight loss, some diet professionals claim that ACV also helps to detoxify the body.
5. Always Reach for Healthy Snacks
Instead of reaching for a sugar filled candy bar or a bag of greasy chips, make it a habit of grabbing a handful of nuts when you feel hungry.
Any type of nuts will easily satisfy your hunger and help to make you feel full for longer periods of time than a high sugar bar or any other type of high carb/high fat snack.
Choose healthy nuts such as walnuts, almonds or Omega 3 rich Macadamia nuts for a healthy hunger busting treat that will give you enough energy to take on the day.
6. Opt For Small Frequent Meals
Going hand in hand with meal timing, another very important tip that some people generally overlook is meal frequency.
Eating smaller more frequent meals throughout the day may help to stabilize your blood sugar levels while also helping you manage your hunger better, preventing you from overeating.
So instead of eating 3 large meals, opt to eat 5-6 small meals spaced out at least 2 to 3 hours apart for best results.
Now just to be fair, we will admit that the current trend on the subject of meal frequency and fat loss by online gurus is to debate against eating smaller more frequent meals, claiming that there is no science behind it.
For the sake of staying on the topic of this article, we’re going to let Dr. Jade Teta of MetabolicEffect.com explain why the science behind the meal frequency myth may not hold up in the real world.
7. Meals Before Bed Are Perfectly Fine
Tying in again with meal timing is the fact that there is nothing wrong with eating late in the day, but only if you consume the proper nutrients.
So if you feel like eating something before going to bed, then consider eating something that is high in protein, low in carbohydrates and that will digest slowly.
Many diet professionals will often suggest cottage cheese, as it is high in protein and very low in carbohydrates.
This is the perfect choice for a late night snack.
8. Drink Green Tea
If you are someone who doesn’t want to start taking diet pills, but still wants a powerful fat burning tool then you can make it a regular habit of drinking green tea.
Green tea is one of the most popular natural flab busting fat burners that actually work, with sound research to back it up. 
Green tea not only helps to burn more fat, it also helps to give you a boost in energy for an increase in performance while exercising, which can raise your metabolic rate even more for long term weight loss.
9. Prepare Your Own Meals
One of the easiest and most beneficial ways to supercharge your weight loss is to make it a new habit to start preparing your own meals.
This means that, although they are extremely convenient, you need to start passing up those restaurants on the way home from work.
You will find many benefits to preparing your own meals besides a slimmer physique.
The money that you can save from not eating out can buy you a whole new closet full of clothes.
Homemade food is the best way to lose weight since you have total control over what goes into each and every dish that you create.
In case you are too busy and have little or no time to cook, then you can always eat something simple like salads.
Just make sure that you stay clear of the sugary dressings that can make you fat.
10. Write Down Your Weight Loss Goals
All of the best weight loss tips in the world will not do you any good if you cannot stay motivated to carry them out.
Writing out your goals on paper and then posting them where you can see them will help to keep your mind focused and your will strong.
The best place to post your goals is on the refrigerator.
This way, when you feel the urge to break your diet or maybe even skip a meal, you will be reminded why you are working so hard and in the end it will all be worth it.
Weight Loss Wrap Up
These are some of the most useful weight loss tips that anyone can follow without having to invest in anything.
If you stick to at least half of these 10 tips you can easily start to reduce your weight almost effortlessly.
Like anything that takes a little bit of effort, in the beginning it may be a little difficult to come out of your lethargic habits. But once you are committed to trying a new program, then you will start to enjoy this routine and start feeling motivated and more energetic.
And most importantly, you will feel few pounds lighter in no time at all!
Stephanie DeAngelis is a passionate health and wellness writer and fitness trainer who loves to research and spread the word on all aspects of nutrition and healthy eating. When she isn’t wrapped up in writing and research, you can find Stephanie in the kitchen putting her cooking skills to work, whipping up tasty and nutritious recipes or out getting a workout in on the tennis court.