About 25%-30% of the calories in each gram of protein are burned in digestion, compared to only 6%-8% of the calories in carbs. Do the math: You save 41 calories every time you substitute 50 grams of protein for an equal amount of carbs.
The vitamin C found in these fruits can increase your metabolism and help you burn fat faster and more efficiently. Freshen your diet by eating oranges, tangerines, or grapefruit for a snack, using lemons or limes to flavor your water, or adding any of them to a salad.
Consider them "good carbs." Their bulk takes up space in your stomach, helping you feel full and eat less. The top fiber food: beans, which contain 8 grams per 1/2 cup. Research shows that guys who added 12 grams of fiber a day to their diet lost a quarter of an inch from their love handles, without otherwise modifying their diet.
While it’s tempting to skip out on meals to lose weight faster, you could actually be increasing your weight gain. When you skip a meal not only are you more likely to overdo it later on, you slow down your metabolism so your body holds onto those calories you do eat. A more effective approach is to eat more, smaller meals throughout the day.
If you're lazy, it's not as bad as you think—just 10 minutes a day of lifting, three days a week, will help. Harvard research shows that 30 minutes of weight training per week has a greater reduction on waist size than almost any other variable.