By adopting a ‘grazing’ habit which we used to have when foraging for nuts and berries in between hunts, you’ll keep your metabolism working throughout the day. Many experts believe you should eat 5-6 small meals a day, so be sure you cut back on your food consumption at each meal, or else you will be doubling your calories and piling on the fat. Have a small breakfast, a piece of fruit with crackers or toast at mid-morning, a light lunch and an ‘after school snack’ mid-afternoon.

This keeps your metabolism running at a regular and brisk pace throughout the day and night, and you burn more calories without even trying.

3.) Work Out with Weights. Strength training is another important aspect of fitness and weight loss that most people, especially women, miss out on. Women are afraid they will build bulky, masculine looking muscles which just isn’t true unless they try very hard to do so. If you don’t have one, add a weight-lifting program to your exercise routine. Weight training tones your muscles and strengthens your body to improve your general health. Lifting weights will also burn calories and fat more quickly than traditional exercise, and will also speed up your metabolism, which is crucial for losing weight.

4.) Increase Healthy Protein and cut out low-grain, overly-processed carbs. Choose high-protein foods for boosting your metabolism and enabling your body to burn fat rapidly. In addition to burning fat, eating a protein rich diet will help you rebuild muscle after work outs and maintain lean muscle mass. Choose high quality proteins for your diet, taking care to eat proteins low in fat so you don’t consume too many calories.

5.) Cut Calories Wisely. It may be tempting to drastically cut your calorie intake when starting a healthy lifestyle. Instead, use a step method, cutting your calorie intake slowly to minimize dietary risk of rapid weight loss. Reducing calories too quickly forces your body to burn all available calories, which lowers your metabolism. Also, you are more likely to maintain your healthy lifestyle and reduced calorie regime through a step method.

6.) Reward Yourself. When it comes to successful diets to burn fat, be sure to reward yourself for each level of success you attain. Everyone has temptations and favorite snacks – allow yourself to indulge in them once in awhile. You will be less likely to cheat on your diet if you give yourself small rewards along the way. If you are a chocolate lover, treat yourself to a small square of dark chocolate every evening. You won’t feel so deprived, and cocoa is a powerful antioxidant.

7.) Avoid Marathon Work Outs. One mistake people make when trying to burn fat and lose weight is to have one super long exercise session. Instead, break up your work out routine into small chunks throughout the day. Take a brisk walk in the morning, enjoy a work out at lunch, and then exercise more in the evening. In addition to staying active throughout the day, breaking up your fitness routine into several parts will naturally sustain higher metabolism levels.

8.) Include variety in your exercise routine. Using a variety of quality exercises will stop you from getting bored as easily and better allow you to reach your goal of losing weight. Don’t do the same exercises every day. Swim laps one day, jog another, and bike the next. Rotating your activities allows you to experience a variety of routines which will better tone your body and work more muscles.

9.) Skip Happy Hour, or at least the fattening drinks and food. It’s tempting to de-stress after work, but for those people who want to burn fat quickly, avoid most popular alcoholic drinks which has an abundance of sugars and carbohydrates. Alcohol is rich in calories. These empty calories are devoid of nutrition and antioxidants (red wine being an exception concerning the antioxidants) and will add up quickly, detracting from important nutrients that should be included in your daily diet. In addition, alcohol inhibits the fat burning process, allowing your body to store it more quickly. Too much alcohol is very hard on the liver.

10.) Use a Low GI Diet. A low GI diet is not only healthy for those with blood sugar problems or a tendency towards diabetes, it is an great way to burn fat quickly. This diet requires that you consume foods with low rankings on the Glycemic Index. These foods tend to be nutritious and high in fiber, which will aid your body in burning fats and calories faster. This diet includes many of your favorite fruits, vegetable, meats, dairy, and grain products. Yes, there we go with the fruits and vegetables again. The truth is, fruits and vegetables help you lose weight, age more slowly and fight disease.

Had enough of diet tips designed by skinny writers with seemingly unlimited income and time? Some people just may not have the resources to spend half their Sunday crafting carefully portioned meals for the rest of the week, or the financial ability to buy all their meals prepackaged in just the right sizes. And there are those who hate the idea of weighing and measuring food to achieve ‘optimal portion sizes’. Here are ten real life diet tips for people living in the real world.

How To Lose Weight Fast

1. When eating out at restaurants, meal sizes tend to be quite large, and we’re taught to finish everything on our plate, right? Even if it makes us sick and fat? If it’s on our plate, we want to eat it. Split entrees with friends and family members and share a salad. Once you’ve eaten some bread you’re half full anyway. Some higher quality restaurants who don’t sell on the basis of food “value” for your moneyIf it’s possible, order from the kid’s menu, where portions are more reasonably sized.