Diet is 45% of the battle when it comes to losing weight and shrinking your belly. That’s why you need to trick your body by eating different amounts and types of calories everyday.

Follow these simple steps to see some immediate weight loss results.

1. Mix up the amount of calories you eat everyday. Eat more food for a few days then less food for a few days. Don’t try anything drastic however; try to stay between 1,000 calories above or below your daily needs.

It’s important to remember to eat most of your calories in the earlier parts of your day so all that food doesn’t sit in your stomach over night. Have a bigger breakfast, similar sized lunch, and a lighter dinner, and of course healthy snacks in between. You can play with the portions and sizes of each meal but keep that as a general rule. This will help fuel your metabolism fire so it can burn fat while you go about your day.

A trick to make sure your portions are correct is to use your plate as a guide– and the smaller the dinner plate, the better. Divide your plate and use half of it for vegetables and other fibrous carbs, then use one quarter for your protein, and the remaining quarter for whole-grains. No calorie counting; it’s just that simple!

Now the fun part!

2. Mix up the type of calories you eat everyday. This is where you can get creative. By changing up the types of food on your plate, you also vary the amounts of calories you intake since every food doesn’t have the same caloric value.

It’s important for you to keep your body guessing as it can plateau about every 3-4 weeks. If you eat the same thing everyday, your body will catch on and become immune to change. But if there is no pattern for it to learn, you will speed up your metabolism to a much desired fat-burning pace and lose weight in no time– all while enjoying the food you eat.

Remember too that you don’t have to deprive yourself of your favorite foods. You can “cheat” with one meal a week just as long as you’re focusing on healthy meal choices. Allowing yourself to eat your favorite food will make your new eating habits seem easier to stick with because you don’t have to sacrifice so much.

Now you see how easy it is to trick your body into losing weight. By eating different types and amounts of calories everyday you can still lose weight and never have to starve yourself!

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