Making small changes in your diet can bring about extremely positive results. If you want to slim down, you might want to try these tips provided by bloggers and chefs.
1. Audrey Johns
Weightloss blogger and cookbook author Audrey Johns lost 150 pounds by swapping the diet soda with water. She wanted to set a better example for her little daughter by leading a healthier life. Johns started by ditching all the diet drinks loaded with fake sugar. Instead she started drinking water, and lost her first 10 pounds. The water serves to fill her up before a meal, and sometimes it can also satisfy snack cravings. “I was the person always holding a Big Gulp,” the author of Lose Weight By Eating says. “Now I drink water all day long. At 37, I look younger than I’ve ever looked before,” Johns added.
2. Lani Muelrath
Award winning health educator Lani Muelrath lost 50 pounds when she replaced the vegan mayo with hummus. The author of Mindful Vegan wanted to include more products rich in fiber in her diet and needed a substitute for one of her favourite condiments: vegan mayo. So she started using hummus, which is rich in fiber, but also in protein. She made the swap over 20 years ago, and, despite claiming that she is prone to gaining weight easily, Muelrath has maintained her weight constant over the years.
3. Gina Neely
Gina Neely revealed one of the secrets to her losing 20 pounds: she swapped the red meat (pork and steaks) with lean protein (fish and poultry). Making this change has helped her shed 12 inches in 12 weeks, and she doesn’t miss her old diet at all. “Normally with my favorite vegetable, collard greens, I’d cook pork because pork has a great flavor—let’s be real,” said the former Food Network star. “But when I started smoking my turkey wings, I got the same smokiness. I don’t even crave bacon anymore.”
4. Liz Della Croce
Liz Della Croce, the blogger at The Lemon Bowl, lost 65 pounds by cutting down her portion sizes. The main thing was starting to use higher-quality fats instead of an oil overload. Just a teaspoon of olive oil is enough. And adding more ginger, garlic, and lemon juice certainly doesn’t hurt.
5. Michelle Tam
Bestselling author Michelle Tam was reluctant to try the Paleo diet her husband suggested. But she had nothing to lose: she was already feeling miserable and constantly hungry, so she decided to give it a shot. Tam swapped pasta and rice with spiralized veggies and greens. The creator of Nom Nom Paleo then started to feel much better, her digestive issues disappeared, as did her canker sores. “I lived with chronic issues my whole life that I just thought were normal,” she says. “I didn’t know there was a better way.”
6. Tina Haupert
Tina Haupet is the blogger behind Carrots ‘n’ Cake. When she was preparing for her wedding she decided to slim down to fit in her wedding dress. Her main concern was curbing her cravings, particularly at breakfast. “I was eating a lot of English muffins, bread, and toast,” she confessed. So, instead of bread, she started eating rice cakes or nutrient-dense sweet potato “toast” and lost 20 pounds. Haupert also added protein and healthy fats (nut butter and banana slices, or an egg, avocado, and tomato) to her meals so she would stay energized until lunch. “When I eat something colorful first thing in the morning, it helps me stay on track,” says Haupert.
7. Richard Blais
When restauranteur and Top Chef: All Stars winner Richard Blais met his wife, he was heavier than ever. But he wanted to participate in the 10K running competition with her, so he decided to fix his diet. Blais went vegan, but after a month started adding back small amounts of meat and animal products. This way he managed to lose 60 pounds, and even now he still eats vegetarian food a few days each week. “I don’t think we crave meat per se; we crave protein. As long as you get that from other sources, you’re not really missing anything,” the 45-year old said. Blais’s source of protein are quinoa bowls, topped with Morningstar Farms veggie burgers. “I’m a big runner, and I try to train almost daily, so veggie burgers are a really convenient thing to just heat up and throw in a tortilla or over a salad or grain bowl,” ha said. He’s now training for his fifth New York City marathon which is to take place on November 5.