It’s no secret, we believe that diets suck! If you have not read our Blog post on Why Diets Suck & Never Work, head on over here and read it first. The only way that you will ever achieve long-term success and health is by developing healthy habits that work for you. In this post we share our favourite ways to lose the weight, keep it off and never feel deprived.


1. Stop dieting to the extreme.

In fact, stop following any particular diet because it worked for someone that you know. Everyone is unique and what worked for your friend might not work for you. Instead, start observing how foods make you feel – energized, lean, tired or bloated. When you realize which foods make you feel less than awesome, you will not want eat them again anyways. *Hint: most processed foods would fall in this category.

Part of dieting is abstaining from one thing or the other, but sometimes savoring the moment with your friends, family, or on vacation is more important than frantically obsessing about every single calorie or ingredient on your plate (unless you have serious health issues with a particular food, of course). So, if you are in Italy, please enjoy that plate of pasta or the delicious gelato with a smile on your face and walk it off around the city.

We see many women that deprive themselves all week so they can go and splurge on the weekend. This type of mentality is not healthy and leads to binge eating followed by guilt and more deprivation.


2. Eat real food and do NOT cut out whole food groups.

Eat whole foods as close to their natural state as possible (e.g. whole apple vs. apple juice). When most of your meals are made from whole foods instead of in a package, your cravings will diminish and you will lose weight naturally. The reason we crave more when we eat processed foods is because those foods are devoid of nutrients and your body wants more because it has not obtained the vitamins and minerals it needs. In addition, most diets cut one or more whole food groups, but that is not a successful lifelong plan. To manage your weight, you need adequate protein, fats and carbohydrates.


3. Cut processed sugar out of your diet.

You don’t realize it but processed sugar is hidden everywhere: in fruit yogurts, salad dressings, sauces & ketchup, granola bars and even nut milks. Use natural sweeteners instead such as raw honey, maple syrup, dates and green leaf stevia. The fact is, most of us are eating way too much sugar, and we are not running a marathon every day to burn it off. Excess processed sugar not only leads to many health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cholesterol and heart disease, but if unused it gets stored as fat.


4. Find healthier versions of the foods you love.

You love brownies, pizza, pasta or french fries. That’s ok many of us do. You would be surprised at how amazing healthier versions of those foods taste. Instead of a regular sugar packed, white flour brownie why not try a sweet potato brownie made with raw cacao, sweet potatoes, dates, almonds and brown rice flour? Don’t believe us, check out these Reese Peanut Butter copy cats here.


6. Get your daily dose of healthy gut bacteria and fiber.

There has been a lot of recent research on the importance of gut bacteria for anything from digestive disorders to mental well-being and even weight loss. The human gut contains 10 times more bacteria than body cells (or the same, still under debate!). Nevertheless, a healthy microbiome (or gut bacteria) promotes weight loss by decreasing cravings and inflammation. Studies have shown that probiotics along with fiber can both reduce fat storage and increase the hormones that give us satiety – a win/win for sustained weight loss.

You can get your daily dose by eating probiotic-rich fermented foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, sour pickles, raw cheeses and miso or taking a daily probiotic supplement. If you’re confused about all the probiotic supplements out there, our friends at have an awesome guide on choosing the best probiotics for gut health here.

In addition, apples (especially Granny Smith), oats and legumes contain a type of fiber (prebiotic) that promotes the growth of friendly gut bacteria.


6. Move for life.

Don’t feel like going to the gym today? That’s ok. We used to feel guilty when we skipped the gym and then we would end up doing nothing instead. But, any form of movement is better than no movement even if it’s just going for a 30-60 minute walk around the block. Find an exercise you love, enjoy it and forget about the ever-changing news headlines. You want something that you will stick to for life, and not the odd month or two.


7. Don’t forget to hydrate.

Your body is made up of about 65% water. Water is needed for all your organs and processes including digestion, healthy bowels and healthy skin. In addition, staying hydrated increases satiety, weight loss and your metabolism. And water is not the only way to hydrate, you can have herbal tea, soups and veggies – all contribute to your water intake.

Have you developed any other healthy habits? Share them with us below.

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