How to lose weight without overhauling your lifestyle

These six weight loss tips will help you effortlessly lose weight.
Published 1 January 2018 | Updated 15 September 2022

Simple tweaks can make a major difference for easy weight loss. To see for yourself, start by committing to these six behaviours below. Don't be surprised when the number on the scale goes down.

1. Keep smart food choices close by

If you feel like a salty snack but happen to have a piece of fruit on hand, chances are you'll go for the most convenient option regardless of your preference, according to 2014 Saint Bonaventure University that was published in the journal Appetite in 2014. When researchers offered undergraduates both popcorn and apples, participants ate whichever one was nearest them. Overall, those situated closest to the fruit consumed roughly 2.5 times fewer calories than those with popcorn at the ready. To emulate the experiment on your own, stock your desk with Point-friendly snacks or stash ZeroPoint fruit or veggies in your bag when you're on the go.

2. Swap out cream and sugar

While you can enjoy your favourite vanilla coffee on the WeightWatchers® program, you'll save Points by ordering an unsweetened beverage instead. Hate the taste of coffee unless it's light and sweet? Try to halve the amount of sugar you add and use low-fat milk instead of full cream. Or, go for unsweetened tea with lemon.

Related: How to reduce sugar intake

3. Make water your go-to drink

This essential kilojoule-free fluid can help you eat less naturally when you empty your glass once or twice before meals: In a 2013 systematic review of existing clinical studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that drinking more water helped people reach their weight loss goals. After all, H2O fills you up, which may reduce your overall food intake. What's more, drinking ample amounts of water set you up for regular bathroom runs. Meaning? You could find yourself moving more throughout the day—a healthy practice regardless of your weight loss goal.

Related: How much water should you drink every day?

4. Include yoghurt at breakfast

This portable, no-cook breakfast option delivers upwards of 20 grams of filling protein per serving—99% fat-free plain yoghurt is also a ZeroPoint food category on the WW program. What's more, research suggests that dietary protein boosts satiety and may help the body burn more energy at rest—all while preserving lean muscle mass during weight loss.

Related: The importance of breakfast

5. Measure out heavy dips and dressings

Often high in fat and added sugars, condiments can contribute a lot of Points in relatively small servings. Using a measuring spoon or cup to keep your dollop honest can help keep you on track.

6. Choose alcohol or dessert

If you begin dinner with a glass of wine and top the meal off with dessert, you could easily spend as much as half your daily Budget before accounting for an entrée. Choose one to leave room for wholesome foods that actually fill you up and you won't have to worry about the math.

Related: How to lose weight without giving up alcohol