7 Weight Loss Shortcuts That ACTUALLY Work

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We would never tell you to take weight-loss supplements or to try something super sketch like the corset diet. In general, making small, sustainable lifestyle changes is the best route to weight loss. But we get that doing something quick-and-easy is more appealing—so we talked to top weight-loss experts to find out which get-fit-quick tricks will actually help you slim down (and are also totally, 100 percent safe).

1. ELIMINATE BOOZE

As hard as it is to utter those words (the cozy red wine! the hot toddies!), quitting drinking for a month is an efficient way to slim down quickly. But no worries, you don’t have to 86 it for life: “Once you start seeing results, you can slowly start introducing alcohol back into your routine again,” says Keri Gans, R.D., author of The Small Change Diet. “It’s just a quick trick to help you jumpstart your weight loss efforts without having to do anything super drastic.” And when you do add alcohol back into your routine, think about how much you were drinking before—and subtract a little, suggests Gans. “So if you normally had three glasses of wine with your friends, cut it to two.”

2. DON’T EAT AFTER 9 P.M.

You don’t have to buy special foods or even go to the gym every single day. You just have to not eat past 9 p.m. “Snacking after dinner usually equals extra calories, plain and simple, because chances are, you’ve already consumed enough for the day,” says Gans. “You’re probably just eating out of boredom, stress, or habit.”

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