5 Ways to Lose Weight Fast!

03/15/2017 05:17 pm ET Updated Mar 16, 2017

Yep, you heard that right! There are some small things you can begin doing right this minute, if you want to lose weight. It works because taking small steps, add up to big changes. Read on to find out what you can start doing today.

1. Drink water, water, water

Okay, so you’ve heard this tip before and there is a very good reason why—it works! If you carry water with you all day long and sip it to stay hydrated, you will lose weight. Yes, you will run to the bathroom a lot, but it will be worth it. Your skin will look more supple, you will have more energy (less sluggish), and your stomach will feel fuller so you won’t be as hungry. As an added bonus, there is water everywhere you go, including Starbucks, and it’s free:) For those of us that need a bit more guidance on how to get enough water, here’s what you do: Place eight 10 to 12 ounce bottles of water on your counter first thing in the morning. By the end of the day, it should be gone. Easy, peesey. No pun intended.

2. Get moving

Twenty minutes is all it takes to get in a workout these days, and every busy mom has 20 minutes. I should know, I am one:) Don’ t be old school and defeat yourself by thinking you need an hour just to find yourself doing nothing at all because you don’t have a full hour. An at home 20-minute workout that you can do 3 to 5 times a week with light weights will help speed up your metabolism and burn more calories plus increase your energy level. It also helps to work multiple muscle groups at the same time which is what I do in the following workout I’ve included for you here:

3. Ditch the wine, drink Prosecco

I fell in love with Prosecco when my friend from Italy came to town and gave me a bottle—or two. It is somewhere between a wine and a champagne…only without the headache that the large bubbles in champagne give you or the sugar hangover that wine gives you. And news flash, it is LOWER in calories. That’s right, it is the lowest calorie alcoholic beverage out there. I’ve never met a mom that doesn’t like to have a glass of wine at bedtime or with the girls so this is good news. Fewer calories, need I say more?

4. Put YOUR photo on the frig

Motivate yourself! That’s right—instead of flipping through magazines and finding pictures of someone you want to look like, find a picture of YOU at your absolute best. You know, the one you would post as your profile photo on eHarmony or other social media sites. Looking at yourself every time you go to grab something from the fridge holds you accountable and will help you make better choices. What a great way to remind yourself of what you can achieve when you are motivated and help you get there once again. A great tool to help you stay on track.

5. Go halfsies

Half your sandwich, split your salad, cut your desert in half. Save money and calories every time you eat by taking home half of whatever you order for later. Better yet, put it in your kids lunch the next day. Seriously…leftovers rock. I actually learned this tip from my teenage daughter who goes out with 2 or 3 of her friends and they split something like a Chicken Caesar salad. At first I thought they were doing it to save money (proud mama), but soon realized the portions are so big these days it was more than enough. We can learn a lot from our kids! Try it on your husband or boyfriend too when you go out to dinner. They may think you’re trying to give them a message that they need to eat less (like mine), however when you are splitting at a restaurant, you usually end up trying something new which is always a good thing. Think outside the box.

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