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15 Simple Tricks to Shed 10 Pounds Every Month Without Strict Dieting

Simple but very effective ways to torch fat, backed by experts.
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Losing ten pounds a month depends on your starting weight—for those with plenty of excess fat to lose, it's a more reasonable goal than for those who don't. "Drastically cutting calories, eliminating entire food groups, or depriving yourself of foods you actually like are not strategies for long-term success. The good news is that you can permanently change destructive eating habits and break the 'diet mentality' for good," according to Yale University. Here are 15 simple tricks to encourage fat-burning, weight loss, and overall health.

Try Intermittent Fasting

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For some people, it's easier to not eat than eat just a little bit until meal times. "Fasting—abstaining from eating for some period of time—is an ancient practice that is safe when not taken to extremes," says Harvard Health. "Traditionally, the benefits of fasting have been both spiritual and physical."

"Intermittent fasting works by prolonging the period when your body has burned through the calories consumed during your last meal and begins burning fat," explains Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Mediterranean Diet

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The Mediterranean diet doesn't even feel like a restrictive diet. "It contains moderate amounts of yogurt, cheese, poultry, and fish," says Harvard Health. "Olive oil is its primary cooking fat. Red meat and foods with added sugars are only eaten sparingly. Besides being an effective weight loss method, eating a Mediterranean style diet is linked to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, depression, and some forms of cancer."

Skip the Cocktails


Be very mindful of alcohol while trying to lose weight. "If you drink alcohol, keep in mind that it supplies calories but no nutritional value," says Clark University. "A light beer, a glass of wine, or an ounce of liquor each has about 100 calories. There may also be health problems associated with drinking alcohol."

Plant-Based Foods

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Healthy foods are non-negotiable when it comes to weight loss. "One way you can lower your calorie intake is by eating more plant-based foods — fruits, vegetables, and whole grains," says the Mayo Clinic. "Strive for variety to help you achieve your goals without giving up taste or nutrition."

Meal Prep

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Prepping your meals can help you avoid unhealthy choices. "Busy, over-packed schedules can send you straight to the drive-thru if you don't have a plan," according to Yale University. "Make use of your downtime to develop a basic menu for the upcoming week, go food shopping, and batch cook.  Keep healthful foods on hand so you can toss together a wholesome meal in no time."

Keep Track

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"Use a food diary or tracking app to understand what, how much, and when you're eating," says the American Heart Association. "Being mindful of your eating habits and aware of your roadblocks can help you get real about your goals."

Portion Sizes

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Watch those portion sizes! "It's easy to overeat when you're served too much food," says the American Heart Association. "Smaller portions can help prevent overeating. Learn the difference between a portion and a serving and how to keep portion sizes reasonable."

Healthy Fats


Healthy fats are good for your health and waistline. The best part? They're delicious, so you don't feel deprived. "Use modest amounts of healthy fats, such as olive oil, vegetable oils, avocados, nuts, nut butters and nut oils," says the Mayo Clinic. "Choose low-fat dairy products and lean meat and poultry in limited amounts."

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Watch Your Calorie Intake

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While you don't need to go on a strict diet for weight loss, you do have to keep calories in mind. "The bottom line: to lose weight you have to use up more calories than you take in," says Yale University. "Since a pound is about 3,500 calories, you need to reduce your intake by 500-1,000 calories a day to lose about 1 to 2 pounds a week (don't go lower than 1,200 calories a day though!)."

Steady Energy

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Try to keep your energy levels steady throughout the day. "Distribute your calories throughout the day rather than eating most of them after the sun goes down," according to Yale University. "This helps to keep your metabolism fired up, prevents drastic swings in blood sugar and helps with portion control throughout the day."

Move Your Body

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"While you can lose weight without exercise, regular physical activity plus calorie restriction can help give you the weight-loss edge," says the Mayo Clinic. Exercise can help burn off the excess calories you can't cut through diet alone."

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Keto Diet

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Many people find the keto diet effective for weight loss. "Research does show that keto is an effective way to jump-start weight loss and improve blood-sugar levels," says Harvard Health. However, it is hard to maintain, and to date we are lacking long-term studies that show it to be a sustainable eating pattern for keeping weight off."

Moderate Physical Activity

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You don't have to spend hours at the gym to get results. "Physical activity is anything that gets your heart rate up, such as brisk walking," says the American Heart Association. "Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate activity a week. Move more, with more intensity, and sit less."

Get Support

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Losing weight is so much easier when you have the help of the people around you. "Share your weight loss plan with someone you trust," says the NHS. "They can help motivate you when you have a bad day."

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Don't Obsess


Don't obsess about how fast you lose weight. Any progress is good progress! "We are richly endowed with genes that defend the storage of calories as fat," says Michael Rosenbaum, MD, professor of pediatrics and medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, who studies how our bodies fight weight loss. "Even a small amount of sustained weight loss can have tremendous health benefits, and anyone who achieves this should be supported and admired."

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Ferozan Mast
Ferozan Mast is a science, health and wellness writer with a passion for making science and research-backed information accessible to a general audience. Read more