If your doctor recommends it, there are ways to lose weight safely. A steady weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds per week is recommended for the most effective long-term weight management.

That said, many eating plans leave you feeling hungry or unsatisfied. These are major reasons why you might find it hard to stick to a healthier eating plan.

However, not all diets have this effect. Low carb diets and whole food, lower calorie diets are effective for weight loss and may be easier to stick to than other diets.


Do not skip breakfast

Skipping breakfast will not help you lose weight. You could miss out on essential nutrients and you may end up snacking more throughout the day because you feel hungry.


Eat more fruits and veggies

Fruits and veggies are naturally low in fat and calories. They will fill you up without causing you to pack on the pounds. They are also rich in essential nutrients including fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Some vitamins, like Vitamin D, can help you lose weight by keeping your hormone levels in check.

If you’re not inclined toward grabbing a celery stick or munching on some spinach, consider making healthy smoothies for breakfast or lunch. Use

some yogurt, which is high in protein and good for your digestive system.


Order your coffee black

Skip the cream and sugar in your cup of joe, and opt for it black to help you lose weight fast. Black coffee has zero calories, and it can help you burn calories faster. According to a study published in the journal Physiology & Behavior, the average metabolic rate of people who drank caffeinated coffee was 16 percent higher than that of those who drank decaf.


Control your environments

Another simple strategy to help cut calories is to control your environment -- everything from stocking your kitchen with lots of healthy options to choosing the right restaurants. That means avoiding the temptation by staying away from all-you-can-eat restaurants. And when it comes to parties, "eat a healthy snack before so you won't be starving, and be selective when you fill your plate at the buffet," suggests Ward. Before going back for more food, wait at least 15 minutes and have a big glass of water.


Grab a smaller plate

Trade your large dinner plate for a smaller salad plate, and eat your meals off of it. By eating off a smaller plate, you're more likely to eyeball more accurate portions. You're also likely to trick your brain into thinking you're eating more, thereby feeling fuller, quicker.


Go to bed earlier

There's a ton of research that demonstrates getting less than the desired amount — about seven hours — of sleep per night can slow down your metabolism. Plus, when you're awake for longer, you're naturally more likely to snack on midnight munchies. So don't skimp on your ZZZ's, and you'll be rewarded with an extra edge when it comes to losing weight.