Experts Reveal: 15 Small Diet Changes for Weight Loss

Jackie Warner: Drink 3 Liters of Water with Lemon

You already know drinking water is good for your overall health, but fitness expert, celebrity trainer, and star of “Personal Training with Jackie: 30 Day Fast Start” Jackie Warner has a tip to take it up a notch in the weight-loss department. She recommends drinking 3 liters of water with lemon each and every day.

“Adding the lemon helps to detoxify the liver and metabolizes fat, so this can speed up metabolism by about 33 percent,” Warner says. “That burns about 100 extra calories per day!”

Kathy Smith: Listen to Your Hunger

Even if you can’t fully change your diet for the better, one simple way to lose weight is to eat just a little less. And the easiest way to do that is by listening to your hunger. Kathy Smith, creator of the “Ageless with Kathy Smith” DVD line, says to eat slowly, savor every bite, and pay attention to when you begin to feel full—otherwise you can consume more calories than your body needs at each meal.

“When you get the signal that you’ve had enough, sprinkle salt on the rest of your plate to avoid nibbling on the leftovers, ” Smith says. “Those little bits of calories can add up quickly over the week.”

Jennifer Cohen: Don’t Buy Diet Food

Jennifer Cohen, Weight Watchers’ spokeswoman and author of No Gym Required, warns to not just choose foods because they’re marketed as “good for weight loss.” Instead, choose what foods you’re going to eat based on their nutritional value and health benefits. By eating healthy foods that are rich in nutrients, you’re sure to lose weight pretty effortlessly.

“Before you plan a shopping trip or order out, look up the nutritional value of the foods you’re considering and ask yourself if your list matches up with your needs and goals,” Cohen says.

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