There are so many different diets out there right now. Over the years, there have been plenty of fad diets that I’ve never paid any attention to. More and more diets are now being tied in with exercise programs. This is a good idea because diet alone rarely achieves success very much. Exercise is a pretty vague term, though, and can be a little intimidating for those who aren’t keen on the gym. I’ve busted a few myths to see what’s really trending in weight loss for this season:

Activity Not Exercise

A concept that is creating a little hype right now is the idea that activity rather than exercise is key to weight loss. The word exercise certainly does conjure up the thought of a sweaty gym, or a cross country run. This picture doesn’t appeal to everyone, so many programs don’t even get off the ground. Instead, the term activity is becoming a happier alternative.

Weight Loss Trends

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The term activity is becoming popular thanks in part to the fitness trackers and smartwatches that are flooding the market. They measure how you move as activity instead of exercise. Even the term ‘workout’ seems to be losing favor! So now we can all enjoy active lifestyles, by standing when the Apple Watch buzzes us, and recording every step we make.

It seems most of us actually get around to a couple of thousand steps just wandering around the office. Seeing that we are active without working out or exercising, can be a great motivator to do even more. You can add something vigorous like a Jive dance class, or something relaxing like Yoga to the list of activities. Even better, that little walk to the grocery store could be all you need for your exercise today.

Portions not Restrictions

The US Government has been working away in the background for some time now to tackle the obesity epidemic. They may have come up with something that is more useful than you might think. Portion control rather than food control may be a good way to help us get to grips with a normal diet.

Most diets restrict our calories. All diets will ban certain foods from our plates. Portion control simply suggests moderation. Yes, you can have dairy, and yes you can eat meat. But stick to guideline amounts. And for those of us who have lost sight of what a portion looks like, there is a great guideline to help us get it back in check.


Weight Loss Trends

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Portions can be tricky to measure. If you can get to grips with the idea of it, then you can balance your meals to include all the food groups you need. This ensures your meal is healthy and provides all the nutrition you need. I like the idea on paper. But it may be tricky to find meal plans that suit everybody under this concept.
When it comes to weight loss, I think everybody is different. We all enjoy different foods and different activities. And we’re all made of different things too. So how can one diet fit all? I don’t think it can. But I do think there is an answer out there for everybody. Finding it is part of the journey toward good health. Whether it’s about a healthy lifestyle or just a few temporary changes, it is possible for all of us to make the most of the bodies we’re in.

Drinks That Help You Lose Weight

Everyone loves to know about the miracle foods that help you lose weight, but they tend to neglect the miracle drinks. On the other side of the coin, there are as many liquids that can aid weight loss as there are foods. They are full of nutrients and antioxidants that fight the build of fat and tackle fat at its source. If you are not aware of the miracle drinks that I am talking about, you are in luck. I have made a list of the ones that I think make losing weight easier. Not only are they good for you, but they are enjoyable to drink too!

Drinks That Help You Lose Weight


The Miracle Drinks That Help You Lose Weight:


Okay, when I said miracle drink your mind probably invented some image of a doctor in a laboratory cooking up a wicked concoction. But, the following drinks are far from that because they are everyday drinks. And, the most common and essential everyday drink is water. What makes water so important for weight loss? To begin with, it has almost zero calories. I don’t know about you, but I forget that juice and the likes have calories and sugars that are not good for my body. By simply cutting them out for water, you can shave off tens of unnecessary calories a day. Also, water kick starts the metabolism. So, come the first meal of the day, your body will be highly efficient at burning off calories.


I don’t know why it didn’t hit me before, but I suddenly realised that I could blend my five a day into one simple drink. Now, I cannot go a day without making a smoothie or a shake. The best thing about them is that you can put a range of different fruits in the blender, and it still tastes beautiful. I know people who like to make smoothies with raw eggs and veg, like something from a Rocky film! Personally, that is too much for me to handle. I stick to the conventional smoothies and feel great!

Green Tea

Green tea used to be a trade secret that weight loss experts could keep up their sleeves, but now the cat is out of the bag. Ask anyone who is trying to lose weight and they will be stocking up on green tea. But, just because it isn’t a secret anymore doesn’t mean it is not useful. In fact, it is probably the most effective drink on my list. The simple fact is that green tea has plenty of antioxidants that are brilliant at breaking down fat. So, instead of building it up and storing it for the winter, it drops off. Plus, the nutrients boosts the metabolism, and a fast metabolism is essential to shedding those unwanted pounds.


Rejoice! When I heard that coffee is good for losing weight, I nearly hit the roof! Not that the other drinks are boring or disgusting, but I love coffee, so it was a nice surprise. Apparently, caffeine stimulates the body’s ability to thermogenesis, which is a smart way of saying it helps burn calories. And, as any coffee lover will know, it suppresses the appetite. Tea is also a good option if you are not a fan of coffee.

Mix these with weight loss foods and you will see the results in no time!