Everyone who has ever tried to lose weight knows that it is sometimes an incredibly challenging process. No one finds it easy to drop the pounds and if you do manage to succeed, it is usually hard to keep the weight off. The best idea to make sure you don’t regain the pounds is to make smaller changes in your lifestyle that you can realistically follow for the rest of your life. Here are some of the best simple lifestyle changes that can help you lose weight.

No Liquid Calories

One of the first and easiest simple lifestyle changes to make is to stop drinking so many calories. Most people, especially in the United States, get many of their calories each day from soda, energy drinks or even fruit juice. Everyone knows that soda is bad for you but not everyone realizes that just drinking 12 ounces (the size of a can) will give you 140 to 170 calories depending on the brand. Even fruit juices tend to have a high number of calories and sugar to add flavor. If you don’t want to just drink plain water, try flavoring it using a bit of lemon or opt for herbal teas instead and you will still lose weight.

Careful With Sweeteners

When it comes to liquid calories, some are already packaged (such as in a soda) while you add others yourself such as when you add two spoonfuls of sugar to your daily coffee. Although each teaspoon of sugar is only 15 calories, it can add up over time so you should try to cut back if you are serious about your wish to lose weight. Try to slowly reduce the amount you add to your coffee or tea in the morning or swap out sugar for an artificial, low-calorie sweetener. This is one of the simple lifestyle changes that can help you drop several pounds without any effort over the course of a year.

Opt For Low Fat

Most dairy products, especially milk and yogurt, have several versions including full fat, low-fat and non-fat. Whenever possible, try swapping your whole milk for low-fat or non-fat and do the same with your yogurt. There is a slight taste difference but you will get used to it in time. One thing to keep in mind, however, is to always read the label of low-fat and non-fat alternatives. A lot of times companies will add sugar or other harmful additives to make the product taste like the “normal” version so you have to do your research before buying.

Get More Active

For years health professionals have said that to lose weight, you need to increase your activity level. Some people don’t have the time or the motivation to go out and join the gym or start a new sport, but that’s fine. Every little one of your simple lifestyle changes you make will add to eventual weight loss. Try going for a walk on your lunch break at work or always choose the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. You can even park your car farther away in the parking lot to sneak in extra exercise.

Sleep Enough

In today’s world, it is very easy to get caught up in work and not get as much as sleep you as you should. Although most experts recommend you get 8 hours of sleep, 7 is the agreed upon minimum. If you get less sleep than this, your body can’t repair itself and you will notice the effects. One of the biggest problems is that when you are sleep-deprived you tend will probably be hungrier and less willing to exercise which obviously makes it harder to lose weight.