26 Weight Loss Tricks That Are Actually Evidence-Based

11. Exercise Portion Control or Count Calories

Portion control — simply eating less — or counting calories can be very useful, for obvious reasons (29).Some studies show that keeping a food diary or taking pictures of your meals can help you lose weight (3031).

Anything that increases your awareness of what you are eating is likely to be beneficial.

12. Keep Healthy Food Around in Case You Get Hungry

Keeping healthy food nearby can help prevent you from eating something unhealthy if you become excessively hungry.

Snacks that are easily portable and simple to prepare include whole fruits, nuts, baby carrots, yogurt and hard-boiled eggs.

13. Take Probiotic Supplements

Taking probiotic supplements containing bacteria of the Lactobacillus subfamily have been shown to reduce fat mass (3233).

However, the same doesn’t apply to all Lactobacillus species. Some studies have linked L. acidophilus with weight gain (34).

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