I’m not a fan of exercise, so I often choose to diet the easy way by adjusting my eating habits instead of running along some reservoir. In tweaking the foods I eat and choosing to sleep more, these tips have helped me shed a bit of weight without the effort.

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TIP ONE: EAT REGULARLY
The number one rule in dieting should be to have regular meals. Even if you decide to opt for smaller meals throughout the day, you should still be having your main meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) at around the same time. Many studies show that having an erratic meal schedule often messes up the body, making you eat more at your next meal; which causes significant weight gain.

TIP TWO: TEA IT
In more ways than one, tea is a great weight loss option. The natural antioxidant helps to give your body a light detox, and the naturally sugarless drink makes it a very healthy option. Certain teas even work as an appetite suppressant, and green teas in particular, have even been found to reduce the fat content in your body.

TIP THREE: SLEEP FOR EIGHT HOURS
You’ve heard it so many times, your body needs at least seven to eight hours of sleep to stay healthy. Sleep deprivation is linked to everything from heart disease to stroke, but for the purposes of this article, lacking sleep can also cause you to gain weight. Sleep deprivation is known to cause obesity, and a new study even suggests that sleeping less will make your brain crave fatty foods.

TIP FOUR: CONSUME FEWER CALORIES THAN YOU BURN
Probably the golden rule for any diet, the easiest way to lose weight is to ensure that you’re eating less than what you burn. Before you think that you’ve got to start counting your calories, stop. The rule to knowing how much calories you need is pretty simple: plan your meals.

If you know that you’re headed out for a dinner appointment, eat a smaller portion for lunch: Since you will most probably be feasting for dinner. Likewise, if you’re going to be out and about on the job, grab a heavier meal before hand. This will ensure that you don’t become overly hungry when you’re running about, which might likely result in you overeating at your next meal.