Can’t shake your caffeine habit? We totally get it—and you don’t have to. Cut yourself off at three cups of caffeine daily and be sure to drink plenty of the new miracle weight loss drink: water. After drinking just two cups of water, research participants’ metabolic rates increased by 30 percent, according to a Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism study. Those researchers estimate that increasing water intake by about 6 cups can burn an extra 17,400 calories over the course of the year—which translates to five pounds!
DIET-DERAILING TIP #5:
EAT TONS OF PROTEIN
POST-WORKOUT TO LOSE WEIGHT
You know that consuming protein after your workout aids muscle repair and growth, so the more of it you eat, the better–right? Not the case. Researchers say that for those who weigh about 150 pounds, consuming 20 grams of protein within a half hour of leaving the gym is optimal. Lisa De Fazio, MS, RD says women who weigh a bit less may only need about 12 grams. Take in anymore than the recommended amount and the protein will likely be stored as fat, while the excess amino acids will be excreted.