Cut One Treat
While it sounds like a halfhearted attempt at dieting ("I'll pass up late-night Domino's!"), this simple move can be a good way to potentially drop 20 or more pounds in a year. "When a diet is padded with calories from one thing, eliminating it can lead to immediate weight loss," says Patricia Bannan, RD, author of Eat Right When Time Is Tight.
Make It Yours
The beauty of this guy tactic? It's so doable. Instead of dumping an entire food category (like carbs or sugar), just remove a single indulgent item (burritos, soda, ice cream). To target the true waist-expander, Bannan recommends keeping a record of what you eat for a few days. "See what foods or beverages are adding up that could easily be omitted," she advises. Maybe you're sucking down a vanilla latte at every coffee break; trading it for herbal tea or an unsweetened cappuccino with skim milk will wipe out calories without making you feel deprived.