Tricks of the Trade


There are so many standard practice to lose weight like diet and exercise, but have you ever tried to think outside of the box?


Weight loss is not always cut and dry because sometimes you need to change it up to lose weight. Sometimes our body needs to break out of routine to jumpstart the metabolic rate. Maybe you are stuck in a plateau which you cannot seem to get out of. You may be feeling discouraged and just want to give up. But please don’t stress.


Take a deep breath and read on. As a certified trainer for well over a decade and having worked with thousands of clients to success; I have some tricks of the trade I would love to share with you. Bet you haven’t tried these secrets to weight loss!


Eat a Brazil Nut


A Brazil nut a day can just keep your weight at bay, especially if you have a thyroid that is slightly slower than normal. Studies have shown that one Brazil nut a day can help to regulate a thyroid imbalance. So, if you’ve tried everything else to lose weight with no success, it is now time to try this! Keep in mind this is only helpful if you have a small imbalance and you should always consult your doctor.


But after all four of my pregnancies, I’ve found this as an integral portion of my post baby weight loss!


Pre and Post Water


Right before you sit down to eat your meal, have a tall glass of water to help in fullness along with aid in the digestive process. Do the same as soon as you finish eating. As a result, you will not only eat less but this will help to quicken your metabolism and you will be a step in the right direction for weight loss!


Additionally, since people often confuse hunger with thirst, eliminating dehydration is a key component in the weight loss process. 


Use Your Body to Get There


We’ve all done it at one point or another—hopping in our car when our destination was seriously close enough to walk to.


It’s not even about being lazy, but since we are creatures of habit, we follow the habit of driving everywhere. Stop wasting gas and possible fitness opportunities by jumping in the car every time you have to go a short distance. Use the beautiful legs attached to you to ride your bike, run or walk to your destination! This is a simple and effective way to lose weight while barely trying!


Small steps add up to make a big difference on the scale. Get up and get moving!


Amp Up the Food


Don’t think about all the foods that you cannot eat since you want to lose weight—start thinking about all the amazing health foods that you can eat. If you switch your perspective to this positive attitude you will earn more results and not feel as deprived. Enjoy more fruits and veggies which as a result will have you feeling better!

You will even see a difference in your skin as it becomes more radiant from the healthy choices you are making!


Meet a Friend While Working Out


Meet up with your college buddy for a workout, head to hang out with some friends on a bike ride, or you can even join a running club to make new friends. Use every moment as a possible fitness moment. Over ten years ago, I joined a running club and I made friendships that will last a lifetime. In my workout sessions, I am able to get my sweat on while socializing. It seriously does not get better than this! Workout meet-ups are the best kind of social session because you can multitask while bettering your health!


Get to Bed at the Same Time


Our bodies like routine, at least in the case of bedtime and rising for the day. In fact, studies show if you go to bed at the same time and for ample time, you will better your health and slim down. By ample time, I mean the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Your brain is conditioned to crave more unhealthy food when you are sleep deprived because your body produces the hormone ghrelin.

So, get to bed sleepy head and rise early!
With these weight loss secrets in mind, are you ready to get fit and lose weight? Follow along so that you can be well on your way to getting in your very best shape! Choose to live the healthy, happy life you deserve by making these changes.



Tara Zimliki is a nationally recognized weight loss expert, personal trainer, health coach, health writer and founder of Tara’s Bootcamp, the Premiere Bootcamp of New Jersey. Tara also runs her own blog,