Start with small steps. In return, you’ll see big results. We tapped three top experts to dish on the best weight loss, beauty, and supplement hacks that will keep you in check. The best part? They involve products you already have lying around your house.
Diet and Weight Loss
Eating well-balanced meals and exercising on the regular are key components to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Aside from the given, Taz Bhatia, MD, shares a few of her favorite quirky diet tips to help elevate your goals.
1. Drink 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar daily.
A 2009 study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry found that consuming acetic acid, the main ingredient in apple cider vinegar, leads to significant decline in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference, and triglycerides after 12 weeks.
2. Sip on green tea to curb sugar cravings.
Picking green tea over coffee is a step toward weight loss. Green tea balances insulin and sugar, while coffee will increase it—resulting in more weight loss and faster metabolism.
3. Break up your workout.
Split your workout—20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening. This will rev up your metabolic rate twice per day, keeping it constantly elevated.
4. Set kitchen rules.
Keep yourself at least 20 feet from the kitchen after 8 p.m. to prevent snacking.
5. Wear fitted clothes.
Wear fitted clothes when going out to dinner. Loose clothes can lead to an increase in calorie intake.
6. Replace dinner with a smoothie.
Replace dinner with a fat-fighting green smoothie. Try this recipe: Chop one large apple or pear, two stalks of celery, and one cup of watercress or spinach, and whip in blender with a cup of cold water and juice of half a lemon.
7. Add nutritional yeast to smoothies.
Add nutritional yeast to your morning smoothie. It aids in metabolism and energy production.
8. Change into workout clothes before leaving work.
This is a great mental trick to ensure you go straight to the gym rather than changing your mind.
9. Add essential oil to your water.
Add 1–2 drops of grapefruit or lemon essential oil to your water for appetite suppression.
10. Use blue plates.
Blue plates suppress the appetite while white plates create a mindless eating effect.
11. Trick your stomach.
Drink two glasses of water before eating to trick the stomach into thinking it is full.
12. Add cumin to vegetables.
Add 1 teaspoon of cumin powder to your veggies for weight loss. Cumin increases metabolic rate.
13. Eat coconut oil daily.
Consume 1 teaspoon of coconut oil daily—it helps to burn energy!
14. Skip the booze.
Put down the wine, vodka, and beer—they all turn into sugar.
15. Use skinny jeans as your weight loss muse.
Hang your skinny jeans in your pantry for a constant reminder.
16. Conveniently place snacks.
Keep a stash of protein, snacks, and water in your car or travel bag and you will never overeat.
17. Rest up.
Get enough sleep, especially between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Beauty and Personal Care
Looking for a beauty boost? Paige Padgett, green beauty expert and author of The Green Beauty Rules: The
Essential Guide to Toxic-Free Beauty, Green Glamour and Glowing Skin, has a few tricks up her sleeve that will instantly save face.
18. Green your routine.
Check labels on your hygiene, skin care, oral care, hair care, and bath and body products and swap them for natural products.
19. Plump skin with hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid holds hundreds of times its weight in moisture and locks it in by creating a barrier. Seek out a natural serum or cream containing hyaluronic acid for instant hydration and suppleness.
20. Create a natural flush.
Before you leave the house, rub an ice cube over your face (with your makeup on) and gently pat dry.
It exudes confidence and draws people to you. Studies suggest smiling will lift your mood, reduce stress, and make you appear more youthful even if you have to fake it.
22. Create highlights with coconut oil.
Emulsify a small pinch on your fingertips then press at the top of your cheekbones for a sexy, dewy glow. Shine your eyebrows with the leftovers.
23. Sleep more.
Lack of sleep will leave your skin dehydrated, dull, and wrinkled. It can even make you look 10 years older.
24. Give your face an instant lift.
Press your index finger under the arch of your eyebrows and gently massage in a circular motion. Then pinch your eyebrows between your thumb and index finger.
25. Add light to your eyes.
Mix a little gold pigment with a setting powder and draw a half circle from your cheekbones to the top of your eyebrows to bring light to your eyes by creating a soft halo of light.
26. Style your hair before bed.
Curl your hair using a 1–1 ½ inch iron before you go to bed at night and don’t brush out the curls. When you wake up you will have covetable bed-head waves.
27. Create an organic smudgy eye.
Using brown or grey cream eye shadow and your ring finger, apply the shadow on the lower lash line using half-moon strokes and on top of the lid lash line to crease. It looks lived-in and sexy.
28. Make eyes pop with green or blue liner.
Line your waterline with green or blue eyeliner. It’s subtle but will enhance your eye color and make your eyes look really white.
29. Soften calluses with shea butter.
Before bed, apply a generous layer of shea butter to your feet, then wrap them with plastic wrap and put on socks. When you wake up your feet will be smooth.
30. Master French tips with tape.
Cover the nail with tape so that only the tip of the nail is exposed. Then paint the tips white and let dry. Once dry remove the tape and apply a clear topcoat.
31. Add warmth with lipstick.
After you apply lipstick, using your ring finger, tap your lip to grab some color and rub it onto the apples of your cheeks. Do the same thing to your brow bone.
32. Cover grey hair with eyeshadow.
Brush on a matte eyeshadow that matches your hair color on top of your grey hair or apply it directly on your scalp to fill in space areas.
Vitamins and Supplements
33. Use vitamin B as a mosquito repellent.
Try sublingual B vitamins in addition to topical repellents when traveling to a locale where mosquitoes are a problem.
34. Take melatonin for bone health.
Preliminary research suggests that melatonin, the helpful over-the-counter sleep-aid supplement, may promote osteoblast differentiation and induce mineralization of bone.
35. Pair vitamins with the right foods.
Certain vitamins and minerals are best absorbed when taken with a complementary food. Fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) are best absorbed when taken with foods rich in fat, while iron is best absorbed when taken with vitamin C-rich foods or a vitamin C supplement.
36. Take ginger for motion sickness.
Instead of Dramamine, which can be sedating, try ginger in all forms to alleviate nausea. Ginger is available as capsules, teas, candies, and gingersnap cookies.
37. Use chamomile on burns.
An easy first-aid remedy for a mild burn is to dampen a chamomile tea bag with cool water and apply to the affected area. The chamomile poultice is both soothing and healing to the skin.
38. Try topical magnesium.
Since magnesium can cause loose stools when taken orally, try Epsom salt baths or even lotions containing magnesium.
39. Keep tea tree oil at your side.
Many people are aware of its uses for treating the occasional pimple, but it is also effective for treating athlete’s foot, nail fungus, infected piercings, and dandruff. To keep scalp flakes at bay, add a few drops of the essential oil to your shampoo bottle.
40. Use probiotics to soothe heartburn.
An easy home remedy to soothe occasional heartburn is to mix one teaspoon of marshmallow root powder with a broken probiotic capsule into one cup of applesauce. Eat between meals with the last dose right before bed.
41. Drink blueberry juice for urinary tract infections.
If you run out of cranberry juice, blueberry is a member of the same family. Because they share the same mechanism of action for the treatment of lower urinary tract infections, you can substitute your cranberry supplement with blueberry juice if you do not tolerate the tart taste or if you run out.
42. Take fish oil to tame menopausal symptoms.
The non-hormonal approach to distressing symptoms associated with the menopausal transition, including depression and hot flashes, may lie in your daily fish oil supplement.
43. Use oil of oregano as a chest rub.
Oil of oregano is a great antimicrobial and antifungal agent found in capsule form at most health food stores. Break a capsule and dilute 1–2 drops with a teaspoon of coconut oil or olive oil to be applied topically to the skin as a chest rub.