No one wants to track every calorie or carb they put in their body—who has time for that?! The good news is to lose weight, you don’t have to go on a crazy diet plan nor do you have to pull out the calculator to tally everything you’ve eaten for the day.

Simply making minor changes to the way you eat and focusing on whole, healthy food instead of junk will send you a long ways towards accomplishing your weight loss goals.

Here’s a couple of guidelines to help you get started:

1.)    Cook REAL FOOD at home. With today’s busy agendas, many of us find ourselves grabbing dinner on the go after work, 153830434 (2)instead of coming home to prepare a meal. The fact is that millions of Americans don’t cook—at all—and 1/3 of people say they only cook four (out of 21 possible) meals per week. There’s a few good reasons as to why you may want to reconsider cooking at home—especially when weight loss is your main priority.

  •  Cooking allows you to know exactly what you are putting in your body. When you eat out at restaurants or frozen dinners with mile-long ingredients lists, it’s hard to grasp what exactly you’re putting into your body. 
  • It also helps control the calories. Studies show that eating a home-cooked meal contains much fewer calories than eating your average meal out on the go (assuming you’re not using the deep-fryer every night, of course!).

2.)    Buy the best produce in the store. With key fruits and veggies being stripped of all nutrients, it’s important to know how to pick the best produce. This is a great guide.

3.)    Eat bacteria. Studies show that parts of the world with high numbers of centenarians eat a lot of fermented foods. Fermented foods are known to help with digestion and give your body essential nutrients.

  •  Try these fermented foods: salt-brined pickles, sauerkraut, kimichi and yogurt.

4.)    Cut down on meat. Just eliminating one day of eating meat can cut your weekly saturated fat by 15%! Don’t worry—you can still enjoy a satisfying meal full of protein. Try one of these delicious meatless recipes when you’re in the mood to cut out meat for the day.