Avoid sugar
It lowers the metabolism and your body will burn sugar instead of fat.

Eliminate processed or refined foods
The processing of food changes the chemical structure of the food. These foods have minimal nutritional value and can encourage weight gain.

Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
Water is a natural appetite suppressant.

Eat the good fats and avoid the bad fats
Bad fats are usually animal based or processed such as margarine.  They are difficult to digest, clog your arteries and lead to weight problems and chronic diseases.  Good fats are found in fish, nuts, seeds and avocados.

Don’t go on fad diets
Dieting slows down the metabolic enzyme function in the body.  Instead, eat more of the right foods such as whole grains, fruits, legumes and vegetables.

Exercise more often
This raises the metabolic rate and burns fat.

Avoid late night eating
The body stores more food during sleep and the metabolism is much slower.

Reduce alcohol intake
It weakens the liver which helps to metabolize fat.  It also converts to sugar once consumed in the body.

Eat more often
Never skip meals, especially breakfast.  If you miss a meal, your body will  assume that food is scare.  Stress hormones are released and your body will store fat as a protective measure.  Eat smaller meals more often.

Do a kitchen renovation
Throw out all of your processed, packaged and sugar laden foods.  Restock your cupboards and your fridge with healthy oils (flax, sesame, olive, avocado, hemp), nuts, fruits, legumes (lentils, beans, peas) whole grains (quinoa, brown rice, millet, wild rice), spices and vegetables.