Skip These Diet Hacks If You Really Want to Lose Weight

There isn’t one guaranteed weight loss strategy that works for everyone. Many people still turn to the latest diet trends in search of an effective quick fix, however — even though they shouldn’t. Even if your weight loss methods of choice aren’t life-threatening, you could still end up wasting your time — and your money. If you’re serious about shedding extra pounds, avoid these trendy diet hacks, no matter how tempting.

Refusing to eat at night

Woman eats sweets at night.

You’re better off eating a healthy dinner than caving and eating an unhealthy snack later. | Evgenyatamanenko/iStock/Getty Images

According to Fitday, late-night snacking doesn’t guarantee weight gain. Of course, if you’re getting up in the middle of the night and eating an entire package of Oreos, you’re probably going to be disappointed. But snacking on something healthy and full of fiber, like a piece of fruit, isn’t going to ruin your weight loss efforts. If it’s 9 p.m. and you’re hungry, eat.

Not eating only increases your chances of overdoing it at breakfast tomorrow morning, which will probably set you up to gain more weight than you lose.

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