Losing weight can seem like an uphill battle, but it's easier than you might think. These 5 easy lifestyle tips are a great place to start. Try these simple, expert-approved tricks that boost metabolism and burn fat.

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1. Go Halfsies

There’s nothing like dining out to kill your diet. After all, one decadent dish could contain most of your target calorie intake for the whole day. To stay on track, consider choosing from the smaller portions on the kids’ menu, or divide your food in half once you get it.

If your meal is supposed to come with fries, ask if you can substitute a salad instead, even if you have to pay an extra dollar or two. That way, dining out doesn’t have to turn into a diet disaster!

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2. Have a 300-calorie breakfast

You should never go without breakfest. Always eat about 300 calories of a healthy mix of protein and whole grains. Foк example, a sandwich with natural peanut butter and apple butter. It keeps your hunger down.

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3. Pepper Your Dishes

Lose weight without lifting a pound! Derived from the plant Capsicum annuum, cayenne pepper has been reported to not only make you lose weight by elevating body temperature, but also to lower cholesterol. It can also be added to hot water with lemon juice as an alternative to coffee.

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4. Stop Your Sweet Tooth

There are two ways to eliminate the craving for sweets:

  1. Place a small amount of salt on your tongue and let it slowly dissolve.
  2. Mix about a teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of warm water, then rinse your mouth out and spit.

The salt or baking soda tends to stimulate the production of saliva, which eliminates your sweet craving.

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5. Yes to Chocolate

If you’re a chocolate junkie but are trying to lose weight, you may be interested to hear that your favorite food may actually help you take off the pounds.

Chocolate increases serotonin levels, so it can help lessen depression, stress, and other reasons why you may find yourself wanting to consume more food.

The trick? You can only eat 1.6 ounces per day, preferably in the morning. It's better to eat 70 percent dark chocolate for the biggest weight-loss effects.

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Sources: Quickanddirtytips, Health.

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