1 Swap your regular cheese for goat’s cheese. It’s 40 per cent lower in calories than the stuff made from cow’s milk.
3 Sip green tea. It contains a compound that reacts with caffeine to boost both fat oxidisation and resting metabolic rate by 20 per cent.
4 Eat beans, such as the cannellini, haricot or kidney varieties. People who add them to each meal are 22 per cent less likely to become obese.
6 Slice your food to consume 20 per cent fewer calories. People rate sliced servings as 27 per cent larger than equal amounts of whole veg.
7 If it didn’t grow, walk or swim, don’t eat it. Processed foods are loaded with harmful trans-fats and artificial sweeteners that play havoc with your metabolic system.
8 Putting tomatoes in your sandwiches will keep you feeing fuller for longer, and will make you less likely to gorge on mid afternoon snacks. The fruit suppresses the hunger hormone ghrelin, which is responsible for hunger pangs.
9 Drinking a glass of carrot juice a day will help you lose four pounds over 12 weeks compared with non-juice drinkers. It’s high in fibre and nutrients that help burn the blubber.
10 Eat three 250kcal protein-rich snacks a day: those who do are 30 per cent more likely to lose weight.
12 Drink grapefruit juice for breakfast and you’ll lose four and a half pounds in 12 weeks thanks to its insulin-lowering enzymes.
14 Eat breakfast every day. Those who fail to kickstart their metabolism with a meal in the morning eat 100 more calories a day.
15 Leave a maximum of three hours between meals to ensure your metabolic rate doesn’t fluctuate.
17 Eat high-fibre, low-starch carbs such as raw nuts, quinoa, barley and oats. These will regulate your insulin levels and reduce hunger pangs throughout the day.
18 Eat good fats to burn fat. Eggs, avocado, olive oil and the dark meat of chicken are all good for your body and also help cut the risk of heart diease.
21 Don’t overdo sports drinks. These can contain high-GI carbs, which can increase body fat. For runs of less than one hour, drink water instead.
22 Drink oolong tea instead of water to burn 12 per cent more body fat.
24 If you drink fresh juice, drink the juice that has bits in it. The fibre is processed at a slower rate, staving off hunger.
25 Add some chopped spring onions to your post-run meal. They help you metabolise carbs for fuel, plus they’re full of fibre and calcium, which aid weight loss.
27 Add some chilli to your meals. The fiery pepper will add a kick to the dish, rev up your metabolism and help to process fats more efficiently.
28 A daily glass of red wine can stop you putting on weight around your belly. The antioxidant resveratrol, found in the grapes, inhibits the development of fat cells around your waistline.
30 Sit down at the table to eat and you’ll consume a third less than when you’re munching on the move.
31 Eating popcorn lowers your blood glucose levels, which in turn helps to burn fat. Just make sure it’s plain, not sweet or buttered.
32 Add paprika to your meals. The mild ground red peppers contain six times the vitamin C found in tomatoes, which is crucial for enabling your body to convert fat into energy.
34 Wait before helping yourself to seconds. It takes 20 minutes for your stomach to send the message to your brain that it’s full.
35 Vinegar-based food dressings contain acetic acid, which speeds up the rate at which your body burns fat. Add a few glugs to salads and sauces.
37 Can’t face a heavy breakfast? Blend 200g strawberries, 125ml soya milk and two teaspoons of vanilla extract for a belly-banishing smoothie.
38 To get the perfect body fat percentage, eat three grams of protein per five pounds of body weight every day; only 20-30 per cent of your total calorie intake should come from fat.
40 Invest in a gravy separator (£7.50, debenhams.com). It splits the fat from your homemade gravy, so you can pour a sin-free skimmed version over your Sunday roast.
42 Dine with people who eat less than you. Research shows that people tend to match their food intake to their dining partner’s.
43 A salad of black beans, peppers, tomatoes, onion and sweetcorn with an olive oil and lemon dressing encourages weight loss. The combination of fibre, hunger suppressants and fat-burning chemicals will shed the pounds.
45 Instead of crisps, eat blue corn tortilla chips (£3.59, ocado.com). They contain half the fat of standard crisps and also release sugar more slowly into the bloodstream, which controls insulin levels and slows weight gain.
46 Take conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) capsules every day (£11.24, hollandandbarrett.com). You’ll lose up to nine per cent more fat over a year.
47 Banishing carbohydrates will lead to storing more fat in the long run. Instead, cut your carb intake by 200g a week to stimulate the appetite-repressing hormone leptin and kickstart your metabolism.
49 Choose spinach in favour of other greens. It contains double the fibre, which helps your body process fats more efficiently.
50 Use small plates or bowls to serve your meals on or in. This will make you reduce the portion size of your food, whilst making your brain think that there is a lot on the plate. You’ll get a good sized meal without over doing the portion size.
Oh and one more bonus tip… if you’re serious about losing weight… ditch the alcohol (or at least limit it and have 1 month / fortnight off it). Alcohol has a lot of empty calories and can put a dampner on any weight loss you’re trying to achieve!