3 Dieting Hacks that work

3 Dieting Hacks that work

Working out is an essential part of any wellness plan. It increases your confidence, betters your mood, sculpts your muscles, raises your resting metabolism, whittles down your waist and gives you functional strength and endurance. 

The big catch is that you can seriously slow, or even reverse, your results by eating poorly - but what you eat can be much more powerful.

What if you’re not ready to workout, but still want results? Or you’re looking for that edge to get you “ready” to hit the workout floor? Making some simple switches to what you put on your plate can do JUST that!

To keep you from giving up in frustration, I’ve put together the following ‘Three Dieting Hacks’ to amp up your results or kick start your routine.

Why am I calling these hacks? A hack is used to get results faster. These hacks will fool your taste-buds and your mouth into thinking that you’re eating your regular favorites, when, in fact, you’ll actually be eating a meal with fewer calories, fewer carbs and more fiber. 

This means quicker improvements to your confidence, mood and physique.

That sounds fantastic, right? So let’s dig right in…

Dieting Hack #1: RICE

Rice can be a big part of many a meal. There’s white rice, brown rice, stir fried rice, sticky rice, wild rice and the list goes on. All of these kinds of rice (yes, even brown rice) are packed with carb and calories. This is great, if you are a growing child or an athlete, but not so great for someone trying to look and feel lighter. 

Rather than give up rice completely, because that would make your veggies and meat look really lonely on a half-empty plate, let’s turn to Dieting Hack #1.

  • CAULIFLOWER RICE: Now, don’t get skeptical on me until you give this food trick a try. To make rice from cauliflower, first wash it and trim the leaves and stems. Chop into small pieces and then run those pieces through a food processor with the grating attachment. This will result in a rice-like consistency. Place the cauliflower rice in a large skillet with a tablespoon of olive oil and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and you are good to go. Serve your normal vegetable and meat dishes over a bed of cauliflower rice just as you would traditional rice. (Bigger meal hack: buy it already made in the rice aisle or frozen food section!)

Dieting Hack #2: NOODLES

Have you ever noticed that when you crave your favorite pasta dish, you’re actually just craving the sauce? Noodles alone are bland and unspectacular. The magic, as well as the protein, is in the sauce. 

Noodles, like traditional rice, are packed with calories and carbs that leave you feeling heavy and sluggish after. So, rather than just eating a bowl of sauce, try Dieting Hack #2.

  • ZUCCHINI NOODLES: Again, try this trick before you knock it, I’m guessing that you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Wash a zucchini, and then run a vegetable peeler down its sides, creating long, wide noodles. Stop when you reach the inner, seedy part of the zucchini. These raw, zucchini noodles do not require any cooking, simply throw them onto your plate and top with your favorite pasta sauce. (Of course, I’m assuming that you’re not going to use a white, cream-based sauce, but that’s another article for another day.) You can invest later into a fancy Zoodle maker if this really becomes a taste you love!


Cauliflower rice and zucchini noodles are all fine and dandy for those meals that you prepare at home, but what about your meals eaten out? Many restaurant meals revolve around bread, buns or tortillas. These things are tasty, yet filled with calories and carbs that add to those annoying belly rolls. 

That’s when you turn to Dieting Hack #3.

  • THE LETTUCE WRAP: This trick is more popular than the first two, so you may already be familiar with it. How does it work? When making or ordering your meal, be it a sandwich, burger or tacos, have it wrapped in lettuce in place of the bread, bun or tortilla. You end up getting to eat the good part of the meal – the meat and flavors—without the carb-filled extras that make you feel bloated and yucky. (If for some reason the restaurant is unable to wrap it in lettuce for you, then ask for the filling to be placed on a pile of greens and eat it with a fork.)

Try these 3 Dieting Hacks out for the next 30 days, and see how quickly you feel amazing. The improved results will motivate you to workout harder and more consistently, which will then add to an even greater level of fitness. 

A big thing to remember about food is that we are ALL emotional eaters - we eat because we’re hungry, but WHAT we reach for is driven by how we feel. If you find you know WHAT to do but struggle to do it, perhaps another diet or meal hack isn’t what you really need. 

Click here to learn about our free six-day online Functional Emotional Fitness™ bootcamp, which will give you some tools to interrupt, re-structure and re-program emotional states and behaviors (such as eating habits) that aren’t working for you. 

Our personal training programs in Campell focus on more than eating and exercise, but take a holistic approach to make wellness an enjoyable, stress-free piece of your lifestyle. If you’re looking to get started, complete the form below!


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