When it comes to losing weight, most people think it has to be difficult, but the truth is, weight loss doesn’t have to be complicated or a lot of work. By following these simple tips, you’ll make a few easy changes to your lifestyle that will help you lose 10 pounds! Keep in mind that these are for slow weight loss, so this weight will come off over time, which also means you’ll keep it off in the long run.

1. Slash the Soda

Soda and other sugary drinks are empty calories and even the diet varieties will mess with your blood sugar levels which can lead to carb cravings and an overindulgence in more sweets. By cutting just one soda from your day and replacing it with water, you’ll be able to lose a pound in a month, without doing anything else different. Plus, think of all the money you’ll save!

2. Out of Sight, Out of Mind

One of the main reasons that people tend to overeat is that they eat food when they see it, even if they’re not actually hungry, so keep junk foods especially out of sight and easy reach so you’re not tempted. If you can close the door to your kitchen, do that to avoid wandering in when you’re bored. Then, keep healthy foods – like fresh fruits and vegetables – where you can see them.

3. Snack Smarter

Another reason for overeating is people aren’t paying attention to their food. This happens most often when eating in front of the TV. You grab a bag of chips planning on only eating a few while watching your favorite show, but before you know it, the whole bag is empty. To avoid this, put a couple handfuls of your snack in a bowl and just take that with you, so you know exactly how much you’re eating.

There’s another way to snack smarter, and that’s by replacing unhealthy snacks with healthy ones. Rather than a fruity, sugary Jello cup, why not have some fruity, probiotic-rich yogurt cup? You can also replace calorie-rich foods for fresh veggies like baby carrots or sliced bell peppers. To make them as easy to grab as a bag of chips, take a few hours once a week to cut and bag them all at once.

4. Purge the Processed

Foods that are processed and preserved tend to have a lot more sugars and salts than whole foods, which means a lot more calories. These also will have chemicals in them that can lead to weight gain. Whenever possible, eat organic, natural, and whole foods instead. Although it may take more work to chop and boil carrots instead of opening a can, your waistline will thank you.

5. Extra Exercise

You don’t have to devote two hours a day to going to the gym if you want to lose 10 pounds. Instead, you can just add some extra exercise throughout your day and you’ll be surprised at how many calories you can burn. Start parking further away from the door, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and doing some push-ups against the counter while waiting for your water to boil.