There is not one big secret to weight loss, there are lots of them. Here are some tried and tested ways to boost your metabolism and kick start weight loss that you can try right away. The trick is to start today, gradually and steadily adopting a few new tips.

Drink 1 liter of water for every 50lbs of body weight.

Minimize caffeine– it’s a quick fix that ultimately drains you. (Try Teeccino's)

Explore an array of vegetables and find out what you love

Eat organic- it’s higher quality and more nutritious

Rest before you reach the point of crashing

Move your body in ways you enjoy

Consistently diversify the foods you eat

Befriend your body; pay attention to and understand its signals

Get a really good health coach who inspires you

Find a creative outlet that inspires you

Eat plenty of green vegetables

Get really clear on what you’d like your health to look like.

Hang out with friends that energize you

Get out of the office at a decent hour even if you still have a lot to do

Eat something raw with every meal

Undertake the journey to lasting weight loss with a friend

Drink smoothies instead of sodas

Get out in the sunshine and fresh air during the day

Eat Asian food

Walk or bike to work

Take as much vacation as you can guilt free

Play with children or at least the child within

Quit the gym if you hate it and find other ways of exercising

Focus on what you want – this creates an entirely different future

Drop friends that drain you

Upgrade your chocolate to dark and organic

Improve your communication skills to conserve energy

Use technology to automate as much of your life as possible (bill paying etc)

Ask for help or pay someone to help you with extra work/chores

Ask your friends what they appreciate about you

Ditch artificial sweeteners. Use Stevia instead

Raise your voice – or lower it

Reflect upon and write a list of what you really desire in life and go for it

Eat whole grains and root vegetables daily

Cook some of your own food

Practice yoga

Learn how to have healthy boundaries

Immerse yourself in like-minded community

Avoid or reduce white flour

Meditate frequently

Make friends with your kitchen and fridge

Experiment with eating less meat

Explore Indian spices like Turmeric

Believe in yourself – become very clear what your strengths are

Write a journal tracking what energizes you and drains you

Eat more beans and legumes

Eat seasonally

Allow yourself downtime to recharge and do nothing

Take hot baths

Cultivate self-love

Spend time in nature

Wind down effectively at night in order to get a good night’s sleep

Stay away from the TV and the computer 1 hour before bed

Eat regularly – don’t skip meals

Reduce your dairy intake

Upgrade the quality of your food across the board

Throw out any hydrogenated oils in your pantry

Get the sugar out of your diet – start reading labels

Grow fresh herbs in your window and add them to your food

Drink herbal teas

Allow yourself enough time to sleep

Observe your breath and strive to breathe deeply

Maintain a high level of oral hygiene, especially include flossing

Get and  give massage or bodywork

Be bad once in a while

Eat a wholesome breakfast

Eat slowly and chew well

Eat even more vegetables

Avoid MSG and other food additives

Take responsibility for your own happiness

Eat lightly in the evening

Enjoy soups frequently – learn how easy it is to make your own

Do a cleanse once or twice a year

Write gratitude lists periodically

Eat a range of seaweeds

Skip the elevator, take the stairs.

Explore your sexuality

Use extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, flax seed oil and organic butter

Take a walk after dinner

Don’t take all the fat out of your diet

Love your body however it is

Drink freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices

Incorporate sprouts into your salads

Reduce white sugar by adding in less refined natural sweeteners

Know your body’s needs for rest

Eat a variety of different colored fruits and vegetables daily

Create a good support network

Include a variety of flavors in your diet not forgetting bitter, astringent and pungent tastes

Set aside one night a week all for yourself

Foster a sense of humor – laugh a lot

Experiment with green superfoods like spirulina and wheat grass

Discard your table salt and go for high quality sea salt

Learn to cook quick, easy and delicious meals

Sing or hum to yourself on the street

Face your fears – where there is fear there is energy and power

Eat fat dissolving vegetables daily

Eat your main meal at lunch time

Go out dancing without drugs or alcohol and/or take dance classes

Have openness, curiosity and endless appreciation for all life

Make pleasure a priority in your life

Most of all cultivate a positive attitude and an inspired environment around you and enjoy the process of becoming healthier every step of the way!