If you're one of the countless people desperately looking to lose weight faster, you don't need any "weird tricks," crazy supplements, or spiritual gurus. All you need to do is make one ridiculously simple change: eat less sugar.
Of course, "simple" is much different from "easy." Here's why sugar's such a big fat-driver, and how to start reducing how much you eat.
Give hormones a little credit (for once)
Most people think that burning more calories than you eat is the key to weight loss, but that's only half the story. The other half -- which most people are totally clueless about -- is the role your hormones play in how quickly and easily you lose weight.
What does this have to do with sugar? Basically, when you eat foods containing sugar, your pancreas has to release insulin to process it. If you don't eat too much, and you don't have any metabolic concerns (think diabetes), you probably won't notice anything.
But if you consume too much sugar, like from a can of soda or a sugary yogurt, your pancreas has to release a boatload of insulin. Do this often enough, and your cells start to become resistant to insulin, which raises your blood sugar levels, and can result in gaining fat.
When your blood sugar levels eventually come crashing back down, you'll feel tired and hungry -- your blood sugar's low, which activates ghrelin, a hormone that tells your body, "I'M SO HUNGRY." So when your diet contains too much sugar you get trapped in a cycle of eating lots of sugar, getting a brief sugar high, storing some sugar as fat, and craving more sugar when your blood sugar crashes.
The short version? One of the smartest things you can start doing to speed up weight loss, while also avoiding terrible hunger pangs, is to simply eat less sugar.